Let's take this moment to recognize "2013: the Drive for a Top 5 pick" for what it is, and let's take this moment to make some comments about the Viking coaching staff. There are other things to talk about (a pass defense that despite three interceptions was awful, Joe Thomas' utter domination of Jared Allen, a Viking offense that doesn't seem to feature the ability to do anything well), but let's ask some questions about the coaching.
--Given the ability that Christian Ponder has shown running the ball, doesn't it seem like a more creative, flexible coaching staff would already be featuring elements of the Read Option? Isn't that a way to utilize the skills of a QB that seems limited in the pocket, isn't terribly accurate, doesn't connect on downfield passes well at all, but shows speed and guts when he's running the ball?
--Clock management is a practicable skill for a football team. When the clock management at the end of the game is horrible, whom do you blame?
--A team might catch you off-guard with a fake punt. OK, it happens. But should that same team, in the same half, catch you off-guard with a fake field goal? If that happens, whom do you blame?
--Who ever thought that A.J. Jefferson (who was immediately torched) was better than Marcus Sherels (who played the game of his life today)? Why did it take Jefferson getting out there to get torched for that decision to be made?
--The Vikes went 3-13 in 2011. They appear to be headed for a similar record this year. If, in two out of three seasons, a professional football team loses 11 games or more, what has to happen in the other season for the coaching staff to keep their jobs?
--If you had to pick the worst teams in the league, off the top of your head, who would you say? Before today I would have said Jacksonville, Oakland, and Cleveland in that order. Cleveland just beat the Vikings in Thunderdome. It's very likely that in every other game the Vikes play, the opponent is going to have the far better QB. So in a head coach's third full season, with his team is somewhere among the worst in the league, if that's the case, whom do you blame? And if this is a team that is largely constructed by Rick Spielman, and after several years of constructing this team, they're losing this game at home, whom do you blame?
I don't see any coming back in this season. We're going to have to relax, try choke on frustration about something that doesn't matter (a bad decision, a bad play, a bad loss, are not costing the Vikes the playoffs, much less the Super Bowl, so why stress it?). Try watch the players worth watching, enjoy it, and dream about who is going to be running this team in another couple of years.