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Questions answered: Ejiro Evero, The NFC as Less Deunting, Assigning a Grade

December 23, 2018; Glendale, Arizona, United States; Los Angeles Rams safety coach Ejiro Evero against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

The following questions relate to current Minnesota Vikings issues, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the February 1st issue addressed in a hip way. If you have any questions, please email them to [email protected]

Also, please note: These are opinion-based answers. Some answers will be wrong from time to time. But we will try to keep that to a minimum.

Questions answered: Ejiro Evero, The NFC as Less Deunting, Assigning a Grade

Q: Is Ejiro Evero now considered a front-runner to land the Vikings defensive coordinator job?

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08/22/2020; Inglewood California, United States; Los Angeles Rams safety coach Ejiro Evero during a practice session at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A: No, just because he hasn’t applied for the job yet.

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert tweeted on Wednesday“The reason the Vikings’ search for a defensive coordinator has been quiet lately is because sources say they are waiting to see if they can get an interview with the Denver Broncos’ Ejiro Evero. Right now he’s a candidate for the head coaching job in Indianapolis and Arizona.”

Right now, Evero has better options than the Viking Defense Coordinator job. He held that job in Denver last year. He’s ready to climb the ladder – and will soon, no matter what happens in 2023.

The Vikings want Evero but may have to ‘settle’ with Brian Flores or Sean Desai. If multiple organizations are passing Evero, then yes, there is a way for him to lead Minnesota’s 2023 defense.

Q: Do you think the NFC is more winnable or less intimidating now that Tom Brady has retired?

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Aug 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

A: Naturally. With Tom Brady, Drew Brees, the good version of Russell Wilson, and possibly Aaron Rodgers from the conference, the Vikings should reasonably be in contention for the NFC next year and beyond.

Other good quarterbacks will emerge from the rubble of aging veterans, but for now, those future Hall of Famers have walked out of the conference. And everyone likes that, especially the Vikings.

Q: Assign a grade to the Vikings for the 2022 season. I want to see how objective you are.

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11/24/2022; Minneapolis, Minn., USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell shake hands after the game at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: Ohhhhh, a challenge.

Well, by early December or so we would have given it an ‘A’ or ‘A-‘ emphatically. But because Minnesota embarrassingly rebounded from the playoffs at home, we must give a ‘B’ grade.

No one expected the Vikings to win 13 games in 2022, and Vegas odds makers were predicting eight or nine wins. Then Kevin O’Connell finished the tournament 13:4, won the NFC North and exceeded all expectations. The problem, however, was the punctuation. Not an elite football team, the Giants crushed the Vikings in their homeland. It was bad.

Thankfully, O’Connell takes redeeming steps to fix the defense and fires Ed Donatell four days after the postseason folly. Still, it would be bold to award anything better than a “B” for a season that includes a wildcard home loss.

It’s a B

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Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday Raun saw and Sal spice. His obsession with Vikings dates back to 1996. Listed Guilty Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (the band).

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