Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
EAGAN, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has held his tongue about Bobby Wagner’s blocked field goal on Monday, Dec. 10. His special teams coordinator hasn’t. Mike Priefer said Thursday, Dec. 13, that officials missed the call when the Seattle linebacker put his hands on two teammates and jumped over the line of scrimmage to block a 47-yard attempt by Dan Bailey in the fourth quarter of a 21-7 loss.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The message in Kevin Stefanski’s first speech as the Vikings’ interim offensive coordinator was simple. The theme, running back Dalvin Cook said Thursday, Dec. 13: “Just go out and compete and have fun and fly around. That’s it.” Stefanski, 36, was promoted from quarterbacks coach Tuesday when Vikings coach Mike Zimmer fired John DeFilippo. He will make his debut Sunday, calling plays against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium.
EAGAN, Minn. -- When CBS analyst and former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon heard the the Vikings were changing offensive coordinators, he immediately sent a text to Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski was promoted from quarterbacks coach to interim offensive coordinator after Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer fired John DeFilippo on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
SEATTLE — Less than 12 hours after wide receiver Adam Thielen came to the defense of John DeFilippo, the Vikings have fired the maligned offensive coordinator. That move came after an ugly 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night at CenturyLink Field, the fourth time in the past five games the Vikings have been held to less than 300 yards total offense. In the game, the Vikings finished with 276 yards, with a good chunk of that yardage coming in garbage time.
SEATTLE -- Vikings running back Dalvin Cook keeps a board by his locker upon which he places adhesive-backed descriptions next to each game listed on the team’s schedule. He has used phrases this season of “Popcorn Ready Game,’’ “Statement Game” and “Bulletin Board Game.’’ For Monday, Dec. 9’s game at Seattle, it reads simply: “MNF Game.’’
SEATTLE -- Holton Hill has gone from admiring Russell Wilson to trying to slow him down. When the Vikings rookie cornerback was growing up in Houston, the Seattle quarterback was one of his favorite players. “I was a fan of his growing up just because I liked the style in which played,’’ Hill said. “He was for sure in my top five.’’ On Monday night, Dec. 10, Hill will get his second career start at Seattle. He takes over for Trae Waynes, who was ruled out with a concussion suffered in 24-10 loss at New England on Dec. 2.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings will take on Russell Wilson with a depleted secondary. Minnesota on Saturday, Dec. 8, ruled out cornerback Trae Waynes for their game Monday night, Dec. 10, at Seattle because of a concussion. He will be replaced by Holton Hill, an undrafted rookie who will make his second career start. The Vikings listed linebacker Eric Kendricks as questionable with a rib injury, but he is expected to play. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Kendricks, who returned to practice Saturday on a limited basis after being out Thursday and Friday, “will be fine.’
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sheldon Richardson once was fined so much money, he said he was playing in the NFL “for free.” Richardson, a defensive tackle in his first year with the Vikings, broke into the league with the New York Jets, playing with them from 2013-16. After being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and going to the Pro Bowl in 2014, the problems started.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings are hoping to turn Dalvin Cook loose. When the running back made his NFL debut last season, he had games of 22 carries for 127 yards and 27 attempts for 97 yards in his first three outings. Then he tore a knee ligament and missed the rest of the season. Since returning this year, Cook has only one game with more than 10 carries — 16 in the opener against San Francisco. That stuck in head coach Mike Zimmer’s craw after a 24-10 loss at New England last Sunday.
EAGAN, Minn. -- When the Vikings get to the opposing quarterback, they usually win. When they don’t, they lose. That’s pretty much been the case this season. When the Vikings (6-5-1) have three or more sacks, they’re 6-1-1. When they have fewer than three, they’re 0-4. In last Sunday’s 24-10 loss at New England, Minnesota was held without a sack for just the second time this season. In fact, the Vikings had just one quarterback hurry on Tom Brady the entire game. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is hoping that will change Monday, Dec. 10, at Seattle.