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The Zone Coverage Football Machine is a weekly, in-depth Minnesota Vikings discussion that gives you locker room insights and on-field analysis from professional beat writers. Host Sam Ekstrom has been on the Vikings beat for Zone Coverage since 2014. Arif Hasan has covered the Vikings for Zone Coverage and The Athletic and brings an analytical slant. Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident draft and film guru. Together, they give you the most informed Vikings speculation you'll find anywhere.
 
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Firing up a three round Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft. The new regime puts an emphasis on the trenches and is tired of being pushed around. Timestamps: • (0:40) Spielman Interview • (8:01) Interview Tracker • (13:49) 6 Cousins Trade Destinations • (23:06) Kirk to the Browns? • (28:26) Spielman Bodybags Zimmer • (34:48) Predictions A Northern Digital…
 
In a fantastic interview on the Move the Sticks Podcast, former Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman opened up about his misses at the quarterback position. Timestamps: • (0:40) Spielman Interview • (9:43) Ranking HC Candidates • (19:47) Why No _____? • (26:29) Ryan Poles Impressive • (29:28) CBS Mock • (33:02) Mel Kiper 1.0 A Northern D…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have requested an interview with Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris for their head coaching opening. Morris was also head coach of Tampa Bay from 2009-11 and was interim head coach of the Falcons for 11 games in 2020. Timestamps: • (0:40) Raheem Morris • (4:34) Ryan Poles GM Profile • (7:40) GM-HC Connections…
 
Schedule of Minnesota Vikings general manager interviews for the upcoming week. Timestamps: • (0:40) GM Interview Schedule • (6:26) How HC Candidates Fared WC Weekend • (14:40) Around the NFL Candidates • (22:24) Nathaniel Hackett? • (26:42) Why the HC Doesn't Have to be Offense A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/p…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly requested interviews with several head coaching candidates: -Todd Bowles, Buccaneers DC -Nathaniel Hackett, Packers OC -Jonathan Gannon, Eagles DC -Kellen Moore, Cowboys OC -Dan Quinn, Cowboys DC -DeMeco Ryans, Niners DC -Kevin O'Connell, Rams OC Timestamps: • (0:40) Head Coaching Candidate • (9:21) Zimmer & Sp…
 
Reviewing the 8 reported general manager candidates the Minnesota Vikings have requested interviews with so far: -Catherine Raiche, Eagles VP of Football Operations -Brandon Brown, Eagles Director of Player Personnel -Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Browns VP of Football Operations -Glenn Cook, Browns VP of Player Personnel -Ryan Poles, Chiefs Exec Director of…
 
We asked The Jeromes if Kirk Cousins will be the Minnesota Vikings quarterback in 2022. Here's a breakdown of the poll results. Timestamps: • (0:40) Will Cousins Be Back? • (6:48) 6 Options with Kirk's Contract • (14:07) Odds to be Next Head Caoch • (21:56) Panthers Want Klint Kubiak? • (28:25) Lane Kiffin? • (31:45) Andre Patterson? A Northern Dig…
 
The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly set to interview former Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports. Timestamps: • (0:40) Interview Doug Pederson • (3:32) Kendricks & O'Neill Tee Off • (14:06) Owners Presser • (22:14) Why Did Zimmer Fail? • (29:43) Brian Flores? • (33:54) What Wil…
 
With the Minnesota Vikings moving on from general manager Rick Spielman after 16 seasons with the team, here's a list of potential GM candidates for the Purple. Timestamps: • (0:40) GM Candidates • (9:05) Spielman Statement • (13:30) End of Anthony Barr Era • (16:33) 2022 Opponents • (22:24) #12 Overall Pick A Northern Digital Production --- YouTub…
 
The Minnesota Vikings mercifully finished the season with a 31-17 win over the Crooked Chicago Bears in what could (should) be the final game of the Mike Zimmer Regime. Superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson did NOT break Randy Moss' franchise single-season receiving yards record, despite plenty of gametime for him to do so late in the game. Time…
 
The Minnesota Vikings mercifully end the season Week 18 versus the Crooked Chicago Bears at Historic US Bank Stadium. This is likely head coach (for now) Mike Zimmer's final game at the helm, among a myriad of other changes that could happen for the Purple this offseason. A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/purpleft…
 
Minnesota Vikings Superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson needs 124 yards receiving Sunday against the Crooked Chicago Bears to break Randy Moss' single-season receiving record of 1632 yards set back in 2003. Timestamps: • (0:40) Jefferson-Moss Record • (5:41) Rudy Disses Cousins • (9:04) Zimmer Proud • (14:16) Super Bowl Moving? • (18:47) Rodgers…
 
