People often like to ask me how I like living in Minnesota now; specifically, the Minneapolis area. Honestly—no complaints at all. My wife and I are really enjoying our time here so far. I liked everything I saw when I was in town for the Super Bowl. The more I see, the more I like.
We’ve just been spending our time getting to know the lay of the land and learning all the ins and outs of living here. Our hotel is right next to the Mall of America, and I just have to say that it is everything you’ve heard it is and more.
You name it, you can find it there. That place is truly impressive.
I think people forget that I’m from the Midwest and went to school in the Midwest. So being here, in a way, is like coming home. Folks out here are great. Everyone has been nice and polite and happy to have us here.
I’ve had some fans come up and say his and want to take pictures—which is fine; that’s just part of life in the NFL. I just hope I can give them something to cheer about here soon enough.
I know folks have expectations for the team this season and want me to tell them we are going to surpass them in every way. But what I can tell them is that I am heading to work every day focused on becoming a better quarterback that day.
When I leave work, I drive home with a smile on my face because I love what I do and can’t wait to get back at it the next day. So, I go home, enjoy some time with my wife and six-month-old. When the next day comes, I go back to work with that same smile ready to become the best quarterback I can be that day.
We’ve got a great situation here. The locker room, the coaches, the facility—everything is living up to the hype and sales pitch the team gave during my free agency visit. There are no aloof personalities; everyone’s down to earth. I get a real sense of humility here.
There have been no surprises so far. Everything is what they said it was. There is a real sense of professionalism here with a keen eye for detail. It’s easy to see why the Vikings were so successful last year.
The Team and Offseason Workouts
Right now, we are working on the basics—formations, snap counts, and just the basics of each other. I’ve been watching clips of Kendall Wright to see what he does best and what works best for him. When you are new to a system and team, that’s what you have to do.
I’m really looking forward to playing with Dalvin Cook this season. He’s been working hard to get back from the injury that ended his season last year. I have to say, I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen, and I look forward to seeing more and working with him in the future.
Who wouldn’t look forward to working with guys like Adam Thielen and Stefon Digs? It is great to work with guys who have been as successful as they have been and know what it takes. They came down to Atlanta and hung out with me earlier in the offseason. Yeah, we talked football, but it was also just a time to get to know each other, too.
Everything has been really good. I trust the organization to give us the best players possible to work with on the field. We already have a lot of great guys and certainly, have some fantastic coaches that I’ve enjoyed working with and look forward to learning more from every day.
As for the season—right now, the focus is on being a better player and quarterback today. The process involved with winning is a long one; one that can’t be circumnavigated. It’s a marathon; not a sprint. If you try to win the Super Bowl today, you are going to be disappointed by the day’s end.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Enormous projects like winning Super Bowls don’t come to fruition in one fell swoop. They take time, dedication to the process, and dedication to excellence.
That’s why I believe in focusing on having a great day today and then doing it all over again tomorrow. If you succeed at doing so and string enough great days together—good things, no great things are going to happen.
The results will come.