Stefon Diggs shrugs at offensive changes

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When it was time to pick someone from the Vikings to get on the phone after Sunday’s 41-17 win over the Dolphins, receiver Stefon Diggs immediately came to mind. He’s engaging. He’s talkative. He’s candid. He’s been a guest on PFT Live several times, and he’s always been very good.

With a dramatic change to the team in the aftermath of Monday night’s loss to the Seahawks, it was reasonable to expect something along the lines of “it was a wakeup call for all of us” or “it proved to everyone that there is ultimate accountability” or something else that would be dramatic and/or compelling. That’s not what happened.

Diggs seemed nonchalant about the firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and the promotion of quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski. Not in a way that was disrespectful to DeFilippo, but in a way that reflected a matter-of-fact sense that the train keeps moving and the players keep striving to score points and the team keeps trying to win games.

“It’s about the players making plays,” Diggs said, again with the kind of casual delivery that made it seem so obvious and natural that it’s almost as if the Vikings didn’t get rid of the guy who had been running the offense.

It helped that the Vikings’ blockers performed better than it has all year. Diggs said that coach Mike Zimmer gave the entire offensive line game balls for their performance in a victory that resulted in 198 yards rushing, 220 yards passing, 6.6 yards per play, and 41 points.

The Vikings will need to keep doing that kind of thing over the next two weeks in the hopes of making it to the playoffs. And it won’t get any easier, not with games at Detroit against a Lions team that may be determined to spoil a rival’s postseason party and a visit from a Bears team that may be playing for the No. 2 seed.

27 responses to “Stefon Diggs shrugs at offensive changes

  1. It helped that the Vikings’ blockers performed better than it has all year.
    +++++
    It also helps to face a team that has given up 164+ yards rushing in 7 of its last 11 games.

  2. There were a lot of DeFilippo apologists last week after he got fired, saying you can’t run the ball because the offensive line is terrible. Well, the solution to a terrible offensive line is not to essentially telegraph to the defense that you’re going to pass most every play and won’t stick to the run even if it’s successful. The line knew they were going to run a lot yesterday and I think that helps their mindset and allows them to be more physical. When the other team doesn’t know if it’s going to be a run or a pass, the offensive line can look a lot better. Maybe some of the issues with the line were associated with scheme and game plan.

  3. He’s right. It comes down to the players doing their jobs…. and the fact it was against Miami didn’t hurt either…..

  4. Detroit will be mailing it in. They have nothing to play for and Patricia is likely one and done at the end of the year. Stafford is beat up with a back injury and was sacked 10 times the last time these teams met. The Vikings-Bears game will be a win and in scenario for the purple. I like the Vikings chances at home in that situation.

  5. packertruth says:
    December 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    It helped that the Vikings’ blockers performed better than it has all year.
    +++++
    It also helps to face a team that has given up 164+ yards rushing in 7 of its last 11 games.
    ________

    Technically, it was 6 of 10 before the Vikings faced them, but it’s a good point. Let’s see if they can do it next week against a team that has given up 61 yards rushing or less in 4 of its last 6 games.

    Still, you can’t deny that it was a big change from the rest of the season. They tried something new by continuing to run a play when it was working. I like that philosophy.

  6. They beat a 500 team at home…slow the roll a little…game balls for under achievers…ummm???

  7. Other than couple a blow plays and a bad call to start the half by Zimmer they looked way better. One of the few times that firing a coach seemed to work. And it was nice to see that Zimmer owned up to his mistake afterwards.

  8. The Vikings will need to keep doing that kind of thing over the next two weeks in the hopes of making it to the playoffs//////// I don’t get this point. I didn’t get it last week. I don’t get it this week. The Redskins, Eagles, and Panthers need to win out and have the Vikings lose “in the hopes of making it to the playoffs”. The Vikings do not need help from anybody. Match those teams and the Vikings are in.

  9. No more of those silly plays where Cousins basically telegraph’s a pass sideways where it can get picked for 6. Besides that play and a couple short passes, I think this was a big improvement. The O Line played better and it showed up on the final score. Very good team effort there. Keep that kind of performance up.

  10. According to Paul Allen, the Phins came out for pregame practice 15-20 minutes late and looked like they were sleep walking. I was very excited to see our offense click but let’s see what they do against a quality, engaged defense before we jump to conclusions.

    A lot easier to stick to the run when it’s actually working! If you are getting stuffed every play, its a different story.

