Mike Zimmer on John DeFilippo firing: I don’t want the season wasted

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer held a conference call on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the decision to fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo with three games left in the season.

Zimmer said that he didn’t think any one person deserved all the blame for the team’s offensive struggles, but he felt “a sense of urgency here to improve” before all hope was lost for the season.

“I always feel like if you hire a guy you should stick with him, try to help him, help him mature as a coach,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “This one, unfortunately with the timing and situation with last three games, still having an opportunity — [I] don’t want the season wasted. Maybe it will [be], maybe it won’t. But these three games are very, very critical and we need to play good.”

Zimmer also said he will take on more involvement with the offense over the final weeks of the season in hopes of getting the kind of results they need to avoid wasting the season. Given the expectations heading into the season, there may be wider changes come the offseason if the downward trend doesn’t correct itself.

101 responses to “Mike Zimmer on John DeFilippo firing: I don’t want the season wasted

  1. How about not announcing to the world that you would be forcing the ball into Dalvin Cook and the running game last week?!!

    Seriously, you couldn’t keep that behind close Vikings doors?

  2. Let’s rewind your comments from after the Packers game where you said the offense was spectacular. I guess the coach is responsible for the recent play. Weren’t you 13-3 with Keenum last year? Defense is the same and new players have been added…The savior Cousin’s is now playing….average–like he does everywhere…Michigan State, Washington and now Minnesota. Zimmer is so hot and cold. He’s getting involved in the offense now? Wow…

  3. I think this was more a message to the team, than it was about Flip particularly. The problems with the offense haven’t been corrected. Cousins still fumbles and can’t win the big games. These were issues before he came here. The offensive line is a mess. Riley was drafted as a right tackle. Our starting left guard is actually on injured reserve. Their best offensive lineman retired in March. Elfline is still in year 2 (and doesn’t look that good) and Remmers, well, Remmers is a turnstile. Rushod Hill lost his job to Brian O’Neil, who is undersized, and I’m kinda sure he was crying “ouch” when his ankle got rolled up on but returned the next play or series.

    Flip couldn’t fix those things. They’re still going to be a problem regardless. But I think the message to the team is, if you don’t do your job, you will not be here, and that was probably the point of the whole exercise, imo.

  4. Cue: deck chairs on Titanic. Zimmer signed a quarterback who was 4-24 against teams over .500; 0-7 in MNF Games; and had one of the worst passing ratings in the red zone and then he wonders why the offense has not functioned in big games, against winning teams, and in the red zone. Ah, Mike, if only you could get that $84 million back.

  5. How about not announcing to the world that you would be forcing the ball into Dalvin Cook and the running game last week?!!

    Seriously, you couldn’t keep that behind close Vikings doors?

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    First it was the Randy Ratio, now it’s the Dalvin Denominator

  6. Zimmer also said he will take on more involvement with the offense

    What could go wrong?

    Please Mr. Wilf save us from this moron. Fire Zimmer now!

    Anyone that thinks this team has any chance at success this season needs to have their meds adjusted. The worst thing that could happen is this team somehow backing in the playoffs and totally getting embarrassed again.

    End this madness now. Fire Zimmer and Spielman and gut this team. They just keep driving the car further into the ditch.

  7. I’ve been a Zimmer guy since long before he became H.C. of the Vikes.
    Still am and always will be. Simply because he’s really, really good at football.
    So I completely and fully endorse Zimmer’s decision. Get off the plane at 4:30, watch some film and flip gets the dreaded knock on his door.
    It’s nothing personal. O.C. was in way over his head and is too arrogant to take direction and guidance. One of those shlubs that acts like he’s the smartest guy in the room. I for one don’t care about the whole “never like to see someone lose their job” mantra. I’m ambivalent towards it. What I do know is this. There are about 7 billion people on this planet give or take. If I don’t or can’t perform at a top shelf level in my paid profession, there’s about 7 billion people waiting to take my place.

  8. akira1971 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm
    How about not announcing to the world that you would be forcing the ball into Dalvin Cook and the running game last week?!!
    Seriously, you couldn’t keep that behind close Vikings doors?
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    I think pulling out the jumbo package on 4th and 1 when you have one of the worst OLs in the league pretty well announces that you’re going to run in itself, on the most critical play of the season so far.

