October 7, 2022

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Kevin O’Connell: It wasn’t fair to ask Keelen Mund to be my #2 quarterback

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The Vikings spent most of the summer competing against back-up quarterbacks Keelen Mund And the Shawn Manionbut they ended up cutting both on Tuesday and proceeding with their latest business acquisition Nick Mullins As No. 2 behind Kirk Cousins.

Brown had called for Mond to be relinquished, so Mond would continue to develop in Cleveland. Allowing any team in the league to claim such a young player suggests that Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell have less of an opinion of Mond than Adovo Mensah’s predecessor, Rick Spielman, who drafted Mond in the third round. for a year.

O’Connell was courtesy of Mond when asked about the move during Thursday’s press conference and said the quarterback has “improved dramatically” over the course of the season, but that improvement wasn’t enough for O’Connell to feel comfortable having Mond as the Cousins’ backup.

“I think he’s got all the things you look for in an NFL quarterback,” O’Connell said. “You can put a lot of pressure on a player if he’s not ready. In my personal opinion, I still think Keelen has made tremendous progress, but to ask him to be that number 2 linebacker, being fast in a team we feel so strong about the competition. I didn’t think that It was fair to both.”

Finding ways to retain all the players you want can be a tough exercise for NFL teams, but it’s hard to imagine the Vikings couldn’t find someone in another position to cut on Tuesday if they were truly convinced that Mond could become a capable starter in time. What’s in the future. Brown was intrigued even more by the prospect, and Adofo-Mensah said the Vikings are now exploring other options for a third quarterback to add to the coaching staff.

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