  11. De-Felippo is a very talented man, PERIOD, He simply got a job with a team he knew nothing about and it is one thing designing play tha the actual chess match of a gaim. Someday the complicated scheme he tried to implement with the Vikings will happen but it is going to take time. Minnesota was honestly running into each other. Mike Zimmer and before him built a smash mouth offensive team drafted to run block and emulate a Bill Parcells team rather than Patriots team. This Sunday we all saw a team play what it was drafted for not a 70% passing team. Did you notice that after the first drive the Dolphins were lost on defense. Next two weeks will show us what kind of a team we have. I honestly have to believe if this team played the Seahawks again the outcome would be totally different. One thing is when it was 3rd Minnesota didn’t run much. The NFC North teams are built to win against the conference so I expect the Lions game to be tougher, and the Bears easier than the first meetings.. At least My Vikings have a QB that can launch it downfield like Tark and even Tommy Kramer did in the 70’s In fact this team had much of the moxy of thosw wonderful teams and we have Coach Zimmer to thank. He wasn’t afraid to fire a Coach that wasn’t doing his job, John had 3 weeks of warnings to change things…. So now instead of Zimmer worring about over ruling offensive plays he can be a Head Coach..

  12. Glad to see none of the Vikings take the bait the local press tried to get from them. No one took a shot at JDF. Diggs is right too of course it is up to the players to make plays.

  13. whatjusthapped says:
    December 18, 2018 at 8:08 am
    It’s amazing that after winning a game against a terrible team, all of a sudden all the problems are solved.

    One and done in the playoffs.
    —————————————

    Playoffs?! What is a cheesehead doing talking about the playoffs?!

  14. I agree with almost all of it Rob, people complained It was throwing the ball they couldn’t do and only throw.

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    There were a lot of DeFilippo apologists last week after he got fired, saying you can’t run the ball because the offensive line is terrible. Well, the solution to a terrible offensive line is not to essentially telegraph to the defense that you’re going to pass most every play and won’t stick to the run even if it’s successful. The line knew they were going to run a lot yesterday and I think that helps their mindset and allows them to be more physical. When the other team doesn’t know if it’s going to be a run or a pass, the offensive line can look a lot better. Maybe some of the issues with the line were associated with scheme and game plan.

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    December 18, 2018 at 8:08 am
    It’s amazing that after winning a game against a terrible team, all of a sudden all the problems are solved.
    ###

    That was the Packers the week before when they played a 4 win Atlanta team.

    This may come as shock to you, but Miami has won 7 games this year, with 2 weeks to go.

  16. gtodriver says:
    December 18, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    This may come as shock to you, but Miami has won 7 games this year, with 2 weeks to go.
    ++++
    Apparently it came as a shock to you, as you didn’t realize they were 5-4 when the Packers beat them 5 weeks ago.

  17. packerlies says:

    Apparently it came as a shock to you…
    ###

    No, it didn’t. I was perfectly aware of the Dolphins 7 – 6 record before we played them.

    I already publically owned up to my mistake (in multiple threads) that they had a 5 – 4 record when Rodgers managed to beat a team with a winning record for the only time in over two years.

    I asked, at that time, if you would EVER own up to a mistake.

    I see that you are continuing with your standard method of operation, as I expected.

    whatjusthappened claimed the Dolphins were a “terrible team”. I didn’t say the Dolphins were a great team. But for you, wjh and cellarperformance to be puffing out your chests when the Packers ONLY win in the last 5 weeks was over the 4 win (at the time) Atlanta Falcons is hysterical.

    Really. You can’t make this up. The Packers are 0 – 7 on the road. You should be focused on the last opportunity to win a game on the road to prevent going winless on the road for the first time since 1958.

    But here you are, puffing your chest about beating a 5 win team at home in November…

    If you don’t win this weekend, do you realize the significance of the upcoming game on December 30th at Lambeau Field?

    It was just 2 years ago when your Packers were playing Detroit in week 17 in a game that decided the NFC North Championship. Now it could be the battle for last place…

    Let that sink in…

  18. I like Ben Leber’s take that the O-line was not asked to hold their run blocks a long time for long developing plays. Quick blocks and let the RB find and get to the hole.

    That plus using Ham. Resulted in a much better Offense.

    Yes Miami is not New England or Seattle on the D, but they are equal to or better than Buffalo, Cards, that the Vikings Offense did not do so well with.

    Yes it is only one game, but I’d rather they be 1-0 under Stefanski Offense and 0-1.

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