Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen thinks it's time for his team to quit talking about how talented they are and how great they could be and instead go out on the field and do the job. The Vikings have had a talented roster for several years now but when it comes to making results and being a real Super Bowl contender, there come their problems.
Thielen, who went undrafted in the 2013 NFL draft, has spent his entire career with the Vikings and he has seen it all and heard it all regarding the team's talent. Thielen has made himself a nice career in the NFL as an undrafted free agent as he is an integral part of the Vikings offense and he made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2017 and 2018.
"I think it really comes down to, ‘Quit talking about it,’ right?” Thielen told Bruce Murray and Bruce Gradkowski of SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday, as quoted on Pro Football Talk. “Like, we can talk about in the offseason how great we feel about our team, how great we feel about all the weapons we have and our defense and our defensive scheme, and our offensive scheme, how great all that is.
Well, that’s great on paper, but that doesn’t win you games."
Thielen underlines they need to go out and do their best to get the job done
The Vikings made the playoffs this past season, in which they stunned the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round, before falling short to the San Francisco 49ers.
"What wins you games is going out there and executing and using your playmakers and making the plays when the ball’s in the air. And that’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to go out there and make those plays.
You know, again, we did enough to make the playoffs and get to the second round, things like that. Which is great, and that’s a successful season. But at the end of the day that’s not our end goal," Thielen added.
“And so we need to figure out how to make those happen, and go back to work. Take advantage of every rep. Whether it be these walk-throughs we’ve been having because we can’t practice yet. The teams that are taking advantage of those and getting better on a daily basis, those are the teams that are gonna make a run and have a chance when it comes [in] February”.