  9. So many clueless comments. Mike runs the defense. Why would you fire him? This was the worst defense in the league before he arrived. Les Frazier was our HC. That’s how bad it was. I wasn’t expecting him to fire Flip this fast because most coaches and teams wait until it’s too late. I got the text from a friend today and was thrilled! I love it. Don’t wait, life is short, seasons can’t be wasted.

    Just look at the calls last night. No creativity at all. Looked like no prep or practice was done on offense all year. 4th and Goal, a TD gives you the lead. Season is essentially on the line….and you run a basic drop back pass to rudy. Meanwhile Chicago’s running reverse pitches with RBs throwing. Philly in the super bowl crafts trick plays. Do something! That situation called for your BEST play and that’s what he called. “You’re Fired!” I love it Zim!! It’s your show. Do it your way.

  10. So many clueless comments. Mike runs the defense. Why would you fire him? This was the worst defense in the league before he arrived. Les Frazier was our HC. That’s how bad it was. I wasn’t expecting him to fire Flip this fast because most coaches and teams wait until it’s too late. I got the text from a friend today and was thrilled! I love it. Don’t wait, life is short, seasons can’t be wasted.

    Just look at the calls last night. No creativity at all. Looked like no prep or practice was done on offense all year. 4th and Goal, a TD gives you the lead. Season is essentially on the line….and you run a basic drop back pass to rudy. Meanwhile Chicago’s running reverse pitches with RBs throwing. Philly in the super bowl crafts trick plays. Do something! That situation called for your BEST play and that’s what he called. “You’re Fired!” I love it Zim!! It’s your show. Do it your way.

  11. “I always feel like if you hire a guy you should stick with him,” says a HC that is on his 4th OC in 5 years. SMH. Yeah mini, you got yourself a real sharp knife in Zim!!

  12. So many arm-chair GMs on this message board. Spielman does deserve blame for the O-line. For whatever reason, he never drafts linemen. That being said, there was no quick-fix last off-season. You think the Cousins signing was questionable? Ask the Giants and Panthers how their over-paid FA linemen are working out. O-line play is a league-wide problem due to the type of offense being played in the college game. Flip had no clue how to coach around it, so he’s gone. The O-line stunk last year too, and Shurmur found a way to move the ball. What exactly is Zimmer supposed to do to fix the offense? His job is the defense, and I don’t care what anyone says, this is a good defense. Shut down Brees, Brady, and Wilson with back-up corners playing. Even the great Bill Belichick delegates the offense to McDaniels…and as far as Cousins goes…a 3 year deal was a decent gamble and he’s better than Keenum. The contract is not a bad one. The key will be how Rick follows up in the draft, because it’s obvious that Cousins is not a 10 year “franchise” QB.

  13. People wishing in their pointed little heads that Zimmer or Spielman are going to be fired ~ Keep up the posting because I need the laughs ~ Smiley Face 🙂
    Oh, and your hate for Cousins is enjoyable also ~ Please keep it coming ~

    Some people will never learn that sometimes a coaching change doesn’t work ~ This is one of those cases ~ It worked going from Norv to Shurmur ~ It didn’t with DeFilippo ~ It happens every year with some team ~ Like the Packer deciding to fire their HC ~ Maybe the next one will be able to work with Rogers and maybe he want ~ I believe there will be other coaching changes made for the Vikings once the season is over ~ I think Mike Priefer and anyone helping him are as good as gone and after losing Tony Sparano a new OL coach might be in order ~ So it’s no big deal for use who have a little bit of football sense ~ We are not upset and understand that sometimes changes do work or dont work ~

    But please keep the hate coming ~ I enjoy it ~I know it makes your day in some weird kind of way ~ I’m so happy it helps you through your day ~ Smiley Face 🙂

  14. Hey all you offensive geniuses, send in your resumes and coaching credentials for the open Offensive Coordinator position. I’m sure your expertise would be welcome and turn this team around in no time at all.

    For all the Cousins haters, he doesn’t block for RBs or run routes for WRs. I’m almost positive he doesn’t like getting hit and drilled into the ground right after taking the hand-off either. But I guess for $84M he should be able to take the field alone and beat the opposing 11 by himself, right?

