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Mike Zimmer on Kirk Cousins: “Kirk’s our guy”

Some think that San Francisco’s search for a new signal-caller could result in a trade for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, given Cousins’ Washington connection to Kyle Shanahan. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sounds disinclined to consider such a deal. “Kirk’s our guy,” Zimmer said Friday on NFL Network. “You know, he had a terrific year this [more]

Tom Brady tops the list of merchandising sales, Patrick Mahomes is second

Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will face off in Sunday’s Super Bowl to decide the NFL champion for the 2020 season. The champion in merchandising sales already has been declared. The NFLPA released the latest numbers of merchandising sales for NFL players from the period covering March 1 to Nov. 30. Brady, who changed teams [more]

Kevin Stefanski grateful for year spent with Gary Kubiak

Kevin Stefanski was a contender for the Browns head coaching job in 2019. It went to Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after Cleveland went 6-10. The Browns hired Stefanski last January, ostensibly correcting their mistake. But Stefanski feels he benefited greatly from spending one more year in Minnesota because he shared the 2019 season with Gary [more]

Brett Favre throws stones at Deshaun Watson from the porch of a glass house

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has every right to express his opinion on any and all topics on which he chooses to express an opinion. And anyone who chooses to react to Favre’s opinion with an opinion of their own has that right to do so. Case in point: Favre has chimed in on [more]

Would the Vikings trade Kirk Cousins?

The possibility was mentioned last night in an item regarding the 49ers’ apparent willingness to move on from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The question merits its own blurb. Would the Vikings trade quarterback Kirk Cousins? His 2020 extension dropped the no-trade clause, allowing the Vikings to move Cousins without his consent. (As a practical matter, however, [more]

Report: Eagles hire Nick Rallis as linebackers coach

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni’s coaching staff for the 2021 season continues to take shape. The latest addition comes on the defensive side of the ball. Mike Kaye of reports that the team has hired Nick Rallis as their linebackers coach. Rallis spent the last three seasons with the Vikings. He was a defensive [more]

49ers embark on their quarterback quest for 2021

The fact that the 49ers reportedly made an attempt to trade for quarterback Matthew Stafford confirms what many have suspected for months. With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo entering the outer years of his contract, with a relatively minimal cap charge associated with trading or cutting him, all options are on the table as the 49ers determine the [more]

Vikings announce Ryan Ficken as ST coordinator

Word last week was that the Vikings were expected to stay in house to fill their special teams coordinator opening and they confirmed as much on Monday. The Vikings announced that Ryan Ficken has been promoted from assistant special teams coach to the top job. He replaces Marwan Maalouf after working under him for the [more]

Vikings to interview Tyke Tolbert for offensive coordinator

Minnesota’s search for a new offensive coordinator has taken them East. The Vikings will interview Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert for the position, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Tolbert has been coaching wide receivers in the league since 2003 after spending the first decade of his coaching career in college. He was the [more]

Keenan McCardell joining Vikings as wide receivers coach

The changes to the Vikings coaching staff will include the arrival of a new wide receivers coach. Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union was the first to report that Keenan McCardell will take over that role on Mike Zimmer’s staff. McCardell played wideout for the Jaguars and spent the last four years in the same [more]

Vikings are expected to promote Ryan Ficken to ST coordinator

The Vikings opted against renewing the contract of special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf, but they won’t be going outside the organization to hire his replacement. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the team will promote assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken to the top spot. The move will continue a long run with the [more]

Dalvin Cook plans to “take full advantage” of chance to “explode again” in 2021

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook set career highs in a number of categories during the 2021 season, including rushing attempts, rushing yards, yards per carries, and rushing touchdowns. Cook did that while matching his career high in games played and he likely would have set a new high had his father not died before the [more]

The Lions don’t seem to be getting as much interest in Matthew Stafford as expected

When it comes to potential interest in Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, the glass is currently two-thirds empty. That’s the obvious import of the news that a third of the league has reached out to the Lions. A third of the league. Ten teams. For a 32-year-old franchise quarterback who is going to get his wish [more]

Dalvin Cook: It’s tough to see Gary Kubiak go

Dalvin Cook was one of the league’s best running backs in 2020, amassing 1,918 yards from scrimmage and 17 total touchdowns. He was second in the league with 1,557 yards rushing and 16 rushing TDs. But now Cook and the rest of the offense will have to break in a new coordinator with Gary Kubiak’s [more]

Brandon Beane: Stefon Diggs trade was a win-win for us and Minnesota

Whenever teams make trades, the idea is for there to be a positive outcome for both organizations. But that doesn’t usually happen. That’s part of why the Bills trade for wide receiver Stefon Diggs feels rare. Minnesota drafted Justin Jefferson with the first-round pick acquired in the deal, and he finished with 88 receptions for [more]

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