Vikings End Their Organized April Sweat

The Vikings have a new look and a new philosophy with new coach Brad Childress. Will it pay off? If April sweat adds up to victories later in the year, the answer is yes.

The Vikings concluded their veteran minicamp Sunday with players getting a clearer vision of what is expected in the coming season. There's no quarterback controversy. Past disappointments at linebacker don't matter with the new start. All of the top wide receivers will be given a chance to step up. In short, everything begins from scratch starting now.

The new offense and defense that the Vikings plan to install were given their first run-through with players -- a critical element to the team's future plans as they head into the draft in less than three weeks. The Vikings are loaded with draft picks and now have a much better handle on what areas the team is strong at and what areas need work.

With all the changes from ownership on down from a year ago, the Vikings are a team in transition. Last weekend's minicamp was the first step in the on-field evolution of the Vikings. That process will continue with the draft, as the Vikings look to bury the past and move forward with a new look and a new gameplan to get to the top.

* QB or Not QB Part I: The Vikings have about 30 draft-eligible players scheduled for visits -- both to talk to and to have the team's medical personnel check them out. Among them is QB Jay Cutler. Who isn't on the list? According to Childress, QB Vince Young. We've been told otherwise.
* QB or Not QB Part II: Vikes VP Rob Brzezinski said Sunday that the team never made a formal offer to the Falcons for Matt Schaub, which contradicts reports that the Vikings offered a second-round draft choice and were rebuffed.
* Brad Johnson was excused from Sunday's practice for personal reasons. Mike McMahon ran the first-team offense Sunday.

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