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John DeFilippo On His Departure From The Vikings

When it comes to sports, both the fans and the players can get emotional. But when it comes to football, there is no telling how emotional the games can get. In a recent turn of events, headlights have been intensified by rumors regarding the departure of Vikings offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo.

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Apart from fans, online sports betting site rely heavily on the facts and news headlines, especially ones involving highly regarded teams as the Jaguars and the Vikings, serve bettors well. With the attention on every move players make, it is easy to see why the internet is abuzz with John DeFilippo’s latest reaction to queries involving his sudden departure to the Vikings after only 13 games.

The details regarding the departure of former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator remain rather mysterious. John DeFilippo was fired from the Vikings in 2018 after the team lost 21-7 to the Seattle Seahawks in week 14. The loss was a hard knock for all involved but the news of DeFilippo’s booting made everyone wonder why after only just 13 games. The Vikings suffered 3 out of 4 defeats, the Seahawks being the last before John DeFilippo was let go. DeFilippo, aged 40, was brought into the Vikings after he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl before his season began with the Vikings. Much was expected from the offensive coordinator having helped developed Carson Wentz over the time period of 24 months.

After DeFilippo was let go, wide receiver Adam Thielen told the press the offensive coordinator was not to be blamed for the team’s challenges. He went on to say that the players are the ones who need to complete the plays regardless of what they are called and that all 11 players should do the right thing as a team.

Many assume the move from the Vikings was due to the downfall of high expectations which was expected after Kirk Cousins joined the team as their new quarterback. When questioned about how he felt, John DeFilippowas not interested in commenting or making a statement.

What he did say was that he won’t be making many comments about anything that happened ‘up there’ and that he was more of a present kind of guy, focusing on the now rather than the past.

Currently the former Viking offensive coordinator is settling into his new role as the front-runner of the offense for the Jacksonville Jaguars which many are hoping to see play out well for both the team and the offensive coordinator. John himself has even been said to hoping this is his true fit and that his time with the Jaguars obviously works out in favor of him despite what some may think.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins Liking What He Sees from Rookie Garrett Bradbury

As far as first impressions go, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was instantly drawn to rookie lineman Garrett Bradbury, if nothing else for his sense of style, Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

“He tucks his shirt in every day,” Cousins said. “I think that sends a message right there. He is ready to work. I respect that.”

And while his position was kept under wraps since he joined the team, it looks as if Bradbury is going to be given every opportunity to be the starting center. He snapped to Cousins during the first week of organized team activities, flanked by former starting center Pat Elflein, who will move to left guard for next season.

“He is a smart kid,” Cousins said of Bradbury. “I look forward to him being here a long time.”

That’s the goal for the Vikings, and for Cousins, who has expressed that to Bradbury while referencing the constant turnover on the offensive line. He noted how he worked with a handful of different centers last season — from Nick Easton to Cornelius Edison to Pat Elflein — and how he would rather not go through that again this fall.

“I told him, ‘I’d like to work together for about the next decade,’ ” Cousins said. “I just tried to set that vision for him and say, ‘You be the guy here for the next decade and let’s not have to worry about having anybody else snap for the quarterback.’ ”

“He’s been awesome,” Bradbury said of Cousins. “Just need to continue to build that rapport and continue to build the continuity in the offensive line room.”

As much as Cousins is dedicated to helping Bradbury excel at the next level, he understands part of that is figuring out what makes him tick when he’s away from the team facility.

“You sit around at the breakfast table and get to know him as a person,” Cousins said. “He has his head on straight and there is a maturity there. That is a good place to start.”

“You have to have good people to win,” Cousins added. “If a guy is a great athlete and not a great person, eventually it is going to catch up with him. I think they’ve done a good job of bringing good people into our locker room.”

There’s still a lot Bradbury has to learn before the Sept. 8 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. And that’s OK.

“We have time, and we will take advantage of it,” Cousins said. “Just keep stacking days on top of each other and get him where he needs to be. As much as there may be some growing pains along the way to get to where we want to be, that’s OK as long as we can have that continuity. Hopefully, Garrett will be the guy for a long time.”

