Vikings announce John DeFilippo out, Kevin Stefanski in as offensive coordinator

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Monday night’s loss was the last straw for Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

The Vikings announced Tuesday morning that DeFilippo has been fired and Kevin Stefanski will take the reins of the offense for the rest of the season.

“The Minnesota Vikings have relieved John DeFilippo from his duties as Offensive Coordinator,” the team’s statement said. “Vikings Quarterbacks Coach Kevin Stefanski has been elevated to Interim Offensive Coordinator and will take over play-calling duties.”

It’s been a long and frustrating season for the Vikings’ offense, which came into the season thinking the arrival of Kirk Cousins would result in an improvement over last season’s results, only to see the offense go in the wrong direction this year.

Last season’s offense was called by Pat Shurmur, who is now the head coach of the Giants. Shurmur wanted to hire Stefanski as his offensive coordinator, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer blocked the move and held Stefanski to his contract in Minnesota.

Whether Stefanski can get things turned around over the final weeks of the season remains to be seen, but if the Vikings win their last three games they’re in the playoffs, and if Stefanski can get the offense rolling in January, he’ll suddenly be one of the hottest assistant coaches in the NFL.

158 responses to “Vikings announce John DeFilippo out, Kevin Stefanski in as offensive coordinator

  1. Stefanski was a candidate for the OC job before they hired DeFilippo, but he has no prior experience as an OC and has never called plays. I’m sure their idea was to hire the (slightly) more experienced DeFilippo and then hand the job over to Stefanski after DeFilippo left to become a head coach. It’s just that DeFilippo got fired instead of becoming a head coach. I hope Stefanski remembers some of those plays Shurmur was running last year.

  2. Needed move but the next move needs to be the GM Speilman.
    He is the decision maker on these moves (Defilippo, Cousins, etc..)
    and somehow he continually escapes criticism and accountability.

  3. So if Stefanski does great he’s probably leaving after the season. If he does poorly he’s probably leaving after the season. Not much upside for the Vikings here.

  4. Losing Sparano and Shurmur cost the Vikings their season.

    Maybe should have kept Case and spent that $84M on Mack.

  5. Hope he absorbed enough from Shurmer calling plays last year but still handcuffed with such an atrocious offensive line. Maybe he can be more creative than JDF was and at least there is some continuity since he’s been with the team for awhile. Three game audition to get the job permanently.

  6. Hilarious. Zimmer is in so far over his head. What’s this, the second time in three years he’s gotten rid of his OC during the season? The guy can’t run a team. Maybe some players will go have a talk with him again and get him back in off of the ledge.

  7. Flip was regarded as a head coach in the making and probably still is. Sounds like Zimmer was at the forefront of their offensive problems, instead of handing the offense over to Flip he was constantly coming behind him changing things. Offenses in their first season are a work in progress. This is a terrible move by the Vikings and show the surprising gap between them and the elite teams in the NFL.

  8. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    Stefanski was a candidate for the OC job before they hired DeFilippo, but he has no prior experience as an OC and has never called plays. I’m sure their idea was to hire the (slightly) more experienced DeFilippo and then hand the job over to Stefanski after DeFilippo left to become a head coach. It’s just that DeFilippo got fired instead of becoming a head coach. I hope Stefanski remembers some of those plays Shurmur was running last year.

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    I hope so, too, but I have a bad feeling about this.

  9. Love it, Stefanski should have been the OC to replace Shurmur and Shurmur shouldn’t have left to tend to the NY tire fire. And bobby wagner is a pos.

  10. First of all, Bud Grant is not dead. Secondly Tony Soprano is. I don’t think his impact is getting enough attention. The O-Line has much more talent then last season, but is doing far less.

  11. This guy should’ve been the original hire. I think Zimmer was enamored with Philly after they kicked his defense’s butt. Thankfully Zim did the right thing here, eventually.

  12. lol. Anyone blaming Cousins, have you actually watched an entire Vikings game? The line is complete garbage. So you don’t get Cousin’s, who do you get? Case? Well case cost about 20 million a year instead of 28 so you save 8 million. Can you really do much with 8 million?

    Seriously the dumb comments on your from other fan base troll is absurd.

    Getting rid of flip at this point won’t do much. The line is a result of the GM not drafing well. We had an average OL last year that got disguised by a mobile QB. You don’t draft any Offense Lineman in the first few rounds? Ok.

    Also anyone blaming Zimmer…has the defense not been pretty good ever year? Well ok. Getting rid of flip might help win a game or two, but ultimately this line and team chemistry is not ready for the post season.

  13. Mini is at a point where this year is a make or break year. If they go without a Lombardi this season(and they will) they’re likely looking at several years before they have an opportunity again. Reason being: Da Bears!!!

  14. The problem the Vikings have is their OL is terrible. Cousins is the most pressured QB in the league – almost 50% of his drop backs according to PFF – and yet the play calling was pass heavy every week. They have to get the run game going to keep the pass rush honest and make the play action effective. The Vikings defense is playing much better now so if the offense can get something going they will be a playoff team.

