Ex-Vikings star Chad Greenway dismisses early NFL draft, looks promising in new leadership

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Minnesota Vikings General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has gotten less than raving reviews for his first NFL Draft but for one former star linebacker, one night doesn’t necessarily define a team’s fate, especially as a new – and promising – regime takes over.

Former Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway, who spent his entire 11-year career with the Vikings, told a recent interview in Fox News Digital that while he was too confused with the decision to trade two picks to the NFC North rivals, history has shown that “Guys miss on drafts all the time.”

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“There are a couple of people you can’t trade with in the world, the Lions and the Packers – Right, if you’re a Vikings fan. So that trade goes down, and we give up that ticket in the first round and they go get a receiver and now with all that being said we get to go cover that receiver for the next 10 years which is really interesting. “

Chad Greenway # 52 of the Minnesota Vikings runs down the sideline after an interception during the first half of the game on November 6, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“The new regime is exciting. I think what you do with Kwesi and Coach (Kevin) O’Connell is bringing you a new staff that is exciting, that people are really excited to be a part of and be behind, but then it It comes with question marks in experience and other questions, “Greenway continued. “So you go through the draft and, for all intents and purposes, the national pundits said this was a really negative draft, and they didn’t give it a very good grade, but I know from experience that doesn’t always mean We know that guys miss drafts all the time even in the high picks, so we just need to let this thing take its course. Let’s see what happens. Give these kids an opportunity to prove what they ‘ re worth and what they are worth. “

The Vikings selected former Georgia safety Lewis Cine with the No. 32 overall pick. The Vikings traded down from the no. 12 selection with Kyle Hamilton, who was considered one of the best safeties in the draft, is still on the board at the time. For Greenway, he’s confident with the direction Minnesota went in.

Georgia Bulldogs DB Lewis Cine (16) celebrates with Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and ESPN host Rece Davis against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 10, 2022 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis , IN.

Georgia Bulldogs DB Lewis Cine (16) celebrates with Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and ESPN host Rece Davis against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 10, 2022 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis , IN.
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“I had a chance to meet Lewis Cine, our first-round pick from Georgia. Just a really impressive, really impressive guy.”

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Greenway acknowledges that the road forward will no doubt be a challenging one but for the Vikings, who have missed a row in the second year of the playoffs and have failed to earn a division title since their last season with the team (2017), change. can be good.

“The reality is that it’s a culture shift, and I’ve talked to some of the active players, and they were really excited about the foundation that was being built in the offseason and that coach O’Connell was very, very upfront about. “Hey, yes we need to talk about X’s and O’s and football but let’s really get to know each other first. Let’s understand what we’re really trying to accomplish and have a real goal in mind and work toward that same goal.” ”

O’Connell was named head coach after serving as the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive coordinator last season. He replaced Mike Zimmer who started with the team in 2014.

Jay Cutler # 6 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Chad Greenway # 52 of the Minnesota Vikings during a second quarter game at Soldier Field on November 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Jay Cutler # 6 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Chad Greenway # 52 of the Minnesota Vikings during a second quarter game at Soldier Field on November 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
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“I was really impressed by his ability to coach defense, his ability to motivate and how he was a little bit of a throwback,” said Greenway of Zimmer, who spent three seasons with. “And I appreciate that coming from my background that the guys that coached me. And I love and can react to that, but he wasn’t for everybody and I think his attitude was very aggressive … it’s a little more pressure and a little more. serious and that’s fine. I could adapt because I had been in the league for nine years already. I could adapt and adjust, but a lot of other guys couldn’t, and it was hard for them and I could understand that. “

Zimmer coached the Vikings to the NFC North in just his second year as head coach but after a 2-3 record in the playoffs and two back-to-back losing seasons, Minnesota made the decision to move on after eight years.

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“I think he’s a very good football coach – an elite football coach, an elite football mind – and at the end of the day is a great guy that I loved playing for.”

Greenway also spoke to Fox News Digital about a new recruitment platform called Signing Day Sports, which aims to make the recruiting process easier for athletes to get discovered and recruited by coaches using a unique digital ecosystem.

Chad Greenway # 52 of the Minnesota Vikings is introduced before the game against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Chad Greenway # 52 of the Minnesota Vikings is introduced before the game against the Chicago Bears on January 1, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“I put myself back in my 17 and 18-year-old shoes. A small town in South Dakota kid, it was just impossible to get recruited. I grew up in a town of about 400 people. I graduated with 26 kids in my class. … For any college to come to recruit was an uphill battle, “he said.

“This is, in a sense, making the process a little cleaner – a little more visible to everybody and also forcing people, in my opinion, to do it the right way and I love the fact that people can control their own process. was something that was really important. “

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