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Vikings’ Kirk Cousins Says He Needs Healthy Balance To Rest And Catching Up

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been working to try and get acclimated in the team’s offense this offseason, and as training camp approaches, he knows he needs to balance the work and rest to ensure he gets 100% in sync with his new team.

“It’s a bit like drinking through a firehose right now,” Cousins said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling.

“I need to use the five or six weeks of the summer to go back. All the stuff I didn’t catch, go back through and see that I had starred this, I had check-marked this as something to go back to when we had time, rather than take time when we were so busy. I’ll make a list, probably get on the phone with coach [John] DeFilippo or give coach [Kevin] Stefanski an email and just go through it all to get each question answered over the summer.”

Cousins knows all to well the importance of balancing the work with rest, but feels he has honed in on the right mix to get to the right place.

“It’s a balance for me, and I’ve had to learn this after playing the last few years,” Cousins said. “Last year we got to like Week Two, and because of how much I was grinding all camp and even in the summer, I felt like we were in Week 12. I couldn’t believe that we were only in Week Two because I had treated July and August like it was game day. You have to pace yourself a little bit.

“Because I feel a little behind the eight ball and am learning the offense, I do need to be in it every day, but there also needs to be a healthy balance of getting away, catching your breath, and getting a change of scenery, knowing that when we come back at the end of July we still have six more weeks before Week One. I’ll definitely get away, relax, and also just stay in it every day for a few minutes so I don’t lose what I’ve gained.”

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Kevin Stefanski to Return to Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski will return to his post in Minnesota next season after failing to land the head coaching gig with the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Stefanski, 36, whose contract expired following the season, had only been considered for the Browns job and was the youngest candidate under consideration.

It’s likely that with another year under his belt in Minnesota, that he becomes a hot candidate for head coaching jobs in 2020.

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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions 27-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, giving them 10 losses on the season

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1. For some reason, the Lions struggle with the hail mary pass

With halftime approaching, the Lions decided to give the Vikings the ball with 36 seconds left. In 34 seconds, the Vikings were able to get the ball in position for a hail mary to the end zone. Even with Kenny Golladay playing way back, the Vikings were able to capitalize on the deep pass and take the lead going into halftime. This completely changed the momentum in this game in favor the Vikings and it showed all 2nd half.

2. The Vikings absolutely dominated the 2nd half of this game

The Vikings shut out the Lions in the 2nd half. Along with that, they scored 13 points and helped pull away from this game. Their dominance in the 2nd half just showed that the Lions didn’t have a chance of coming back after that hail mary to close out the 1st half.

3. This game just emphasizes how much Jim Cooter needs to go

Getting shut out in the 2nd half and unable to score a touchdown in the entire game just concludes that offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter needs to be gone at the end of the season. Even though Matthew Stafford requested that he come back for this season, that seemed to be a mistake because Cooter has struggled to figure out this offense anytime an injury happens. 

This game didn’t really mean much for the Lions while this game meant a lot for the Vikings. This clearly showed in the 2nd half as Minnesota was able to shut down any chance of a Lions comeback. The Lions close out the season in Green Bay against the Packers and due to this being a divisional game, expect all the starters to still play this game. In conclusion, the Lions are now competing to see if they can end up with a good 1st round pick.

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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer Job Safe

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Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has stated that head coach Mike Zimmer’s job is safe despite criticism that has reigned down on the team as they fight through a disappointing season, according to the Pioneer Press’ Bob Sansevere.

“We’re very happy with the coach and the entire coaching staff,” Wilf said, per the report.

“It’s great to be in this position in December, that’s for sure. I’m very proud we stepped up and answered any questions about who we were as a team. I think we showed we were one of the best and can beat anyone on any given day.”

Thanks to their blowout victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Vikings’ playoff hopes are still very much alive, but they were considered to be Super Bowl contenders after signing quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive contract during the offseason.

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