  15. Maybe Kevin can do something with the O-line so Cousins doesn’t have to run for his life on every play and throw 7 yard passes.

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    kamthechancellor says:

    December 11, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Maybe he can teach Cousins to throw it farther than 7 yards downfield.

  16. Although Cousins choosing to throw into double coverage at the goal lnie last night instead of five yards to his left where a wide open thielen, who had just burned his man, was standing all alone was not defilippo’s fault most of the other O’s problem’s were. Good move.

  17. This move needed to happen. Perhaps the real question to ask is who made the decision to hire DeFilippo, and why? Was the decision made because of perception that DeFilippo had a significant role in running the Philly offense that dismantled the Viking defense last January? If so, perhaps its time to realize that you don’t make hiring decisions based on one game.

    Stefanski has been with the Vikings a long time. I’m not sure what he can accomplish with three games left, but if he wants a long-awaited promotion, here’s his chance to do something.

  18. If this was news out of Green Bay the Vikings fans would be howling. I notice of lack of sarcasm and hatred by Packers fans here. How classy.

  19. Tough to run an offense without an O-line. They likely should have hired Stefanski in the first place. The guy that said Zim interfered with the offense above must not know much about the team: (1) Zim typically leaves the offense side alone till there are issues (he did with Shurmer and did with Norv till the offense had problems and Norv left in a huff when Zim offered suggestions) — the coaching staff is otherwise pretty stable; and (2) he’s the head coach — he has the right to run the team as he sees fit, right or wrong. On the good side, Flip is now available to the Pack.

  20. PANIC – Of course the Vikings are going to panic. They were superbowl contenders because of a fluke play against the Saints and now they probably wont make the playoffs. What really drives me crazy is that DeFilippio was written in as one of the most likely guys to become a head coach and it was even mentioned on last nights broadcast and he cant even keep a job as an O Co-ordinator. Just shows you how much these experts know. I think that the Vikings need to fire Zimmer – he just cant seem to be able to surround himself with team oriented coaches – probably because of the way that he criticizes and micromanages them. Doesnt work when the chips are down.

  21. Here’s my 2-cents: I totally agree this was the right move at the right time. Offense has been average at best throughout the course of the season. Terrible past 3-4 games. OC in capable of of calling a good game. Very predictable. No misdirection. I see plays against the Vikings that I’m thinking what a great call; very good imagination to call those plays. We have NONE of that. Very stagnant and boring. He came from the team that used misdirection and screens all the time that worked even when other teams knew it was coming. Not all his fault. OL=horrible. Cousins not his fault albeit he should be better. Not concerned at this point we over-payed. Going rate for QB so take good with the bad. Keemun no better but certainly cheaper. Me personally still ok with the signing of Cousins. However, he’s got happy feet and that’s not going away anytime soon if at all rest of the season. He’s like a SS in baseball that got a bad hop and hit’m in the mouth. Gun shy rest of season taking grounders/pulling the head last second. But this had to be done to salvage anything that even salvageable rest of the season.

  22. Not sure this dramatically improves cousins prospects given his miserable record against winning teams .

    But hey something needed to be done . It’s not like you can get your $84 million back .

    There’s enough talent on this team on both sides of the ball to perform in the upper third of the league . Zimmers got to take some responsibility for this as well .

  23. Skol to Kevin Stefanski who should have gotten the job to start with ZIM !!
    Bringing in a Flippen Eagle QB coach was Stupid. Show the world what all the players already knew we had and have! Kev you earned it! Now Finish The Job! SKOL!

  24. People talk like it isn’t DeFilippo’s fault because Cousins and the offensive line have been so bad. Well, they have been bad, but shouldn’t the OC do something to account for the fact that the O-line is so bad? Most of the problems I saw last night with the O-line were because of the blocking schemes, not because guys were getting beat. Maybe the linemen are dumb and can’t do their assignments, but I doubt it. How about rolling Cousins out more often instead of keeping him in the pocket like a statue? How about some misdirection? How about some imaginative play-calling? How many times do we need to see Cousins run straight backwards on 3rd-and-1 because there’s a defensive lineman on him the second he gets the ball? Figure out a way to hide your weaknesses rather than allow the other team to expose your weaknesses.

  25. “Sounds like Zimmer was at the forefront of their offensive problems, instead of handing the offense over to Flip he was constantly coming behind him changing things”.
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    Exactly. You’ve got two dynamite receivers along with a top tier TE, but your head coach, who knows nothing about offense, is constantly harping about running the ball more. Can’t win by sending out mixed messages and not wanting to use your best players.

  26. @ Bears, vs GB, @ Pats in Dec, @ Seattle in Dec, was a pretty tough stretch. But the offense was looking worse every week when the defense is playing well enough to win all those games. A change had to be made.

    If we can get a boost from the NEW OC the playoffs are still within reach. I still have hope, but Cousins can’t be looking like a deer in the headlights for 55 minutes a game. Margin of error is gone, time to show up dude. Time to call up Sloter as the backup QB and have him ready to go if Kirk can’t handle the moment.

