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Bud Grant urges NFL to change rules to reduce kneeldowns, fair catches, touchbacks

Bud Grant urges NFL to change rules to reduce kneeldowns, fair catches, touchbacks

Hall of Fame former Vikings coach Bud Grant is, at 95, almost as old as the NFL itself. But he’s not done offering suggestions for how the league can improve quality of play. Grant told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he […]

Kevin O’Connell wants Vikings’ defensive players to know he’s not just an offensive coach

Kevin O’Connell wants Vikings’ defensive players to know he’s not just an offensive coach

New Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell was a quarterback during his playing career, and a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator before he became head coach of the Vikings this offseason. He has never played or coached on defense. But he […]

After “fear-based” approach under Mike Zimmer, Eric Kendricks is happy with new Vikings’ direction

After “fear-based” approach under Mike Zimmer, Eric Kendricks is happy with new Vikings’ direction

Former Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had an old-school, Parcells-style, tell-it-like-he-sees-it approach. After Zimmer was fired, linebacker Eric Kendricks characterized the team as being “fear-based” under Zimmer. Kendricks is feeling a different emotion with the new Minnesota coaching staff. Typically, teams […]

Kevin O’Connell praises Kellen Mond, who is getting a new start under a new coach

Kevin O’Connell praises Kellen Mond, who is getting a new start under a new coach

It’s unclear exactly what Kellen Mond did to get in Mike Zimmer’s doghouse last year, or when it even happened. Maybe it was being unvaccinated from COVID-19, as were two other quarterbacks on the roster last preseason. Maybe it […]

Dalvin Cook likes Vikings’ running back depth

Dalvin Cook likes Vikings’ running back depth

Dalvin Cook clearly is the Vikings’ RB1, but he has never played a full season in his five NFL seasons. He missed four games last season after sitting out 21 in his first four seasons. The Vikings have had Alexander Mattison behind Cook the past three seasons […]

Kevin O’Connell: Irv Smith Jr. is going to be a major part of what we do

Kevin O’Connell: Irv Smith Jr. is going to be a major part of what we do

Irv Smith Jr. was slated to be the Vikings’ starting tight end in 2021. But then he suffered a torn meniscus just before the start of the regular season and ended up missing the entire year. Smith has […]

Dalvin Cook gets reps at receiver in early Vikings practices

Dalvin Cook gets reps at receiver in early Vikings practices

The Vikings have commenced Organized Team Activities for the first time under new coach Kevin O’Connell. The offensive-minded coach may have his mind set on getting the most he can out of one key member of the offense. Via Chad Graff of TheAthletic.com, Cook […]

Danielle Hunter is back from another injury and feeling “pretty good”

Danielle Hunter is back from another injury and feeling “pretty good”

Edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith will give the Vikings one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL if they remain healthy. If. . . . Smith played only one regular-season game and the Packers’ postseason game last season because of […]

Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith have become fast friends

Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith have become fast friends

Vikings edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith became fast friends at the Pro Bowl in Orlando in January 2020. They became teammates in March when Smith signed with the Vikings. “The first time I met him (at the Pro Bowl), he was a cool, young, […]

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on trading within division: Feelings can’t get in the way of improving the team

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on trading within division: Feelings can’t get in the way of improving the team

It wasn’t a huge surprise that Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah traded out of the 12th overall pick in order to gather more selections over the course of the draft, but the team he traded with was a […]