Vikings looking at “all kind of options” at offensive coordinator

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Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski interviewed for the Browns head coaching job on Thursday and he’s going to be out of contract next week, so the Vikings may be looking for a new coach to fill that position for the second time in as many years.

Head coach Mike Zimmer was asked about the team’s plans at his press conference on Thursday. There’s a report that former Browns head coach Hue Jackson could be a possibility, which Zimmer didn’t address directly but he did confirm that the team is looking at a variety of things.

“I’m looking at all kind of options there. We are sitting down, and again, we are evaluating everything. I think Kevin is a really good football coach. Very smart guy. I thought he did a good job for the three weeks that we were in a tough situation that we had to do. It’s fair to the organization to myself, to the fans, that we look at everybody.”

Zimmer was asked about what he learned from going through the process of hiring an offensive coordinator last year in light of firing John DeFilippo with three games left to go in the season. Zimmer said he thought he didn’t ask “enough questions as far as what we were trying to get done” and that he hopes to do a better job this time.

Zimmer’s hope is shared by many in Minnesota and we’ll see what direction things go in the coming weeks.

55 responses to “Vikings looking at “all kind of options” at offensive coordinator

  1. I’m not sure the offensive style Zimmer wants to play matches their personnel on offense. He wants to smart ball control offense with heavy emphasis on running. However, he has two big play receivers, a solid tight end and a bad offensive line.

  2. Zimmer needs to TRUST his OC he needs to quit trying to tell them what to do OCs aren’t going t wa, while I understand strong run game compliments the defense well, you don’t invest that kind of money to not let the QB throw it. If you wanted to do that you should have kept Keenum.

  3. Just remember, Viking fans, Zim took a bottom feeding defense and turned it top 5. I wouldn’t be so quick to fire him. Do you really want Jim Caldwell or Jeff Fisher?

    I’d say Spielman is more of a detriment to your team.

  4. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:16 pm
    If he hires the wrong guy, they’ll both probably be gone after next year.

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    They already hired the wrong guy. Kirk Cousins. He is going to cost a few people their jobs.

  5. Check out Kirk Cousins stats this year compared to 2016 with Washington. They are almost identical. Exact same 8-7-1 record, exact same 606 pass attempts. He’s the exact same player in Minnesota that he was in Washington. 1 win this year against teams with a winning record. With Kirk, you get good individual stats and between 7-9 wins per year. So, it doesn’t really matter what they do with the OC position.

  6. Sick of the Kirk Cousins bust narrative. He needs an o line, just like Keenum did last year, and Bradford the year before. I don’t who the OC is, if they don’t address O line, the offense will struggle. Spielman needs to draft well and get another good free agent lineman or 2 and nobody will complain about Cousins anymore.

  7. If they had a top-notch, mauling O line, Cousins would have time to throw and Cook would have holes to rush through. Until then, they can pick any coordinator they like and it won’t matter much.

  8. The single biggest issue this team has is the OL. When you can’t run the ball you consistently lose the time of possession battle, which puts your defense on the field more. More defensive plays = more points allowed. Lack of a running game means predictable play selection and fewer points. Lack of the ability to protect your QB, means a growing sense of “happy feet” and a general lack of comfort in the pocket, which = fewer throws to WR beyond 5 yards.

    ALL that gets fixed with an OL that can protect the QB, open holes for the RB. Your $28m QB has an opportunity to develop the play and progress through his reads, and the defense is fresher and gets better results.

  9. minnesotablizzard says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:03 pm
    But can we please get rid of Kirk Cousins somehow??
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    lenthevikesfan says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    He’s not the problem. Easiest to blame though.
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    Agree with len, the Vikes haven’t readjusted to Kirk being a classic pocket guy with a slow wind up. The o-line, whole offense and coaching act as if he’s Keenum who would jig around. Case in point, Thielen, who can’t time a route he just runs down and hopes Cousins will jig around long enough to find him open.

  10. McCarthy for OC. Wants to be close to Wisconsin so his step kids can finish school, and would love to stick it to GB.

  11. For all the Kirk Cousin haters, I just want you to answer this question…who were the other options? Case Keenum? Sam Bradford? Teddy Bridgewater? AJ McCarron? Draft Lamar Jackson? You all act like they just passed up on signing Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.

  12. Any prospective OC needs to be nimble of feet and very good at avoiding getting hit by a bus since that is where Zimmer will be throwing the guy after a few unsuccessful games. Zimmer is terrible at accepting responsibility and history shows he treats the OC as the red-headed stepchild of the organization. Match that with Spielman’s weaknesses of not identifying a QB or an offensive lineman and you have the reasons the Vikings have only won one playoff game in the last 5 years.

  13. They say Cousins did the same this year as he did with the Redskins BECAUSE BOTH TEAMS HAD A TERRIBLE O-LINE!!! Even if we have to consider a trade for a decent O-Lineman we need to do it! Look at the Colts this year. They focused on getting O-Linemen with their first round draft picks and look where they are now. If you are going to spend this much $ on Cousins you have to complete the process and get guys that can protect him!

