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Video: “Best of” the 2019 Season on Under with Kirk Cousins

Watch a compilation of the best moments from Under Center with Kirk Cousins from the Vikings 2019 season.

Gary Kubiak Excited to Be Back Calling Plays for the Vikings

After a smooth first year as an offensive adviser for the Vikings, Gary Kubiak was presented with the opportunity to rediscover his play-calling acumen, the Associated Press reports.

When offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski climbed the ladder for the top job in Cleveland, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer sought to maintain as much continuity as possible after a solid season by quarterback Kirk Cousins and the rest of the offense. Kubiak had no interest in being a head coach again, but offensive coordinator? Well, that sure was intriguing.

“I just said, ‘Coach, mind if I go back home and mow some grass for a couple days or something and think about it?’” Kubiak recalled.

He only needed a day and a half. He was more than ready to accept the position.

“I never lost the joy,” Kubiak said.

The offensive adviser job, which included the title of assistant head coach, was created a year ago for Kubiak after the interest in working with Zimmer turned out to be mutual. Working with Stefanski on the playbook and game-planning was just the spark he was hoping for, after spending the previous two seasons away from the sideline as a personnel adviser for Denver.

Kubiak’s eight-year run as head coach of the Houston Texans and two-season stint as head coach of the Broncos were both shortened by health trouble. This will be his 13th year as an offensive coordinator in the NFL.

“He’s got a great way about him. He’s very down to earth. He’s got a lot of skins on the wall, so the players really respect him,” Zimmer said.

What Path Will the Vikings Take in the 2020 NFL Draft?

The 2019 NFL season is officially over, having come to an end after the Kansas City Chiefs toppled the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl 54 in Miami.

Now every team in the league can start to turn the calendar as a new year in the NFL will quickly begin, with it already starting for most.

Most teams in the league are already turning their attention to one of the biggest events of the year – the NFL Draft.

You can do Online NFL betting on the NFL draft, as far as what players are going to go to what team once clubs turn in their picks at the annual event.

This year the NFL Draft will take place in Paradise, Nevada and will be held on Thursday April 23rd to Saturday April 25th.

Two networks take over the event, with both ESPN and the NFL Network in charge of the coverage.

The Vikings are looking up at well over the half of the teams in the league before they pick, as Minnesota will draft 25th overall after going 10-6 and making it to the NFC Divisional Round before losing to the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.

When you look at the sportsbooks at how many wins are being predicted for the Vikings already next season, Betonline has the Vikings winning 9.5 games this season. They had the Vikings winning nine games prior to the 2019 campaign.

When it comes to the draft, the Vikings will be picking before the team they defeated in the wild card game, that being the New Orleans Saints, who with a mark of 13-3 will pick 24th in the draft.

So what do the experts say about the Vikings in terms of who they will take in the 2020 NFL Draft?

ESPN says that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team take a cornerback, as the team will have two of their corners entering free agency – Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander.

Popular draft site Walter Football has weighed in with their latest NFL Draft, and they have the Vikings taking Texas A&M defensive tackle Justin Madubuike.

Here’s what the site has to say about the pick of Madubuike:

Linval Joseph is still a dominant presence in the interior, but he’ll turn 32 next season. He’ll decline soon, and the Vikings could use some help next to him in the meantime.

Justin Madubuike was a disruptive force in the interior of the Aggies’ defensive line this past season, logging 11.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks.

So much can happen between now and the draft, but keep in mind that it sounds like the Vikings are going to look defensive when it comes to round one.

Vikings Announce Co-Defensive Coordinators

The Vikings announced a handful of changes to their coaching staff, Courtney Cronin of ESPN reports.

Adam Zimmer, coach Mike Zimmer’s son, and Andre Patterson were named co-defensive coordinators Monday and will take over the position held by George Edwards for the past six seasons. Edwards’ contract expired at the end of the season and he was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as a senior defensive assistant last week.

Additionally, Minnesota officially announced Gary Kubiak as its next offensive coordinator after he served as the team’s assistant head coach/offensive adviser upon being hired last season. The change was made last week following the departure of Kevin Stefanski for the Browns’ head-coaching vacancy.

The Vikings reshuffled other parts of the coaching staff, promoting Andrew Janocko to wide receivers coach and hiring Daronte Jones from Cincinnati as the defensive backs coach and Phil Rauscher from Washington as the assistant offensive line coach. Janocko had served in that role since 2017.

Vikings Season Ends as 49ers Smother Cousins in 27-10 Beatdown in San Francisco

From ESPN:

In their first home playoff game at Levi’s Stadium, the well-rested Niners dominated the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in an NFC divisional round game.