  15. dlw492 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm
    Keeping Norv Turner would’ve been smart..
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    I thought Norv Turner left cuz Zimmer was telling him to run the ball more than, instead of leteting him do his job and run his fofense, or did he leave cuz he was going to be get let go anyway.

  16. So maybe you should have ralized your O-line is garbage and drafted that with a #1 pick instead of your 500th CB.

  17. The problem is a combo of Flip’s offense/play calling, and Cousins not having any pocket awareness. Where a guy like Keenum can take off and make plays with his feet, Cousins is a sitting duck in the pocket and doesn’t know when to get rid of the ball. I’m hoping they can find a way to dump Cousins, but unfortunately it looks like we are stuck with this idiot for a couple more years. The only thing we can hope for is for Stefanski to bring some of the Shurmur play calling magic over the final 3 games.

  18. I fully expected Cousins to stumble a bit out of the gate. He was a outdoor-grass QB playing indoors on turf for his home games. I did, however, expect to see progress out of him. I expected to see him get better as the season went on. I think part of his problems are his (in)abilities that have been a part of his whole career. They are well documented and I don’t need to repeat them here. He’s not worth the money he is getting paid. Sam Bradford 2.0. But Flip didn’t know what to do to get Cousins in any kind of rhythm. That’s his fault. Yes, O-line is a big problem. But you know that. Scheme around that. Flip didn’t. That’s why he had to go.

  19. hmmmm….wonder what offensive play calls the vikings will do next week? I’m thinking 95% runs. lol. zimmer is going to look like a fool when cook gets stuffed at the line consistently. maybe he’ll realize the offensive line was the problem and not defelippo?! no. no. that wont’ happen. he’ll just fire somebody else. that’s what he does.

    The season was lost when Cousins showed his colors against chicago. The rest has just been piling on the misery. this team will finish 6-9-1. zimmer could get fired. if he is fired, i see cousins being shopped for a trade-but nobody is stupid enough to do that.

  20. This is all Kirk Cousins doing. Bad leader who always throws his receivers under the bus with the looks he gives them. I wonder if he gets along with his family?

  21. I recall reading an interview that he stated preferred having more focus on the defense and leave the offense to the OC completely. Zimmer clearly wants to work to his strengths, but he’s the HC; not a defensive coordinator anymore. He absolutely needs to be involved with the offense from the ground up. As well as the D and the special teams and anything else you can fit in; it’s called being a Head Coach, I think. But, who knows, maybe his involvment is the problem (?) Pat Shurmer was solid as OC, but the Norv Turner’s time didn’t end well and it’s still not entirely clear what the rub was. Some Head Coaches are just better off being coordinators; maybe Zimmer is falling into this category.

  22. Cousins hasn’t really worked out this year but would Keenum have been better? They would probably have the same record and had $10 million more salary cap space, but they also would have to draft a quarterback because Keenum isn’t your long-term answer. I think it was a gamble worth taking because you’re crazy if you think Keenum was going to take this team farther than he did last year. Keep in mind the salary cap just went up $13 million and the draft pick is getting higher and higher. Next year there will be a big offensive line upgrade and a new OC that hopefully isn’t inept. Remember Nick Easton? He’ll be back next year. The defense has had a lot of injury issues this year so it shouldn’t be any worse next year. This team will have a chance to come back next year and do what people hoped they would do this year.

  23. If you had to get rid of the QB who almost got to the Super Bowl like an idiot, you should have signed the Super Bowl MVP who’s warming the bench in Philly.

  24. Firing Flip was the easiest route to take but hardly the most effective. I wonder if Zimmer thinks that changing your OC with three weeks left in the season would somehow right the ship and improve the offense. Chances are it gets worse.

    Zimmer strikes me as someone who is in way over his head. Its the Peter Principe at work, (an observation that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their “level of incompetence”), he was just fine as a D coordinator but a head coach is a CEO of sorts, must be able to motivate all the players (not just the defensive ones) and take one for the team, something that is sorely missing in Zimmer. If the Vikings even had the talent necessary to win a Superbowl, Zimmer would find a way to throw somebody under the bus and miss the opportunity, a common theme in the 57-year history of this hapless franchise.

