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  1. The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

    Well, yes, but this is a separate issue. What I meant was: Cousins is the sort of QB who will either put your team over the top with the big play capability he brings compared to e.g. Case or Teddy, or he will bring your team down with his propensity for turning the ball over and not producing when it matters. And the fact of the matter is that Cousins had a very good year statistically but the Vikings went from 13-3 to 8-7-1. Some of that difference was a drop in the quality of the defence and special teams, but most of it was on the offence. I also think that Zimmer and Spielman vastly underestimated the degree to which Case Keenum elevated the level of play of the offence in 2017 with his ability to evade pressure, extend plays and execute the play action pass. I think they may have fooled themselves into thinking that the OL was better than it is. Even the receivers - Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph - are all "contested ball" types who don't necessarily get great separation and generally need time to get open.
  2. The 2018 Kirk Cousins Megathread

    That was one of the issues I had with the Kirk Cousins signing in the first place. You had a Vikings team that didn't show up to play in the NFC Championship game last year, but the ownership and front office doled out a huge amount of guaranteed money to a QB with something of a reputation for not producing on game day in situations when it really mattered. And he turned the ball over a bit too much to be an ideal choice for a team built to win with defence and field position. I posted earlier in the season that I believed that Cousins will either take the Vikings to the Super Bowl or he will get both Zimmer and Spielman fired. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
  3. 2019 Playoffs

    What's that they say about defence winning championships? Of the four remaining teams, the Saints defence was statistically the best at 14th in the NFL during the regular season. Kansas City was 31st. I like the Rams' chances right now, as they have the game's best DT in Aaron Donald. If you can get pressure on Drew Brees (or Tom Brady) up the middle they become very ordinary very quickly. But other than that the four remaining teams are pretty close, and any one of them can win it all, I think.
  4. 2019 Draft Talk

    Quite honestly, I think the Vikings need to go OL in the first two rounds. If they need to move up or down to get the player(s) they want they should do it. The OL has been broken for a long time now and the Vikings are not likely to fix it with free agents, trades or late round "gems". The window is closing for this generation of players, and waiting around for the OL to magically get better is not an option.
  5. 2019 Playoffs

    Except maybe 4th and 26.
  6. Could there be Canadian NFL teams if...

    No. I say this only because there is no significant government funding available for a new stadium.
  7. My point was: an HC should never call one of his players or assistants out publicly. Ever. Especially when there is some sort of conflict going on. It's Business Management 101: criticize in private. What purpose did Zimmer's public comments serve, other than to make a bad situation even worse? As much as I dislike Bill Belichick and his say-nothing interviews, at least he has a pretty good idea of what should be handled behind closed doors.
  8. I don't really have a whole lot to add, as the decision to keep Zimmer and Spielman has already been made. I will say though that the two points that I raised are enough to wonder if Zimmer is the guy to lead this team to a Super Bowl. Head Coach is first and foremost a management job. Zimmer publicly calling out his OC like that and firing him with four games left in the season should be raising all kinds of alarm bells about his management skills, especially since this incident came only two years after Norv Turner's mysterious "resignation". As for the team looking flat all too often, especially in big games, that goes to Zimmer's ability to get his team prepared to play both physically and mentally. I agree that it may not be all on the coach (i.e. players at this level should not need motivation for a big game).
  9. 2018-2019 Offseason Thread (Season Concludes)

    That's just it. Football is among other things a game of emotion and a game of mental toughness. It's not just about talent or X's and O's on the chalkboard. The Vikings not showing up to play in a big game has become the rule rather than the exception under Zimmer.
  10. Well, that's Zimmer's version of events, and it's the easiest thing in the world to blame the guy who's no longer around and is not in a position to say anything in his defence. I'm not saying it's not true, but there is always another side to these things. If I'm sceptical, it's because it's the second time in three years that Zimmer and his OC have come into conflict.
  11. The 2018 Playoff Hunt is on!

    The Lions are a dangerous team too. They have some talent, they are at home, and like all last place teams at this time of year, they have a lot of players and coaches fighting for jobs and contracts.
  12. Week 15: Dolphins (7-6) at VIKINGS (6-6-1)

    Here's the stat that worries me about Kirk Cousins: with the win against the Dolphins he is now a career 5-24 against teams with winning records. And the Dolphins were something like 1-10 in their previous 11 road games, I believe. Regardless, this game was very much a case of a resistible force against a movable object.
  13. I would agree with you, except for the fact that there are just too many things about Zimmer and this team that don't inspire a lot of confidence. Twice in 3 years he has had to replace the OC during the regular season. This time there are only three games left and the team still has a chance at the playoffs. And this time he had publicly shamed and blamed DeFilippo at least twice prior to the firing. Which should never happen. Beyond all that there are too many games where the team just doesn't show up to play. When it's just one or two players it is on them, but when it's the entire team (like in the NFC Championship game last year) it falls on the coach.
  14. I can think of several examples over the past two decades where coaches with very good records were fired and their team went on to win the Super Bowl within a few years. The Ravens (Brian Billick), the Bucs (Tony Dungy), the Broncos (Mike Shanahan), the Colts (Jim Mora), the Seahawks (Mike Holmgren) all spring to mind.
  15. I think this is a conversation best left for the end of the season.