Vikings not as good 'on paper' after losing Harvin, Winfield - KMSP-TV

Vikings not as good 'on paper' after losing Harvin, Winfield

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Chad Greenway acknowledges the Minnesota Vikings may not be as good as they once were following the offseason departures of Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield.

"I don't think, on paper, you could say we're a better team because we lose those two cogs," Greenway said. "Antoine from a defensive standpoint is how we all like to play the game -- full speed all the time, using every pound of his body to be an amazing guy, amazing teammate as a leader for us. Percy, losing him, tremendous abilities, it's hard to replace that kind of guy."

Despite the losses, Greenway said the talent is still there for another playoff run.

"The guys we do have here, we have amazingly talented guys we think will be pretty good," HE said. "It's groundwork and we have to set up a foundation."

The Vikings have a group players on the last year of their contracts including Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Brian Robison, but Greenway doesn't see money being an issue with these guys.

"Everybody wants to be that guy getting the contract he knows he deserves. The reality of the NFL is you can't," Greenway said. "If you have six good players you can't pay them all what they want. Everybody's mentality is the right mentality. Everybody's here working for the common goal of being a great team, not being a great individual to get that great contract."

When quarterback Christian Ponder didn't take the field because of an injury, Greenway says that was never a concern for him.

"You don't play a full season and go through the ups and downs and emotional things and have so much success and learn like he did, he wanted to play as much as anybody in that game," Greenway said. "There was never a time when we questioned him about his willingness to play. We knew that if he could play, he'd have been there."

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