  25. DeFilippo showed no creativity whatsoever. If a 50-year-old guy like me, sitting on my couch, can tell what play the Vikings are going to run, then I’m pretty sure a qualified DC who studies multiple hours of film can do the same. When I watched the games last year under Shurmur, he caught me (and opposing DC’s) off guard more times than not. Let’s hope some of that rubbed off on Stefanski.

  26. Agree with everything he said. Btw: you clowns that say he’s going through OC’s non stop are just wrong. Norv quit because he’s like 75 and didn’t like changing. And the last dude was promoted to head coach. Flip was told what to change. Didn’t do it. Deserved to be let go.

  27. If history is any indication, Zimmer is done after this year.

    Mike Tice got 5 years total (1 was as interim).

    Brad Childress got 5 years.

    Leslie Frazier got 4 years total (1 was as interim).

    The only real question in my mind is whether or not firing Zimmer will save Spielman’s job. It shouldn’t. He’s had more than enough time, more than enough coaching hires and more than enough player acquisitions (especially quarterbacks) to have built at least some success. One playoff win in a decade, on a once in a lifetime fluke play, isn’t what I’d call success. I mean, if you’re happy with that, believe me, so is the rest of the division.

    I’m still not happy about McCarthy being ousted but I understand it. It appeared to be time.

  28. Flip wasn’t getting it done. Bland, predictable, ineffective, unimaginative, etc. The Bears offense is far better than the Vikings with probably half the talent at the skill positions. But their offense is fun to watch. If their QB learns how to complete a pass to his own team they will be dangerous for a long time. Especially with that defense. Next coach up for the Vikings. Do the job or lose the job. As far as Cousins goes… yeah that was a huge mistake. I’d trade Cousins for Keenum strait up. Cousins may have the better arm, but Keenum has heart and you can’t coach that into a robot like Cousins. With basically the same talent around them, Keenum got us to 13-3 and looked pretty good most of the time. Cousins hasn’t beaten anyone with a winning record and looks like he’s just going through the motions. Come to think of it, so do the rest of the Vikings.

  29. Zimmer’s getting involved in the play-calling in the last three games? Terrific! Now, the Packers DO have a shot.

  30. Well he couldn’t fire Kirk Cousins the main reason for the poor offense , DiFilippo will get another job and soon the Vikings free agents will look to leave for Greener pastures, but Vikings fans will continue to mock the Packers as their team crumbles , just no valid reason for Vikings fans obsession with the Packers . The Packers will win anothet Super Bowl before the Vikings ever do and I think Vikings fans realize this as well .

  31. Cousins is what he is, the decision to hand him the keys is a big problem. That stated, qb deserves to play for an oc that can help him out, make adjustments, change up protection. And it goes way beyond committing to the running game. Yesterday the entire Vikings organization reacted like deer (pl) in the headlights. Not the first time, either, and surely not fair to the qb regardless of his own shortcomings.

    How to adjust?

    1. Play calling.
    2. Protection adjustment (ie, keep rb or tight end in on blitzes.
    3. Formation adjustment (ie, don’t continue to line up same receivers in same places.)
    4. No huddle…or sugar huddle.
    5. Hand game off to qb for audibles as he surveys at line of scrimmage with 15 seconds prior to play.
    6. Get a good agent and convince media and fans you are a hot young offensive minded coaching prospect.

    Just saying, the blame here goes deep–including the head coach who to his credit is the only one in the organization in damage control mode. And he knows he should have done this six games ago.

    Cousins is a heavily overpaid b to b- qb, not horrible, on a team with poor coaching assets. Last year Vikings had far better coaching assets, but OC left organization and new OC was clearly a big step down. Just the way it is.

  32. terrystown says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    It’s funny how many trolls come around to these Vikings posts when the Packers’ season is over…

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    Your All-Pro roster has one more win than Green Bay and is limping to a Wild Card. Yeah, tell me how excited you really are…

  33. Seattle knows how to run ball, but outside of that their offensive scheme is no better and oc simply has a more supportive boss that can get involved when (often) need be. What separated these two teams yesterday? Home field, key officiating decisions. Key is important word as both teams had to deal with unfortunate bad officiating.

  34. Really tired of the “84 million$ Quarterback” nonsense from the announcers last night and others today. What is Rodgers being paid for their 5 wins this year? One player doesn’t make a team. Plenty of blame for everyone, including players and coaches. Hopefully Stefansky does well. He can’t be any worse than Flip.

