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The Minnesota Vikings kicked off a major offseason on January 10 by firing the general manager and head coach in one fell swoop.
Rick Spielman, who worked with the team for 16 years, and Mike Zimmer, who was in charge for eight seasons, were sacked, leading to the appointment of Quesi Adopho-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell. The pendulum is swaying in Minnesota, and in the age of defense সর্ব always, run-first football was pivoting towards youth-oriented analysis based on cowardice, crime প্রথম first thought.
Some Vikings enthusiastically predicted an introvert for the roster, which they believed would lead to a remake of the Vikings version. This was largely incorrect, as the new general manager billed his vision as a “competitive reconstruction” where the Vikings would compete. Now And plan for the future – just as powerful franchises such as the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots embrace.
Significantly, Adopho-Mensah re-signed quarterback Kirk Cousins, forcing an extra year on the contract with a no-trade clause to boot. Cousins will now lead Minnesota crime by the end of 2023.
Through free agency and NFL drafts, Adopho-Mensah primarily targets defenses for improvement, with Jaderias Smith (EDGE), Harrison Phillips (DL), Jordan Hicks (LB), newcomers like Chandon Sullivan (CB), Lewis Siner . (Rookie, S), Andrew Booth (Rookie, CB), and Brian Asamoah (Rookie, LB).
On tuesday Bleacher Report Each team was assigned an “offseason grade” and for the Vikings, the mark was ‘B’.
From Christopher Knox Bleacher Report The Vikings were reluctant to back the offseason wholeheartedly but were generally appreciative, saying, “We’ll have to wait and see if O’Connell can indulge more than a crime that showed talent in 2021 but lacked results.” Although the overall list is more complete than it was a year ago, Minnesota has a reasonable chance of returning to the postseason for the first time since 2019. “
From ‘B’ grade Bleacher Report In fact it was quite high because only 10 other teams got higher scores. According to Knox, the best off-season management teams included the Indianapolis Colts, the Las Vegas Riders and the New York Jets – all with an ‘A-‘.
The worst – within the ‘D’ range – were the Chicago Bears, the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers.
In Vikings, the enterprise is banking One The tragedy of the last two years is former coach Mike Zimmer. Keeping the depth chart largely intact based on Adofo-Mensah’s choices, the working theory is that O’Connell can carry men of the same group – more. Otherwise, Adopho-Mensah had the golden opportunity and the green light to start from scratch. After evaluating the roster and pay cap, however, Adopho-Mensah has doubled the existing roster core, thus renewing the all-in-stake for the Vikings, who have been present since the end of the 2015 season.
‘Offseason grade’ or ‘draft grade’ is always complicated because the viewer works in the best-case or worst-case situation. Thus, the consequences of Adopho-Mensah’s decision will become clearer when the regular season begins.
But, hey, at least the Vikings didn’t make the ‘D +’ like departmental rivals Bears did.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).