Kubiak reflects on how the Vikings’ offense could have been better

The Vikings’ 12th-ranked offensive had many highlights under the leadership of the first-year coordinator Klint Kubiak, including a nearly 600-yard day in a 34-28 overtime win over Carolina, but a losing season left Kubiak bemused by low points and inconsistency.

“It’s something we could have done a lot better this year,” Kubiak said Thursday via video conference. “To be more consistent, to keep the practices going, to be a better team on the third down. That’s the most important thing – to be better on the third downs.”

The offense enters Sunday’s season finale against the Bears tied for 27th in conversions for third at 35.4%, representing situation failures when they collapsed into end points. match such as Dalvin Cook’s escaped in overtime in a 27-24 loss to Cincinnati, or Kirk’s cousins short of losses to Dallas (20-16) and Cleveland (14-7). Recipient Justin jefferson said the underperforming team.

“We should be in the playoffs right now,” he said. “We should have one of the best records in the league. We only shot each other in the foot.”

Need a win to keep playoff hopes last Sunday against manager Green Bay Mike zimmer revealed at least a few times that he and Kubiak weren’t on the same page about gaming calls, including once when Zimmer said Kubiak couldn’t hear him on the headphones. Kubiak said Zimmer’s influence has been strong this season.

“What I love about Coach Zimmer is that he’s always going to tell you exactly what he wants, and he’s not going to water it down,” Kubiak said, “and I really appreciate that.”

“The game day was also very good,” he added. “There might have been a game where I had my hand on the button and I couldn’t hear what he was saying, but other than that it was very clear. The communication between him was very positive. and I. He always lets me know where I get up and lead us. “

Kubiak and his fellow coordinators say they are focusing on bears. Defensive coordinator Adam zimmer, the head coach’s son, was asked on Thursday about speculation about a coach change after Sunday’s game.

“We’re going to fight and work here for as long as they tell us,” Zimmer said. “It’s one of the best years he’s been a head coach because he’s really involved in helping offensively, watching the tape with them so I can’t speculate on the future. I come here every day and try to improve this football team. “

Thin at the cornerback

The Vikings had just five cornerbacks left in Thursday training, of which only three – Patrick Peterson, Mackensie Alexander and Cameron Dantzler – on the active list. Tye Smith and Bryan mills, who was signed this week, is part of the practice squad. Corn Kris boyd (ribs) did not practice, nor Harrison hand, which has been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list for the third time this season. Nose tackle Michael pierce (disease) also stayed away.

Two of the three available starters, Dantzler (calf) and Alexander (ankle), remain limited.

“Definitely a little thin right now,” Peterson said after practice. “I think we’ve had enough. Cam has had a pretty good workout. [Thursday]Obviously Kris wasn’t there Harrison Hand had COVID so hopefully we can get him back. So that was a little weird. But I think the guys we have, me and Cam, should have enough to get through the game. “

“Nothing is guaranteed”

Center Garrett bradbury said being on the bench in the middle of his third NFL season was a “pretty good wake-up call.” He will make his sixth straight start on Sunday against the Bears since returning after Mason cole elbow injury ending the season. Then comes the offseason, which he doesn’t want to take for granted entering what is currently the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. As a first-round pick in 2019, Bradbury has a fifth-year option, with the deadline approaching this spring.

“Kind of to remind you that the NFL won’t be here forever,” Bradbury said. “Nothing is guaranteed. So I’m going to take that and all that motivation and that attitude and run with it this offseason – and do whatever I can to be a better player next year.”

$ 1 million donated to social justice causes

The Viking Social Justice Committee on Thursday announced an additional $ 1 million in donations to six groups: Lights On !, TurnSignl, Be The Change Scholarship, Classroom Champions, Little Earth Community and All Square. In a statement, the team said its goal was to support “the reduction of socio-economic disparities, the expansion of the adoption of educational programs on racial equality and black history, and of advocate for law enforcement and criminal justice reform “.

Since the formation of the Vikings Social Justice Committee in 2018, the team and the Wilf family have donated $ 6.5 million.

Jefferson shot the team record

Jefferson said he was upset by the collective underperformance, but is well positioned to eventually overtake Randy Moss for another Vikings record. He needs 124 yards against Chicago to surpass Moss’s single-season record of 1,632 yards in 2003. But Jefferson will play his 17th game on Sunday; Moss has only had 16 games.

“It’s not fair to the guys who only played 16 games,” Jefferson said. “I had a little extra chance to get it. It’s definitely an honor to be in this position.”

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