  35. Wow, Vikes nose diving into the field turf….I can’t say I expected this…but I did. I was almost hoping to see a Super Bowl run. That would have been the Vikes 5th chance to win one…0-4 in the big game has hurt every year. Zimmer will most likely be cut loose after the season with Rick Spielman the genius to go with him. Then a couple more years of rebuilding………again.

  36. Wow Zimmer is an offensive guru now with 3 games left? Vikings fans this is a true dumpster fire Zim will be gone too this team is going nowhere I would not be surprised if they lost these last 3 games. You have the wide receivers arguing with Cousins no defense at all coaching is in shambles I guess you know the end result

  37. They did lose there OL coach Tony Sparano, who passed away just before the season.
    I’m sure that did not help the OL.

  38. The firing of DeFilippo is distracting from the fact that the vaunted Vikings defense has given up 148 yards rushing to Chicago, 160 yards rushing to New England, and 214 yards rushing to Seattle in three of the last four games. Only hapless Green Bay failed to run all over this defense. Before this stretch, they were giving up an average of 88.9 yards a game. Zimmer can try to fix the offense but he’d better not lose sight of how his run defense has fallen apart.

  39. Fired? The self proclaimed experts pushed a narrative that he was a hot prospect for a head coaching job next year…..Ooooops.

  40. So if Ziggy decides to clean house,… Head Coach and GM,…. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if he hired Reggie McKenzie / GM, who I think is a darn good talent evaluator and drafted good, and then Reggie hires MIKE McCARTHY,……. WOWWWWWW !!!!!! They know and like each other. Much respect for both from this guy. But wouldn’t that be ironic ??? Packer fans have always said the Vikings pick up Packer throwaways. It didn’t bother me much. Maybe Favre a little bit, but I understood why he wanted to prove a point. Greg Jennings just plain made an arce out of himself.

  41. I don’t think Cousins is the problem. He is a very good QB. The Vikings are too talented to struggle like this. Zimmer seems unhinged and unprofessional this season. If they don’t at least win 1 playoff game I think it’s time to change the head coach.

  42. If the Vikings fire him I wonder how long he stays on the market before becoming the Bengals HC?

    I would also bet if Zimmer is sent packing Mike McCarthy becomes the Vikings next HC.

  43. Dude the only gave up Six points until deep into the 4th Qtr. Run as much want doesn’t matter if they don’t score. Offense blew that game. Bye DeFlippo you wont be missed!

  44. $84 million is not paid to Cousins just because of the market or how much potential he has shown while quarterbacking his way to the mean. That money is also paid to him because the organization is also investing in his potential ability to raise his level of play as well as all of the other positions on the offensive side of the ball. When the ‘chip window is open, all games are big games.If he has not shown the ability to do that when the pressure is on and there is no RGIII to upstage, he is rendered no better than a Matt Cassell or TJ Yates.

    It doesn’t matter if he is comprimised on the offensive line. His job is to get into plays that offset those deficiencies. Audibles do work sometimes. The OC plays a large role in this as well because it seemed as if DeFilippo made the cardinal mistake of calling plays that catered primarily to his scheme, rather than to the personnel on the field. If he wants a HC gig, he has got to learn how to do that more than anything.

  45. fartweasel says: “Really tired of the “84 million$ Quarterback” nonsense from the announcers last night and others today. What is Rodgers being paid for their 5 wins this year? One player doesn’t make a team.”
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    Even Joe Tessitore is guilty too – on one deep pass to Diggs (?), Joe screams out “BALL IS NO WHERE NEAR THE RECEIVER!!!!!!!”, yet the replay right after shows the ball landing just two yards away…

    Then you have Booger. Twice forced in “Arms as long as the Mississippi River” within 5 minutes. Ugh, this crew sucks.

  46. So many typical Packers fans in here talking about Cousins and his paycheck. Last I checked, Green Bay has 5 wins with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. How much money are you paying that guy again?

  47. terrystown says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    It’s funny how many trolls come around to these Vikings posts when the Packers’ season is over…
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    NOW That's Funny !!
    As Long as PFT has been around I seem to recall the fans of the team to the west of GB littering the Packer posts on here,…….. that's when all they had to look forward to was shoveling snow in January on game days. Don't be that guy,… eh?

