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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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The Minnesota Vikings have room for a penetrating 3-technique defensive tackle for passing downs. Here are 3 Day Three 3-Techs for the Vikes: Jaylen Twyman of PITT, Osa Odighizuwa of UCLA, and West Virginia's Darius Stils. Timestamps: • (0:45) Day 3 Three-Techs • (4:59) How Much Trade for Orlando Brown Jr • (10:06) Draft a Kicker? • (12:56) Eric Wi…
 
CBS Sports HQ posted an interesting stat that basically means Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is better than the Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers bird boned Aaron Rodgers. Timestamps: • (0:45) Cousins Over Rodgers • (3:26) Performance Based Pay • (6:35) 2022 Draft Picks Are Fine • (10:32) Unnamed Execs Trash Vikings • (13:48) Top 10 Offens…
 
Greasy Grimy Green Bay Packers quarterback Octogenarian Aaron Rodgers (Not My MVP) is guest hosting Jeopardy for whatever reason and got TROLLED hardcore by a contestant. This man is now an honorary Jerome. Timestamps: • (0:45) Rodgers Trolled on Jeopardy • (5:10) Draft a Cornerback High? • (9:02) 3 OL Trade Targets • (13:51) Hey Teddy? • (18:29) B…
 
The Minnesota Vikings need to add talent and depth on the offensive line in the upcoming NFL Draft. Here are the Top-20 prospects on our Big Board. Timestamps: • (0:45) Jeff Gladney Facing Assault Charges • (2:45) Top-20 Draft O-Linemen • (16:07) Teven Jenkins Draft Profile • (21:10) Rashod Hill Starting? • (25:11) Where Will Ezra Play? • (30:50) A…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have not shored up the much maligned offensive line as much as they could/should have so far, but there is still hope in remaining free agency, possible trades, and the NFL Draft. Here are the possible scenarios for the Minnesota Movement Company. Timestamps: • (0:45) Zimmer Presser • (5:09) Top 10 FA O-Line • (10:44) Zimmer D…
 
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer fed the media jackals on Wednesday and talked about free agency, the Draft, and how the team can rebound from the 2020 disaster. There are 7 things you need to know. Timestamps: • (0:45) Zimmer Presser • (9:26) Oli Udoh Start? • (13:57) Austin Blythe Cheap • (17:40) More Single-Digit Numbers? • (20:25) TE Ha…
 
The Minnesota Vikings offensive coaches attended Texas A&M's Pro Day to watch quarterback Kellen Mond. Could the former 4-star recruit and Senior Bowl MVP end up being the Vikes new Quarterback of the Future? Timestamps: • (0:45) Kellen Mond Pro Day • (6:10) Trolling Kirk Cousins? • (10:15) Dakota Dozier Positives • (14:45) ALL-IN on 2021 • (19:15)…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have (for some reason) re-signed veteran guard Dakota Dozier. We... Have some thoughts on the manner. Timestamps: • (0:45) Dakota Dozier. Why. • (4:02) 17 Game Schedule • (9:15) Danielle Deal in Place? • (13:04) Playmaker at 14 • (19:27) Trade for Sam Darnold? • (24:56) CBS 3-Round Mock • (34:37) NFL.com 4-Round Mock A Norther…
 
The Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of one of the greatest reloads in NFL history, yet the NFL.com power rankings doesn't have the time of day for the Vikes. Noted. Timestamps: • (0:45) Power Rankings Disrespect • (9:10) Austin Blythe Would Be Perfect • (12:56) Is Mike Hughes Done? • (16:45) PFF Disrespect • (24:15) CBS Mock Draft A Northern Dig…
 
Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander is now current Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander once again as he signed a 1-year deal to return to the Purple after a year with the Cincinnati Bengals. Timestamps: • (0:45) Mack Alexander Back • (4:38) Vikings Sign Xavier Woods • (7:50) BLOCKBUSTER NFL Trades • (11:42) Jayson O…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have traded a 6th round pick for Arizona Cardinals center Mason Cole. What does the former 2018 3rd round pick out of Michigan bring to the table? Let's discuss. Timestamps: • (0:45) Vikings Trade for C Mason Cole • (4:38) OL No Matter What Now? • (9:31) AVT Blows Up Pro Day • (15:12) 5 Veterans on Roster Bubble • (20:24) Re-S…
 
Lost in the shuffle of Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr's contract "restructure" is he now has a $3M sack incentive. Will 55 FINALLY be rushing the passer more in 2021? Timestamps: • (0:45) Barr Pass Rusher? • (4:20) Top-10 Remaining FA O-Linemen • (10:18) PFF: Danielle & Vikings Done? • (15:44) Kiper Mocks Penei Sewell to the Vikings • (2…
 
New Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson spoke to the media about his signing with the Vikes, his role this season, and the outlook of the 2021 squad. Get fired up. Timestamps: • (0:45) Vikings LOADED per Patrick Peterson • (6:44) Barr Restructure is BIG • (10:46) 5 Players Vikings Could Still Get • (17:49) Eric Fisher Vikings? • (22:00) 2…
 
With little movement on the free agent front regarding the offensive line, the Minnesota Vikings need to go HAM in the upcoming NFL Draft for O-Linemen. RIGHT? Timestamps: • (0:45) HAM on OL • (8:48) Randy Moss Tells Moon Story • (14:17) Best Run Defense in the NFL? • (18:51) Dalvin Tomlinson was #1 FA Target • (23:50) Will Parks? • (30:59) Jeffers…
 
A popular question among Minnesota Vikings fans is will newly signed 31-year old free agent cornerback Patrick Peterson move to free safety? Timestamps: • (0:45) PP to Safety? • (6:08) Spielman Ignoring the O-Line? • (10:42) Vikings Lose 7th Round Pick • (12:45) Forrest Lamp • (17:33) Anthony Harris to Eagles • (22:53) Boone, Ifeadi, Rudy A Norther…
 
The Minnesota Vikings made another big free agent splash by signing former Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. At 31-years old, hopefully the former LSU Tiger still has some elite P-Squared football left in him. Timestamps: • (0:45) PA on Danielle • (8:40) Kirk's 2022 Base Salary Fully GTD Today • (12:40) Thielen Restructures • (…
 
The Minnesota Vikings made another big free agent splash by signing former Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. At 31-years old, hopefully the former LSU Tiger still has some elite P-Squared football left in him. Timestamps: • (0:45) VIKINGS SIGN CB PATRICK PETERSON • (4:53) 5 Things PP Brings to the Vikes • (12:08) Chad Beebe Re-…
 
A Minnesota Vikings reacts to Chicago Bears fans actually thinking they were going to get Russell Wilson... But got Andy Dalton instead. Timestamps: • (0:45) Bears Get Andy Dalton, Not Russ • (3:44) Mack Alexander Back? • (6:57) Dalvin Tomlinson Contract Details • (10:06) Rodney Hudson One Time • (14:36) Free Agency Reactions A Northern Digital Pro…
 
The Minnesota Vikings finally made a big time splash in free agency at a position of need signing defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson away from the New York Giants on a 2-year, $22M deal. Here's what the former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive maestro brings to the Vikes. Timestamps: • (0:45) DT Dalvin Tomlinson • (6:01) LB Nick Vigil • (9:27) Thielen …
 
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter "remains unhappy" with his current contract situation, per Chad Graff of The Athletic. Hunter and his camp could soon be exploring all options including formally requesting a trade. Buckle up. Timestamps: • (0:45) Danielle Reportedly Wants Trade • (5:45) Barr Restructures • (9:08) Interest in Thuney, …
 
The NFL's "legal tampering" period begins today, two days ahead of the official start of free agency. What does this mean and how does it affect the Minnesota Vikings? Timestamps: • (0:45) Legal Tampering Window • (5:00) Anthony Barr Restructure? • (9:55) Orlando Brown Jr? • (15:42) Linval Wants to Come Back? • (20:16) PFF Fits Vikings with Kevin Z…
 
With the release of veteran left tackle Riley Reiff, 2020 2nd round pick Ezra Cleveland is the favorite to replace him on Kirk Cousins' blindside. We're bullish on the former Boise State Bronco. Here's why. Timestamps: • (0:45) Ezra Cleveland SZN • (7:18) NFL Comp Picks Announced • (10:21) Don't Move Brian O'Neill • (13:42) SKOLquitt Takes a Pay Cu…
 
The NFL announced on Wednesday that the 2021 salary cap will be $182.5M, down from $198.2M in 2020. Given the pandemic's impact on NFL revenue, it's phenomenal news. The Minnesota Vikings now find themselves around $3.7M over the new cap, but can easily make it under with some obvious roster moves. Here's what they can do. Timestamps: • (0:45) Viki…
 
With the lowered salary cap in 2021, teams around the NFL will have to make drastic roster moves to get in compliance. Here are 8 SHOCKING Minnesota Vikings trade candidates. (#1-8 Will SHOCK You) Timestamps: • (0:45) 8 Trade Candidates • (12:45) Vikings Want to Restructure Reiff • (18:40) Bradbury Competition? • (23:41) NEED to Sign a Guard in Fre…
 
Another offseason, another Minnesota Vikings star being cryptic on social media about his status with the team. Amidst rumors that he could demand a trade absent a new contract, superstar defensive end Danielle Hunter liked a few fan tweets imploring him to be traded to the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders. Stefon Diggs would be proud. Timest…
 
