Between the holiday season and working odd shifts at the day job, yours truly kind of dropped the ball on the latest results from our SB Nation Reacts poll from last week. But, given the situation the team finds themselves in, at least parts of it are still relevant, so let’s see what you folks had to say about the questions we asked.
Our first question was the standard question about how you feel about the direction of the Minnesota Vikings. Keep in mind, this was before the debacle we sat through last night, so I’m guessing next week’s number is going to be much worse.
Heading into the game against Green Bay, only 42% of our readers were confident in the direction of the team. Again, the “right direction” can mean different things to different people, but I’m still guessing that this number is lower when we visit this question next week.
Speaking of the game against Green Bay, we asked whether or not Kevin O’Connell was making the right decision by starting Jaren Hall. And. . .well, the majority of us got exactly what we wanted.
A whopping 88% of our respondents said that the Vikings should start Hall at quarterback, and he did indeed get the start against Green Bay. On the bright side, he was under center for twice as long as he was in his first start! On the down side. . .well, you saw what happened last night. Only 7% thought the Vikings should have stuck with Nick Mullens and just 5% were in favor of bringing back Josh Dobbs, so this looks like a pretty solid case of “be careful what you wish for.”
Our last question has to do with Kirk Cousins, he of the shirtless Gjallarhorn sounding that, sadly, wound up being the highlight of the night on Sunday. We asked if your perspective on bringing Kirk back has changed since he got hurt in Week 8, and the results are a little surprising.
Of our respondents, a majority. . .51%. . .say that they were always in favor of bringing him back for 2024. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m surprised by that figure, honestly. It didn’t seem like it was that high back in Week 9 or so. The next most popular answer came from people who always wanted to let him go since he got hurt, which was the response of 26% of the people who responded. After that, 19% of our respondents say that they’ve now been persuaded to lean towards bringing him back, leaving 4% that (apparently) said they’ve watched the Josh Dobbs/Jaren Hall/Nick Mullens circus over the past few weeks and have actually had the needle pushed towards letting Cousins go.
So, unless my math is off, that’s about 70% of the fan base that wants to see Cousins come back for the 2024 season. Well, maybe not the fan base, but of the people that responded to our survey. I’m not sure how many responses there were, but I’ll try to find out.
But those are our SB Nation Reacts results from this past week, ladies and gentlemen. We’ll have another survey leading up to the season finale, and we’ll certainly have the results up before the game this time around.