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4 Question Marks that Need to be Addressed

With the draft over, and the dust beginning to settle at least as far as player personnel is concerned. It is time to concentrate on several important keys for Viking success in 09.

1. The Return to form of E. J. Henderson – Henderson is a key ingredient in the Viking defense. He is the heart, he makes the defensive calls and is their leader on the field. But he is coming off a horrendous foot injury. A dislocation of several toes so severe that it took an entire season and then some to heal. I’ve seen the photos of that injury and believe me, his complete return to pre injury form is anything but certain.. Before the injury, Henderson was playing at a pro bowl level. He is a difficult commodity to replace.

2. Kenechi Udeze – Weather or not Udeze can make it all the way back to play again on the Metrodome turf is yet to be seen. But it is difficult to bet against him. The courage he has shown in taking Leukemia head on is an inspiration to us all. But how great would it be to see # 95 back in the Purple and Gold ?

3. Bret Favre – Will he un-retire? If so, does he sign with the Vikings? Do the Vikings need him? Does he need the Vikings? Your guess is as good as mine. Is he healed from the biceps tendon tear? Does he have at least one more solid year in him? Or does he resemble the player who threw interception after interception and single handedly took the Jets from playoff contender to Playoff spectator.

4. John Sullivan – Can he make the transition from Matt Birk’s back-up to a starting NFL center in a seamless fashion ? Is he ready to make the line calls ? Read stunts, pick up blitzes and all the other numerous tasks that we learned to take for granted with the pro bowl center. But Sullivan has the size, strength and intelligence to bridge the gap. The Vikings seem so sold on Sullivan as an actual upgrade that I find myself actually at ease on this one.

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