May 17, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports.
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May 17, 2022; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports.
After the firings of Rick Spearman and Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings general manager Quesey Adolfo-Mensah received a solid green light to rebuild the team this offseason. Instead, he hired a head coach, Kevin O’Connell, to lead a roster broadly similar to the 2021 edition that ended the season 8-9.
Since Adofo-Mensah took office, he’s also been mumbling about “living in the moment” and future” as his team-building philosophy, so rebuilding – which some fans fanatically crave – has never been on the agenda.
Adofo-Mensah Wednesday from Pro Football Talk And explained his rationale for building a competitive roster in 2022. Frankly, he doesn’t believe in the effect of reconstruction. Adofo-Mensah told Florio, “Everyone said ‘Tear it down’ so quickly, right? It’s like the simplest thing to say in sports. But there are so many costs and things involved. “
Adofo-Mensah compared the current Vikings to the 2022 Boston Celtics, which as of May 26, while detailing why the Vikings will remain competitive under his coaching The team is just one game away from the NBA Finals. Four months ago, the Celtics’ two best players, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, were immersed in trade rumors as some onlookers thought the time was ripe.
Adolfo-Mensah admits to Celtics in 2022, saying: “Four months ago, everyone wanted the Celtics to trade their two best players, right? How much would it take to build a capital draft? year?”
If the Celtics trade Tatum and Brown, the team is unlikely to be on the doorstep of its 27th NBA Finals.
Evidence of the Vikings following this strategy is evident in free agency and in the 2022 NFL Draft. Minnesota signed impact players like Zadarius Smith, Harrison Phillips and Jordan Hicks in a sign of their desire to win now rather than rebuild emotionally. Then in the draft, Minnesota reshuffled second-line players, adding Lewis Sheen (S), Andrew Booth (CB), Akaleb Evans (CB), and even a lineup with safety attributes By Brian Asamoah.