5 potential scapegoats if things go wrong for the Vikings in 2022

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Zygi Wilf – Owner

One figure that could be in the firing line if the Vikings cannot progress next time around is Zygi Wilf. There is no Mike Zimmer or Rick Spielman to carry the can anymore, so attention will soon turn to ownership if his offseason gamble fails to bring the necessary improvements.

It’s hard to gauge just how successful Wilf has been since buying the Vikings. The team has had some incredible moments under his leadership and U.S. Bank Stadium is an absolute triumph, but Minnesota has been nearly-men throughout his tenure and this is unlikely to change in 2022.

The Vikings are one of the oldest organizations still waiting for a Super Bowl. Outside of one of two near misses in recent years, their fortunes can be described as inconsistent.

Removing the head coach and general manager in one swoop was a calculated gamble by Wilf, a real estate billionaire who knows a thing or two about taking risks.

However, if it blows up in his face there will be far more questions than answers about the current direction of the franchise.

All Wilf can do is wait and hope things can get on the right track. And the fans will do everything in their power from the stands to give the Vikings all the help they can.