"Put all the pressure in the world on us," said Allen, while attending the Vikings' three-day minicamp last weekend. "Expectations should be high. Winning is expected. That's not a hopeful thing. It's not like, ‘We hope to get here.'
"We expect to win the NFC North. We expect to go to the playoffs, and we expect to do well in the playoffs. We expect to go to the Super Bowl. That cannot be put on the back burner. I came here because I expect to win. That's the attitude this organization has."
Allen, acquired in a blockbuster offseason trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and then signed to a six-year, $73.3 million contract, is a major reason the Vikings should show major improvement from the team that went 8-8 last season.
Free-agent additions Bernard Berrian and Madieu Williams also are expected to be difference-makers.
Coach Brad Childress and the rest of the Vikings brass got their first look at the entire roster during the minicamp. Childress didn't appear adverse to the confidence displayed by Allen.
"Things always build this time of year," Childress said. "Our guys are able to look around and know that the team continues to get better. That's our job — to continue to put good players on the field.
"Competition continues to grow, and that's what you want to try to do to be a good football team. ... You've got to be a pretty confident guy outright in this business, first of all, to play it. As a unit — offense, defense, special teams — I think our confidence continues to build."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Because that's how I feel. It ain't nothing that, ‘I'm going to say this to get attention.' That's what my plan is, that's one of my goals is to make history." — Ray Edwards explaining why he said he planned to break Michael Strahan's singe-season record of 22.5 sacks.