If there's one painful lesson I've learned by watching my Vikings fail over and over again, it's that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.
When you're on the doorstep of the Super Bowl, you need to do whatever it takes to kick that door down.
Knock, knock Houston Texans, it's Peyton Manning. Is anyone there?
For some insane reason, the Texans are stubbornly stuck to the belief they can win a Super Bowl with Matt Schaub as their QB.
That's all fine and good in any other off-season, but this is a rare instance where a player is on the market who instantly makes any contender into a favorite to win the Lombardi Trophy.
I'm not going to pretend I know the ins-and-outs of Matt Schaub's current deal, the salary cap stuff, or what Peyton will ask for, but I do know this...one guy is Matt Schaub and the other is Peyton freaking Manning!
There are several reports out there, but it appears Peyton will likely end up where he fits best and is wanted most even if that means playing Indianapolis along the way.
Manning has said Houston would absolutely be in the mix if they went after him. Why hasn't this happened yet?
I'm sorry H-Town, but one playoff win doesn't make Peyton come to you, you have to go get him.
This is a 4-time MVP, 11-time Pro Bowler who was just dumped by his beloved Colts. He's looking for some love. The Texans need to throw themselves on this dude like a desperate contestant on ABC's The Bachelor.
Back to the Vikings real quick. This situation with Houston eerily reminds me of what Minnesota faced in '09 when Brett Favre was available. (I know, groan I just mentioned Favre again, but hear me out.)
The year before Brett's arrival, the Vikes won the division behind a good running game and solid defense. (Sound familiar Texans). But they knew in order to take that next step, they needed a major upgrade at QB. Enter the Ol' Gunslinger Favre.
The Vikes admittedly paid a boat load for Brett and he got them to the doorstep, in fact, one pass away from the Super Bowl.
Did that gamble ultimately set the franchise back in the long run? Absolutely. Does that loss still haunt Vikings fans everywhere? Absolutely. Would I relive that year again? Absolutely.
That's my point, you need a number of things to go right just to make a Super Bowl run, but no way Minnesota even gets close without Favre.
Houston is right there, but again, nothing is guaranteed. The Vikes finished the next season 6-10 with Favre back.
The Texans may not have the same fate. Maybe Matt Schaub actually stays healthy and leads them to the Super Bowl, but all I know is, I'd rather take my chances with Peyton Manning knocking down that door instead.