Former Viking star Chad Greenway dismisses early NFL draft concerns, sees promise in new leadership

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Vikings of Minnesota General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah received less than enthusiastic reviews for his first NFL Draft, but for a former stellar linebacker, a night doesn’t necessarily define a team’s fate, especially when a promising new regime takes over.

Former Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway, who spent his entire 11-year career with Vikings, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview that although he too was quite confused with the decision to trade two choices with the rivals of NFC North, history has shown that “Kids always miss the drafts.”

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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 are a fan of the Vikings. So the trade goes down, and we give up on that ticket in the first round and they go get a receiver and now, with all that being said, we can cover that receiver now 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.

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 with coach (Kevin) O’Connell is bring in a new staff that is exciting, that people are really excited to be a part of and to be behind, but then it’s Comes with question marks about the experience and other questions, ”Greenway continued. “So you look at the draft and, for all intents and purposes, the national experts said it was a really bad draft, and they didn’t rate it very good, but I know from experience that it doesn’t always mean” This is the answer. . Quite right? We know kids always lack drafts even in the top picks, so we just have to let that run its course. Let’s see what happens. Give these guys the opportunity to prove what they’re worth and what they’re worth is. “

The Vikings chose the former Georgia Lewis Cine safety with the n. 32 chosen suits. The Vikings have come down from No. 12 selection with Kyle Hamilton, considered one of the best safety of the draft, still on board at the time. For Greenway, he’s confident in the direction Minnesota has gone.

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

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Greenway acknowledged that the road ahead will undoubtedly be challenging, but for the Vikings, who have missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year and have failed to earn a division title since their last season with the team (2017), change can be good.

“The reality is that this is a cultural shift, and I spoke to some of the active players, and they were really excited about the foundations that were being built during the off-season and that manager O’Connell was very, very direct about “Hey, yes, we need to talk about X and O and soccer, but first let’s really get to know each other. We understand what we are actually trying to accomplish and have a real goal in mind and work towards 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 the second quarter of a 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 the second quarter of a game at Soldier Field on November 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
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“I was really impressed with his ability to coach the defense, his ability to motivate and how he’s a bit of a throwback,” said Greenway of Zimmer, with whom he spent three seasons. “And I appreciate that it comes from my background from the guys who trained me. And I love and can react to that, but it wasn’t for everyone and I think his approach was very aggressive … There’s a little more pressure and a little more serious and that’s okay. I could fit in because I was already in the league for nine years. I could fit and fit, but a lot of other guys didn’t, and it was hard for them and I could understand it. “

Zimmer coached Vikings to # 1 at NFC North in his second year as head coach, but after a 2-3 playoff record and two consecutive losing seasons, Minnesota had decided to move on after eight years.

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

Greenway also spoke to Fox News Digital about a new recruiting platform called Signing Day Sports that he has partnered with, which aims to make the recruiting process easier for athletes to discover and recruit from coaches using a unique digital ecosystem.

Chad Greenway # 52 of the Minnesota Vikings is unveiled 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 unveiled 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 kid from a small town in South Dakota, it was simply impossible to be recruited. I grew up in a city of about 400 people. I graduated with 26 children in my class. . For any college coming to recruit me has been an uphill battle, “he said.

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