  27. Flip has been a BAD play caller all season.

    And for the people saying this was a Zimmer hire…you probably aren’t very clued in on the team so that is forgivable. This one came down from Spielman.

  28. Until they relieve Rick Spielman of his duties, they will continue to be average at best.
    Look at the least of QB’s and you just may agree.

  29. This is a Cousins issue through and through. No way a little lipstick is gonna dress up that hog.

    DiFilippo is nothing but a sacrificial lamb here.

  30. packertruth says:

    December 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I think there is less talent on the offensive side of the ball than a lot of people think there is.
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    So who is it you think is worse than people think? At wr they have Diggs and Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph, Rb Cook and Murray which at worst is above average at every skill position. No one believes they have a good offensive line which they don’t.

  31. The first year of Cousins is winding down and not what the Vikings desired, and now he is going to have to learn a new offense in his second year, I don’t really feel its the offense and scheme, just look at Cousins record vs. winning teams and Primetime games.

    Washington fans tried SO hard to warn Viking fans, to temper their expectations, but they were blinded by… whatever it was that wouldn’t allow them to understand. It’s one thing to ignore their fans, but you also ignored Washington as if they were going to let a “TRUE” Franchise QB just leave?

  32. Jake Jacobson says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    So if Stefanski does great he’s probably leaving after the season. If he does poorly he’s probably leaving after the season. Not much upside for the Vikings here.
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    Seems to me if he does great then the Vikings would consider him for the permanent OC job. What is the downside to this move? The Vikings offense doesn’t score for the first 58 minutes of the game? You know, like last night.

  33. shaggytoodle says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    The first year of Cousins is winding down and not what the Vikings desired, and now he is going to have to learn a new offense in his second year, I don’t really feel its the offense and scheme, just look at Cousins record vs. winning teams and Primetime games.

    Washington fans tried SO hard to warn Viking fans, to temper their expectations, but they were blinded by… whatever it was that wouldn’t allow them to understand. It’s one thing to ignore their fans, but you also ignored Washington as if they were going to let a “TRUE” Franchise QB just leave?
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    Jeez. Where to begin.
    You put your team in a position to win. 7 step drops on 3rd and 1, crashing into the center of the line on 4th and 1. Many more examples of bad play calling. It is the scheme. And perhaps Cousins record was more the by-product of your team as a whole. Don’t believe me? How are you doing this year? I appreciate you “warning” us, but the fans don’t actually sign players.

    BTW: The Redskins didn’t let Cousins leave. He chose for 3 straight years to not sign a lucrative contract with your team. Again, that says so much more about your team than it does about Cousins. He literally risked injury and didn’t want to sign a contract with your team. Ask yourself why that is.

  34. 2-1 over final 3 games gets you the 6th seed. It’s not ideal, and the offensive looks pretty bad the last two weeks. But, that is where you are at. The Panthers, Eagles, or Redskins are not going to win out to leap frog you if you win 2 out of next 3.

  35. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    People talk like it isn’t DeFilippo’s fault because Cousins and the offensive line have been so bad. Well, they have been bad, but shouldn’t the OC do something to account for the fact that the O-line is so bad? Most of the problems I saw last night with the O-line were because of the blocking schemes, not because guys were getting beat. Maybe the linemen are dumb and can’t do their assignments, but I doubt it. How about rolling Cousins out more often instead of keeping him in the pocket like a statue? How about some misdirection? How about some imaginative play-calling? How many times do we need to see Cousins run straight backwards on 3rd-and-1 because there’s a defensive lineman on him the second he gets the ball? Figure out a way to hide your weaknesses rather than allow the other team to expose your weaknesses.
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    I’d like to hear from some of those people that think your statement is wrong here. I can’t find anything in your post that is not correct. Cousins looks fantastic on the designed roll out. And the team looks horrible on the straight up draw plays. It really shouldn’t be that hard to stop calling plays that haven’t worked all season.

  36. aa1829 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm
    If this was news out of Green Bay the Vikings fans would be howling. I notice of lack of sarcasm and hatred by Packers fans here. How classy.
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    Most of the Packer fans are hibernating after their loss to the Cardinals and the firing of their coach. Seriously. A lot of them have disappeared off PFT after that. Also, its a little harder to make fun of the team that you’re looking up at.

  37. Zimmer might need to be the next one thats fired. As a Bears fan I say bring in Flip as like a quality control assistant so we can spy on their whole offense. I can see the Bears playing the Queen’s that last week of the season and then playing them again a week later in the playoffs in cold Soldier Field. Either way we’ll beat them. Cousins can’t beat any team that’s over .500 nor can he win a game in primetime. BEARS!!!

  38. Flip is the fall guy and Cousins will be the next one, but it’s the o-line that is the real culprit.
    Running plays don’t work if they are not blocked for…….passing plays don’t work if they are not protected.

  39. gbpackersfan12 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    Just when I thought the Packers were the biggest disappointment in the NFL…. the Minnesota Vikings come along and Totally redeem itself. Back to the top of Loserville.
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    I guess top 6 in the NFC is now “top of loserville”, from a packer fan perspective. Hey, hows that head coach search going for you guys? Has Aaron given his approved list yet?

