Justin Jefferson: We should be in the playoffs right now

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The Vikings enter Week 18 at 7-9 and look like they’re on the verge of a coaching change.

Receiver Justin Jefferson has continued to be a bright spot for the team’s offense in his second season, recording 103 catches for 1,509 yards with nine touchdowns. But that hasn’t been enough to elevate Minnesota to the upper echelon of teams in the NFC.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Jefferson expressed some disappointment for how the season has turned out, saying he feels the club underachieved.

We should be in the playoffs right now,” Jefferson said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “We should have one of the best records in the league.”

The Vikings also finished 7-9 in 2020 and Jefferson — who won the CFP National Championship with LSU for the 2019 season — isn’t a fan of the losing.

“It should motivate everybody to be better and come back next year with a better mindset,” Jefferson said.

The Vikings will try to finish 8-9 with a victory over the Bears on Sunday.

46 responses to “Justin Jefferson: We should be in the playoffs right now

  1. Just watch, they will win another meaningless game and again be in the middle of the pack for a decent draft pick, just like they did last year with Detroit. I’m hoping Zimmer and Spielman are gone anyway, so just dump the game…..

  2. With the exception of maybe 5-7 players, the Viking roster is bereft of talent. No depth at any position group to speak of. The offensive line alone illustrates my point. Their talent evaluators have been asleep at the switch for the last 2-3 years. Jefferson is the only guy they’ve drafted lately that’s been worth a damn.

  3. This kid is going to be a problem. I can see why teams may have been hesitant. When that contract comes due….Yikes!

  4. Maybe if you still had Case Keenum at QB, you would be. He got the team to a conference championship game, after all.

    Some teams just seem to panic when things are going well.

  5. Shoulda Woulda Coulda, Justin. For whatever reason your defense appeared to think the game was over before the final two minutes of each half.

  6. They arguably should have been after all the close losses this year. They are what the record states they are though. The defense took a huge step back after losing Hunter again and the young Kubiak had a lot of trouble calling plays in the middle and end of games. Nepotism, injuries and a top heavy roster with bad depth killed the Vikings this year. Change is coming.

  7. Who wins second place in the division if the Bears win and finish with the same record?

  8. 7-9 is what you get with a middling quarterback and even more middling coach. Tough break.

  9. Vikes are wasting his talent. They need to just release him so he can go to a contender. #FreeJefferson

  10. You are what your record says you are. Stop thinking you should get a participation trophy.

  11. Hes not wrong. Coaching squandered great talent. And he has a good attitude to use it as motivation to come back next year and be better.

  12. Evidently the players are as clueless as the fan base. This isn’t a playoff team, not even close.

  13. Once they get a 1/2 decent coach Jefferson. Let’s hope so ,I want to see the Vikings back in the playoffs.

  14. Why the hate for Kirk Cousins? He’s been a pretty decent QB and isn’t even close to being the issue with the Vikings. It’s the defense that has been horrible all year and a subpar offensive line.

  15. Although I’d prefer to have a different quarterback , you can’t blame Cousins for all the losses. That blame should be placed on the horrible defensive players we have, including Barr and Smith and the horrendous coaching staff led by a totally clueless Zimmer!

  16. The defense is/was too depleted and lacked the horses. The injuries and attrition were just too much for this team to overcome and it cost them games, same as last season. In some match ups the revolving cast and inadequacy at the interior of the offensive line also hurt them.

  17. Well, the NFL has basically done everything in their power to boost the Vikings in the playoffs.

    Besides skewing the officiating in their favor every week and continuing to look the other way with this team’s numerous league violations, they’ve added an extra playoff slot the last two seasons and this team still can’t seem to get in.
    Shameful and sad.

  18. Well 35 million guaranteed for a middle of the pack qb. He is worth half that. Could of had a couple better defensive players. With that money!

  19. Better coaching and development would have been enough to get this team into the playoffs. Also, benching Breeland and McKensie Alexander.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    January 6, 2022 at 2:47 pm
    Q: Who wins second place in the division if the Bears win and finish with the same record?
    A: Vikings. It’s predetermined before the game takes place.

    They got that going for them.

  21. Justin Jefferson was recently quoted when talking about the upcoming Bear game, “We feel like we owe them one just from them talking so much trash last time and doing the little late-hitting. We feel like we owe them a butt-whooping…..We told them we were going to see them again. It ain’t going to be cold. We ain’t going to be outside. We’re going to be indoors and ya’ll are going to be at our stadium. So it’s definitely up, and we’re definitely going to go ham for the last game.”

    Glad this kid doesn’t like to talk too much and that it’ll be warm enough for him. 🙄

  22. th56 says:
    January 6, 2022 at 3:57 pm
    Why the hate for Kirk Cousins? He’s been a pretty decent QB and isn’t even close to being the issue with the Vikings. It’s the defense that has been horrible all year and a subpar offensive line.

    _________

    Exactly. When looking at this teams issues, Cousins isn’t even close to the problem. Give him a better O-Line too (speaking of issues).

  23. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    January 6, 2022 at 2:39 pm
    With the exception of maybe 5-7 players, the Viking roster is bereft of talent. No depth at any position group to speak of.
    ////////
    Well….no. Not at all actually. Their offense ranks about 9th in the nfl. At least they did before Cousins didn’t play in the last game. And then there’s Hunter, Kendricks, Barr, and Smith on defense. A true football knowledgeable person knows that the defense (Hunter has been gone a while now) is what lost most of those games.

  24. Wafflestomp says:
    January 7, 2022 at 2:05 pm
    Glad this kid doesn’t like to talk too much and that it’ll be warm enough for him. 🙄
    /////////
    Sheesh. How far does a Packer fan have to reach to try and diss JJ? I mean, he is only one of the best WR’s in the league already, or didn’t you hear your own star WR say as much?

  25. purpleisjustwrong says:
    January 6, 2022 at 7:33 pm
    Maybe just maybe if you would had beat the mighty Green Bay Packers.
    ///////
    I’d be happy to go 15-2 every year and lose twice to the Packers. However, going 1-1 against the Packers this year was not the problem.

  26. saint4life says:
    January 6, 2022 at 5:46 pm
    Well 35 million guaranteed for a middle of the pack qb.
    ///////
    List the 16 QB’s that have performed better…

  27. Wafflestomp says:
    January 6, 2022 at 5:34 pm
    Well, the NFL has basically done everything in their power to boost the Vikings in the playoffs.
    //////
    Other Packer fans should be ashamed at having you represent them. This post is the most nonsense of any post on PFT.

  28. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    January 7, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Hunter, Kendricks, Barr, and Smith on defense.
    +++++
    4 injured/aging overpriced guys leading a bad defense with a top 12 offense is not alot of talent.

    Jefferson is outstanding. Cook is when healthy. Cousins is Cousins. The O-line is meh, tight ends meh, rest of the defense no bueno. Not alot of talent.

  29. Jefferson is a great player, no doubt, but the reason he has all those receptions and yards, and the Vikings are going nowhere, is they do not have much else.

  30. Justin Jefferson is a star in the making and congrats to the Vikings for seeing that. But a player this young has no business publicly attacking his organization for their failure to make the playoffs. He’s basically saying that he’s great, but throws teammates, coaches, management, etc., under the bus. Maybe later down the road, he could voice those frustrations and not sound like an impatient brat. Greg Jennings was a real talent, then screwed up his career by criticizing his qb. Didn’t turn out too well for him.

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