Xavier Rhodes apologizes, knows he needs to play better

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Cornerback Xavier Rhodes had a rough night on and off the field in the Vikings’ 37-30 loss to the Seahawks on Monday.

Rhodes had a personal foul and got beat for a long touchdown by wide receiver David Moore while also losing his temper and throwing his helmet on the sideline. The helmet toss led head coach Mike Zimmer to say that Rhodes needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions.

On Wednesday, Rhodes offered an apology to Zimmer and others.

“I apologize to the organization, my team my family how I reacted out on that field Monday night,” Rhodes said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “That’s not the way I should carry myself, especially as a leader on this team. I apologize definitely to Coach Zim, and the things he’s taught me.”

Rhodes also addressed the on-field miscues that have extended well beyond last week’s game.

“I need to play it better. I need to play better out on that field, eliminate the penalties and just do well. . . . I’m never going to give up. I’m always a fighter, and that day is going to turn, that switch is going to flip, and when it does, it’s over.”

The Vikings would welcome the return of the Rhodes from past seasons, but glimpses have been rare enough this year that they probably can’t count on it in the final four weeks.

46 responses to “Xavier Rhodes apologizes, knows he needs to play better

  1. Sure hope so, but the last 3 years he hasn’t shown up at the end of the season, because of injuries.

  2. …Rhodes had a personal foul and got beat for a long touchdown by wide receiver Chris Moore…

    His name is DAVID Moore. Not sure who Chris is, but he doesn’t play for the Seahawks.

  3. He just looks slow and old. It happens to everyone but it seemed to happen pretty quickly for him. I would be frustrated as well if I was an elite CB in the NFL and just 2 years later too slow to be able to help my team. Sorry for him as he has been a very good player for us but we need to get a guy on the outside who can make some plays for us.

  4. He didn’t play well, but it seemed Harrison Smith was at fault on coverage for Moore. Also had that forced fumble to keep them in it.

  5. Holton Hill has way more upside at this point and had a nice rookie year. He is a giant corner who just takes up a lot of space so it’s harder to throw on him. Hughes needs more reps. Put Rhodes in as a situational safety like Kearse and have him cover tight ends. He can’t cover speedy receivers at all so he holds and commits penalities. putting him on tight ends would eliminate his need to hold since tight ends are slower.

    Atleast we know where we can get cap space after the end of the season.

  6. fmaluf says:
    December 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    to be fair the personaul faul was bs call. but yeah, he needs to play better.

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    I bleed purple and gold and that was for sure a legit PF call. it really is too bad there wasn’t even a long stretch of above average play instead of going from an all-pro to an injury riddled liability in the blink of an eye (slight sarcasm but not much)

  7. The whole defense has been mediocre to lousy since the 2nd half of the Minneapolis Miracle. Not sure why so much attention has been focused on Rhodes (besides the sideline meltdown) when everyone, except Kendricks, needs to improve rapidly. If they can . . .

  8. “that switch is going to flip, and when it does, it’s over.”
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    You got that right, X. The switch has flipped, and it’s over.

  9. mrburns21 says:
    December 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    He didn’t play well, but it seemed Harrison Smith was at fault on coverage for Moore. Also had that forced fumble to keep them in it.

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    Harrison Smith was in front of Rhodes on that play. If Rhodes thought he was going to teleport behind him, then he’s not only bad at football, his IQ is too low to tie his own shoes.

    The forced fumble was also lucky. He gave up the first down, playing off coverage and breaking way too late. Luckily he did get the ball out, or it would have been another epic failure.

  10. I don’t get it, first Cousins apologizes to Diggs, then Rhodes apologizes to Zimmer, when does Spielman apologize to the Viking fans? That is the one apology that really needs to be made for all the obvious reasons.

  11. The guy who said the whole defense looked old nailed it. We lost to Seattle because we could not stop the run. Everything else was a consequence of some sort. I am not sure if we didn’t use our players correctly or if they weren’t up to the job but Seattle could run pretty much at will. There are all kinds of reasons why we might have kept our safeties back but one way or another we. We could not stop the run.

  12. mnmouth says:
    December 4, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    The whole defense has been mediocre to lousy since the 2nd half of the Minneapolis Miracle. Not sure why so much attention has been focused on Rhodes (besides the sideline meltdown) when everyone, except Kendricks, needs to improve rapidly. If they can . . .

