Zygi Wilf: We’ll be knocking at the door many times

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Eight days later, Minnesota still isn’t over the Vikings’ loss. Cab drivers, restaurant owners and sports talk radio hosts still are lamenting what might have been this week.

Instead, Minneapolis is playing the part of gracious host.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf congratulated the NFC champions in the kickoff Super Bowl press conference. He added his expectation that the Vikings will have many more chances to return to the Super Bowl.

“We’ve been in the business for 13 years and we have our ups and downs,” Wilf said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “Sure, it’s a couple days but afterward you look at the future, and you realize that we’re at the top of the game and we’ll be knocking at the door many times.”

As Bum Phillips noted after the loss to the Steelers in the 1979 AFC Championship Game, continually knocking on the door with no answer isn’t the goal.

“One year ago, we knocked on the door. This year, we beat on the door. Next year, we’re going to kick the son of a [gun] in,” Phillips famously told the Oilers’ crowd at the Astrodome.

53 responses to “Zygi Wilf: We’ll be knocking at the door many times

  1. Yeah, OK Zygi. Your QB situation is going to be a big mess this offseason and the guy who turned well established scrub QB’s into competetent ones is gone. Good luck with that.

  2. Yes, yes we will. Defense has 11 of 12 starters locked up for years. Cook will be the next Leveon Bell and Thielen/Diggs are the best WR combo in the league. Continue to improve the oline and decide from multiple good options at QB and Vikings will get over the hump and win multiple superbowls…

  3. There are no guarantees in the NFL, unless you’re the Patriots. If you don’t have Brady or Rodgers, every year is a struggle just to make the playoffs. Even Brees just came off three straight 7-9 seasons. The Vikings have built a strong roster and have a good coach, so they should be knocking on the door for a while if they can find a quarterback. It will be interesting to see how things shake out during the offseason. Zygi has to realize that things can go south in a hurry if they don’t continue to do everything they can to improve while spending money wisely. I like their chances because I like the guys they have in charge but don’t get complacent.

  4. vikingssuck5 says:
    “Yeah, OK Zygi. Your QB situation is going to be a big mess this offseason…”

    Wrong. Unlike other teams, the Vikings have option(s) at Qb’s they’re familiar with.
    Take a look east for issues at the qb position, please. Broken has been & a 3rd year failure in progress.

  5. Wrong. Unlike other teams, the Vikings have option(s) at Qb’s they’re familiar with.
    Take a look east for issues at the qb position, please. Broken has been & a 3rd year failure in progress.

    None of those QB’s have done anything in their career without Shurmur. And Teddy B was a pipe dream. He showed no progress before his career ending injury.

  6. I am not as negative as the genius pool that is PFT armchair posters. I for one root for the Vikes to cross that border. Not like they haven’t been to the SB, not like they haven’t knocked on the door before. A lot of teams have never won one. Doesn’t make them bad teams. I hope they do more than knock on the door – btw Zygi you don’t want to just knock on the door you want to open it and walk through. The league needs some different teams competing or their ratings will just continue to fall.

  7. .
    31 of the 32 teams end the season on a disappointing note. However, Vikings fans should ask themselves, “did I enjoy the 17 week season? Am I optimistic going forward?” Most likely the answer is yes to both.
    .

  8. coachkilla6 says:
    January 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    And with those few words, another off-season championship run begins in Minnesota. How many will that make? 58?
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    You are confusing off season championships with packer fans.
    We already had one packer fan bragging about winning the preseason Super Bowl poll for the 2018-19 season in November.

    Mark it down.
    Numerous Packer fans will be bragging about preseason super bowls soon.

  9. Zygi, I hope so but you have got get your good coach to be more aggressive and more creative in order for the Vikings to win a SB. In other words throw the bomb more often to score more points, blitz more often and have more of a killer instinct. Good owner & Go Vikings!

  10. Jim Irsay talked about multiple championships, Pete Carroll talked about winning forever, Dan Marino thought he’d make it back to the Super Bowl. Sure, it might happen, but probably not.

  11. They should try to get Cousin’s this offseason. Everything on the team is solid except for QB. Case did a great job and probably brought them further than they were meant to go, but if your going to spend money, might as well get a proven starter. And keep building the Offensive Line. If our Line would have been a bit better, the game in Philly might have actually been a game.

  12. Ha! That’s what the owner of the Dolphins said after Marino lost the SB in his second year.

    Guess who never knocked on that door again?

  13. Look at it this way Vikings, the Eagles saved you from an embarrassing loss to the Patriots in the SB. Let the Eagles suffer a humiliating SB defeat this year and try to shore up the QB and WR positions for next season.

  14. I remember like it was yesterday when Dan Marino said “we’ll be back” after losing in the Super Bowl in 1985.

    He never went back.

  15. The team will be playoff caliber for several years to come, but you gotta admit the SB path likely won’t be this clear again, not to mention the tougher first place schedule the team will have to play next year. It was a great and unexpected ride this year and hopefully will be again next year. It also is nice to have a stadium, a city and a state worthy of having a Super Bowl, something many cannot say.

  16. I wish some of these Viking fans would get over it and drop their bitterness. I think it is sad that they turned their anger to Philly fans and whined about negative treatment knowing that Philly fans were easy targets because of their reputation. Truth is despite some bad fans, most Philly fans are good people. They should be mad at their own team for not showing up and not getting it done. I hate stereo-types. To demonize a whole fan base based on a the actions of a few people is no different then demonizing an entire race based on the actions of a minority of that base. You can go to any NFL game and find bad fans. Look at Carolina this year where a bad fan punched a guy, or Jax fans for throwing stuff at players, ect… Every fan base has some bad eggs, lets stop demonizing a whole population. It is no different then stereotyping a whole race.

