In that same vein, we can make the pseudo-claim, "I'm not a coach, but I play one on TV." Such a quilt-like disclaimer clears us from blasphemous repercussions. That said, here's an idea. Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.
The Vikings have a legitimate thoroughbred on the offense in Adrian Peterson. To be hideously honest, nobody keeps track of 0-4 teams that made the playoffs since 1970 – the established genesis of the modern NFL – because nobody who starts a season 0-4 makes the playoffs. The Vikings can't lose tomorrow. If they do, they're not doctors … or playoff contenders.
How about, for four quarters, we let A.D. live up to that moniker. Give the ball to him early, late and often – all day, if you will. There isn't a true Vikings fan that would complain if the offense saddled up Secretariat for 35 carries and said, "Rumble, young man, rumble."
Franchise players are what they are. Ask the Colts fan on your list of friends. Without Peyton Manning, the Colts are able to accomplish the physically impossible – they suck and blow at the same time. The Vikings have their franchise player and, at 0-3 with Donovan McNabb shrugging his shoulders to find an explanation, it's time to give the ball to The Answer.
Let's pay McNabb to do what he does best – turn around and hand the pill to The Doctor. The Wilfs have committed the money to keep No. 28 in Minnesota (or at least as a Viking). Peterson hates losing. He's wiling to carry the ball 40 times. The Chiefs can't stop him 25 times, much less 30 or 40.
To take the closing "I'm not a coach" disclaimer, it's time to let the franchise guy be the franchise guy – win, lose or draw (McNabb now knows that regular-season games can end in ties). Peterson has earned every dollar he's been paid by the Vikings. He's getting paid a lot more. Plan A hasn't worked. Since when is Peterson Plan B? I'm not a coach, but let's go All Day and see where that gets us.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.