Questions Answered: A Packers Rebuild, Adam Thielen in 2022, HC Frontrunners

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) watches the action on field right before halftime during their game Sunday, November 21, 2021 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers 34-31. Packers22 28

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by VikingsTerritory. Today’s is the January 25th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

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


Q: Do you guys actually expect the Packers to rebuild after the latest playoff loss?

Nov 1, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

A: We will believe it when we see it.

Yes, Green Bay is in a dreadful salary cap cave, needing to navigate $40+ million over the cap before deciding what to do with Davante Adams, who is a free agent. But last offseason, everyone was lured into believing Rodgers would actually leave for Denver or Las Vegas. Alas, he did not.

Because the Packers just cannot break through to the Super Bowl with one of the best passers ever, it might be time to trade him elsewhere, still snagging draft picks for the man who will turn 39 next season. Yet, if Rodgers decided he wants one more crack at it, who’s to tell him no in the Packers front office.

On paper, it makes sense to rebuild in Wisconsin. However, our approach is cynical: show us.

Q: Some players are supposed to leave during this offseason, right? Do you think Adam Thielen will be traded?

Dec 10, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

A: The Vikings might trade Kirk Cousins with Ryan Poles or Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in the saddle, but we do not believe Thielen will go anywhere.

Thielen was already consulted by Vikings ownership, picking his brain on what he desires in Minnesota via leadership going forward. That ain’t nothing. Think how vicious it would be to evaluate his opinion, possibly listen to it — and send him packing. The Wilfs don’t operate like that.

The contract for Thielen isn’t bad at all. He’ll be back catching touchdowns alongside Justin Jefferson in 2022, hopefully avoiding the injury bug that nipped him in 2019 and 2021.

Q: I know the general manager has to be hired first. But since the Vikings are conducting interviews, is there a frontrunner for head coach?

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A: Will Ragatz from SI.com reported Bowles was perhaps getting asked back for a second interview. To date, he’s the only one with that distinction.

The Buccaneers defense didn’t play very well against the Los Angeles Rams last weekend, but that shouldn’t affect a man’s stock too much. Otherwise, if Bowles is not the guy, the new general manager should conduct second interviews by this time next week, chatting with men who impressed the Wilfs in Round One of interviews.

The Vikings purportedly also like Demeco Ryans, so this thing is still wide open. Don’t put too much emphasis on additional rumblings until Poles or Adofo-Mensah get their toes in the water.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).