  48. Let’s make no mistake this is who Kirk Cousins is as a QB! Kirk had it easy in Washington McVay was the only reason Kirk Cousins was viable QB and Kirk still was woeful against teams above .500 winning %. Zimmer deserves what he gets as far as overpaying Kirk Cousins because he never gave Case Keenum any credit or any encouragement.

    Look if it ain’t broke why try to fix it! The Vikings lost their best RB and QB due to injury! But the Vikings were still 13-3 and won NFC North Division Championship, the Viking won a playoff game at home in dramatic fashion, but lost to the eventual SB Champion in Philly. Case Keenum played big time, big boy football to beat the Saints, with the game on the line Case Keenum with the last play of the game stood in the pocket under pressure and threw a dime that went for the game-winning TD. Something that Kirk Cousins has “NEVER” done in any football game!

    Kirk Cousins would have choked and pissed away the Vikings chances to even have a chance to play the Eagles. You don’t blow up your QB room for one lost on the road to the eventual SB Champion. You don’t blow up your QB room for a QB in Kirk Cousins, who has won nothing as a starting QB in the NFL. A QB that pissed away a chance for a playoff win at home (2015), a QB who choked in the last game of the season at home with a chance to make the playoff (2016), and a QB who when the Redskins had a chance to have a respectable 8-8 season (2017) choked and pissed away the season to 2-13 Giants football team that had no WRs and missing 3 of their best players on defense. Kirk threw 3 INTs! You want to blow up your team for a loser that has record 26-30-1, and over the last two seasons has a record of 15-16-1, and against teams with a winning record 1-19, this is what you want to blow up your QB room for in Kirk Cousins, it makes no sense.

  49. madmike66 says: “How much money are you paying that guy again?”
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    Which can also be said about Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Eli Manning…

    With next year’s salary cap around $190m, Cousins’ contract is just average for a veteran QB at around 14.8%. Realize that historically that’s what QBs were paid. In 1997, Brett Favre hit 18% of the salary cap, so not much has changed.

  50. sgrvn329 says: “Zimmer deserves what he gets as far as overpaying Kirk Cousins because he never gave Case Keenum any credit or any encouragement.”
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    Kirk is significantly outplaying Keenum this year – 10% higher completion rate, thrown 600 more yards, 9 more TDS and 1 less INT…

  51. When they loss to the Bills I knew it was going to be a disappointing season. But not making the playoffs and struggling to finish with 9 Ws is unthinkable when you compare expectations.

  52. akira1971 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    sgrvn329 says: “Zimmer deserves what he gets as far as overpaying Kirk Cousins because he never gave Case Keenum any credit or any encouragement.”
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    Kirk is significantly outplaying Keenum this year – 10% higher completion rate, thrown 600 more yards, 9 more TDS and 1 less INT…

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    Case Keenum took Vikes to NFC title game. Kirk Cousins has NEVER WON a playoff game.

  53. A lot of Zimmer hate here. I’ll tell you what, go ahead and fire him and we will happily take him back in Cincinnati as the head coach. Will throw in Lewis, Hue Jackson and Bill Lazor as consolation. I would add Dalton, but you already have the poor mans version in Cousins.

  54. Kirk may be out playing Keenum this year… But hands down Keenum had a much better pulse on this offense than Kirk does. Some QBs play better in different types of offenses. The old saying is don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. The exit in the playoffs was largely the same defense thats playing this year.

  55. I dont think The Bears will be resting anyone against Minnesota,if Dallas is still just a game behind,and Everyone is just assuming The Bears are going to lose to Minnesota,but it might not happen.

  56. tremoluxman says:
    December 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    For all the Cousins haters, he doesn’t block for RBs or run routes for WRs. I’m almost positive he doesn’t like getting hit and drilled into the ground right after taking the hand-off either. But I guess for $84M he should be able to take the field alone and beat the opposing 11 by himself, right?
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    Because Diggs and Theilen are bad at running routes? I get it there is more to that Cousins, and people aren’t saying he should ebat the opponents by 11, but could he get over 30 yards passing in the first half?

