wcblack34 Posted November 1, 2022 Share Posted November 1, 2022 9 minutes ago, vike daddy said: Last year there was tension within the team even when they won. A mini shoving match between head coach and quarterback after a victory against the Lions was evidence of that. Now Kirk Cousins and O’Connell have consistent conversations throughout the game and teammates are brandishing the low-key Cousins with their chains after wins. Players revealed postgame that they’re making Cousins a custom chain for Christmas. You wouldn’t have dreamed that sentence last year. Za’Darius Smith: “As a group and as a whole we’re treated like family and everybody has really, like family. We have a younger coach and the coach wants to know what the players want and that’s a good thing to have.” Dalvin Cook: “The feeling of going to work, the feeling of coming back in this locker room, the feeling of being around these guys is fun, it’s contagious. Coach brought that with him Day 1 when he walked in the building both in how we want to play and what team we want to be outside of this stadium.” Adam Thielen: “You go back to OTAs and it’s not just talk, coach comes in with a new culture and a new mindset and the new staff and we go on the field and spread the ball around. He talks about the amount of playmakers we have, the number of guys who can do things at a high level.” Kevin O’Connell: “The feeling you get on our sideline, in our locker room, no matter what the circumstances are, I do feel like these guys believe in each other, they believe in what we’re doing. That’s a proud feeling for a coach.” https://www.si.com/fannation/bringmethesports/vikings/the-vikings-are-oozing-with-confidence-after-another-thrilling-win?fbclid=IwAR1wGxsd8fahKTHrVjk9GGUjmJvDdHNY_c5A8LXAI396jCjksEOCxJaGs6g Culture does count. You can see the difference on the field. Even when adversity happens, it doesn't feel like it will snowball; as was the case last year. That said, something still feels "off" about this team. I don't know if they're still getting their heads around the offensive and defensive schemes, or what. It just doesn't feel, right now, like we have a team capable of dominating anyone. Still, it's fun to watch, and with the utter mediocrity on display around the league, it's hard not to ask "why not us?" 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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