Adam Thielen: Kevin O’Connell’s arrival has been a breath of fresh air

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One theme of the offseason in Minnesota has been Vikings players sharing good feelings about the change in head coaches from Mike Zimmer to Kevin O’Connell and wide receiver Adam Thielen has jumped on that bandwagon.

Thielen dealt with an ankle injury that caused him to miss several games late last season, but said in an interview with KMSP that he has no lingering issues with the injury. He added that he feels fresh and energetic since O’Connell has taken the reins because “the culture that’s been created here is just a breath of fresh air.”

“It’s been great. When you hear about the news, you kind of look back at the track record and you look back at what they did, and you’re excited, right? But then you get in here, you start learning the system and you start getting on the field,” Thielen said. “Really, when you get on the field and you start running through stuff, you’re like ‘man, this is fun. This is exciting.’ When I talk about a breath of fresh air and kind of rejuvenation, it’s because when you get out here, it’s like stuff makes sense and it’s exciting. We have a great team, we have a great locker room, we have great coaches, we have great leadership. So, we just got to make sure we keep working hard and keep gaining ground because there is a lot of learning. So there’s a lot of extra work, a lot of details we got to focus on right now that will help us in the long run.”

The Vikings have finished outside of the playoff picture the last two seasons and the clearest sign that they’ve really turned the page will come once that drought is put to rest. If the good feelings of the offseason prove sustainable, that could come as soon as this year.

19 responses to “Adam Thielen: Kevin O’Connell’s arrival has been a breath of fresh air

  1. Rodgers owns and will continue to own this team. 30+ years of dominance. Favre and Rodgers. Green Bay has dominated this team.

  2. In some ways I feel sorry for Zimmer. The man seems to have difficulty communicating with people in a reasonable and constructive manner.

  3. He’s basically saying “head coaches with a defensive approach tend to get stale if they’re not willing to evolve” it’s a team game & I agree. Todd Bowles WILL NOT get in the way of his offense. I’m sure he’s learned and evolved to that point.

  4. religionisforidiots says:
    May 31, 2022 at 9:42 am
    Rodgers owns and will continue to own this team. 30+ years of dominance. Favre and Rodgers. Green Bay has dominated this team.
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    A little more even than you would think… MN is 27-32-2 against GB since Favre’s arrival
    *MN was 3-1 against GB with Favre.

  5. “Rodgers owns and will continue to own this team. 30+ years of dominance. Favre and Rodgers. Green Bay has dominated this team.”
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    And only two Super Bowls to show for it. What an embarrassment.

  6. Lots of talent – I think they’ll be good this year. 10/11 wins unless their pass rush ends up in therapy.

  7. religionisforidiots says:
    May 31, 2022 at 9:42 am
    Rodgers owns and will continue to own this team. 30+ years of dominance. Favre and Rodgers. Green Bay has dominated this team.
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    Brett Favre was 17-14 vs the Vikings and Rodgers is 14-10-1. Yes they have above .500 records but I’d hardly call that dominance.

  8. Rodgers owns and will continue to own this team. 30+ years of dominance. Favre and Rodgers. Green Bay has dominated this team.

    Hmmm……Since Rodgers took over in 2008 the Packers are 15-11-2 vs the Vikings. From 1992 to 2007 Favre was 16-15 vs the Vikings and lost the only playoff game the teams had played up until that point. So basically since the Favre-Rodgers era the Packers are 1-1 in playoff games and 31-26-2 overall. I don’t know what your definition of dominance is but I don’t think that record meets that standard.

  9. Zimmer was obviously in a bad way toward the end. Too bad because he knew his football. But he was more in the mold of Brad Childress than Denny Green. I hope the new regime is right, that with pretty much the same talent and a few tweaks we are ready to soar. But I am skeptical.

  10. Seems to me he’s more excited about learning new things than he is trashing the old regime. The schedule is easier this year, but the Lions are better and the jury is still out on this defense. Can’t say I’m expecting any huge difference in wins and losses, but hope I’m wrong like I’ve been a bazillion times before.