  14. Best thing ever happened to the Jets was not signing Cousins

    Zimmer has no idea about offense and will never advance further than he is IMO

  15. fartweasel says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Sick of the Kirk Cousins bust narrative. He needs an o line, just like Keenum did last year, and Bradford the year before. I don’t who the OC is, if they don’t address O line, the offense will struggle. Spielman needs to draft well and get another good free agent lineman or 2 and nobody will complain about Cousins anymore.
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    Case went 13-3 with a worse O line. He can move in the pocket. 8 is a statue.

  16. KIR says:
    January 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    I still don’t understand why they let Bridgewater go
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    They were nervous about his knee injury of course, much like they did with Culpepper, they should have tried to work something out, with him or Keenum letting everyone go and starting fresh at QB was an awful choice in my opinion, and signing Cousins only made that choice even worse.

  17. Move O’Neil to LT, move Reiff to RT. Cut reimers. Replace both guards and have a solid back up at center. Cut Rudolph and get a real TE as Rudolph never shows up. Trade or move on from everson griffen as he never shows up in big games(if you doubt this show me the stats that prove me wrong). Hunter takes RE spot and weatherly takes LE. Do not resign Barr and let Wilson take his place. Cut sendejo and harris/kearse can take over. Cut treadwell as he is a waste of space and money. That is enough money to get OL help and a wr and te that can help the offense.

  18. Case had the number 1 ranked defense and a better OL. Elflein played better last year and Easton was a better G than either one playing this year. How did Case do this year? Not nearly as well. How did Teddy do with the Saints in the last game? The undrafted rookie on the other team played better…

  19. chillyball says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:33 pm
    Just remember, Viking fans, Zim took a bottom feeding defense and turned it top 5. I wouldn’t be so quick to fire him. Do you really want Jim Caldwell or Jeff Fisher?

    I’d say Spielman is more of a detriment to your team.

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    Yes Spielman is awful and needs to go. but Zimmer’s so called top defense has been exposed as a fraud frequently. seems like whenever they show that stat that the vikings have the best 3rd down defense, the vikings defense gives up a first down. they couldn’t get off the field last week. Why? because the vikings defensive line cannot perform against good offensive lines that are well coached. case in point: the bears, patriots, rams, and eagles (last year). their defensive lineman got destroyed in all those games and the qb’s sat back and just lit up their stat sheet. If an opposing team has a good offensive line, zimmers defenses have shown that they can’t stand up to them.

  20. There are few obvious O line options in free agency and most rookies take time to develop. Coaching up what we have is gonna be a big deal too. Avante Collins and Danny Isidora supposedly have talent. As well as an OC we need a really good line coach to try to find something in the veterans and help guide and develop the rookies everyone is asking for. I believe no OC will have much success without a great line coach and the support of the GM and HC on draft day.

  21. I’m not a fan of Hue but maybe he would be a good choice as he is tight with Zim. That being said if the Vikings have a repeat performance again next year they will both be gone.

  22. kevines255 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 6:01 pm
    For all the Kirk Cousin haters, I just want you to answer this question…who were the other options? Case Keenum? Sam Bradford? Teddy Bridgewater? AJ McCarron? Draft Lamar Jackson? You all act like they just passed up on signing Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.
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    How about any of those, OR just not giving Cousins a FULLY guaranteed contract.

  23. Folks… Zimmer is NOT the problem and he is NOT going anywhere.

    One year removed from an NFC title game and you dweebs think he cant coach because they missed thw playoffs by 1/2 game?

    Genius. Pure Genius.

  24. Does it matter? Zimmer will fire him midseason when Zimmer himself can’t get the team to perform.

  25. Before Hiring the OC the Vikings need to hire an O line coach. Then once they have a blocking scheme for runs & passes then they can get an OC to put everything together. If Cousins is protected he will play well. It’s pretty simple. The Oline has been a problem since Zimmer became HC and the times his teams made the playoffs covered that up but the stink was still on it. Also, Griffen must go. He lost a step and is no longer focused on football. If the Vikings can’t get pressure rushing 4 lineman then the game is over. They must fix that outdated scheme. Sure it works in the regular season but in the playoffs or end of season game when the better teams figure out how to block the D line the Vikings get waxed and pounded into the turf. Every time. Zim has a solution to it all though. Draft a CB.

  26. shaggytoodle says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Zimmer needs to TRUST his OC he needs to quit trying to tell them what to do OCs aren’t going t wa, while I understand strong run game compliments the defense well, you don’t invest that kind of money to not let the QB throw it. If you wanted to do that you should have kept Keenum.
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    Zimmer is supposed to trust the OC when the offense completely sucks? He saw what the problem was and the OC refused to address it. There are a lot better passers than Cousins out there and their teams aren’t passing on every play.

  27. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Zimmer is supposed to trust the OC when the offense completely sucks? He saw what the problem was and the OC refused to address it. There are a lot better passers than Cousins out there and their teams aren’t passing on every play.
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    I am notnsaying pass every play… What OC are they on right now 5 or in 3 pr 4 years with a new one coming in? Starting with Turner

    Maybe its hard for them to do their job with Zimmer breathing down there neck about running the ball…. balance is great,but when you have wha could be the best dup at WR, and what some feel is a “top 10” qb you shoild be willing to let them throw the ball more, especially on quick routes to get the ball out fast to save the oline from itself.

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