Mike Zimmer: John DeFilippo’s doing a good job

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he thought his team didn’t run the ball enough in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Patriots and it’s not the first time that he’s raised that complaint, which made it inevitable that he’d be asked about offensive coordinator John DeFilippo at his Monday press conference.

Zimmer was asked to give his assessment of the job that DeFilippo has done in his first year in Minnesota.

“I think he’s doing a good job,” Zimmer said. “We talk all the time. We talk about things I think are important and he tries to do them.”

That assessment won’t stop Zimmer from getting more involved with the offensive side of the ball. Zimmer said that he could delegate more in-game defensive adjustment responsibilities to defensive coordinator George Edwards in order to do more on offense, but hasn’t made a decision to do that at the moment.

47 responses to “Mike Zimmer: John DeFilippo’s doing a good job

  1. Well, that was certainly handled clumsily. Maybe he should have just kept quiet from the beginning and addresses any concerns privately with his OC?

  2. In this particular game, don’t discount the effect of the Pats D line and linebackers not lining up until the last possible moment.
    This clearly confused Kirk in the second half.
    And hats off to New England. Not many teams could have pulled that off.
    Well coached, as always.

  3. Ya he wants to let the Pack know he aint available.
    I hope the pack use any brains they may have, and try and get McDaniels a young mind with great ideas. He certainly out coached De Flipoff yesterday.

  4. Who would have guessed 3 months ago, that the two biggest dumpster fires in the NFC would be the Packers and Vikings. If you can’t see it, and admit it, then you are lying to yourself. Both these teams had SuperBowl or bust this year, and what a bust it’s been.

  5. Bluestree says:
    December 3, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    In this particular game, don’t discount the effect of the Pats D line and linebackers not lining up until the last possible moment.
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    Then shouldn’t the Vikings have lined up quicker and got Cousins the ball either quicker, or gave him time at the line to read the defense better? Of shouldn’t Flip have made adjustments in his play calling to said defense? Coaching. It matters.

  6. I think every fans of every other NFC team hope he continues doing the same “good job” for years and years.

  7. gbpackersfan12 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm
    Who would have guessed 3 months ago, that the two biggest dumpster fires in the NFC would be the Packers and Vikings. If you can’t see it, and admit it, then you are lying to yourself. Both these teams had SuperBowl or bust this year, and what a bust it’s been.
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    Couldn’t agree more….was looking forward to fighting it out for the division with the Packers this year….both teams are horrible at this point

  8. DiFillip could certainly call better games but you can’t get anywhere without protection up front. Getting lineman should be priority number 1 this off-season.

  9. Time to Flip DeFilippo! No play calling experience prior to this year. What was Spielman thinking?

  10. Shurmur was a much better OC than Flip. If the Giants end up firing Shurmur after the season, I’d take him back and get rid of Flip in a heartbeat.

  11. I live in the Twin Cities….and let me tell you the fan base is thru with this guy. Everyone is mockingly hopeful that the Packers hire him as their next head coach.

  12. I’m a Packers fan so I will take heat, but the problem is that Cousins is not performing big at the biggest moments. Once in a while the franchise QB has to put the team on his back and get it done in the clutch. Cousins ain’t doing that but you need it with what you’re paying him. Same is true for Rodgers this year. He’s been off for sure and you’re seeing the results

  13. No he isn’t and neither is Cousins that offense wasted the Vikings holding off the Pats on defense until late in the third quarter. How about doing something besides a 4 yard slant?

  14. Couldn’t agree more….was looking forward to fighting it out for the division with the Packers this year….both teams are horrible at this point
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    I’ll trade you. Your team lost to NE. We lost to the flipping cards. What an embarrassment.

  15. First, Zimmer needs to give up D playcalling. He’s just not aggressive enough, often enough. Remember Jim Johnson when he was with the Eagles? They blitzed like crazy from all over, went to 4 NFC title games in a row also. Zim relies on his front four to get the pressure. Newsflash Zim, the best teams in the NFC have really good OL’s. Second, he just lied about DeFilippo after spewing yesterday he was not happy for the 2nd time in 3 games. I think Zim along with Speilman and JD should ALL be coaching to save jobs right now. Don’t make the playoffs= FIRED!!

  16. Derty Ernesto says:
    December 3, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    Ya he wants to let the Pack know he aint available.
    I hope the pack use any brains they may have, and try and get McDaniels a young mind with great ideas. He certainly out coached De Flipoff yesterday.

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    You do realize that McDaniels and DeFillipo are both O-Cordinators; so, there units are never playing against each other.

  17. I don’t know who is most to blame, but I’d like to have a few words with whomever is putting Treadwell out there on 3rd and long and tossing the ball to him 6 yards shy of a first down. While he is a good blocking WR, he can’t separate and his YAC average must be about one-half of a yard. I’m not impressed with Cousins, Flip, or Zim this year. Cook’s comeback is impressive, though.

  18. He’s being diplomatic. I have a strong suspicion that we’ll see a lot more in rushing against Seattle.

  19. They should have kept the other quarterback and saved a bunch of money in the process. That money could have been used at other positions of need.

    The problem with all the teams that play the Patriots is that they tend to panic. Once any Patriots’ opponent starts to panic, the game is over. The Vikings got too pass happy.

  20. The offense just doesn’t seem to be challenging defenses, both in regards to trying to figure out pre-snap movements, back on their heals worried about misdirection plays, etc. And whether the change from Shurmur and/or Keenum, to Defelip and Cousins (or any combination of the above), I have to think that if Cousins had a better line in front of him and a better offensive scheme, things would be fine….in other words its more about losing Shurmur than the switch in quarterbacks.

