EAGAN, Minn. — Within the wake of the Vikings making a swap at offensive coordinator with three video games remaining, quarterback Kirk Cousins is taking “possession” for the state of Minnesota’s struggling offense that price John DeFilippo his job.
“Myself, I might be the primary one to say, if I had performed at the next stage, we’re in all probability not speaking in regards to the issues we’re speaking about,” Cousins stated Wednesday. “I take possession, as nicely. But, huge image why? I do not know. I do level to the truth that we performed at Chicago, who’s a very good protection. You noticed what they did to the Rams. We performed at Seattle and at New England, these aren’t locations you stroll into as of late and simply stroll out with a win with out breaking a sweat. These are powerful locations to play, good groups. I am certain there’s part of that, that you’ve to take a look at as nicely.
“You take a look at, ‘What do I would like to do higher? How can I be higher?’ The character of the quarterback place is that the ball is in your arms. So you are going to be simply in a position to say that so many instances. That was one of many issues I did talk to Coach Flip yesterday was, I imagine with the ball in my hand, had I performed at my fullest potential play in and play out, we’re in all probability not having this dialog proper now. That is one thing I take personally and is actually powerful for me, and retains you up at evening. However on the identical time, all you are able to do now’s go ahead and, , ‘Hey, confronted adversity earlier than, been in a position to overcome it, been in a position to push via it.’ As Coach Shanahan all the time instructed me, ‘Powerful instances do not final, powerful folks do.’ I am going to select to be a tricky particular person, preserve going and imagine if we try this, if I try this, good issues are in retailer.”
Even with a brand-new quarterback in a brand new system, the Vikings offense carried out at a excessive stage through the first eight weeks of the season, rating within the high 10 in whole offense, passing, completion proportion and passer ranking whereas setting a handful of workforce and leaguewide data. However in gentle of the workforce’s current struggles, relieving DeFilippo of his duties was the shake-up coach Mike Zimmer felt wanted to happen given he wasn’t proud of the path the offense was heading.
The Vikings, presently the NFC’s sixth seed at 6-6-1, will transfer ahead with Kevin Stefanski as interim offensive coordinator. With so little of the season left, Cousins stated the Vikings aren’t going to reinvent their offense, however that the workforce’s focus is on higher execution, primarily when it comes to scoring extra factors.
Zimmer, nevertheless, feels extra philosophical change may benefit Cousins in his dealings with the offense and Stefanski, who has been the workforce’s quarterbacks coach since 2017.
“No. 1, they’ve a very good working relationship,” Zimmer stated. “They sit in conferences on a regular basis and discuss so much. There may be a whole lot of back-and-forth with these guys. I really feel like Kirk can be open to suggesting issues somewhat bit extra.”
Eyeing a postseason berth in back-to-back seasons, the Vikings offense won’t make wholesale adjustments throughout the board however will start to shift its mindset in a unique path. Tight finish Kyle Rudolph spoke with Sirius XM Radio the day of DeFilippo’s firing, noting his frustrations inside the offense and suggesting that the unit “actually did not have an identification.”
How soon it takes the Vikings to discover the cohesiveness some felt they lacked can be examined over the following three weeks.
“I believe we simply need to be a balanced offense,” heart Pat Elflein stated. “We would like to run the ball and do play-actions and drop again, and we wish to have the opportunity to be environment friendly in all areas of offense, and there is some that we’re doing nicely at and a few that we’re not doing nicely at. So, we have simply acquired to get again to work and discover some stability and work these particular areas that we want to get higher at.”