Minnesota’s offense since coach Mike Zimm Jul 30, 2019 5:39:27 GMT
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Coincidentally or not Joey Bosa Jersey , continuity has been missing, too.The Vikings announced Wednesday the appointment of Kevin Stefanski as their offensive coordinator, avoiding another offseason of transition under Zimmer while leaning on the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff to help unearth more production from quarterback Kirk Cousins.“Kevin is a smart young coach with a bright future,” Zimmer said in a statement distributed by the team. He added: “His work ethic and teaching ability have been obvious to me behind the scenes since I came here five years ago. He’s well respected by coaches and players both, and I know he’s up to the task.”Stefanski was promoted Dec. 11 as the interim replacement for John DeFilippo, who was fired in his first season on the job with the offense in a severe slump. Stefanski’s contract expired Tuesday, and in the meantime he was a candidate to be Cleveland’s head coach. The Browns, instead, picked their interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens .The 36-year-old Stefanski, who joined the Vikings in 2006 as an assistant to coach Brad Childress, has coached tight ends Nick Bosa Jersey , running backs and quarterbacks for the team. He’ll be the fourth offensive coordinator in six seasons for Zimmer, following Norv Turner, Pat Shurmur and DeFilippo. Shurmur tried to hire Stefanski a year ago when he became head coach of the New York Giants, but Zimmer turned down the request.Vikings players were happy to have him back. During his three-game stint, Stefanski drew praise for simplifying the playbook and not displaying any panic in his first foray as a play caller. In his first game, the Vikings scored a season-high 41 points in a victory over Miami, though they stumbled again in the final week against Chicago and missed the playoffs.The Vikings were 19th in the NFL in points and 20th in yards this season, after finishing 10th and 11th respectively under Shurmur in 2017. Those were the highest rankings under Zimmer, the only time they’ve cracked the top 15 in either category in five years.Cousins, who signed a three-year, $84 million contract that’s fully guaranteed L.J. Collier Jersey , had career highs in touchdown passes (30) and completion rate (70.1 percent) but struggled to help the Vikings move the ball in several critical games.“I was thrilled to hear that he’d be back,” Cousins said in a statement distributed by the team. “We feel like the continuity is very important, not only for me at the quarterback position but for our entire offense.” Some of the top offensive players, by position, available in the NFL draft, which takes place April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee (x-indicates early entrant to draft):QUARTERBACKPosition outlook: The most interesting player in the draft and a few players likely to be selected earlier than they should because that’s what happens with quarterbacks.x-Kyler Murray, 5-foot-10, 205, Oklahoma.Strengths: Explosive athlete with a strong arm, nice touch and solid accuracy.Weaknesses: Kyler Murray is small. You might have heard.Fact: Murray’s Allen (Texas) High School team went 43-0 at with three championships in the state’s most competitive division.Gone by: Certainly seems as if he will be No. 1 selection to Cardinals.x-Dwayne Haskins www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-marquise-blair-jersey , 6-3, 230, Ohio State.Strengths: Big guy with a big arm who commands his offense.Weaknesses: Heavy-footed and prone to fall back against pressure. Only 14 career starts.Fact: Led the nation with 4,831 yards passing and 50 touchdowns last season.Gone by: Even if the teams currently in the top 10 don’t want Haskins, good bet someone will trade up to grab him.Drew Lock, 6-4, 228, Missouri.Strengths: Size, arm and athleticism.Weaknesses: Accuracy and ability to throw with varying speeds are inconsistent.Fact: Four-year starter at Missouri.Gone by: Might not be a top-15 player, but good chance he’s a top-15 pick.Daniel Jones, 6-5 T.J. Hockenson Jersey , 231, Duke.Strengths: Combo of size and athleticism is top level.Weaknesses: Decision making was often questionable and release needs to be sped up.Fact: Three years as a starter under coach David Cutcliffe, aka the guy who coached Peyton and Eli Manning in college.Gone by: Pretty good chance Jones gets taken in the first round.Others to watch: Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina State; Jarrett Stidham, Auburn; Will Grier, West Virginia; Tyree Jackson, Buffalo.