Questions Answered: The O’Connell Snub, the Jets-Rodgers Hubbub, Jefferson MVP Votes

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Questions Answered: The O’Connell Snub, the Jets-Rodgers Hubbub, Jefferson MVP Votes

Q: Why didn’t Kevin O’Connell get any Coach of the Year attention at all? Not even a finalist?

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Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell looks on during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Well, the field was quite competitive, with so many first-year head coaches getting the nod. Brian Daboll and Doug Pederson certainly deserved the nod.

Aside from that, yes, it was a screwjob. O’Connell should’ve been considered a finalist over Sean McDermott in Buffalo, who guided a great roster to a Divisional Round playoff loss. There was nothing overly special about McDermott’s achievement, especially as Bill Belichick used to do it annually with Tom Brady — and nobody cared.

O’Connell should’ve at least received a finalist status. No cigar.

Q: Do you think any of the Aaron Rodgers + New York Jets stuff is real?

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Nov 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

A: Sure, absolutely. We believe the stars align between Nathaniel Hackett landing that offensive coordinator job and Rodgers apparently interested — it sounds like he’s interested? — in departing Green Bay after 18 years.

It’s just genuinely hilarious that all of this is precisely what Brett Favre did. The waffling, the suspense, the melodrama, the Jets angle — all of it is reminiscent of Favre. This is quite wild, all things considered.

Generally speaking, we’ll believe it when we see it with Rodgers leaving the Packers.

Q: As a finalist, will Justin Jefferson get any actual MVP votes when the polling is done?

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) runs with the ball after making a catch while defended by New York Giants cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (22) during the first quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: Maybe one or two like Cooper Kupp last year. Kupp received one, and he had a Jefferson-esque year.

On the whole, though, the MVP award is for quarterbacks, which is a silly and dumb precedent. A wide receiver has never won the award, and Jefferson won’t change history in 2022. In fact, former Viking Adrian Peterson was the last non-quarterback to win the trophy.

There’s QB bias with the MVP award, and don’t ever forget it.

Don’t even get us started on no defensive players winning the thing. That side of the ball is ignored.

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 with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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