Imagine the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons are classmates in school (the NFL); both receive high grades, score well on tests, and excel in most subjects. Near the end of the school year, the teacher hands out a test, one the Vikings and Falcons must pass to graduate. Unfortunately, it’s the Falcons who pass and the Vikings who stumble, missing one too many questions.
I’m a fan of analogies, so grant me this imagery for a moment. The Vikings and Falcons – save for an MVP quarterback – are eerily similar, with defensive-minded coaches leading teams built primarily through the NFL Draft. Each franchise places a high value on draft picks and spends money sparingly on high-profile free agents.