Kirk Cousins: O-line shuffling tough, but it’s good preparation for season

AP

The Vikings offense has a new coordinator in John DeFilippo and a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins, so there was no reason to think they would avoid hiccups on the way to the start of the regular season.

One of the biggest ones they are dealing with at the moment is unrelated to either of those new faces. It’s the inability to field their starting offensive line because of injuries to three players. Center Pat Elflein is on the PUP list as he recovers from shoulder and ankle surgeries and left guard Nick Easton, who was taking Elflein’s place, is out with an undisclosed injury. Right guard Mike Remmers is also out with a hamstring injury, which left third-string center Cornelius Edison and other backups to fill out the line for Saturday night’s scrimmage.

Cousins lamented the difficulty in working with so many moving parts, but also tried to find the silver lining of the situation.

“It’s tough,” Cousins said, via ESPN.com. “It’s not ideal. Pat will be back but it’s good practice for when inevitably something happens during the season and we have to shuffle people around. I guess it’s getting us prepared for that. It isn’t easy to have a new center every other snap, if that’s what happens.”

Cousins points out that players who get released in September could wind up back with the team and in the lineup at some point down the road because of other injuries. That would leave the Vikings in something far different from a perfect world, but they and other teams showed last year that imperfect worlds can still work out pretty well on the scoreboard.

44 responses to “Kirk Cousins: O-line shuffling tough, but it’s good preparation for season

  1. vargavarga says:
    August 6, 2018 at 11:18 am
    This is a 6-10 team at best.

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    Interesting line… How much money do you have in your bank account? I’d like to make a bet.

  2. Yeah, missing a center and guard before the exhibition season – that’s devastating. GB currently without both starting OTs, if you want to compare scars.
    Funny line, btw Magician. ^

  3. No, the Vikings have problems at offensive line? Say it isn’t so!

    Poor DeFilippo. As long as Zimmer is calling the shots, drafting quality offensive linemen will be an afterthought.

  4. they and other teams showed last year that imperfect worlds can still work out pretty well on the scoreboard.
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    And yet other teams showed last year imperfect worlds meant the end of the season in the middle of the season.

  5. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 6, 2018 at 11:39 am
    they and other teams showed last year that imperfect worlds can still work out pretty well on the scoreboard.
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    And yet other teams showed last year imperfect worlds meant the end of the season in the middle of the season.
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    By all means, enjoy the laughter while you can.
    As I’m sure you are well aware of, history has shown it to be rather fleeting for the average Viking fan.
    Me thinks the chuckles will ring rather hallow come late October, early November-ish.
    Well, the chuckles from the West side of the river anyways.

  6. This is what happens when you over index on defense and ignore the offensive line for years. It’s great the Vikings 4th corner could start for most teams….but when you can’t field an NFL caliber O-line it’s a little foolish.

  7. The starting offensive line in Week 1 last year was completely different from any of the lines that played during the preseason and it all went pretty well. I hope getting some extra playing time for backups now will help later in the year when the inevitable injuries come.

  8. Im assuming a good amount of the Viking fans were not alive the last time the Vikings were in the Superbowl… If you did happen to be around, did you also get to see Elvis Presley in concert?

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    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    August 6, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Already with excuses

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    It’s not really an excuse when it’s true. Any football fan with half a brain knows the OL is very important to any QB. Cousins is coming in to a new system and all of their starters on OL are sitting on the sideline. The Vikings knew their biggest weakness was OL and still neglected to make a move to improve it. That’s not Cousin’s fault.

  10. As good and talented as the Vikings are no one would think they wouldn’t make the playoffs. Only dumb jealous people would say so, but in their mind they know for sure Vikings will certainly make the playoffs. blah blah blah

  11. The Vikings have NOT neglected the offensive line. Last year they got reiff and remmers in free agency. Then Elflein in the draft. They also signed Compton in free agency and drafted O’Neil this year That’s not neglecting the offensive line. Now they have a couple late round picks from the previous drafts starting to make impact in practice. They just are incredibly unlucky with all the injuries they suffer.

    Remmers is gone after this year. He’s too often injured and his cap savings will allow the Vikings to ink Barr to a deal or tag.

    The Vikings offensive line coach died. That’s not a good way for this teams season to start off.

