Kevin O’Connell Admits To Being ‘Quarterback Killer’ as Minnesota Vikings Have Searched for a QB

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell gave a talk at a church in Plymouth on Thursday and answered a question about the team's quarterback situation.

On Thursday evening, Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell was giving a talk called “Faith & Leadership: Coaching in the NFL” at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minn.

Toward the end of the session, he was taking questions from the audience when an attendee asked him about quarterback prospects Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy.

Kevin O’Connell Answers Draft Question at Church Event

O’Connell gave a great answer to a question he was asked about the team’s quarterback situation ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.

“When you’re comparing Drake Maye to J.J., and when you can see J.J. operating in the Harbaugh system and he’s got really good feet,” the audience member said, “but then Drake Maye, the arm talent and the throws and the anticipating windows, how do you sort of compare that and be like, ‘You know what? Even though his feet aren’t exactly how we need them, he could be, say, like a Josh Allen or something?'”

Amid some laughter from the audience, O’Connell began to answer the question.

“For a couple years, I’ve been kind of known as the quarterback killer when it comes to the draft in Eagan,” O’Connell said. “Because the feeling that I feel from our fanbase is when we get this next guy, he’s gonna be ‘the guy.’ And I feel it. I know you guys all feel it.

“So I have had to, in a lot of ways, fight off some mistakes from being made. Mainly because the evaluation process I go through, I think about the things that are fixable, I think about the things that are coachable. And then you think about the things that, you know, you could coach another 15 years with a player and you might not be able to fix.”

By calling himself a “quarterback killer,” O’Connell appeared to be saying that he’s had to shut down ideas of drafting quarterbacks in the past because he didn’t view them as the right player.

“Hope and faith are wonderful things. I do like them to not necessarily be strategies,” O’Connell said. “I do very much believe in certain principles of playing the quarterback position. I believe the lower half of any quarterback can be fixed with the proper coaching and teaching.

“I think when you see the good things on tape, you see things that they can do better on tape, you’re looking for a lot of different things and to check a lot of boxes. And ultimately, when you feel like you find that guy, then you’ve gotta hope that 31 other teams are complicit in making sure that they can become a Minnesota Viking.

“But we only need one team to be complicit. And hopefully we find that team.”

The young man who initially asked the question to O’Connell mentioned his connection to the New England Patriots and that they could be the team at No. 3 overall.

“I may or may not have sent a nice bouquet of flowers to (Patriots owner) Robert Kraft the other day,” O’Connell said.

When O’Connell does find the quarterback he wants, and there’s surely at least one or two in this draft, he will be willing to be aggressive in going to get that player.

In saying that the Vikings just need one team to be complicit, he’s referencing the possibility of trading up in the draft next week. Maybe that could even be with the Patriots for the third overall pick, as was mentioned.

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