Minnesota Vikings Crush NFLPA Player Team Rankings Again but Fall Off Top Spot

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The Minnesota Vikings landed the number one spot last offseason, when the National Football League Players Association released its first iteration of their NFL Player Team Report Card, which asks players from each team to give a letter grade to different factors of each organization. Over 1,700 players responded (77% response rate) to the optional survey.

Categories the players voted on included everything from the “treatment of families” to the weight/locker rooms, to nutrition staff, to coaching staff to travel conditions. Then, based on the letter grades assigned by players, the NFLPA tallies up the votes and releases a report showing which organizations players appreciate playing for the most.

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The 2024 version of the player team report cards saw the Vikings fall one spot from their No. 1 overall ranking in 2023. Who took their spot? The Miami Dolphins, who seem to have completely flipped the toxic culture described by Brian Flores into one of the greatest atmospheres of any team in the league, under Mike McDaniel.

Minnesota, along with Miami, have separated themselves into their own tier in terms of what it means to run a world-class NFL workplace. The Vikings continue to impress across all categories in our second annual survey. Their facilities are incredible; their staff is rated highly by players; and the workplace experience for Vikings players is enhanced by the continued commitment by ownership to providing a world-class experience for players.

NFLPA – Vikings Team Player Report Cards

Minnesota ranks 1st in four different categories: the Treatment of Families (A), Nutritionist/Dietician (A), Locker Room (A) and strength coaches (A). Both Kevin O’Connell and the Wilf ownership group received an A+ grade from Vikings players.

CategoryGradeRank out of 32
Treatment of FamiliesA1st
Food/CafeteriaB+7th
Nutritionist/DieticianA1st
Locker RoomA1st
Training RoomA-2nd
Training StaffB9th
Weight RoomA8th
Strength CoachesA1st
Team TravelA-2nd
Head CoachA+2nd
OwnershipA+2nd

The only coach ranked higher than Kevin O’Connell was Andy Reid. Say what you want about the growing pains for Kevin O’Connell as a play-caller and in-game manager, there is no denying that. But his players would run through a wall for KOC and that is something we have to keep in mind, while he is taking his lumps and learning on the job during the season.

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