Why It’s Important for Kellen Mond to Win the QB2 Job

Why It's Important for Kellen Mond to Win the QB2 JobWhy It’s Important for Kellen Mond to Win the QB2 Job

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Dec 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

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Dec 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

Unless Nick Foles or Jeff Hostetler is somewhere on the roster, let’s face it, it really doesn’t matter who wins a team’s QB2 job leading up to a regular season.

Almost all NFL teams’ seasons will be disqualified from Super Bowl contention if the QB1 falls victim to season-ending injury. The 1990 New York Giants and 2017 Philadelphia Eagles are the exceptions from the last 35 years.

So when you read the headline Why It’s Important for Kellen Mond to Win the QB2 Job, there’s a temptation to shrug shoulders and think, “It’s the backup quarterback who will never play.”

But for Kellen Mond and the 2022 Minnesota Vikings, the QB outcome is more nuanced.

With Mike Zimmer no longer linked to the organization, Mond is getting a fair shake this summer to win the franchise’s QB2 job. And he should win it. He was drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2021 NFL Draft, a spot where a man should reasonably be good enough to win a QB2 gig. Plus, Sean Mannion is his competition, and Mannion isn’t very dynamic or productive on the field.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. 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).

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