Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as GM

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The Vikings have their new General Manager.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, the Browns’ vice president of football operations, has been hired as the Vikings’ G.M., according to Adam Schefter.

Adofo-Mensah looked like the favorite after he got a second interview with the team yesterday. The other finalist was believed to be Ryan Poles, but Poles was hired by the Bears to be their G.M. first.

The next step for the Vikings will be hiring a head coach. Adofo-Mensah is believed to be high on 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

43 responses to “Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as GM

  1. I Like the fact that they looked outside the normal recycled candidates, and that he’s not been a GM before. Let’s hope the theme of NOT hiring recycled personnel holds true with the HC hire. Nice hire Vikes!!

  2. Do you think they had to pay him extra when he woke up this morning to 30 below Temps with windchill?

  3. Fires Zimmer and Spielman because you want to be consistently contending for championships.

    Hires guy from the Browns.

  4. Glad to see that it’s completed! In this age of analytics, this could be a very good hire!

  5. I don’t know much about him but he seems like a pretty intriguing guy. He’s obviously off the charts intellectually but someone who worked with him said he also has great people skills. He’s different from your typical personnel guy who came up through the scouting ranks. Based on his analytics background, I’m guessing he won’t be interested in paying $45 million for a slightly better than average quarterback, so that’s a good start.

  6. Analytics aren’t going to get teams as far as they think. Especially if you have no football sense. Ask Brandon Staley. I hope this guy actually understand football or it’s just another wasted hire.

  7. Great choice, young, brilliant, studies new-world data. This is the wave of the future. I think this is the best choice the Vikings could’ve made. Nice work.

  8. How wonderful, an Ivy League grad. I’d like to know how many of these Ivy League graduate egghead types have ever overseen any franchise that has won anything in professional sports. Ivy League + underage does not equal good GM.

  9. Demeco inherited a great defense developed by Robert Saleh. Hiring a one year coordinator is a big risk.

  10. Going with a defensive coach when the offense is the best unit the team has to offer is a risk if Ryans is anything like Zimmer

  11. No loss for Browns since various analytical types can’t even research when to squib kick..

  12. Smart man, with regular season MVP and postseason dud Aaron Rodgers forcing his way out of GB, the Vikings are in prime position to dominate the North unless the Lions can prove they’re finally for real over the next few years.

  13. Ryan Poles and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah are two brilliant hires – NFL owners in the Midwest stand up and take a bow – Bravo!

  14. He’s hoping to hire Demeco Ryan as Head Coach?

    Wow, really reaching for the stars on that one

  15. Poaching front office talent from the Browns, that’s about the most Vikings move anyone could expect. 🤣

  16. arealisticpackerfan says:
    January 26, 2022 at 10:53 am
    Smart man, with regular season MVP and postseason dud Aaron Rodgers forcing his way out of GB, the Vikings are in prime position to dominate the North unless the Lions can prove they’re finally for real over the next few years.
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    In a position to dominate? The Vikings lost 8 games this season to teams not in Green Bay. The Lions were 0-10-1 when they beat the Vikings. Yeah, dominate.

  17. Stay away from Demeco for at least a year or two please. Just long enough for the Jets to fire Saleh so we can swap him back in

  18. cheeseburger says:
    January 26, 2022 at 10:54 am
    Zygi & Kwesi-The Vikings Odd Couple.

    I hope so, that was a very successful pairing…..

  19. He impressed Zygi by beating him in chess. Or checkers or Go Fish. And told him “Heidi” is his favorite movie.

  20. Fires Zimmer and Spielman because you want to be consistently contending for championships.

    Hires guy from the Browns.

    Kwesi Adofo-Mensah spent the last two years with the Browns. He spent the previous seven years (2013-2019) with the 49ers building their team which has contended consistently since he arrived there in 2013.

    Also, the Browns made the playoffs in 2020 for the first time in two decades and they likely would have made it this year if Mayfield wasn’t beaten to a bloody pulp with multiple major injuries.

  21. Like the hire as a Vikings fan, but I think the Bears won this round. I like having a consensus builder who’s also the smartest guy in the room, that’s a rare combo. I would have preferred the guy who has helped build a champion and consistently progressed up the chain during multiple house-cleanings in KC (Ryan Poles).

  22. That’s hilarious. You hire a guy who has never been a scout. Never played football and actually played college basketball. But because he’s over analytics (which is a separate department than football ops) and sits in football meetings since he’s been in Cleveland ONLY, you think he will be good at making football decisions. He’s a smart guy, make no mistake about it. Ivy League educated. But every smart guy doesn’t equate to a good GM. He really just started sitting in football meetings when he got to Cleveland.

  23. Time will tell. Said to be great communicator and very smart. Now go get Ryans. His players responed great to him all year and not a one ever quit.

  24. Not that talent evalution is rocket science, but what does a walk on basketball player at Princeton and Stanford know about football. I guess since I was a scholarship Division 1 baseball player, I guess I could be a GM too. I know I have outdrafted every Browns GM since the Julio Jones draft

  25. Let’s watch Vikes fans tour “nice hire” when 2 weeks ago they had no clue who he was. Kind of like the “we stole Christian Ponder at #12” comments a decade ago.

    May turn out to be a great hire. Nobody yet knows.

  26. I’m sure there are comments above trashing the hire under the ancient theory that the guy had to be a player to a decent GM, despite the fact that numerous SB-winning GMs werent. I’m more interested in getting a smart, organized, confident guy with personnel and analytics background that has experience in the front office. He checks those boxes. Maybe he will fail, maybe not — but I appreciate the fresh approach. I also thought the Bears hire was a good one. I’m surprised he signed though given it was like -15 degrees last night.

  27. No loss for Browns since various analytical types can’t even research when to squib kick..

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    I think you’re thinking about Buffalo, but thanks for playing.

  28. He was a big part of the Niners’ braintrust while he was there. I was told he only left for the Browns because the Niners told him Adam Peters was ahead of him in the prospective GM pecking order- Niners offered him more money to stick around but that wasn’t going to change. Good for him for making the move and then making it pay off.

  29. I’m quasi-thrilled over Kwesi. Maybe he does ok but he never played football and so I think more likely he will fail. We’ll see.

  30. What a bunch of geniuses in this thread. As if ANY of you have a clue how good the guy will be. I’m going with this theory: he’s not Spielman, so I’m on board.

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