Hey Vikings fans. I posted this earlier in the week, but the post has somehow disappeared. I am re-writing this article from scratch, but so it won’t be exactly the same, but I wanted to warn you in case a few of you saw the original, or if whatever error swallowed the original gets undone and it comes back.
Several years ago, Daunte Culpepper was considered the franchise QB for Minnesota. He went from putting up big stats to being a player that not many Vikings fans look back on fondly. Recently an article was posted on Bleacher Report about this topic, and I thought the article was very well written, so I decided to share it with you.
Daunte Culpepper’s Fall from Grace
At the conclusion of the 1999 season, Dennis Green and the Vikings had a problem.
They had gone 10-6 that year. By most standards, that wasn’t too bad but they were coming off a 15-1 season where they missed the Super Bowl by a field goal.
So by all accounts, with the nucleus of that team still intact, they should have gone even further.
That wasn’t exactly the case.
Randall Cunningham, their star quarterback the previous season, couldn’t manage to stay productive. The once mighty Vikings found themselves trapped in a 2-4 start.
Fortunately, the troubled veteran Jeff George put together the greatest season of his career to raise the Vikings to an 8-2 record and a playoff berth. A win over the Dallas Cowboys in the Wildcard round was good, but a wild shootout loss to the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional round marked the end of a disappointing season.
And in came Green’s problem. Cunningham ended up with Dallas, and Jeff George was allowed to be released. So only one option remained on the Vikings roster.
—Read the rest of the article HERE—
To be perfectly honest, I’m one of those fans that doesn’t really look fondly back at Culpepper. I was actually quite a Culpepper fan until he left the way he did. Here was a player who was coming very highly paid, coming off an ineffective season in which he only played a few games before getting injured for the year, and he was demanding that the new owner restructure his contract for more money? Then on top of that he refused to cooperate with Brad Childress when Childress took over the coaching job. He refused to cooperate with team doctors who wanted him to rehab in Minnesota instead of Orlando. He left in a way that left a lot of Vikings fans with a bitter taste in their mouths.
But I have to admit, I do wonder how much more effective Adrian Peterson could be if he had a downfield threat like Daunte Culpepper taking the snaps.