Kyle Sloter agreed with you a few years ago

Kyle Sloter

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter lives in an arena dear to Vikings lore.

Sloter was the team’s QB3 during pre-season in 2018 and 2019 and played gloriously in exhibition contests. And because Minnesota never employs a Nick Foles-type QB2, fans have repeatedly asked Sloter to get the nod to support QB1 Kirk Cousins.

Under Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota coaching staff never listened, however. Sloter was relegated to coaching duty as the team opted for the QB2 services of Trevor Siemian and Sean Mannion. Fans were seething.

April 30, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; New Orleans Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports.

Now Sloter unsurprisingly tears it up in the new USFL. Sloter’s New Orleans Breakers are 6-3, he leads the league in passing yards and the former Viking is up for the league MVP title.

What does it mean? Well, Vikings fans feel vindicated.

And Sloter agrees with what loyal Vikings believed in 2019 – he should have been Sean Mannion’s backup quarterback. Speaking to Chris Tomasson from Pioneer press this week, Sloter said, “Sean Mannion was two years older than me, and I was just a young guy, so it’s a big gap in knowledge. Although I think my game was superior, I think they saw in Sean the ability to help Kirk in class, and it was more appreciated.

Kyle Sloter
December 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kyle Sloter. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports.

For three seasons — and possibly four if Mannion keeps Kellen Mond at bay for QB2 this summer — the Vikings have stubbornly clung to Mannion’s QB2 commitment. When Mannion enters the games, his performance is wildly vanilla, especially compared to Cousins, indicating a different QB2 (like Mond or Sloter) Has to be a better option. Still, Minnesota imagined Mannion as the man behind Cousins.

So, for the sake of the fans, at least the on-field production owner agrees.

And Sloter could have a USFL MVP trophy to brag about sometime next month. Around the same time, Vikings viewers will begin to wonder if Mannion is “the guy” at QB2 again – or if Mond peaks his 3rd round draft stock with the making of the QB2 gig.

If the Vikings are somehow let down by Mannion or Mond, Colin Kaepernick’s whispers have also tickled the digital stratosphere. Kaepernick worked for the Las Vegas Raiders in May — his first honest try in years — and the Vikings’ new general manager was a colleague of the San Francisco 49ers for a few years. In theory, if Mannion and Mond weren’t ready for the task, Minnesota could give Kaepernick an audition. But he turns 35 this fall, having not played an NFL game since the 2016 season.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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