Mike Zimmer on offense: Right now we’re not good at anything

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins flirted with a 0.0 quarterback rating for much of Sunday’s 28-11 loss to the Colts before finishing the afternoon with a slightly more robust 15.9 mark.

That’s an easy shorthand to know that Sunday’s outing was a frightful one for Cousins and the rest of the Vikings Offense. They managed 175 yards while throwing three interceptions and giving up a safety when Cousins was tackled in the end zone.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was succinct in his appraisal of the quarterback. He said Cousins “didn’t play very good” and found nothing positive to say about the unit as a whole.

“Figure out what we’re good at and let’s start doing what we’re good [at],” Zimmer said, via Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Right now, we’re not very good at anything.”

The Vikings made significant changes to their defense this offseason, but returned their key offensive players other than wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Zimmer said it is “concerning” to see a veteran group playing the way the Vikings have in the first two weeks and that will likely morph into something more urgent if things don’t get better against the Titans next week.

25 responses to “Mike Zimmer on offense: Right now we’re not good at anything

  1. To all of you who were singing the praises of Spielman and Zimmer when they were extended, this is what the next 4 years will look like. Congratulations!

  2. All I say as a Vikings fan is looking at the rest of the schedule and the quality of football the Vikings are playing they could realistically start 0-6. And after the bye it doesn’t get much easier. I think 1-15 or 2-14 is perfectly realistic at this point. Please just don’t waste the high draft pick on a CB.

  3. Looking ahead, Vikes likely split with Det and maybe beat Carolina and Jax. That’s it folks!! Don’t know how the Wilfs don’t blow this up after, or even during the season. Can’t wait for Big Ten FB to begin!!!

  4. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 21, 2020 at 7:38 am
    Way to go out on a limb Einstein. This is turning into Brad Childress 2.0.
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    If they lose another 1-2 games like this, they maybe on their way to Les Steckel 2.0.

  5. If you look at Zimmer’s history, the Vikings make the playoffs every other year. So as ugly as this looks, he has a history of turning it around the next season. Going to have to take solace in that.

  6. A view from 30,000 feet, the NFL is turning into an offensive passing league, new coaches are the Offensive wizards on their former teams and the premium is being paid on QB’s that can both run and pass.

    Meanwhile, Zimmer changes OC’s like we change our socks, the Vikings not only overpaid for Cousins but doubled down in extending his contract and Vikings sunk way too much money in a RB who doesn’t have an offensive line to run behind. And saving the best for last, the Vikings like this so much they extended both Zimmer and Spielman, all based on a single playoff win. SKOAL, indeed!

  7. Perhaps if Zimmer wouldn’t change OCs every year his team might develop some consistency. Maybe if he wasn’t constantly meddling on the side of the ball that he knows nothing about the offense might be better.

  8. I don’t think the solution is to stop having offensive coordinators that perform so well that they get head coaching jobs. At least Kubiak isn’t interested in being a head coach anymore, but so far he’s looked awful. I have no idea what the issue is but it seems like Cook isn’t getting involved enough early and Cousins is forcing it to Thielen too much. That doesn’t explain yesterday’s debacle. Kirk just couldn’t complete a pass. Maybe the offense is pressing too much to score every time they have the ball because they know if they give it up the other team will have a 16-play drive.

  9. The over-abundance of experienced, quality coaches and assistants on the Vikings creates a condition that is very difficult to overcome; analysis paralysis.

  10. The Vikings have grossly neglected the offensive line for years. Now they are at rock bottom. With a unit like that they’ll be lucky to win 8 games. If the line can’t open up running lanes or protect the passer, game over.

  11. Zimmer really knows how to fire up his team. Tell the world they suck. Now, yet another Head Coach on another team has outcoached you.

  12. You have a QB who you and the front office decided to break the bank for. Hate to break the news to you and the front office, I’ll put it mildly, he’s not very good. Too much money to one player never gives any team a Superbowl

  13. The over/under on Zimmer scapegoating one or more of his assistant coaches by week 8 is running about even money right now, with Kubiak leading the list.

  14. Sorry Zim, but then YOU need to fix it. If you cannot then WHY did you not address this in the off season? I LOVE your defenses, but our offense is as the kids say ” a pile of hot garbage.”

  15. mnfansinhell says:
    September 21, 2020 at 8:01 am
    To all of you who were singing the praises of Spielman and Zimmer when they were extended, this is what the next 4 years will look like. Congratulations!

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    So after just two games you know what the next four years look like, please send me the numbers for the Powerball. Fire Zim cut Cousins you young folks, millennials this isn’t Instagram or the book of Face where you can just cancel out players and coaches. I’ve lived thru 4 Super Bowl losses, the 98 wide right, bounty gate against the Saints, the bitter cold game where a missed FG sent could of sent Seattle home. A two game losing streak doesn’t phase me and if you can remember at the end of September last year the Vikings were 2-2.

    Of course there are always issues, injury issues, depth issues yadda yadda. With the way injuries are ravaging the NFL this year anything can happen. But to give up and throw in the towel after playing two games you’re not either a true fan of the team or a troll, thinking 75% of the later. You just can’t support your team when they win. I’m a boomer and my generation was taught when you’re getting your a$$ whopped you kick off the dust and you go back to work, we didn’t have safe spaces or participation trophies. Zim will get it figured out, Vikes fans we knew coming into the season our CBs would be suspect. Our best pass rusher is on IR and the Vikings have been playing from behind in the first two games – They need to get back to their identity of running the ball with Cook and Mattison to set up the pass. Obviously when you are playing from behind you become one dimensional the defense can pin their ears back.

    I’m not giving up just yet – good times bad times I’ve see them all in 40 plus years as a fan of this team. I’m not gonna cry like a little man baby because things are not going my way for my fave 53. Vikings have had more good seasons than bad…… at least they never went 24 years without a division title.

  16. I’m not gonna cry like a little man baby because things are not going my way for my fave 53. Vikings have had more good seasons than bad…… at least they never went 24 years without a division title.

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    I like how he just can’t finish with a period, and little man babies about the division title streak (which wounded zero Packer fans everywhere, today).

    You know why the Super Bowl victories I have witnessed are so sweet? because I endured 18 or so of those 24 years.

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