They weren't last year. They definitely aren't this year. But the players generally seem to consistently spout the company line – we win as a team, we lose as a team, etc. Sunday was different.
In the span of two questions following the loss to the Saints, Chad Greenway used the phrase "we're not good enough" a total of five times.
Asked about his frustration with only having 10 carries Sunday, Adrian Peterson said in his response, "I don't know what goes through the coaches' mind."
In discussing the frustration and fatigue associated with Sunday's game, when the Saints engineered a 19-play drive that ate up more than 10½ minutes of the game clock, Jared Allen said the Vikings have "enough issues that are glaring" and "a lot of people are probably going to get fired at this point anyways."
It would be one thing if these were disgruntled players heading out the door. But these are three of the team's leaders. They're as frustrated as anyone in the locker room because all three were key components of the Vikings' magical run in 2009 and have seen the team go from the heights of success to the depths of despair in two short years.
Last week, team owner Zygi Wilf said head coach Leslie Frazier's job was safe. With a report from 1500 ESPN that some defensive backs ignored defensive calls in previous weeks, it would seem something has to give. The last thing a franchise should do is get accustomed to losing and, under the current regime, it would seem losing is becoming too commonplace to be coincidence.
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.