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Jim Souhan is a sports columnist for the Star Tribune. He has worked at the paper since 1990, previously covering the Twins and Vikings.

Souhan was Sports Editor of his high school paper at Vianney in St. Louis. He wrote and edited for the Missourian at the University of Missouri, where he earned a journalism degree with an emphasis on American literature.

Souhan: Fleck must prove he can win with his own defensive recruits

This is the first season in which P.J. Fleck has had to rely mostly on his own recruits, and specifically the class he had to patch together after being hired at Minnesota.

Souhan: Ranking NFL quarterbacks, from franchises to compromises

NFL teams can win Super Bowls without great quarterbacks, but it doesn't happen often. Given that history, the Vikings are in long-term trouble.

Souhan: One loss doesn't mean Gophers can't dominate this market

The Vikings are down. Most others are out. So even with Saturday night's loss, the Gophers still could become the preeminent sports team in the state of Minnesota.

Souhan: If Vikings rebuild, should Spielman and Zimmer be in charge?

Decisions made on Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Yannick Ngakoue aren't looking good. So it's fair to question if the current Vikings general manager and coach should be making decisions for the future.

Souhan: Did a playoff victory actually doom the Vikings' future?

Who deserves the blame for the Vikings' 1-5 record and seemingly dismal future? Here's a nomination for an unlikely candidate.

Souhan: Far from a cure, Cousins is what ails the Vikings

On Sunday vs. Atlanta, the Vikings produced the kind of performance that gets coaches fired and quarterbacks benched.

Souhan: Sid was a true original, and he was ours

In a profession that at least pretends to value objectivity and professional distance, Sid Hartman was a fan who owned valuable real estate in the region's biggest newspaper.

Souhan: Zimmer trusted his gut on fourth down vs. Seattle — justifiably

There has to be room in sports for human intuition, and for leaders who know their players. Mike Zimmer's late-game decision in the Vikings' loss to Seattle last Sunday sparked a week's worth of second-guessing.

Souhan: More NFL games on Tuesdays? Bring 'em on

The pandemic has induced sports chaos anyway, so the midweek experiment might as well continue even if coaches crave routine and regimentation.

Souhan: LeBron is the greatest ... for these strange, polarized times

Two players rose above all others in the Florida bubbles: Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm and James. Both led their teams to championships. Both could at some point be regarded as the best to ever play the game.