Star-Tribune writer Dan Weiderer authored a post that provided a decent – albeit a bit repetitive – analysis on why the Minnesota Vikings likely won't switch to a 3-4 defence.
I agree with the sentiments expressed by the anonymous Viking sources in this story who said that regardless of whether you are running a 4-3 or a 3-4, it's the players that make the scheme work, not the other way around. Here is what I know: The Vikings don't have enough good players right now to make either defensive scheme work.
The price of success
Kevin Seifert had an interesting post a couple of days ago looking at the dilemma the Detroit Lions are facing this season in regards to the rising salaries of wide receiver Calvin Johnson, among others.
Can Detroit sign them all? It's going to be difficult. The interesting guys from a Minnesota perspective are middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch and cornerback Eric Wright. The Vikings need help at both spots and the team's personnel department will be quite familiar with both players' bodies of work, having played the Lions twice this season. I won't be surprised if new general manager Rick Spielman targets both in free agency.
And at the National Football Post Andrew Brandt has a nice look at the decisions the Green Bay Packers have to make regarding several players.
I don't see anybody on the list the Vikings would go after, They aren't signing center Scott Wells and the Pack will hold onto tight end Jermichael Finley (is James Jones a free agent?), but the Vikes have shown an affinity for Green Bay players in the past.