6 most disappointing Vikings moves of the 2022 offseason

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1. Deciding not to go through a full rebuild

After hiring Kevin O’Connell to be their new head coach instead of Jim Harbaugh, most assumed the Vikings were going to head into a rebuilding year or two.

Harbaugh felt like the hire to make if Minnesota wanted to win now, while O’Connell seemed like the guy to go with if the organization wanted to strip everything down and basically start from scratch.

But instead of taking advantage of having a rookie head coach and a rookie general manager in Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Minnesota’s owners have made it clear that they want the new regime to work with almost the same exact roster as the last regime and turn the team into a playoff contender.

Sometimes, for a team to accomplish their ultimate goal, they have to take a few steps backward. For whatever reason, however, the Vikings appear to be afraid of becoming even just slightly below average in 2022 in order to get better for 2023 and beyond.

Is this a strategy that will pay off? Anything is possible, but it feels more likely that Minnesota will continue to tread water in Lake Mediocrity until they are able to realize that taking a few steps back is what the franchise probably needs in order to reach a new level of success.

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