MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings are off to one of their slowest starts in years, but owner Red McCombs still has faith the 1-3 team will make the playoffs.
"We have a lot of guys that are working very hard and I have a lot of confidence that this team is getting ready to get on the winning side and stay there for a long period of time," he said.
"We know that we have a very good NFL team. But having a good NFL team is not enough. You have to be better than the other guys, because they're going to be pretty good, too. The great teams are the ones that get to the playoffs, and I have a lot of confidence that we'll be one of those teams."
Asked his appraisal of coach Dennis Green's performance, McCombs said: "My comment on that is we're very fortunate in Minnesota to have Dennis Green head up our football program."
Green, meanwhile, affirmed his faith in the Vikings' immediate future during his weekly appearance on a radio show.
Green reiterated his prediction that tailback Michael Bennett would gain 1,000 yards this season (he has 168 through four games), that receiver Randy Moss would score at least 17 touchdowns (he has one) and that quarterback Daunte Culpepper would finish in the NFL's top three for passing yards (he ranks second).
"Write it down and quit your damn worrying," Green said. "And let me coach the football team."
Speaking of the football team, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Winfield Garnett is tired of being just solid.
In their first four games this season, the defensive line has played anywhere from satisfactory (against Tampa Bay) to poorly (against New Orleans).
After registering just 31 sacks last season, Minnesota jettisoned veteran John Randle and Gabe Northern and signed free agent Lance Johnstone in a youth movement aimed at utilizing speed to create more sacks and pressure.
The changes haven't netted much heading into Sunday's game against Detroit at the Metrodome. The Vikings defense has sacked the quarterback a league-worst three times.
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