5 potential scapegoats if things go wrong for the Vikings in 2022

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Kwesi Adofo-Mensah – GM

This would be the harshest scapegoat on this list. But if the early moves made by Kwesi Adofo-Mensah don’t come off, questions will no doubt surface surrounding the Vikings’ decision to bring him on board.

Adofo-Mensah is a progressive thinker that is widely respected across the league. He took the decision to tinker with the roster rather than blow it up entirely, which piles on its own pressure as the Vikings clearly remain in win-now mode for the time being.

The general manager will be constantly assessing his options and the talent at Minnesota’s disposal in training camp. There isn’t a lot of spare cash to make further acquisitions, but the Vikings can shift some money around if the right opportunity comes along.

There is only so much Adofo-Mensah can do. Kevin O’Connell and his coaching staff have to put the game plan in place to get the best out of the players around them in Minnesota.

However, there will be some fingers pointed at the recent hire if high-end draft picks and free-agent splashes cannot make their presence felt right out of the gate.

Only time will tell as to whether or not Adofo-Mensah was the right man for the job. But he’s off to a positive start that can hopefully transition into a competitive setting when the time comes.

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