Report Claims Vikings and Patriots Have Discussed Tight End Kyle Rudolph

The Vikings are currently locked in a contract dispute with veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph, a dispute that reportedly has caught the Patriots’ attention, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, New England has “talked with Minnesota about Kyle Rudolph,” amid its series of free-agent signings at the tight end position. The 29-year-old Rudolph is due $7.6 million this season from the cash-strapped Vikings. Minnesota drafted a tight end, Alabama’s Irv Smith, in the second round of this year’s draft.

The two sides were reportedly in extension talks until two weeks ago, at which point the possibility of trading him reopened. Rudolph, who intends to be present for the start of the Vikings’ OTAs on Tuesday, said he doesn’t want to be dealt. However, he also told reporters he’s “too young” to take a pay cut.

Rudolph caught 64 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season. He’s earned two Pro Bowl nods — in 2012 and 2017 — over his eight-year career. His best statistical season was an 83-catch, 840-yard and seven-touchdown campaign in 2016.

Vikings Co-Owner Mark Wilf on the Team: “We’re in a Good Direction”

Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said that when the Vikings lost their final regular-season game to the Bears, thus missing the playoffs, the ownership group knew major changes had to happen. But he said it also felt like the Vikings had the right people in place to make those changes, Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

“Well, it was a disappointing season,” Wilf, also the team president, said last week. “We didn’t like the way it ended and it was a bitter taste in all of our months and we got right to work the day after that game. Coach Zimmer, Rick Spielman, the whole organization has had a plan, and we’re executing it and we like the changes, so far.”

Wilf said that for a team with such a solid core group of players, this offseason has seen a tremendous amount of change.

“We had a real busy offseason, did a lot in both free agency and the draft, and I think we’re set up well for the months ahead and the season ahead,” Wilf said. “We’re in a good direction. We like our team, busy with practices and the next phase of OTAs are next week. It’s the next step in the process.”

There is no doubt the Wilfs and the Vikings front office were both pleased with some aspects of Kirk Cousins’ performance in 2018 but also know the only way for him to earn his contract — which will pay him $29 million in 2019, the second-highest total in the NFL behind only Detroit’s Matthew Stafford — is a playoff run.

“I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well,” Mark Wilf said. “He’s doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team.”

What are his expectations as the team gets ready to start OTAs? “We expect a lot better season, and we’re working hard every day,” Wilf said. “I know our coaches, and staff, and players are working hard and getting ready for the season.”

Vikings Draft NC State Center Garrett Bradbury with the 18th Pick in the NFL Draft

The Vikings added some beef to their line on Thursday night, snagging NC State center Garrett Bradbury with the 18th pick in the NFL Draft.

Bradbury is a natural knee-bender with excellent quickness and agility. He’s an outstanding pass-blocker who has great awareness and mirrors well.

Although he isn’t a powerful drive blocker and fits best in zone-heavy schemes, he is tough and technically sound. He’s a leader with a professional work ethic.

Check out the Complete 2019 Minnesota Vikings Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Vikings fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Vikings slate!

Sept. 8 Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Sept. 15 at Green Bay Packers 1:00
Sept. 22 Oakland Raiders 1:00
Sept. 29 at Chicago Bears 4:25
Oct. 6 at New York Giants 1:00
Oct. 13 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00
Oct. 20 at Detroit Lions 1:00
Oct. 24 Washington Redskins (Thu) 8:20
Nov. 3 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00
Nov. 10 at Dallas Cowboys* 8:20
Nov. 17 Denver Broncos 1:00
Bye
Dec. 2 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 8 Detroit Lions 1:00
Dec. 15 at Los Angeles Chargers* 8:20
Dec. 23 Green Bay Packers (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 29 Chicago Bears 1:00

Vikings Back in the Picture for Linebacker Anthony Barr?

It’s been a tough 24 hours for Vikings fans as they felt they were on the verge of losing one of their better defensive players, linebacker Anthony Barr.

Reports now indicate that Barr is not gone from Minnesota just yet, as Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider for SNY says that Barr is backing out of his reported deal with the New York Jets.

It was thought that the Jets were going to pay Jets Barr somewhere in the range of $13 million to $14 million per year, but the Vikings may have upped their offer and now it sounds like Barr is having second thoughts.