  17. “With the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Vikings select…..” Oh, wait, they traded they first round pick to get Sam Bradford. D’oh!

  18. 7-9 Packer Backers getting bold and coming out from under their rocks. With all the coaching changes and 3rd place schedule, they might manage 8-8 next year….

  19. Spare us Zygi. We’ve been down this road too many times. 4 SB losses, 1998 greatest offense ever/wide left, 2001 41-donut, 2009 Brett Favre Meltdown, now 38-Lightpole. You got your $1B for your stadium, time for you to finally put a championship team on the field.

  20. madtowndan says:
    January 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    “With the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Vikings select…..” Oh, wait, they traded they first round pick to get Sam Bradford. D’oh!
    ______

    That was last year’s pick. Try to keep up.

  21. The problem is the Vikings worry too much about the Packers , the Packers will bounce back , the Bears will get some receivers and the Lions will find a running game , it won’t be easy at all next season for the Vikings. They had their chance and blew it . Same old Vikings.

  22. An extra day to prepare for a home game vs. an opponent they don’t know? Give me a break, The extra day of rest for sure.

    Focus and execution are the key. THe Eagles did it for 4 quarters, while the Jags did it better for less than a half, and the Patriots did it better for a little more than a half.

  23. Pat Shurmer did as much as the Eagles team. His head wasn’t in the game, it was in New York.
    After the first scripted Plays the Vikings were never in the game again.
    Now he is gone the knock will be louder until the door gets busted off the hinges.. I will bet the Vikings are closer than the Bears, Lions OR Packers to get into the Big game.
    BTW Coach interviews should not be held until the season is over FOR ALL TEAMS, After the Super Bowl..

  24. 4 Super Bowl losses followed by 6 NFC Championship game losses (but the 41-0 and 38-7 losses were closer than the score indicated), I would be surprised if the Vikings had any skin on their knuckles they have been knocking for so long.

  25. Oh yes, that 41-0 loss to the Giants, I remember it well.
    If Culpepper and Moss could have just sulked on the sidelines a little bit longer I think they would’ve pulled that one out!

  26. I might be able to muster up some empathy for the Vikings woes if it weren’t for their insufferable fan base. Like little yap-dogs that just keep biting at your ankles. Nobody cares, but it’s annoying at the same time. And they wonder why nobody respects them?

  27. I guess these packer fans forgot how bad their team is. 1st place schedule is 2 games that the rest of the division don’t play, and from year to year you never know, that 4th place schedule gets somebody the niners next year, probably a 10-6 team next year

  28. pushn50 says:
    January 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm
    I might be able to muster up some empathy for the Vikings woes if it weren’t for their insufferable fan base. Like little yap-dogs that just keep biting at your ankles. Nobody cares, but it’s annoying at the same time. And they wonder why nobody respects them?
    I don’t know who your team is, but Vikings fan base is one of the best. If I have to guess I’d say your a cheese eater, and your fanbase IS one of the worst. Not quite as bad as Eagles or Raiders, but close. One thing I do know for sure, Lameblow will never host a Super Bowl.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    madtowndan says:
    January 29, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    “With the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Vikings select…..” Oh, wait, they traded they first round pick to get Sam Bradford. D’oh!
    ______

    That was last year’s pick. Try to keep up.

    ______

    And the Vikings reeled in Dalvin Cook with their 1st pick (2nd Round). Cook should have be a 1st Rounder- what a steal.

  30. mnvikes1961 says:

    And the Vikings reeled in Dalvin Cook with their 1st pick (2nd Round). Cook should have be a 1st Rounder- what a steal.
    ______________________

    Why should he have been a first rounder?

    He barely cracked the 4.5 speed which isn’t what I would look for a in a RB, he isn’t the best at running between tackles, which many is something I feel like many RBs coming from college o struggle with, when you have players like Reggie Bush or Monty Ball, who will try to bounce it outside, and while that may work when your one of the better athletes on the field it won’t work as much in the NFL. He’s also been arrested and that is something that NFL teams don’t really like to deal with.

  31. pzebich says:

    January 30, 2018 at 8:01 am

    pushn50 says:
    January 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm
    I might be able to muster up some empathy for the Vikings woes if it weren’t for their insufferable fan base. Like little yap-dogs that just keep biting at your ankles. Nobody cares, but it’s annoying at the same time. And they wonder why nobody respects them?
    ——————————–
    I don’t know who your team is, but Vikings fan base is one of the best. If I have to guess I’d say your a cheese eater, and your fanbase IS one of the worst. Not quite as bad as Eagles or Raiders, but close. One thing I do know for sure, Lameblow will never host a Super Bowl.
    ——————————–
    Just like a typical Viking fan – you value “hosting” a Super Bowl over actually playing in, or better yet, “Winning” a Super Bowl. Priceless stuff right there. And you have the nerve to say the Vikings are the “best” fanbase? On what criteria? Cuz you can host a Super Bowl? LOL.

  32. While the Packers will never host a Superbowl they did however host the NFL Kickoff vs.the Saints several years ago, Kid Rock performed and all sorts of Media was there and things went quite well.

    My question on the SB in Minn. is who is on bird patrol so little people aren’t stepping over carcasses on the way in.

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