Put yourself in Rick Spielman’s shoes for a minute.
Your franchise is building one of the league’s best stadiums, you’ve drafted a potential long-term quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, and a playoff berth seems like a realistic goal in 2015. Optimism around the Vikings is higher than it has been in recent years — thanks for the memories, Christian — but a dark cloud hangs over Minnesota.
The storm has been brewing for months, bringing with it vicious rumors, allegations, and speculation. It’s cast its shadow over your team’s bright future, and the nasty weather doesn’t appear to be clearing anytime soon.