It remains to be seen if the Vikings have done enough to keep Barr, but the fact that he’s even having thoughts of backing out of his reported deal with the Jets is a good sign.

Vikings to Lose LB Anthony Barr to the New York Jets Once Free Agency Starts

The Vikings are going to have a big hole at the linebacker spot come the start of free agency, as veteran LB Anthony Barr is set to ink a deal with the New York Jets.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Barr will ink a deal with the Jets once free agency starts on Wednesday.

The Vikings and Barr could not come to terms on an extension, and the writing was on the wall that he was set to leave the team.

“I love Minnesota, but I’m willing to play anywhere I find fit,” Barr told TMZ a few weeks back.

“If it’s comfortable, that I would have a role on the team with and help win. My possibilities are open.”

Barr over the last five seasons started 71 games for the Vikings, appearing in four Pro Bowls and being one of the best defensive players to play in Minnesota.

NFL Mock Draft Has Vikings Taking Washington OT Andre Dillard in Round One

The NFL Draft is still 66 days away, but already there’s plenty of mock drafts and projections as to what teams are going to do once Roger Goodell takes the platform in Nashville, Tennessee and gets booed as he does every year.

The Vikings are sitting at number 18 in the first round, and will look to improve the team to try and make a run at the NFC North Title in 2019.

As far as projections go, SB Nation today released their first Mock Draft for April’s big event, and they have the Vikings going offensive tackle in the first round, taking Andre Dillard from Washington State.

Here’s what SB Nation has to say about Dillard going to the Vikings:

Minnesota’s problems on the offensive line are well known. Left tackle Riley Reiff might move inside to guard, where Tom Compton is a free agent and Mike Remmers has underwhelmed (and has a contract that makes him easily expendable). If Reiff is shifted inside, left tackle obviously becomes Minnesota’s obvious need. Dillard is a smooth edge blocker who should have a nice week at the combine.

Everson Griffen’s Current Vikings Deal Could Put His Future With the Team in Doubt

The Vikings were hailed for their proactiveness when they signed Everson Griffen to a new deal before the 2017 season, locking up the defensive end through the 2022 season even though he had two years left on his existing deal.

While the contract did extend the marriage between the Vikings and Griffen on paper, its structure did something else: It guaranteed the Vikings the kind of leverage they could exert over Griffen in the coming weeks, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Griffen’s old deal had him set to make $7 million in 2017 and $8.5 million in 2018, with none of the money in those two seasons guaranteed. His renegotiated deal put an additional $2 million in his pocket for the 2017 season and an extra $1.5 million for 2018, with Griffen getting $6.2 million in cash at the time of the deal’s completion.

The deal effectively solidified Griffen’s status for two seasons he was under contract with the Vikings anyway, fully guaranteeing his 2017 base salary and delivering another $5.5 million roster bonus last May. Beyond that, though, it essentially gave the Vikings control of Griffen’s future, and the structure of the contract means a decision on Griffen could be coming in the next month.

Like his 2018 base salary, Griffen’s 2019 base was guaranteed against injury at the time he signed his new deal, and will become fully guaranteed if he’s still on the roster by March 15 (the third day of the 2019 league year). His base for the 2019 season, however, is $10.9 million.

The Vikings would face just $1.2 million of dead money charges if they released Griffen, while recouping $10.7 million of cap space.

The contract’s structure is similar to many of the deals the Vikings do, and it’s not unusual in the NFL, where the cold reality is that a player’s relationship to his team is often only as strong as his recent performance or the guaranteed money in his contract.

Griffen’s battles with mental health issues during the 2018 season could cast a business decision in a cruel light, but a Vikings team not flush with cap space is nonetheless likely weighing its options in the final weeks before free agency.

Griffen, who turned 31 in December, posted 5 1/2 sacks for the 2018 season and notched 4 1/2 in the eight games he played after returning from his five-game absence, while playing around 80 percent of the Vikings’ defensive snaps in that time.

Those are solid numbers, to be sure, but when Griffen’s current deal makes him the ninth highest-paid defensive end in the league, the Vikings might not view his production as being worth his scheduled price tag for 2019. That could be especially true given the year Danielle Hunter had, and what he did on the right side while Griffen was out.