    Well said.

  13. It took 12-games and countless screw ups to realize “that switch” needs to flip?

    COME ON MAN!

  14. You don’t go in a course of two years to maybe the best cornerback to one of the worse..Only lack of interest,laziness are the causes of that..Which usually occurred when a player gets his payday..He is at the perfect age for the combination of physicality and experience..Hell Newman was a competent corner till 38!

  15. I hate to say it, but barring a quick turnaround during these next few weeks, I can’t see Rhodes coming back next year, at least not at what he’s slated to earn. I have no idea whether that blown coverage was Smith’s fault or Rhodes’ fault, but Smith was directly in front of Rhodes by 5-10 yards towards the line of scrimmage, and why Rhodes expected Smith to take that coverage is beyond me.

    If Holton Hill can stay out of trouble this coming off season, I see him as taking over the starting CB position for Rhodes. The Vikings are going to need some of XR’s money to sign Trey Waynes to a long term contract.

  16. Doesn’t seem like he’s been around as long as he has. He’s 29 (which isn’t super old for CB), but it just seemed like he was only a 3rd or 4th year player. Either way, he used to be one of the really good CBs in the league. Seems like he fell precipitously.

  17. Rhodes is flat out too heavy at this point in his career. He’s had countless lower body injuries over the years and needs to cut 7-10 lbs to see if that helps regain some foot speed not to mention it will be easier on his joints. Another thought, he is buddies with Antonio Brown. Maybe AB is coaching him on how to find his exit out of town, then he can blame it on injuries or personal crap to his next employer. It’s obvious Zim and Xav have had their issues. I’m joking about that….I think.

  18. donnytr says:
    December 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    I don’t get it, first Cousins apologizes to Diggs, then Rhodes apologizes to Zimmer, when does Spielman apologize to the Viking fans? That is the one apology that really needs to be made for all the obvious reasons.
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    The Cousins apology worked. He’s been lights out ever since. If Rhodes apology also works, then everyone in the entire Vikings organization needs to apologize to somebody else in it and they can go on and win the Super Bowl. They should be “sorry” they didn’t realize this years ago. Had they known, they’d have more Lombardi’s than Brady/Belichick.

  19. I have no idea what happened to this guy. He shut down OBJ and Julio Jones just a couple years ago. Now he plays like he is running in wet concrete.

  20. Is this the same winning Seattle team that got beat at home by:

    A Drew Breesless Saints in week 3

    and

    and Blown out by the Ravens, again at home 30-16.

    Impressive winning culture.

  21. derp363 says:
    December 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Holton Hill has way more upside at this point and had a nice rookie year. He is a giant corner who just takes up a lot of space so it’s harder to throw on him.
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    Agreed, though he’ll still have to prove himself now that he’s off the ‘roids and competing on a level playing field with everyone else.

  22. This circus train is coming off the rails. It’s their history. A loss to Detroit and it’ll be a full blown train wreck. It’ll be a chaotic clown show for our viewing pleasure!

  23. The Vikings came pretty close to beating Russell Wilson, at home, in primetime. Not sure why people are acting like their season is suddenly lost.

    How many catches did Lockett have in that game? Right. RW3’s favorite target. The Vikings did a fine job of stopping him.

  24. He lost a step and to make up for it he has reverted back to grabbing and using his hands again (remember the boxing gloves years ago), and here we are. To me they ought to bench him and use him situationally to match up against bigger, slower TE’s and slow WR. Otherwise he is a liability. I wonder if he can rush the passer and if safety might be a better fit for him now. He is definitely a good tackler and is physical.

  25. “The helmet toss led head coach Mike Zimmer to say that Rhodes needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions.”
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    People who think Zimmer isn’t the right guy for the job need to think again. I mean, how many people would recognize Rhodes has anger issues? The man is a genius, I tell you.

  26. “The Vikings came pretty close to beating Russell Wilson, at home, in primetime”
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    Amazing how some folks just can’t accept reality and have to revise history to suit their dreams.

  27. It’s clear to me that Rhodes is tanking it because he was called out in the offseason. He made a smart comment to the reporter that this is his last year with the Vikings anyway so who cares. Hate his face. Everytime he gets burned he fakes an injury. Just pretend & sit out the rest of your Vikings career because you get burned every single play.

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