The Minnesota Vikings are bringing back rotational defensive end Stephen Weatherly. Weatherly had spent 2020 with the Carolina Panthers after spending the first 4 years of his career with the Vikings after coming in as a 7th round pick in 2016 out of Vanderbilt. I think it's a smart depth signing and defensive line coach Andre Patterson has to be p…
 
With the Minnesota Vikings starting to make moves to free up salary cap space by releasing TE Kyle Rudolph, who will be the next to go? LT Riley Rieff, LB Anthony Barr, DT Shamar Stephen, K Dan Bailey, or someone else? Timestamps: • (0:45) Who's Next? • (4:45) Irv Smith Jr SZN • (9:15) Rudy Forgets Kirk? • (14:30) Sign Alex Smith? • (21:50) Reading…
 
The Minnesota Vikings released 10-year veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph Tuesday. The former Notre Dame standout and holder of a number of Vikings franchise tight end records now hits the open market. Timestamps: • (0:45) Vikings Release Kyle Rudolph • (3:20) 5 Reiff Destinations • (11:23) Oli Udoh at Left Tackle? • (15:57) You Can't Just Trade Down •…
 
Reading back negative 2020 NFL Draft Scouting Reports for Minnesota Vikings superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Including... Our own. Timestamps: • (0:45) Jefferson Scouting Reports • (11:55) Viking Could Start Making Moves This Week • (15:53) Sign Nick Martin • (20:46) Premier League Teams as NFL Teams • (26:57) The Draft Network's Latest Mo…
 
KSTP Sports Insider Darren "Doogie" Wolfson reported that the Minnesota Vikings will have extension talks with superstar safety Harrison Smith. Timestamps: • (0:45) Extend Harrison Smith • (5:08) Top Five 1st Round "Reaches" • (14:03) Where Will Russell Wilson Play? • (19:32) Anthony Barr "Not Open" for Restructure • (24:57) Sign Jurrell Casey • (3…
 
We went dollar store shopping again looking at four more value free agent guards for the Minnesota Vikings: Forrest Lamp of the Chargers, Michael Schofield of the Panthers, Ethan Pocic of the Seahawks, and 2020 opt-out Chance Warmack. Timestamps: • (0:45) 4 Value Guards • (6:42) Mel Kiper Jr Mock 2.0 • (11:16) Cousins 2022 Cap Hit is a Problem • (1…
 
NBC Sports Peter King proposed a 3-way trade between the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, and Houston Texans that would land Deshaun Watson on the Vikes. SKOL or Nah? Timestamps: • (0:45) Peter King's 3-Way Trade • (5:35) Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater Draft Profile • (11:26) NO on Isaiah Wilson • (17:17) Sports Illustrated: Fire Rick Dennis…
 
Even though we said edge rusher is not a major need for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason, if Michigan physical freak Kwity Paye is available at 14... The Vikes NEED to make it happen. Timestamps: • (0:45) Vikings NEED to Draft Michigan DE Kwity Paye • (8:00) Are the Vikings Set at Cornerback? • (13:28) What Spielman Will ACTUALLY Do This Offsea…
 
NFL.com threw massive shade at the Minnesota Vikings (nothing new), ranking their historic 2020 Draft Class 4th best in the league. Fourth. A draft class that featured superstar receiver Justin Jefferson and the best rookie cornerback in Cameron Dantzler. Okay. Timestamps: • (0:45) NFL.com Disrespects Vikings 2020 Draft Class • (11:20) Is Edge a MA…
 
Reaction to The Draft Network analyst Brentley Weissman's 3-Round Mock Draft and what the Minnesota Vikings did coming away with DE/DT Gregory Rousseau from Miami, OT James Hudson from Cincinnati, and Syracuse ball-hawking safety Andre Cisco. Timestamps: • (0:45) The Draft Network 3-Round Mock • (9:37) Bye Bye, Kyle Rudolph • (14:23) No QBs Drafted…
 
The Minnesota Vikings NEED to make a run at free agency superstar left tackle Trent Williams. Here's how they can clear up cap space to be able to make the former 49er the highest paid left tackle in NFL history. Timestamps: • (0:45) Brady = Kirk? • (4:56) 180M Cap Minimum • (8:13) PFF Projects BIG Money for Anthony Harris • (12:14) Keelan Cole to …
 
The Minnesota Vikings NEED to make a run at free agency superstar left tackle Trent Williams. Here's how they can clear up cap space to be able to make the former 49er the highest paid left tackle in NFL history. Timestamps: • (0:45) Trent Williams. No Matter What. • (5:03) Daniel Jeremiah Mock Draft 2.0 • (18:31) Team BPA • (24:13) JJ Watt to the …
 