  12. The starters are fine, but backups are a concern if any injuries keep the starters out once the regular season starts. At least Oline is the only concern for the Vikings. Other squads have multiple concerns. Hopefully the backups progress quickly or we find help on the waiver wire.

  13. The O-line is the weakest link on the team, and the death of the O-line coach and injuries to 3/5ths of the O-line in pre-season sure as hell doesn’t strengthen the link. I just hope Cousins is as mobile in the pocket as Keenum was last year.

    And what’s with the obsession Pats fans have with the Vikes and their fans anyhow? Is your division and conference really that boring?

  14. The Vikings starting OL is more than capable as a unit to play at an above-average level, which is all the Vikings need. No, they’re not going to blow anyone away, but they’re talented enough to allow the offense time to make plays. The problem is OL depth. The way it stands right now, three out of the 5 starters are out, so this is a reasonable problem to have, especially considering the DL they have to line up with. Unless I hear “IR” or “Season-Ending” (knock on wood) I’m not going to worry about this.

  15. The Viking defense, the number one defense in the NFL will create short field opportunities, many short field opportunities. Screens, quick slants and Dalvin Cook will Produce more than enough points for a Viking win. Oh yeah, I forgot about Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph, Treadway, Wright, Murray……………Wow. Our OL is good enough to give Cousins the time he needs, everyone said our OL was garbage last year. 13-3. Let the Hate begin.

  16. flviking says:
    August 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    The Viking defense, the number one defense in the NFL will create short field opportunities……………blah, blah, blah.

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    ……the number one “regular season” defense in the NFL…….

    The NFL keeps separate statistics for a reason. Postseason……..when it counts………nothing to brag about.

  17. I love ALL the losers who say Vikings will have a losing record. You all proved that they would do it last year and look what happened. Keep under estimating this team! They prove they belong with the big dogs and a possibly to repeat to the nfc championship and go to the super bowl and win. They have been improving every year under Zimmer except the debacle 2 seasons ago.

  18. stellarperformance says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    flviking says:
    August 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    The Viking defense, the number one defense in the NFL will create short field opportunities……………blah, blah, blah.

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    ……the number one “regular season” defense in the NFL…….

    The NFL keeps separate statistics for a reason. Postseason……..when it counts………nothing to brag about.

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    Why are you “fight pickin”?

  19. With no O-line, seems they should’ve kept Keenum. Of course if the O-line is pretty good, Cousins will give them better passing, esp down field.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    flviking says:
    August 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    The Viking defense, the number one defense in the NFL will create short field opportunities……………blah, blah, blah.

    //////////////////////

    ……the number one “regular season” defense in the NFL…….

    The NFL keeps separate statistics for a reason. Postseason……..when it counts………nothing to brag about

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    What was last season packer post season stats?………..Waiting…….

  21. Redskins are usually one of the most injured teams every year… but they can’t use that excuse like other teams can. Oh well.. good luck with that.

  22. tokyosandblaster says:

    August 7, 2018 at 11:31 am

    We see this every year.

    The Vikings have one or two insignificant players with injuries and suddenly they’re struggling like no other team ever has.

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    Last year, starting QB out for year, Back up QB out for year, starting RB out for year. Insignificant players? Still ends up 13-3. Pack lose one significant player and end up 7-9. Go away Tokyo, you have lost all sense of reality.

  23. flviking says:
    August 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    tokyosandblaster says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:31 am
    We see this every year.
    The Vikings have one or two insignificant players with injuries and suddenly they’re struggling like no other team ever has.
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    Last year, starting QB out for year, Back up QB out for year, starting RB out for year. Insignificant players? Still ends up 13-3. Pack lose one significant player and end up 7-9. Go away Tokyo, you have lost all sense of reality.

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    This is why literally everyone hates Vikings fans.

    Starting QB, RB, 2 OLs, 2 CBs, on IR,
    Starting Safety missed considerable time
    2 Second string CBs on IR.

    And the Packers only lost Rodgers.

    The Vikings fanbase is the most delusional in all of sports.

    You were relatively healthy last year (especially on defense).

    Streaks like that don’t last.

    Good luck!

  24. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    This is why literally everyone hates Vikings fans

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    Literally? Literally everyone hates Viking fans? Packer fans hate Viking fans and we couldn’t care less. Enjoy another year with no playoffs.

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