Dalvin Cook excited for ‘new era’ with Kevin O’Connell on Vikings

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings. (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings. (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports) /

Dalvin Cook cannot wait to get to work with his new Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is excited about the opportunity of playing in Kevin O’Connell’s offense.

While the i’s won’t be dotted and the t’s won’t be crossed until after Super Bowl 56, the expectation is for the Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator to take over the reins in the Twin Cities. Win or lose, expect for there to be a fury of SKOL chants in O’Connell’s imminent feature. Here is what Cook shared on the NFL Network about how excited he is to work with O’Connell.

“He was with Kirk (Cousins) in Washington, so Kirk has been kind of telling me, ‘Great guy to be around. Full of energy.’ So I’m just looking forward to it. It’s a new opportunity, new era, new energy, so we got to take advantage of it.

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook excited to work with new HC Kevin O’Connell

After his unforgettable college career at Florida State, Cook had spent his entire time in the NFL playing for a defensive-minded head coach in Mike Zimmer. Though a ball-control offense certainly served Cook on his ascension to stardom, in the end, it was the Vikings’ downfall organizationally. Minnesota never quite had enough offensive firepower to get over the top.

Whoever the Vikings hired to replace Zimmer had to be in on working with Kirk Cousins as his star quarterback. After having had a previous working relationship with the Vikings starter in Washington, O’Connell makes sense here. However, how sure are we that the next branch of the Sean McVay coaching tree will be as bountiful as the previous ones have been? The pressure is on.

If O’Connell can get Cousins to consistently play at a top-eight level, the Vikings are going places.

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