  40. When I look at these guy’s last names, I can’t help but think of Archie Bunker and what he would have said about these two guys. It immediately brings a smile to my face. Of course, today, they don’t allow humor like that on tv anymore. So I watch the reruns and still laugh my butt off.

  41. gtodriver says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm
    Well, that makes JDF available to the Packers right now.

    Good luck…

    \\\\

    The funny thing is,

    Gute could give him a free test ride for the rest of the year under Philbin and kick the tires.

    Really a win, win if you think about it.

  42. mlhigh says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    Vikes really got trucked by the Cousins deal. Man, if the Skins didnt want him……..
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    The Redskins franchised him twice, and offered a huge contract to him three times. I think you’re a little confused on whom didn’t want whom. Btw: How are those Redskins and their, what is it, fourth QB, doing?

  43. Why is tbe seahawks oc not fired? His play calling is more predictable and far worse than defilipo and McCarthy.

  44. conormacleod says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm

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    Jeez. Where to begin.
    You put your team in a position to win. 7 step drops on 3rd and 1, crashing into the center of the line on 4th and 1. Many more examples of bad play calling. It is the scheme. And perhaps Cousins record was more the by-product of your team as a whole. Don’t believe me? How are you doing this year? I appreciate you “warning” us, but the fans don’t actually sign players.

    BTW: The Redskins didn’t let Cousins leave. He chose for 3 straight years to not sign a lucrative contract with your team. Again, that says so much more about your team than it does about Cousins. He literally risked injury and didn’t want to sign a contract with your team. Ask yourself why that is.

    \\\\\

    Cousins wanted highest paid QB money and Washington wasn’t going to give it to him.

    He chose to be a mercenary now, and chemistry with his current team will be 2nd fiddle.

    Let’s see if he re-signs with you guys before year 3. That will be very telling about his true intentions, which most believe will be another team.

  45. edukator44 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    the problem with this team is it’s ofeensive line. everything starts there.

    \\\\\

    True. Even Dilfer won a super Bowl with the Ravens.

    But this is not the current version of the ravens.

  46. Is it possible that cousins just isn’t as good as he was assumed to be? Or that Washington was the ideal fit because of that? I know he looked like Nathan peterman against buffalo but that was one game and I truly believe players are allowed to have some bad games. I honestly don’t watch any games so I’m not sure why they are so bad this year

  47. their loss to the Cardinals and the firing of their coach. Seriously. A lot of them have disappeared off PFT after that. Also, its a little harder to make fun of the team that you’re looking up at.

    You’re right. And as a Vikings fan you have all those trophies to stand behind..

  48. I think everyone involved would have loved to look into the future before the decisions were made by both the Vikes and the Redskins last year. Both teams would have fared a lot better if Cousins stayed put.

  49. nfcleast says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    Remember when Vikings fans thought they were gonna win the Super Bowl? 😂😂😂

    #thecurseoftheRockystatue
    *****
    Remember when the Eagles fans talked dynasty and then failed to make the playoffs the next year?

  50. Never understood the JDF for HC hype given how awful the Vikes’ offensive looking offense has been this year. I guess anyone with a pulse, a headset and a takeout menu full of plays is getting a HC job rumor. If the Vikings miss the playoffs after committing to Cousins, they need to clean house because he’s obviously not going anywhere. They need to make it work.

  51. Can someone explain to me how Cousins can go toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers, then look like he has no clue the very next game? Very strange indeed. It reminds me a bit whenever Dan Marino would come to NY to play the Jets. Ken O’Brien would match Marino pass for pass yard for yard Touchdown for touchdown, then he was quite mediocre in the interim. IDK 🤷‍♀️

  52. Ironically DeFilippo had never been an offensive coordinator either. Bad offensive lines are helped out by trying to run the ball, something that DeFilippo and Pederson in Philadelphia often forget. Zimmer should be on the hot seat, but it looks like he gets to pass off blame on assistant coaches instead. In the race for the most disappointing team this year, Vikings, Eagles, and Steelers are running neck and neck.

  53. “I’d like to hear from some of those people who think your statement is wrong here.I can’t find anything in your post that is not correct.”
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    Let’s start with the false statement that Cousins is running backwards on every 3rd and 1. Then we can move on to the erroneous claim that Flip never called any misdirection plays. Throw in the erroneous statement that no rollouts were ever called. Shall we continue?

  54. mattchew182 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Zimmer might need to be the next one thats fired. As a Bears fan I say bring in Flip as like a quality control assistant so we can spy on their whole offense. I can see the Bears playing the Queen’s that last week of the season and then playing them again a week later in the playoffs in cold Soldier Field. Either way we’ll beat them. Cousins can’t beat any team that’s over .500 nor can he win a game in primetime. BEARS!!!
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    Two problems with that thought. First, Flip doesn’t need to give anyone any insight into the offense because it’s all out there on film for the world to see. The Seahawks said the Vikings did everything they expected them to do. Second, they wouldn’t make this change if the offense wasn’t going to be different from what Flip was doing, so I don’t see how he’s going to have any insight to that.