NFL.com writer Gennaro Filice gave the Minnesota Vikings an A- grade for their 2020 Draft Class that produced All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson. Is he grading too low? Timestamps: • (0:45) Vikings 2020 Draft Grades • (10:34) The Athletic Destroys Vikings 2018 Draft • (15:57) Jefferson Ranked Above Diggs by PFF • (20:21) Latest PFF Mock Draft • (37:…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have a handful of prominent in-house unrestricted free agents including safety Anthony Harris and linebacker Eric Wilson. Here's predictions on all of them, if they're re-signed or where they end up and for how much. Timestamps: • (0:45) Vikings In-House UFA Prediction • (9:05) 3 Value FA WRs • (13:36) Sign Nick Easton? • (19:…
 
What innovation will new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak to the Minnesota Vikings attack? Here are the Top-5 things Klint Brings. Timestamps: • (0:45) What Does Klint Bring? • (7:40) The ONE Free Agent I Want • (13:38) Riley Reiff Gets a Bonus • (18:05) Texans Cut JJ Watt • (26:08) Predicting All 32 Starting QBs • (35:13) Reiff & Thuney Mock A N…
 
ESPN Nation NFL writers got together for a BOLD PREDICTIONS piece and Minnesota Vikings writer Courtney Cronin predicted the Vikes will be in on the QB Carousel this offseason, potentially trading Kirk Cousins to the Niners for... Jimmy Garoppolo and a 2nd rounder??? Timestamps: • (0:45) ESPN: Cousins to the Niners? • (5:27) Paul Guenther Hired as …
 
The Minnesota Vikings are solid on the edge with the return of Danielle Hunter, the upside of DJ Wonnum, plus the utility of Ifeadi Odenigbo. But here are 3 value free agent edge rushers the Vikings should check out: Dawuane Smoot of the Jaguars, Tanoh Kpassagnon of the Chiefs, and DeMarcus Walker of the Broncos. Timestamps: • (1:50) 3 Value Free A…
 
The Minnesota Vikings have a young cornerback room that could use a solid veteran. The Arizona Cardinals and All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson will be parting ways. The Vikes should 100% be in on the former LSU Tiger. Timestamps: • (1:50) Sign Patrick Peterson • (6:04) O-Line Lessons from the Super Bowl • (12:33) Russell Wilson Wants Out of Seattle? …
 
In a move that will shock absolutely no one, the Minnesota Vikings are reportedly promoting QB coach Klint Kubiak to the offensive coordinator job recently vacated by Klint's retiring father Gary Kubiak. It's the move that provides continuity and gives quarterback Kirk Cousins the best chance to succeed. Timestamps: • (1:50) Klint Kubiak Named OC •…
 
The NFL Honored doled out their hardware last night. We have thoughts on Aaron Rodgers' MVP*, Justin Herbert's OROY*, and the myriad of other made up awards. Timestamps: • (1:50) NFL "Honors" • (8:22) Jared Allen Snubbed by HOF • (12:56) New DB Coach Karl Scott • (17:11) Did Jefferson Leak that Klint Kubiak will be OC? • (20:53) Eric Bieniemy is AC…
 
Minnesota Vikings superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson should be the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, but he won't win. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert will take home the hardware and we ALL know the reason why JJ will get screwed. Timestamps: • (1:50) JJ Should Be OROY • (8:19) NFL Network Screws Jefferson • (13:00) Jeffe…
 
The Minnesota Vikings come into the 2021 NFL offseason over $12 million over the projected $180 million salary cap. How can the Vikes get under the threshold and even have some dough to chase free agents? We walk through all of the options at the disposal of general manager Rick Spielman and capologist Rob Brzezinski including trades, cuts, pay cut…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan team up for their final Football Machine. As Sam moves on to a new opportunity, the Football Machine is appreciative for your years of loyal listenership. What a fun ride. -Explaining the goodbye -Stafford traded; is Cousins next?! -Why the delay on promoting Klint Kubiak? -Super Bowl Jeopardy w/ Giles Ferrell -Super Bowl…
 
Several teams reportedly made high draft pick offers to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford but came up short. Would they be interested in a better version of basically the same quarterback in one Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings? Here are the Top-5 Trade Destinations for the Tip Pot Pizza Ranch Dictator. Timestamps: • (1:50) Cousins Trade …
 
After missing out on Matthew Stafford the San Francisco 49ers will reportedly "push hard" to acquire Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Oh??? Timestamps: • (1:50) Niners & Cousins? • (6:56) Vikings Interview Tyke Tolbert for OC • (10:26) JJ Watt? • (16:36) Justin Jefferson Makes a Vow • (21:31) Rams Made Run at Aaron Rodgers • (26:06) Staf…
 
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