  11. Wow! There sure is a lot of hype for a guy who basically stood next to Sean McVay on the sidelines for two seasons.
    Never even called a play.
    That’s alright, I’m looking forward to a litany of new excuses for this season’s series of unfortunate events.
    How does this go now, In O’Connell We Trust? 🤣

  12. purpleguy says:
    May 31, 2022 at 1:46 pm
    Seems to me he’s more excited about learning new things than he is trashing the old regime. The schedule is easier this year, but the Lions are better and the jury is still out on this defense. Can’t say I’m expecting any huge difference in wins and losses
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    Curious why you think the Lions are instantly better but the jury is still out on a defense that gave up more points to end the half and games than any other team in the last 20 years. And that team added numerous players, at every level of said defense. I mean, I suspect it’s just a defense mechanism by you in not getting your hopes up. But when a team loses 8 games by less than 1 score each, changes the entire coaching staff, and obviously improves the problem from last year (defense), I would think optimism for a wild card should be the expectation.

  13. Wafflestomp says:
    May 31, 2022 at 2:18 pm
    Wow! There sure is a lot of hype for a guy who basically stood next to Sean McVay on the sidelines for two seasons.
    Never even called a play.
    That’s alright, I’m looking forward to a litany of new excuses for this season’s series of unfortunate events.
    How does this go now, In O’Connell We Trust?
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    LaFleur also didn’t call plays under McVay. Then called plays for the 27th best offense in Tennessee. He seems to be doing alright.

  14. tinye67 says:
    May 31, 2022 at 10:29 am
    “Rodgers owns and will continue to own this team. 30+ years of dominance. Favre and Rodgers. Green Bay has dominated this team.”
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    And only two Super Bowls to show for it. What an embarrassment.
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    No, not an embarrassment, not at all.
    Both of those years were thrilling seasons that I will always look back on fondly.
    The first Super Bowl I ever attended was down in New Orleans in ‘96, it was an amazing time shared with family and friends.
    It was an amazing event to finally see my team, after all those years, hoist the Lombardi trophy once again.
    Bring it back home, if you will.

    No, an embarrassment would be to waste the careers of that 70’s Viking defense that was never effected by free agency, Fran Tarkington, or basically crapping away the careers of Hall of Famers like Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson without barely sniffing the playoffs.
    How is that even possible???

    In over 60 years you’d think that lousy Viking franchise would win at least one single championship.
    Like even by accident. 🤣

  15. religionisforidiots says:
    May 31, 2022 at 9:42 am
    Rodgers owns and will continue to own this team. 30+ years of dominance. Favre and Rodgers. Green Bay has dominated this team.
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    Boy you got torched with some stats there my friend. Do your homework son! You got your own problems in Green Bay Lafleur is unhappy about a couple of faces not being at OTAs according to his press conference today. Give you a guess who the two were…..😭😭😭😭😭😭

  16. tinye67 says:
    May 31, 2022 at 10:29 am
    And only two Super Bowls to show for it. What an embarrassment.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Minnesota Vikings have had more HOF quarterbacks than the Packers, more All-Pro quarterbacks than the Packers, and more Pro-Bowl designee quarterbacks than the Packers.

  17. But when a team loses 8 games by less than 1 score each, changes the entire coaching staff, and obviously improves the problem from last year (defense),

    *****

    You act like changing the entire coaching staff automatically means you have better coaches. But it doesn’t.

  18. packerlies says:
    May 31, 2022 at 10:28 pm
    But when a team loses 8 games by less than 1 score each, changes the entire coaching staff, and obviously improves the problem from last year (defense),

    *****

    You act like changing the entire coaching staff automatically means you have better coaches. But it doesn’t.
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    Well……the evidence says it is better. What evidence? The last coach, whom I liked for a while, was a defensive guru. And, his defenses the last two years were terrible. It’s absolutely an improvement. And expecting better is definitely not out of the question. Some teams change coaches because they go 1-15 and don’t have any talent. That is not the situation here.

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