  55. Ryan says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    Season over for the Vikes

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    Three games left, Vikings will make playoffs. But thanks for your solid comment

  56. lol. Anyone blaming Cousins, have you actually watched an entire Vikings game? The line is complete garbage. So you don’t get Cousin’s, who do you get? Case? Well case cost about 20 million a year instead of 28 so you save 8 million. Can you really do much with 8 million?
    ,,,,,
    Wow. I didn’t know vikings fans were that stupid. Let’s get rid of keenum who just got us to the nfc championship game and a 13-3 record for a mediocre cousins that never did anything in his career and let’s pay him 28 million instead of keeping keenum for 20 million because you can’t do anything with 8 million and it’s boring being 13-3 and in in the nfc championship game. Unbelievable how delusional some vikings fans are and can’t admit to being wrong. Only an idiot gm would get rid of their qb after being one game short of the superbowl. Vikings are getting what they deserve. Zim will get fired next year when they have another mediocre season with their mediocre qb. Vikings fans will keep saying but it’s not Cousins fault, it’s the oc fault, again. Newflash, cousins has never been a good qb. Wtf were the vikings thinking? ? Idiots. Can’t even beat a mediocre seahawks team with a mediocre qb that was held to 70 yards passing! !!! Vikings and seahawks have the same mediocre qb problems. Both will be one and done if they get in the playoffs.

  57. Last year the Eagles caught lightning in a bottle so DeFilippo, like the salesman who hits on one big order, became a hot commodity. As others have noted his play calling was terrible and you can blame the O Line but coaching , like managing, is making the most of the the talent you have. I also question why there weren’t more rollouts.

  58. Zimmer is attempting to deflect responsibility for his team’s performance. Packer fans are experts at recognizing his strategy after watching McCarthy perfect it for 13 years. Its called lack of leadership and all achieving teams (not that the Vikings were ever even in this category) ultimately need a strong leader to navigate the choppy waters that an NFL season brings.

    Ownership should take note and make changes as soon as they can because this will never end well.

  59. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    December 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    Like the hall of famer Pete Bercich used to say, “put Cousins on ice, I’ve seen enough

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    Apee coming through with his incredible comedic skits. Funny,funny stuff.

  60. Some dudes are better as head coaches or positional coaches than as coordinators. Look at Mike Vrabel. Excellent positional coach, terrible defensive coordinator, seems like a decent head coach so far though. Even if DeFillipo isn’t a good coordinator, that doesn’t mean he is a bad coach.

  61. I don’t know how this change will work out moving forward but you clowns that come on here and keep trying to blame it all on Cousins just do not know football. I don’t care who the quarterback is if you don’t have time to throw the ball then it does not matter period. Look he may not be the answer but it’s premature to say he was not wiorth the money at this point. Hell I have seen Brady get frazzled and look bad when he is getting beat around, the same goes for other elite QBs so just stop with the Cousins nonsense, I swear it’s like arguing with a bunch of 12 year old girls, come on people. Understand that they are still the 6th seed and if by some really long shot that they get hot on Offense then they sure have the Defense to make them a dangerous team to have to play..

  62. You know there have been a couple Vikings teams that backed into the playoffs that suddenly turned it on in the playoffs and made it to the NFCCG. They got Cousins to win that game hopefully and more. The Vikings held their own against the Rams and Saints. Bears are a divisional rival which can go either way. The Vikings played the Bears, Packers, Seahawks all night games and the Patriots late afternoon. They haven’t been on their normal schedule for 4 games. The weather was miserable in NE & SEA rain wise. Obviously Cousins is going through a bad stretch. Wonder what Flip was putting into his head to cause the recent regression. I think that this can easily ignite the engine that starts the team going.

  63. The Redskins got rid of Cousins. How’s that working out for them? They spent just about the same amount they were giving him on an older worse QB who is now injured unlike the durable Cousins. In that game we watched the Vikings defenders stonewalled by the Seattle line while Russell Wilson just danced around for 6-7 seconds before throwing. Cousins wasn’t dancing, he was running for his life. When Cousins started rolling out he was actually making plays. He simply can’t function behind that Viking line.

  64. myvietnamwasfightingtheclap says: “That backwards pass to avoid the sack? You can’t teach that.”
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    That was a good play. The RB actually had his hands up ready for the catch. (Unlike Stafford’s bonehead pass a few weeks ago which caught his RB completely by surprise.)

    It was “safe” too because the defenders were all chasing Cousins to tackle him and they had to change direction to get back after the RB. Anyways, rather have the RB try to make something out of a busted play with his legs than a QB…

  65. Zim lets his guy coach the offense & DeFloppo was a failure at OC.

    The OL was not good last year, but even with O’Neil playing well for many games (not last night), the death of Sporano made the subpar OL even worse.

    DeFloppo was not calling quick slants/outs, pocket moving plays, pick/rub routes or misdirection . In fact, we’ve seen some misdirection plays early in the season that didn’t even make sense enough to fool a Defense.

