MINNEAPOLIS — The first of 63 plays Kevin Stefanski predicted in his debut as interim offensive coordinator moved along to Dalvin Cook. The Minnesota Vikings playcaller then went back to the running back to the second play, setting Cook to get a 27-yard reception.
Three plays later, Stefanski delegated to Cook then, and again routinely throughout. At the ending of Minnesota’s 41-17 win across the Miami Dolphins, Cook had 20 touches (1 9 rushes, one reception), also a career-high 136 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns.
Stefanski received compliments from players after the Vikings had lost three of the previous four games, for he schemed Minnesota . Minnesota managed to keep its playoff hopes alive while foreshadowing how this crime will operate going forward by employing a strategy in gaining the ball to the team’s many energetic playmaker.
“That is the guy we see daily in clinic — the guy which we are awaiting to give those chances to and take this particular offense,” receiver Adam Thielen said of Cook. We will need that moving forward and we will ride that into the remainder of the season .”
The Vikings caught a glimpse of exactly what can transpire if Cook is the focal point of the crime. Former offensive coordinator John DeFilippo spoke at length but a hamstring injury which sidelined Cook for Weeks 3-8’s majority prevented that by transpiring. Aside from outing against Green Bay and an return against Detroit, Cook had been quiet lately. The rusher might have been used longer if the Vikings were within striking distance at New England, something DeFilippo said before he had been fired a week, but that’s not.
Just one other time in 2013 did Cook consumed at least 20 touches in a game — Week 1 against San Francisco. His usage throughout the previous month and also the plight which might have held back him was something Cook didn’t want to interrogate following his livelihood afternoon.
“We’re not moving backward, we’re moving forwards,” Cook explained. “We had a good gameplan [Sunday]. Now, we executed we won. We are moving out of here. Is now gone. We can’t get a grip on that. We can’t do anything. We can control what we can control at this time.”
Stefanski finally captured the Vikings to run the balltopping out at 220 yards on 40 carries split up between Cook, Latavius Murray, Stefon Diggs and also a couple of scrambles from Kirk Cousins. Though that production was generated from the league racing defense, the right fix was saw by the Vikings at the right time.
“We’re hitting , 6 yards a carry and also you realize, Cook is just a fairly talented player and when he has the ball at his palms, on average excellent things happen,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “You know, Latavius is demonstrably a good, hard, physical running back, therefore I thought everything has been good. Whenever you are running the ball it sets up play-action moves”
What Cook did onto a lawn paved the way for Cousins to promote effective play-action under center. Cousins travelled 6-of-6 for 103 yards and a touchdown on such functions, something which should continue for a regular section of what exactly the Vikings want to complete given their personnel’s advantages.
The way the Dolphins were dismantled by the Vikings, eyeing to pick apart a linebacker corps, is how they can continue to be successful, especially against Detroit. Stefanski’s gameplan needed a Pat Shurmur-esque vibe for this, with the routine use of two tight end sets (the Vikings are extremely happy to have a nutritious David Morgan back ) and heavy personnel packages (the Vikings rotated between 2-2 and 1-2 personnel on their initial 3 touchdowns in the first quarter), zone blocking schemes which played to the potency of their O-line and many series at which he wasn’t reluctant to utilize his rushers on repeated downs.
The battle is Detroit, which held Buffalo rushing in a 14-13 loss next week. On what he heard under Shurmur to notch another win stefanski can pull back. At Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day in 2017, Minnesota moved along to Murray on four consecutive plays which spanned 75 yards and were capped off with a 2-yard touchdown.
When it has been wanted by the Vikings to that mindset of beating the ball has functioned. Though it’s too early to state whether Minnesota has mastered the problems that disabled the crime sometimes, Stefanski found an effective workaround by putting the ball in the hands of the very best playmaker; usually the main one the Vikings need to use around in order to make a deep run in the postseason.