Xavier Rhodes had a limited role on Sunday, but not because of injury

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The Vikings are moving closer and closer to their inevitable divorce from cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

Rhodes, the last of three 2013 first-round picks still on the team (Sharrif Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson were the other two), started Sunday’s game against the Chargers. He participated in only 14 defensive snaps.

“He was fine,” coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday regarding Rhodes’ participation in 23 percent of the defensive reps. “I don’t think that [injury] had anything to do with it.”

Asked whether the leg injury limited Rhodes’ snaps, Zimmer said, “No. That was just the plan going in.”

And it’s just a matter of time before Rhodes will be going out the door. His performance no longer justifies an eight-figure annual compensation package. Even if he’s willing to take far less, he has become a liability — and it makes far more sense to develop a younger player whose is on the rise.

30 responses to “Xavier Rhodes had a limited role on Sunday, but not because of injury

  1. Don’t really understand his sudden decline. He really was at one point a “shut down” corner. He handled Julio Jones like nobody else.
    But now he can’t do anything but interfere.. even if he CAN stay close enough.

    Very weird. Like he lost his mo-jo or something…

  2. It was about 4-6 games too late but I’m glad they finally realized what they had. The fans seemed to come to this conclusion well ahead of the coaching staff.

  3. Man, he fell hard and fast. As soon as I saw him “hobble” off the field I said out loud to myself “Wow. Shocker, he’s “hurt”.” At this point I’d much rather see Hughes, Alexander, and Hill get more of the reps to see what we really have in them for the long hall.

  4. When you lost to the Bears 16-6 was it because of the refs?

    Maybe Xavier Rhodes cant play anymore because of the refs…

  5. Alexander James says:
    December 16, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    When you lost to the Bears 16-6 was it because of the refs?

    Maybe Xavier Rhodes cant play anymore because of the refs…
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    No, we lost because Zimmer thought 1930’s style “Three yards and a cloud of ground tires” is going to win in the 2019 NFL.

  6. I was definitely calling for this a month ago. I was calling for this even when the Vikings were winning for a month straight. Offense has been clicking, but the defense was a liability. Now, Rivers has a tendency to throw some INT’s this year, but that defense was working like it’s supposed to. They won’t get 7 turnovers again in a game, but the Vikings can beat any team if the defense plays great, like they have the past several seasons.

  7. Rhodes jakes an injury every time he’s struggling. I’ve been to every home game during his tenure. Can’t tell you how many times he went down like he was shot, or hobbled off the field like his leg was broken…..only to sprint back onto the field after a few minutes when he’s caught his breath.

    Time to move on.

  8. trophylessvikings says:
    December 16, 2019 at 5:36 pm
    but but but we were told so many times by fans that he was a shut down corner and future HOFer
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    He was and he proved it on the field, this is why his decline is so perplexing.

  9. Alexander James says:
    December 16, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    When you lost to the Bears 16-6 was it because of the refs?

    Maybe Xavier Rhodes cant play anymore because of the refs…

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    The ref claims are exclusive to the Packers, so, no on both accounts. Hope that answers your questions.

  10. Alexander James says:
    December 16, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    When you lost to the Bears 16-6 was it because of the refs?

    Maybe Xavier Rhodes cant play anymore because of the refs…

    IT’S ALWAYS THE REFS! On the payroll for all 32 teams in the league according to these boards. That’s gotta be confusing. Am I being paid off to help team X win this week or lose? Can’t even keep track of with check they are cashing as they cash it.

  11. It seems like those big body CBs like Rhodes decrease in ability faster than the smaller, leaner guys — he clearly has lost his speed and quickness. If he swallowed his pride and moved to safety he might be able to prolong his career.

    I disagree with the call that offenses have figured out the Vikings’ defensive schemes, which have evolved quite a bit over the last two years to to quarters/triple zone mixed with man schemes to address the motion and crossing/pick patterns. The Vikes were able to run the two gap and blitz schemes more when they had a shut down CB that could play man coverage. Now they don’t. Check out the PFF rankings — the LBs, DL and even Safeties are rated well — the CBs suck. It’s dang near all on the CBs, which obviously Zim is supposed to develop. Rodgers will pick on the CB opposite Waynes all night Monday.

  12. I’d rather have Hughes at RCB, but Rhodes can still be quite valuable this year. Not only can he spell the starters, especially on early downs, but I’d like to see Zim match him up against the better TEs that Vikings might see in the playoffs, like Kittle and Cook.

  13. Maybe if Rodgers targets Rhodes he can get over 50% completions…wasn’t able to against the Bears. Guy can’t throw more than one TD a game anymore. Should be a semi bye week for the Vikings.

  14. yourmomsapackerfan says:
    December 16, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Alexander James says:
    December 16, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    When you lost to the Bears 16-6 was it because of the refs?

    Maybe Xavier Rhodes cant play anymore because of the refs…

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    No. The ref thing ONLY applies to the packers. No one gets more bs calls to their advantage than they do. Just a fact other teams have to accept.

  15. The Vikings have two or three offensive linemen holding on every single play. Couple that with clear and obvious Pass interference on every defensive play, and they get away with more than any other team I’ve ever seen.

    Just a fact that other teams have to accept.

  16. Since about week 3 teams have been targeting whoever he is on and for the most part having success. I think Zimmer gave him every opportunity to get back to where he was, but faking an injury every game gets old. Vikings have depth, nice to see them starting to use it and to be able to free up his $12m/yr salary next year.

  17. Rhodes was absolutely a shut down corner. Top 2-5 in the nfl for a couple years. But I don’t know if anybody that said he was HOF bound. Of course, Packer trolls like to state fake predictions “made” by Vikings fans all the time. Kind of like Stellar posting at least once a week that Vikings fans have “guaranteed” a SB win every year.

  18. Alexander James says:
    December 16, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    When you lost to the Bears 16-6 was it because of the refs?

    Maybe Xavier Rhodes cant play anymore because of the refs…
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    If the Rams lose it won’t matter but the vikings are going to smoke the Packers, the Bears game will be tough! the Vikings have the 2nd smallest O-line in the league and simply put BIG D line and backs have pushed the Vikes Offense around like rag dolls in a tornado

  19. tokyosandfarter says

    The Vikings have two or three offensive linemen holding on every single play.
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    Even if that were true, it would be 2 less than the Packers on every single play.

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