    Time to move on & hopefully salvage some kind of a season that’s more than a back-into playoffs & a 1-n-done.

  66. In low scoring game like that(It was 6-0 until the last few minutes), the vikings should have run the ball more. Plus Kirk Cousins is terrible in prime time.

  67. Excuses excuses. Keenum did just fine with that oline and took them to the nfc championship game and a 13-3 record. Cousins is just awful and holds on to the ball too long, cant read defenses and misses open recievers.

  68. Surely i am misremembering. But, didn’t this team have Case Keenum at quarterback? And he took them to the conference championship, right? Way to fix something that wasn’t broken. You deserve this pile of trash Minnesota nice.

  69. Stefanski is in line to be the next head coach of the Vikings. Speilman already blocked a chance for teams to interview him for other positions.

  70. Giving the Vikes penchant for hiring Packer rejects, wouldn’t it be ironic if they hire McCarthy after they fire Zimmer?

  71. Wouldn’t Case Keenum have been worth keeping this price? For the sake of chemistry. I mean history would tell us that Case would have only been more productive the following year. Sometimes i question if these people are sane.

  72. Those saying the Vikings had Case Keenum and did so well seem to forget that something else also changed. The Offensive Coordinator!! That dude got a head coaching job. Nobody believes Case was heading for a 14-2 season this year. He got $18 mil from Denver, and has a 6-6 record with 15 TD’s and 10 int’s. Case wouldn’t be saving this offense right now.

  73. It is very obvious that GM Rick Spielman needs to be fired. Cannot evaluate the most important position on any team. Thought Ponder was good, thought Bridgewater was good, thought Bradford was good, got rid of QB that got them to the NFC Championship game, thought Cousins was good.

  74. I don’t know why these General Managers hire specialists as Head Coaches who are only functional on one side of the ball.

    Your great Head Coaches like Bill Belichick and Bill Walsh didn’t ever have to fire a coordinator because they knew offense and defense enough to fix their team’s problems, no matter which side of the ball.

    Get it together Mike Zimmer and take an off season as an opportunity to learn offense. So you can be functional enough to help your OC Fix Offensive problems. Firing Coordinators is not the solution. Coaching is the solution.

  75. Zimmer hired him, trained him and supervised him. So who is the one to blame? If he was that bad why did he Zimmer hired him in first place? Who was the one who signed Cousins? Not Defilippo!!! Life is unfair, but at the end Zimmer will be fired too

  76. nothing will change until they fix the offensive line. nothing. pat maholmes would look like christian ponder with this offensive line. tom compton and mike remmers need to be cut pronto. pat elfein should be put on IR because he is clearly still not recovered from the broken ankle. put the guy they traded for from the giants in. draft atleast 4 offensive lineman, preferably 3 before the 5th round.

    if they don’t, the offense will only continue to get worse and mike zimmer will continue to fire offensive coordinators. and what a douche move to block stefanski from getting a prommotion. to me, that’s all you need to know about zimmer. he will screw you over one way, then screw you over another way. tired of this guys childish behavior.

  77. Peterson is and was the play caller in Philly. How do people not understand this? DeFilippo was a glorified waterboy.

  78. I don’t think Spielman is the problem here. You have a defensive minded coach, that needs a good offensive coordinator. The Vikings should look for a guy that can game-plan from game to game. They looked great when playing certain teams and really awful when playing others. This is because they come with the same game-plan every time. Need creativity, especially in the run blocking schemes.

  79. Word on the street is McCarthy got fired because Rodgers wouldnt execute his plays.
    Now it seems DeFilippo got fired because Cousins cant execute anyone’s plays.
    84 million well spent.

  80. the vikings need to figure out a way to make cousins look good the final 3 games and then trick some fool into trading for him so they can get rid of some of that salary. cousins plays great 25% of the season, not so good 50% of the season, and horribly 25% of the season. why rick spielman and zimmer thought this guy was their savior is beyond me. i mean, this is your job. i’m just a fan and what do i know, but i can clearly see a guy who can’t be an effective QB.

    you can tell zimmer lost total faith in cousins last night after the sack, fumble, touchdown.

    if zimmer wants to win me back, he would bench cousins and admit to the mistake. yea sure it’s horrible for their salary cap, but he is holding the team back. bad offensive line or good, he is simply not a winner. case closed.

  81. Case was awesome last year. He would be familiar with the rest of the offense and they with him. A lot of those plays he made were improvised scrambles and the offense was on par with his abilities. Even with a new OC this year familiarity/chemistry with the offense would not have changed.

  82. conormacleod says:
    December 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    Those saying the Vikings had Case Keenum and did so well seem to forget that something else also changed. The Offensive Coordinator!! That dude got a head coaching job. Nobody believes Case was heading for a 14-2 season this year. He got $18 mil from Denver, and has a 6-6 record with 15 TD’s and 10 int’s. Case wouldn’t be saving this offense right now.