With the win, San Francisco advanced to the NFC Championship Game set for Jan. 19 where they will meet the winner of Sunday’s divisional round game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. That game will also take place at Levi’s Stadium.

The defense, in particular, set the tone for the day, harassing quarterback Kirk Cousins consistently and shutting running back Dalvin Cook down entirely. Cook managed just 26 yards on 15 touches.

The same group that was on a historic pace for sacks and pass defense earlier in the year found its groove at the right time.

Perhaps that shouldn’t have been much of a surprise given that the Niners were coming off their first bye since Week 4 and welcomed back three key players in linebacker Kwon Alexander, end Dee Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt. Aside from defensive tackle D.J. Jones, the Niners had all of their projected preseason starters available for the first time since Week 3.

The Vikings finished with just 147 total yards and seven first downs. They had fewer than 100 total yards until the final five minutes of the game. Before that, their only big play came in the first quarter on a 41-yard touchdown from Cousins to receiver Stefon Diggs.

Here’s the highlights from the win:

Vikings Place CB Mackensie Alexander on IR Prior to NFC Divisional Playoff Game

The Vikings have placed cornerback Mackensie Alexander on injured reserve just one day before their NFC Divisional Round game against the 49ers according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

They signed rookie defensive back Nate Meadows to the active roster in a corresponding move. Alexander suffered a small meniscus tear in Week 17 and was unable to suit up for last Sunday’s win at New Orleans.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday and the medical staff obviously determined that the 26-year-old Alexander would not recover in time to contribute even if the Vikings make the Super Bowl. A second-round pick out of Clemson in 2016, Alexander will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

With Alexander headed to IR and second-year corner Mike Hughes already there, the Vikings will head to San Fran with a very thin secondary.

Only nine teams had at least four CBs graded outside of Pro Football Focus’s top-50 corners this season. The Texans (5) and Vikings (4) are the only playoff teams to appear on that list.

Secondary help will likely be a top priority for Minnesota throughout free agency and the draft this offseason and several members of the current secondary-including Alexander and former shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes-could find themselves wearing a different uniform in 2020.

Inactives for the Vikings at Saints NFC Wild Card Game

Here are today’s inactives for the NFC Wild Card Game in New Orleans between the Vikings and Saints.

Vikings: CB Mackensie Alexander, OT Aviante Collins, DE Hercules Mata’afa, OG Dru Samia, WR Laquon Treadwell, OT Oli Udoh, DE Eddie Yarbrough

Saints: CB Eli Apple, FS D.J. Swearinger, OL Ethan Greenidge, FB Zach Line, DE Noah Spence, LB Manti Te’o, C Will Clapp

Coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman Will Be Back with the Vikings in 2020

While their focus in on Sunday’s wild card showdown with the Saints in New Orleans, the Vikings Friday announced that no matter the outcome, head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman will be back in 2020 in their respective positions.

“We value Mike and Rick’s leadership and we have every intent of Mike continuing as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Rick leading our football operations, next year and beyond,” Vikings owner Mark Wilf said in a statement obtained by NFL Network.

Both Zimmer and Spielman are under contract in Minnesota through the 2020 season.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that Zimmer was a name to watch in the Dallas Cowboys’ likely head coaching search.

As Zimmer is under contract, Dallas would have to execute a trade for the former Cowboys defensive coordinator if it were to move on from Jason Garrett.

In his six seasons as Vikings head coach, Zimmer has led Minnesota to a 57-38-1 record, three playoff appearances, two division titles and just one losing season.

Spielman has been with the Vikings organization since 2006 and held the title of general manager since 2012.

Video: Vikings and Saints Set to Battle in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game

The Vikings and Saints go to war in the NFC Wild Card game on Sunday, here’s a preview from the NFL:

Vikings Feature Back Dalvin Cook Says He’s “Full Strength” for Wild Card Game

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook declared himself “refreshed” and at “full strength” heading into Sunday’s Wild Card showdown against the Saints according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Cook is dealing with a shoulder injury that dates back to at least Week 13 and he missed the last two games of the regular season.

But he is undoubtedly going to play against the Saints with everything on the line despite the risk of re-injury. And he will not only play but will be given all the work he can handle as the Vikings would have virtually zero chance of pulling the upset without him.

The 24-year-old managed to stay healthy for the majority of the season for the first time in his NFL career and has produced over 1,600 yards from scrimmage and a robust 13 touchdowns in 14 games.