    I mean I know hes use to bubble screens and all but that 4 yard backwards pass is one I haven’t seen in a LONG time. Unless thats exactly how it was drawn up which would explain why the OC was fired.

  57. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured....I trolled you so much you changed your display name to mine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. says:

    Seasons already over! You are a little late to the game.

  58. tremoluxman says:

    Hey all you offensive geniuses, send in your resumes and coaching credentials for the open Offensive Coordinator position. I’m sure your expertise would be welcome and turn this team around in no time at all.
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    And at the rate the Vikings are going through OC’s they will likely get around to you pretty soon.

  59. I’ll trade Zimmer for Marvin Lewis and even throw in Andy Dalton. We have a deal?

    A sizable bloc of Bengals fans would love to have Mike back. Be careful what you wish for Minne. You might just get it.

  60. sgrvn329 says: “Zimmer deserves what he gets as far as overpaying Kirk Cousins because he never gave Case Keenum any credit or any encouragement.”))))))))))))))
    )))))
    Wilbon???
    Zimmer just wasn’t playing the media game – every week they would ask him who the starting QB was this week.And Zimmer did give Case credit, Case played well and had a good season.But football people feel Cousins is an upgrade from Case so they made the move to improve the team.

  61. Which can also be said about Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Eli Manning…

    With next year’s salary cap around $190m, Cousins’ contract is just average for a veteran QB at around 14.8%. Realize that historically that’s what QBs were paid. In 1997, Brett Favre hit 18% of the salary cap, so not much has changed.
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    18.4% of the cap for Favre?!?! He must have been doing just goofy stuff like winning back to back to back MVPs while leading the GB to 3 straight NFC Title games, and back to back SBs during that span or something.

    While Cousins has FOUR wins against teams with winning records, and a FULLY gur. contract.
    Even FAVRE didn’t get that luxury.

  62. My father is a former season ticket holder and we all wear our heart on our sleeves when it comes to the Vikings. That being said, here is what should have happened and what needs to happen. I told my Dad they should have signed Keenum to a moderate deal and he was amenable to that. They should have traded and drafted for offensive lineman out the gate. They should have made Stefanski the OC from the get go because he has been there for a long time and knows the players. If anybody needs to have their rearend handed to them it is Spielman. The players like Zimmer. Just not enough good folks in the right areas. That is on the GM, period. Just Sayin’. The Vikes shouldn’t fire Zim. They should fire Spielman.

  63. This comment by Zimmer is laughable. The season was wasted when they gave an average QB all that money.
    Cousin Kirk is going to cost you your job, Mike, just like he cost DeFilippo his.

  64. akira1971 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Then you have Booger. Twice forced in “Arms as long as the Mississippi River” within 5 minutes. Ugh, this crew sucks.

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    It’s really a shame, how bad this crew is. I loved Booger saying, when he was arguing against the Vikings going for the TD on 4th and goal, and the score 6-0:

    “They should kick the FG, and make this a one score game.”

    6-0 is a one score game, fool. Cool name, bro. So professional.

  65. Rate This
    akira1971 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    sgrvn329 says: “Zimmer deserves what he gets as far as overpaying Kirk Cousins because he never gave Case Keenum any credit or any encouragement.”
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    Kirk is significantly outplaying Keenum this year – 10% higher completion rate, thrown 600 more yards, 9 more TDS and 1 less INT…

    Kirks stats a garbage!

    6-6-1 – Kirk Cousins… 13-3 – Case Keenum!!! Who gives a dam about “Stats”, it’s about WINS!

  66. Kirk is significantly outplaying Keenum this year – 10% higher completion rate, thrown 600 more yards, 9 more TDS and 1 less INT…
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    Cousins has diggs and thielen as options while Keenum two best targets are on IR and and traded to houston. It is amazing he has 600 hundred morenyard especially when hes avg 3.9 yards an attempt. Way to overcome Cousins

  67. Season is ALREADY WASTED!!! No Division Title and Most Likely No Super Bowl Team yet again! Can’t believe I am saying this, but the Vikings can’t play outdoors in the Cold!!! SHAMEFUL!!! Would trade hosting the Super Bowl for an OUTDOOR STADIUM Any day!!! At the Met we had the Greatest advantage for Cold Weather out of all 32 Teams…. BAD AND GREEDY DECISION OWNERSHIP!!!

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