J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Sun Jul 03, 2022 10:11 pm
Do you have any idea how utterly TIRING it gets arguing with you? I mean, you’re so predictable. You’re going to defend Mike Zimmer until the day you die.
You are getting it wrong. Apparently I am "hating" on Cousins too much.
Go ahead and toss around all the stats you want. The only stat that counts is wins, and the Vikings were 4-2-1 in 2018 after scoring 37 against the Jets.
4-2-1 against 5 teams with 6 or fewer wins and only one team that ended up winning double digits. That is about what I would expect from the Vikings since 2017, since they pretty much lost to every winning team and beat every losing team, and since that is exactly what happened for the rest of that 2018 season.
And yet … Zimmer went apesh!t, an account that has been reported by more than one journalist, any of which I ascribe one million times more credibility than you.
I give you the account of Ben Goessling, one of the best in the business.
After the Vikings scored 37 points to improve to 4-2-1 in a win over the Jets, sources said, Zimmer lambasted DeFilippo in a team meeting for not running the ball enough; he made his issues with DeFilippo’s approach public after losses in Week 11 and 13. The Vikings would not score more than 24 points in six games following the Jets win, and after a Monday night Week 14 loss in Seattle where they narrowly avoided a shutout, Zimmer fired DeFilippo and replaced him with Kevin Stefanski.
The ever reliable "sources said" that you yourself have blasted on here a number of times. However, if it were true, it would be a feather in Zimmer's cap not a negative since it would mean he predicted the downfall of the offense if they didn't start running the ball more. Which is exactly what happened.
#1 and #2 RB Carries/Result after that Jet's game where Murray carried 15 times
DeFilipo was fired
34/Win (highest scoring game of the season)
The Vikings won EVERY game they ran it 20 or more times, lost every time they ran it fewer than 20 times, but Zimmer was wrong to want to run more? Interesting...
Look, I don't want to defend Zimmer and if it comes off that I am, it is because people seem to think moving on from him is some sort of magic pill. He was an okay coach that probably wasn't good enough to win it all with just like Spielman was an okay GM and Cousins is an okay QB who weren't/aren't good enough. I said as much last year when I said it was time to move on from the HC, GM and QB. However, Zimmer's philosophy of running the ball a lot has been the philosophy that has been the key to any success for this team since AP was drafted and it is not a coincidence that since 2014, the worst offenses we have had have been the ones where the team has run the ball the least:
Pass to run ratio rank/scoring rank
The less this team passes, the better the offense does. That will not change just because there is a new HC since our QB is by far at his best running PA, Cook is still a very good RB and the Oline is made up of guys who are at their best run blocking. Hopefully O'Connell recognizes that and doesn't move away from the strength of his personnel.