Minnesota Vikings preview
The Vikings are one of 10 teams with a new head coach in 2022. Mike Zimmer wasn’t a bad coach, but he felt his message fell flat with the team. Minnesota brings Kevin O’Connell Rams. Going from a defensive-minded to an attacking-minded coach should give a spark to the attacking side of the ball. That didn’t stop Minnesota from addressing the defense in the draft. They used 5 of their first 6 picks to meet the needs of the defense. It could have been the philosophy of new chief executive Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, or it could have been how the board fell. All that and more for the Minnesota Vikings’ preview entering the 2022 season.
The Minnesota Vikings enter 2022 with answers on offense and question marks on defense. Minnesota’s offense is established with a talented group of skill-position players. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen form one of the best tandems in the league. Dalvin Cook, when healthy, is an elite running back. And Kirk Cousins catches a ton of flack, but he’s consistent and can win with the talent around him. As mentioned earlier, Minnesota used 5 of their first 6 draft picks on defensive players, 3 of which were DBs.
There are still question marks with the Vikings. Tight end Irv Smith Jr. is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Vikings fans have been proud of Smith for a few seasons now, but he needs to show he’s the guy of the future. Can Kevin O’Connell make the transition from coordinator to head coach? There are real questions with the offensive line and how it can withstand elite pass rushes. Let’s take a look at the Minnesota Vikings preview for the 2022 season.