  21. But Kirk Cousins was the guy who should reset the QB market. SKOL!

    Listen I think Vikings fans are delusional. Browns fans know what they got and deal. Cousins is not and never has been the guy. And unfortunately the defense isn’t that good either. But you paid him. Shouldn’t have made it to the NFCCG last year. This. Team. Is. Not. This. Good.

  22. Too late to just run the dammed ball now. Zim has great hindsight. Doesn’t work in this league, tho. Shudda, coulda, didn’t. Minnesota has the same problem GB does. Clean house from the top down.

  23. Instead of being a man, coach, and leader, Zimmer thinks he can mask his dirty laundry by saying; “It’s OK, it’s not very dirty.” I’d rather he talk like a grown-up instead of tip-toeing around the obvious. That’s how you get things done. Don’t sugar-coat it.

  24. What is it, you give these quarterbacks huge money and all of a sudden they seem uninterested in showing what they can do. Cousins and Rogers both were better when chasing the money! Time for huge incentive contracts and to heck with the guaranteed stuff!

  25. Defillipo can gladly come back to the eagles. Kirk Cousins is the problem and it’s stupid how many excuses are made for this overpaid below average QB. Same with Sharon Rodgers.

  26. There’s so many problems with this offense. First the line is horrible. Second Flip was a QB coach. I’m not even sure he knows there are RBs on this team. Cook gets 9 carries against a team you have to run against. Third Cousins internal clock is about five seconds longer than the other guys on the team. When he actually has time which isn’t that often he’s back looking for rainbows to appear. What’s he doing his taxes back there? He waits for the sack or check down. This offense has pieces but we need line help, better make the OL a priority this draft and not draft the 50th corner during the Mike Zimmer era.

  27. Looking at their seasons, it’s almost as though both Packers and Vikings never recovered from their tie. I think one of them would be doing significantly better had they just won that game.

  28. to get to NFC championship game and then get rid of your QB and give someone 84 million guaranteed?!? You better get to or win the SB. Cousins generally comes up small in crunch time.

  29. “Who would have guessed 3 months ago, that the two biggest dumpster fires in the NFC would be the Packers and Vikings.”

    Don’t lump the Vikings in with your disaster team.Your diva QB got your head coach fired yesterday. And your season was over in October while the Vikings aren’t where they want to be. The Vikings are only a game and a half out with a home game with the Bears coming up.

  30. TruFBFan says:
    December 3, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    But Kirk Cousins was the guy who should reset the QB market.
    )))))))))))
    Just because you keep saying it doesn’t make it true. Jimmy Garrappolo reset the QB market. Cousins received 500,000 more than Jimmy and he had been a starting QB in the NFL.

  31. R-E-L-A-X. Vikings have good coaches, a good team, and a bright future. They had a tough schedule this year, tough injuries, a new o-coordinator, a new QB, and a bad run of kicking problems. Despite this, we are still in charge of our fate. Win out, we’re in the playoffs. SKOL!

  32. dmca12 says:

    I’m a Packers fan so I will take heat, but the problem is that Cousins is not performing big at the biggest moments. Once in a while the franchise QB has to put the team on his back and get it done in the clutch. Cousins ain’t doing that but you need it with what you’re paying him. Same is true for Rodgers this year. He’s been off for sure and you’re seeing the results.
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    If Cousins isn’t a “franchise QB” (and I’m not saying he is), how do you truly explain how he has performed so much better then Rodgers?

    Cousins led his team to a solid victory over the 49ers – with Garrapolo at QB – the Packers squeaked one out with something called CJ Beathard at QB.

    Cousins led his team to a solid victory over the Lions – the Packers lost to the Lions.

    The Vikings beat the Eagles who beat the Redskins – the Packers lost to the Redskins.

    The Vikings beat the Cardinals by 10 points – the Packers lost to the Cardinals by 3.

    The Vikings beat the Packers by 7 at home – the Packers tied the Vikings at home.

    On the flip side…

    The Vikings lost to the Bears at Soldier Field in a close game – the Packers needed OT to squeak out a win over the Bears at Lambeau.

    The Vikings lost to the Bills – the Packers beat the Bills.

    Bottom line – the Vikings are 6 – 5 – 1 and in the playoff hunt. They have one “stinker” against the Bills.

    The Packers are 4 – 7 – 1 and just got their coach fired for losing so many “stinkers”.

  33. What is it with the OC job at the Vikings? One quit in the middle of the season, this year Zimmer is throwing his under the bus. But as long as the Vikings are not eliminated from the playoff picture, Zimmer needs to ride this out although he is clearly not happy in a passive-aggressive way.

    Viking fans need to relax and come to terms with rooting for the most snake-bitten franchise in NFL history. Try to look at the bright side of not winning a Superbowl for 57 years, at least you are not the Cleveland Browns or Lions.

  34. gtodriver says:
    December 4, 2018 at 7:38 am

    If Cousins isn’t a “franchise QB” (and I’m not saying he is), how do you truly explain how he has performed so much better then Rodgers?

    +++++

    Easy. He didn’t. The explanation for the TEAM results can be tied to the talent level of the rest of the roster.

    The real question should probably be can you explain how “one of the deepest rosters in the NFL” is struggling to reach .500 with a QB of their choosing, when they were 13-3 last year and had few if any significant departures. There is more than one stinker in there, if you are being honest.

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