    ,,,,

    Cousins and keenum have the same record at 6-7. The difference is vikings have played mostly terrible teams and an easy schedule, broncos have played mostly playoff teams and one of the toughest schedules this year. Keenum played with the same team same oline last year that cousins is playing with and got the vikings to the nfc championship game and 13-3 record. Delusional vikings fans “it’s not Cousins fault, it’s the oc and oline fault. LoL. Cousins is who we all knew he was. A mediocre qb that never did anything but lose, never won a playoff game. But delusional vikings thought they can go to the superbowl with cousins lmao.🍗 what a bunch of dummies.

  83. The meltdown has begun. DeFilippo is this week’s scapegoat. Isn’t this Zimmer’s fourth OC within the last two years. Meanwhile Zimmer and Spielman remain unscathed. The only reason Cousins is still there instead of DeFilippo is Cousins has a guaranteed three year contract. Hilarious.

  84. And keenum also has nobody to throw to in denver, cousins has elite players allover the place to throw to, good rbs And cousins can’t do anything with his all star lineup and an easy schedule. Smh. Keenum got the vikings to the nfc championship game and a 13-3 record with the same vikings team and same oline. Cousins is just a bum. Overrated, overhyped, overpaid mediocre loser, always has been. What you see from cousins in Minnesota is normal, that’s who he’s always been. Don’t know why vikings fans thought he’d be any better than what hes always been, which is a 3rd tier mediocre qb.

  85. The only way Cousins and his 84 mil will leave the field is if both his arms and one leg fall off. Can’t believe the people who post here saying he should be benched. Vikes won’t bench 84 mil….

  86. Spielman is the one that runs the show. Zimmer is the coach who was brought in to turn around an awful defense. Since Zimmer has been the coach the defense has been good, sometimes great, but the offense has always suffered. Spielman’ alleged ability to pick O talent is pitiful. The team has been sub par as a whole. The special teams coach is awful, and that has hurt the team many games. Zimmer’s record in regular seasons is ok, but 1-2 in playoffs is not. One year bad, one year good, back to bad, back to good to who knows what this year just isn’t cutting it. I am so disappointed with this year’s team than I ever have been with any other. I cringed when the team picked up Cousins. What the hell has that guy everdone?

  87. And for those that think Case is showing who he is now, he is on a bad team with a bad head coach. He made last years team a lot better. With basically the same guys/talent as the 8-8 team the year before.

  88. Just heard a report that Mike McCarthy has landed in the twin cities for a meeting with several viking officials?????

  89. So Stefanski gets a 3 game audition for the permanent OC job or to put himself on the radar for any HC vacancy next season.

    If he sparks that offense and they go on a playoff run, that might peak the interest of the Packers who are in search of their next head coach.

    Kind of a lose lose proposition for the Vikes because if he doesn’t right the sinking ship then Zim may be in danger of losing his job. It was a season of high expectations and so far they have failed miserably. Lucky for them 8-7-1 should get them into the playoffs so they only need to win 2 of the next 3, that seems doable.

  90. cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    “I’d like to hear from some of those people who think your statement is wrong here.I can’t find anything in your post that is not correct.”
    _____________

    Let’s start with the false statement that Cousins is running backwards on every 3rd and 1. Then we can move on to the erroneous claim that Flip never called any misdirection plays. Throw in the erroneous statement that no rollouts were ever called. Shall we continue?
    __________

    If you look back at my original comment you’ll see that everything you just said was untrue.

    Did I say Cousins is running backwards on every 3rd and 1? No. I said, “How many times do we need to see Cousins run straight backwards on 3rd-and-1 because there’s a defensive lineman on him the second he gets the ball?”

    Did I say Flip never called any misdirection plays? No. I said, “How about some misdirection?” I think it’s obvious that doesn’t mean he never did it, but we certainly need to see more of it because most running plays are straight up the middle.

    Did I say no rollouts were ever called? No. I said, “How about rolling Cousins out more often?”

    I made no false statements. You made three.

  91. Another team now playing ‘The Blame Game’! Is John DeFilippo responsible for the poor OL play, or would that be the line coach. It is basically the same OL as last year. Did DeFilippo recruit Cousins to Minnesota? Cousins isn’t able to improvise the way Keenam did last year when the OL didn’t hold up. That’s not DeFilippo fault either. I am not getting into a debate about DeFilippo being good or bad OC. What I am say you don’t blame the OC, for what the Vikings should have address before the season ever started, but didn’t. That’s playing the blame game!

  92. ” you clowns that come on here and keep trying to blame it all on Cousins just do not know football. I don’t care who the quarterback is if you don’t have time to throw the ball then it does not matter period. Look he may not be the answer but it’s premature to say he was not wiorth the money at this point. Hell I have seen Brady get frazzled and look bad when he is getting beat around, the same goes for other elite QBs so just stop with the Cousins nonsense, I swear it’s like arguing with a bunch of 12 year old girls, come on people. ”

    Aaron Rodgers has had to run for his life on most passing plays during his whole career. The difference is that Rodgers is great at escaping and making plays. Even on a down year he’s tons better than Cousins. Cousins, like Cutler and Stafford before him, is the gift that keeps giving. What a waste of $84M.

