The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a disappointing finish to their 22-23 season.
Despite going 13-4, the Vikings lost a home playoff game in the first round to the New York Giants.
But, how they got to 13-4, is a credit to the job done by the first-year General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
He stepped in as GM with a lot on his plate but made all the right moves.
The biggest move might have been hiring Kevin O’Connell to be their head coach.
In one season, O’Connell turned the franchise around and got them back to the playoffs.
Adofo-Mensah deserves plenty of credit for the moves he made to turn the Vikings back into contenders.
Hired the winningest Vikings coach in history
Traded for TJ Hockenson
Got Za’Darius Smith in the building while the Packers paid him more
Had a good first draft with solid depth and an elite punter
Got Brian Flores as DC over a HC job. #LetsGoKwesi #Skol
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Even though the moves made during the season did not result in any postseason success, the Vikings are headed in the right direction.
The most recent move by Adolfo-Mensah was hiring Brian Flores as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
Flores’ name was floating around as a potential head coach candidate before the Vikings scooped him up.
Minnesota had a terrible defense last season, giving up the second-most yards per game (388.7).
Their season was capped off by getting exposed by Giants quarterback Daniel Jones in the playoffs.
Flores has experience leading good defenses and should be an immediate upgrade in Minnesota.
The next step for Adolfo-Mensah will be to nail this upcoming NFL draft.
As most GMs are usually praised or criticized for how well they draft.
If he can continue to bring in good young talent for the Vikings, they should once again compete in the NFC next year.NEXT: NFL Fans React To Brian Flores' New Job