Vikings Team Owner Zygi Wilf Says Fans Should Be Optimistic Despite NFC Title Game Loss

Vikings team owner Zygi Wilf said Monday that despite the NFC Championship loss to Philadelphia, fans should stay optimistic regarding the state of their franchise, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“We’ve been in the business for 13 years and we have our ups and downs,” Wilf said, per the Star Tribune. “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.”

Wilf added that the Vikings are expected to make few changes to the coaching staff that pulled off a 13-win season in 2017, despite losing their starting quarterback (Sam Bradford) and running back (Dalvin Cook) in the early goings. Wilf said Minnesota will “just continue what we’re doing with the people we’re doing it with, and we’ll get there.”

“There” is the ever-elusive Super Bowl, in which Minnesota has not played in 41 years despite making six conference championship games since its last berth. In a season riddled by injuries to big names in the NFC (Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham, Carson Wentz) and characterized by an upheaval of the previous order, the Vikings had a great opportunity, perhaps their best since 1998, to finally break whatever curse has cast them into football purgatory.

But the title game loss flipped that narrative on its head, and now Minnesota enters 2018 with nagging questions at the game’s most important position, where all three of its quarterbacks are slated to enter free agency.

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