Minnesota Vikings ownership is preparing to meet this week to discuss potential changes at the top of the organization, namely general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, per Chad Graff of The Athletic. Timestamps: • (0:40) Ownership Meeting • (5:47) Cousins Forever? • (10:00) Cousins Off COVID • (12:15) Antonio Brown Endorses Zim • (…
 
Will Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman be with the team for the upcoming 2022 season, or is his job in jeopardy too? Timestamps: • (0:40) Spielman Back? • (4:35) Jim Harbaugh? • (8:17) Ranking Potential HC Openings • (18:57) Playing Starters • (22:20) Tuesday Transactions A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.…
 
Ranking our Top-15 choices to be the next Minnesota Vikings head coach. Who do YOU like? Brian Daboll? Eric Bieniemy? Byron Leftwich? Kellen Moore? Doug Pederson? Timestamps: • (0:40) HC Candidates. Ranked. • (17:09) Zimmer Presser • (24:00) Nepotism • (32:51) Draft Position • (39:09) 5 On COVID • (41:32) Play the Young Guys A Northern Digital Prod…
 
The Minnesota Vikings need to move on from head coach Mike Zimmer today. For the sake of the young players and franchise heading into Week 18 and beyond. Timestamps: • (0:40) Zimmer Needs to be Gone Today • (6:11) VIKINGS-PACKERS RECAP • (14:19) REPORT: Coaching Search • (18:30) Zimmer's Mond Comments • (23:48) Why No Mond? A Northern Digital Produ…
 
The Minnesota Vikings (7-8) look to keep their playoff dreams alive as they invade Wisconsin to take on the Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers. Here are 5 Keys for a Vikings Victory! Timestamps: • (0:40) VIKINGS-PACKERS PREVIEW • (5:19) Breeland-Tomasson Beef • (8:49) KJ's Time • (10:30) Power Rankings A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https:/…
 
Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Adam Thielen reportedly underwent season ending ankle surgery yesterday, per Chad Graff of The Athletic. Timestamps: • (0:40) Thielen Done • (2:01) Why the Vikes Won't Fire Zimmer • (6:27) Dalvin Off COVID • (7:43) Cold Weather Benefits Vikes • (9:54) Other Roster Moves • (11:29) Lose Assistant to LSU • (12:38) …
 
The Minnesota Vikings reunited with the prodigal son quarterback Kyle Sloter. WOW. Timestamps: • (0:40) Sloter Back • (3:20) Playoff Picture • (9:19) 2 Bad Stats • (12:58) Beat GB • (16:27) Breeland to the Cardinals • (18:46) Who Starts at RG? A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/purpleftwpodcast…
 
The Minnesota Vikings (7-9) did not Keep SKOL Alive with a 30-23 loss to the all-in Los Angeles Rams. Here's the Winners & Losers from the game. Timestamps: • (0:40) Vikings 23, Rams 30 • (9:12) Fire Zimmer • (15:16) Jefferson Record • (18:05) JJ Calls Out Lil Kubiak • (23:02) SNF Cannot Be Flexed A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://…
 
The Minnesota Vikings (7-7) look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they host the Los Angeles Rams (10-4) the day after Christmas. Here's 5 keys for a Vikings victory. Timestamps: • (0:40) VIKINGS-RAMS PREVIEW • (8:25) Dalvin on COVID • (10:10) Kirk Cousins Ribs • (12:27) Reaction to Pro Bowl Rosters • (23:27) Week 16 Power Rankings A Northern Di…
 
(Current) Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was cheeky and faux surprised when the media jackals asked him his thoughts about being on the hot seat. Timestamps: • (0:40) Ugly Win is Still a Win • (4:30) Wonnum Screwed • (7:33) Zimmer Presser • (12:48) Who's Starting at RG? • (16:00) MNF Rating HUGE • (20:23) Mattison Off Covid A Northern Dig…
 
The Minnesota Vikings grinded out an unimpressive 17-9 win Monday Night over the Crooked Chicago Bears. Here's how they can benefit from the near run thing. Timestamps: • (0:40) Ugly Win is Still a Win • (3:35) Wonnum Game • (6:26) Tuesday Roster Moves • (10:49) P2 Back Next Year? • (13:29) Schefter's Cringe Griddy A Northern Digital Production ---…
 
