Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said that when the Vikings lost their final regular-season game to the Bears, thus missing the playoffs, the ownership group knew major changes had to happen. But he said it also felt like the Vikings had the right people in place to make those changes, Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
“Well, it was a disappointing season,” Wilf, also the team president, said last week. “We didn’t like the way it ended and it was a bitter taste in all of our months and we got right to work the day after that game. Coach Zimmer, Rick Spielman, the whole organization has had a plan, and we’re executing it and we like the changes, so far.”
Wilf said that for a team with such a solid core group of players, this offseason has seen a tremendous amount of change.
“We had a real busy offseason, did a lot in both free agency and the draft, and I think we’re set up well for the months ahead and the season ahead,” Wilf said. “We’re in a good direction. We like our team, busy with practices and the next phase of OTAs are next week. It’s the next step in the process.”
There is no doubt the Wilfs and the Vikings front office were both pleased with some aspects of Kirk Cousins’ performance in 2018 but also know the only way for him to earn his contract — which will pay him $29 million in 2019, the second-highest total in the NFL behind only Detroit’s Matthew Stafford — is a playoff run.
“I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well,” Mark Wilf said. “He’s doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team.”
What are his expectations as the team gets ready to start OTAs? “We expect a lot better season, and we’re working hard every day,” Wilf said. “I know our coaches, and staff, and players are working hard and getting ready for the season.”