Podcast: The Vikings and culture (it matters!)
The time to mock "culture" as some nebulous term is over. Especially if these 2022 Minnesota Vikings can build a winner. We discuss the state of this franchise on the podcast.
OK, OK. Fine. Let’s say it together now: Culture matters.
These aren’t all empty words spewed into a mic.
As long as what a head coach implements is sensible and player-driven and doesn’t involve the 24/7/365 berating of players in meetings, yes, we can use that term. That “thrown around” term as Kevin O’Connell put himself.
These 2022 Minnesota Vikings essentially underwent major heart surgery this offseason. The names on the marquee didn’t change — they’ll go as far as Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson take them — but O’Connell is making a concerted effort to get the absolute best out of everyone on the roster. Frankly, he wants guys to be happy when they wake up in the morning.
And they are.
Players like Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen and Danielle Hunter all detailed to Go Long how the sun is rising in Vikings Country. Day-to-day life was miserable under Mike Zimmer, and those around for the old and new regimes were refreshingly honest in our two-part series.
Here on the Go Long Podcast, we continue the conversation. With co-host Jim Monos — a man who also needed to decide whether to go for it or slam the reset button in an NFL front office — we dissect where the Vikings are and where the Vikings are going. Our resident longtime NFL scout/exec believes this team can win with Kirk Cousins, too.
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Also: We’ll be sharing more details on our ‘22 podcast plans with Fattey Beer Company here in Western NY very soon. We cannot wait to meet folks in person this football season.