The Minnesota Vikings (7-7) kept their flickering playoff dreams alive with a 17-9 win Monday Night over the Crooked Chicago Bears. Timestamps: • (0:40) Vikings 17, Bears 9 • (10:58) Playoff Picture • (17:09) Kene Pro Bowl Snub A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/purpleftwpodcast…
 
Minnesota Vikings shockingly released cornerback Bashaud Breeland after a reported practice altercation. Timestamps: • (0:40) Breeland Gone • (3:20) NFL Playoff Picture • (8:16) Thielen Ankle • (10:28) Darrisaw Back, Udoh Out? • (12:25) Vikings-Fields • (17:06) Final Injury Report A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c…
 
The Minnesota Vikings look to get back to .500 as they invade The Windy City to take on the Crooked Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Here are 5 Keys for a Vikings Victory! Timestamps: • (0:40) VIKINGS-BEARS PREVIEW • (7:41) First Injury Report • (11:56) Urban Meyer Fired • (21:06) 2 WRs Signed to Practice Squad A Northern Digital Production …
 
Running down the list of Minnesota Vikings who SHOULD be Pro Bowlers this season. Timestamps: • (0:40) Pro Bowlers • (7:16) Rookie Tracker • (14:47) New Rule Could Impact Zimmer • (18:15) Mike Hughes AFC DPOTW • (21:24) Vikes Annex Canada + UK • (29:56) 3 Added to COVID A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/purpleftwp…
 
In his first 2022 NFL Mock Draft, ESPN's Todd Mcshay mocked Cincinnati's shutdown corner Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner to the Minnesota Vikings. Timestamps: • (0:40) Sauce Gardner? • (4:45) Zimmer Presser • (10:49) JJ Stans for OBJ • (13:43) P2 to Cowboys? • (16:42) Kirk Cousins Owned the Bears • (20:20) O'Neill is ELITE • (23:09) NFL Power Rankings A Nort…
 
The (6-7) Minnesota Vikings are currently the 8-seed in the NFC after the nailbiting win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rest of Week 14 action. Still they have a 33% chance to make the dance, per 538. Timestamps: • (0:40) Playoffs • (7:32) Dalvin Was Legendary • (10:30) Zimmer Plays Not to Lose • (15:42) Rodgers Toe • (19:26) Getting Healthy …
 
The Minnesota Vikings (6-7) kept their season alive with a 36-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1) on Thursday Night Football. Here are the Winners & Losers from the game. Timestamps: • (0:40) VIKINGS 36, STEELERS 28 • (11:53) Playoff Picture • (17:57) WHY IS THIS TEAM LIKE THIS A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.…
 
The 5-7 Minnesota Vikings look to save their season at home Thursday Night versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here's 5 Keys to a Vikes W. Timestamps: • (0:40) VIKINGS-STEELERS PREVIEW • (6:14) Final Injury Report • (11:11) The Ringer Roasts • (16:04) Goof Wins Award A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/purpleftwpodcast…
 
The Grand Canyon sized chasm between Bill Belichick and Mike Zimmer was on full display at the end of their respective games Week 13. Timestamps: • (0:40) Belichick vs Zimmer • (5:57) I Stil Believe • (11:21) Kirk Cousins Trade Value • (16:57) Peterson Off Covid • (18:18) Injury Report • (21:35) Zimmer Presser • (27:39) Week 14 NFL Power Rankings A…
 
Minnesota Vikings head coach (for now) Mike Zimmer's precious defense has been historically bad. How bad is it? Let's explore. Timestamps: • (0:40) Zimmer's Bad D • (5:09) Vikings-Steelers Injury Report • (8:25) Ranking Most Embarrassing Losses • (20:24) Who Will Be Here in 2022? • (31:40) Mike Tice's Got Jokes A Northern Digital Production --- You…
 
The Minnesota Vikings (5-7) were lethargic and unmotivated in their 29-27 embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions. Time for a new beginning. Timestamps: • (0:40) Vikings Embarrass Themselves • (12:16) It's Time • (21:00) NFL Playoff Picture • (29:15) Vikings Draft 10th • (39:55) Everson Update A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.y…
 
The Minnesota Vikings look to keep their season alive and win convincingly on the road versus the winless, Low Energy Detroit Lions. Here's 5 keys to a Viking Victory. Timestamps: • (0:40) Vikings-Lions Preview • (7:10) Jefferson NFC OPOTM • (8:59) Final Injury Report A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/purpleftwpod…
 