  93. ibleedgreeneagles says:
    December 11, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Back to philly

    Back to the college ranks if he is lucky ~ There is no way this guy should ever be talked about as a possible HC ~ That is clearly a joke as of now ~

  94. Well….So much for the “Boy Wonder”
    In my opinion the wrong Vikings employee got fired! Rick Spielman just took a little heat off of himself. The O-line was the reason Norv Turner walked away! Spielman thinks Drafting O-linemen sooner than the 5th round is a waste of a pick, Only 2 exceptions was 2012 on a left Tackle Matt Kalil, who washed out with injuries, and after losing Sully and Burger retiring they took A center in the 2nd. Otherwise it his own words is “We can make any big guy into a lineman”, yeah right going up against world class athletes. This team has the worst scouts in the league! Look at how many 1st round picks are not on the team since 2010!

    Speeking of picks lets look at the past 10 years…..
    2008….NO PICK
    2009….Percy Harvin…out of League
    2010….NO PICK
    2011….Christian Ponder…Out of League
    2012….Matt Kalil,(let go as free agent) Harrison Smith ***** 5 star rating
    2013….Sharrif Floyd Out of League
    2014….Rhodes *****
    Cordarrell Patterson Didn’t sign 5th year option Playing well for Patriots
    Anthony Barr He is going to be picked up if cap room allows it
    Teddy Bridgewater Didn’t pick up option
    2015….Trae Wayans **** 4 star corner
    2016….Laquon Treadwell Why did they let Patterson go and kept Treadwell???
    2017….NO PICK traded for Sammy Sleeves
    2018….Mike Hughes IR May be a shutdown corner but suffered torn ACL Who knows?
    So that is 13 picks, 3 years traded, 6 picks either on other teams or out of the League.
    Each of the years past 2010 have had significant problems with Offensive Line! I rest my case. Good luck Flip. It was Real, and Good, (at the time of hire), but wasn’t Real Good!

  95. ^^^ Let’s also look a few years earlier. Thanks for taking Troy Williamson and Erasmus James. I understand why you wouldn’t take Aaron Rodgers, but thanks nonetheless. From a Packers fan’s perspective, those were 2 great picks.

  96. lol. Anyone blaming Cousins, have you actually watched an entire Vikings game? The line is complete garbage. So you don’t get Cousin’s, who do you get? Case? Well case cost about 20 million a year instead of 28 so you save 8 million. Can you really do much with 8 million?

    …..

    First off, avg salary is $32 vs $18, which is $14 mm. And yes, you could bring two good starting OL in for that, which would really have helped. Even using the $8mm figure on the OL could have made a difference. On a team with less talent, worse coaching, and more injuries, Keenum is 6-7 vs Cousins at 6-6-1. Hmmmm…

    Zimmer isn’t all he’s touted to be. He changes OC’s more than he changes underwear…four in five seasons? One quit on him at 5-0, what does that say?

    Vikes may make the playoffs just because the teams behind them are so bad. But if they do, they aren’t going anywhere, so what’s the point?

  97. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    Cousins and keenum have the same record at 6-7. The difference is vikings have played mostly terrible teams and an easy schedule.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))))
    Bears,Rams,Saints,Patriots, Seahawks, Eagles, Dolphins as well as the packers are on the Vikings schedule. The packers would beat Denver this year.Your really tough schedule is mainly division games and Rams, Seahwaks and Ravens. The only team the Vikings didn’t play that you did outside of your division was the Ravens. The Vikings are a better team than the Ravens are.

  98. harril3 says:
    December 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm
    lol. Anyone blaming Cousins, have you actually watched an entire Vikings game? The line is complete garbage. So you don’t get Cousin’s, who do you get? Case? Well case cost about 20 million a year instead of 28 so you save 8 million. Can you really do much with 8 million?

    …..

    First off, avg salary is $32 vs $18, which is $14 mm. And yes, you could bring two good starting OL in for that, which would really have helped. Even using the $8mm figure on the OL could have made a difference. On a team with less talent, worse coaching, and more injuries, Keenum is 6-7 vs Cousins at 6-6-1. Hmmmm…

    Zimmer isn’t all he’s touted to be. He changes OC’s more than he changes underwear…four in five seasons? One quit on him at 5-0, what does that say?

    Vikes may make the playoffs just because the teams behind them are so bad. But if they do, they aren’t going anywhere, so what’s the point?

    ////////

    You really don’t understand football and the play offs, just punch your ticket, get a chip chair and a chance anything can happen. Remember the 9-7 2011 Giants winning a Super BowL? Further more its Zim’s team and if he wants to fire an OC he can, he demands perfection and performance from his staff as well as his players. I get it after a 13-3 season expectations are high, its hard to replicate last year, it was a perfect storm.

    Teams whether its the Vikings or anybody else records do not matter come play-off time. Its all about who has the hot hand. You cannot and should not guarantee success on a player’s salary. Its still Cousin’s first year and he and the offense are getting acclimated to another OC, still getting acclimated on where Diggs and Thielen like the ball thrown.

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