Minnesota Vikings second-year left guard Ezra Cleveland was named Pro Football Focus' (PFF) number one graded player for Week 12. Not guard. Number one PLAYER overall. Timestamps: • (0:40) Ezra PFF's #1 • (3:03) King Kene Robbed of Award • (5:41) Zimmer Presser • (10:36) Vikes Make History • (14:09) Michael Pierce Returns to Practice • (15:51) Re-S…
 
Rundown of the Minnesota Vikings remaining schedule and outlook for the upcoming opponents. There's ZERO reason why the Vikes should not be 8-6 by Christmas. Timestamps: • (0:40) Schedule • (8:01) NFC North Standings • (15:33) O-Line Fix • (23:32) Primetime Purple • (28:19) Week 13 Power Rankings A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://w…
 
Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Dalvin Cook's dislocated shoulder injury is reportedly not season ending, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Timestamps: • (0:40) Dalvin Could Return This Season • (2:49) Kittle Calls Out Zimmer • (6:21) Zim Presser • (12:26) Patrick Peterson on COVID • (14:13) King Kene • (17:06) Liverpool FC A Northern Digit…
 
The Minnesota Vikings squandered opportunities and came up short in Santa Clara, falling 34-26 to the San Francisco 49ers. The 5-6 Vikes are still in thick of the playoff chase, but their margin for error is now nil. Timestamps: • (0:40) Niners 34, Vikings 26 • (13:53) Playoffs Update • (21:57) Dalvin Dislocated Shoulder • (24:13) Injuries Piling U…
 
The Minnesota Vikings announced the Everson Griffen situation has ended peacefully and without incident. Continued prayers up for Everson and his family. Timestamps: • (0:40) Everson Situation • (2:07) Jefferson Named NFC OPOTW • (4:06) Dalvin Tomlinson on COVID • (5:46) Vikes Bring Back Tashawn Bower A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: http…
 
Is old, staunchy, conservative to a fault Mike Zimmer actually evolving as a head coach and saving his job with the Minnesota Vikings? Timestamps: • (0:40) Zimmer Evolving? • (5:53) Armon Watts Most Improved • (7:52) Breeland Better • (10:59) Weird Flex • (16:52) Week 12 Power Rankings A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://www.youtube.…
 
Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers fans are genuinely upset about Darnell Savage's clear drop not being ruled an interception. You cannot make this stuff up. Timestamps: • (0:40) Packers Fans Mad • (4:26) Jefferson WR1 in the NFL • (7:36) Zimmer Presser • (13:26) Control Emotions • (16:20) Mock Draft A Northern Digital Production --- YouTube: https://w…
 
The Minnesota Vikings (5-5) shocked the world and beat the Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers (8-3) 34-31 Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium thanks to a commanding performance (yet again) by superstar receiver Justin Jefferson. Here are the Winners & Losers from the game. Timestamps: • (0:40) VIKINGS 34, PACKERS 31 • (14:07) Playoff Odds • (22:04) NFC …
 
The Minnesota Vikings look to help their Wild Card ambitions and keep the NFC North in play as they host the Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium. Here are 5 Keys for a Vikes Victory! Timestamps: • (0:40) VIKINGS-PACKERS PREVIEW • (8:27) 2nd Injury Report • (12:08) Thursday News Dump A Northern Digital Production --- Yo…
 
The Minnesota Vikings secondary will be getting a veteran boost as safety Harrison Smith has been activated from COVID-19 Reserve, and cornerback Patrick Peterson from Injured Reserve. Timestamps: • (0:40) Peterson & Harrison Back • (3:06) Zimmer Presser • (10:32) Wednesday Injury Report • (14:15) Young Coach Candidates • (27:12) Let Dalvin Cook • …
 
Minnesota Vikings future Hall of Fame cornerback Patrick Peterson strongly hinted that he will be returning this week off injured reserve to face the Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers. Timestamps: • (0:40) Peterson Back? • (3:42) Vikings-Packers Injuries • (7:48) 5th Easiest Schedule? • (10:23) Jordan Davis Mock Draft • (14:21) What OL SHOULD Be • (20…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have underachieved this season, but if the Purple can get their ish together and make a run, can head coach Mike Zimmer actually save his job? Timestamps: • (0:40) Zim Save Job? • (5:00) Feed Jefferson • (8:03) PFF Hates Kendricks • (10:33) Dozier Out of Hospital • (11:32) Zimmer Presser with Primetime Cameo A Northern Digital…
 
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