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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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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…
 
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has been with the team since 2007. The Vikings perennially have top shelf talent, he got it right on the 2018 Kirk Cousins decision, and nailed the Stefon Diggs trade. But has the team plateaued under his leadership? Should ownership potentially go in another direction? Timestamps: • (1:50) Spielman H…
 
The Minnesota Vikings are staying in-house to replace special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf promoting assistant Ryan Ficken. A 14-year Vikings coaching veteran, Ficken inherits a mess of bad kicking, bad coverage, and horrible returns. Timestamps: • (1:50) Keenan McCardell New WR Coach • (6:07) Ryan Ficken Promoted to ST Coordinator • (10:48) Dr…
 
Senior Bowl practice week is in full swing and three wide receivers are showing up and showing out (who are not named DeVonta Smith or D'Wayne Eskridge): South Carolina's Shi Smith, Tennessee's Josh Palmer, and Houston's Marquez Stevenson. Timestamps: • (1:50) Senior Bowl WRs • (7:03) PFF Trashes Bradbury • (13:39) Kiper: Alijah Vera-Tucker to the …
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Zone Coverage contributor Chris Schad to discuss the conference title games and the latest with the Vikings: -How bad was Matt LaFleur's fourth down decision? -What is Aaron Rodgers' future? -Bills-Chiefs takeaways -Kyle Rudolph's controversial comments -Minnesota's salary-cap management -The Hall of Fame ca…
 
Minnesota Vikings veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph hopped on Ben Leber's podcast and had some choice words about his contract situation and role in the Vikings offense. Will the Purple run it back with the 31-year old Golden Domer? Timestamps: • (1:50) Rudy Draws a Line in the Sand • (5:41) Vikings Lose Daronte Jones to LSU • (8:50) Special Teams Coo…
 
The national media jabronis have been fawning over quarterback Matthew Stafford as he hits the trade market this offseason. The question is why since he's basically an underachieving version of Kirk Cousins. And why does Kirk consistently get so much shade from the media? Timestamps: • (1:50) Stafford is Basically Cousins • (7:45) Rodgers Forcing T…
 
The Reese's Senior Bowl kicks off this week showcasing 135 draft prospects. Here are 5 players Minnesota Vikings fans should keep an eye on down in Mobile. Timestamps: • (1:50) 5 Senior Bowl Players to Watch • (11:21) Reaction to the Packers Losing • (17:07) Zimmer on the Hot Seat • (24:35) Where Does Matthew Stafford Land? • (32:53) Vikings May Ad…
 
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak officially retired Thursday afternoon. What do the Vikings do at OC now? Timestamps: • (1:50) Kubiak Retired • (4:55) Handicapping the Vikings OC Field • (11:55) Jefferson is PFF's ROTY • (16:17) Kirk Cousins NEEDS to Take a Pay Cut • (22:37) Doug Pederson as OC? • (27:52) Ochocinco Calls Out Jeff…
 
The Detroit Lions hired a new future former head coach in former New Orleans Saints assistant Dan Campbell. A Minneosta Vikings fan reacts to the news and breaks it down. Timestamps: • (1:45) Lions Hire Dan Campbell • (7:42) How Philip Rivers' Retirement HELPS the Vikings Draft • (13:39) Jefferson Hanging with Deestroying • (17:19) Sign RG3, You Co…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Purple and the NFL playoffs: -What was compelling about the divisional round? -Who will neutral fans be cheering for in Sunday's Bucs-Packers game? -Identifying free agent targets at guard, defensive tackle, receiver and corner -Checking in on former Vikings -Barr vs. Wilson -Championship round…
 
A Minnesota Vikings laughs at the bleak future for the cheatin' New Orleans Saints. Bounced from the playoffs four years in a row in excruciating fashion, zero cap space and big contracts coming up, Drew Brees dead against the salary cap, and only 3 draft picks... The future is bleak for #WhoDat Nation. Good. Good. Timestamps: • (1:45) LMAO at the …
 
Bleacher Report decided to reopen speculation about Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Adam Thielen being traded to the Cleveland Browns. No. The PRIDE of Detroit Lakes and Mankato State University Community College alum isn't going anywhere. Timestamps: • (1:45) No Thielen Trade • (7:49) Divisional Round Recap • (15:41) 5 Deshaun Watson Trade De…
 
Fired up a 7-Round Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft (wtih trades) on the Pro Football Focus Draft Simulator. Trader Rick lives up to his name as the Vikes move down, move up, get future picks, and end up with SIX picks in the first 3 rounds. Like the results? Follow along. Timestamps: • (1:45) 7-Round Vikings Mock • (17:29) Packers ALLEGEDLY Beat the R…
 
The large majority of national media mock draft experts are pairing the Minnesota Vikings with Miami Hurricans star defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau at the number 14 overall pick. Is the raw but big upside Rousseau the right fit for the Vikings? Let's mull over the pros and cons of the 6'7", 265 pound defensive weapon. Timestamps: • (1:45) Gregor…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings and National Football League: -George Paton takes a job with the Denver Broncos. What is the impact on the Vikings? -Best moments of Wild Card weekend: Colts-Bills, Heinicke, Nickelodeon -Takeaways on Devonta Smith, Justin Fields and Mac Jones from the National Championship -T…
 
We fired up a Pro Football Focus NFL Mock Draft simulation with the Minnesota Vikings simply drafting BPA (Best Player Available) every single pick. Here's what happened. Timestamps: • (1:45) BPA on PFF • (9:20) Dane Brugler Mocks Trey Smith to the Vikes in 3rd • (15:37) PFF Projects Broncos DT Shelby Harris to MIN • (20:26) Reaction to CBS Sports …
 
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Christian Barmore was a one-man wrecking crew in the national title game destruction of Ohio State. Should the Minnesota Vikings look to invest on the defensive interior early? Timestamps: • (1:45) Christian Barmore • (9:50) Wyatt Davis • (15:14) Mac Jones • (23:14) Penei Sewell? • (31:07) Tua??? A Northern Dig…
 
Recap of Super Wild Card Weekend (without the Minnesota Vikings). The Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and Seattle Seahawks are FRAUDS! Big love to the long-sufferin Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills fanbases. Plus we are now ALL Los Angeles Rams fans. Timestamps: • (1:45) Super Wild Card Weekend Recap • (12:30) Laughing at the Sad Sack Chicago…
 
ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay mocked Virginia Tech left tackle Christian Darrisaw to the Minnesota Vikings at 14 in his latest mock draft. Timestamps: • (1:45) Christian Darrisaw • (7:03) Kubiak Back as Senior Advisor? • (11:51) All-Pro Snubs • (18:31) Riley Reiff Back? • (26:03) Everson Tweets Kirk is Ass • (31:16) Taylor Heinicke. Legend. • (34:…
 
Former Minnesota Vikings edge rusher and team captain Everson Griffen has been putting out some STRONG hints that he wants to return to the Purple for the 2021 season after spending a year in Dallas Cowboys/Detroit Lions exile. It NEEDS to happen. Timestamps: • (1:45) Everson Back? • (6:12) 7-Round Vikings Mock Draft • (21:23) 3 Free Agent Guards •…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Luke Braun to start discussing the Minnesota Vikings offseason: -Who were the Week 17 winners and losers? -Are the in-house candidates good replacements for Gary Kubiak? Outside hires? -What about replacing Marwan Maalouf? -How inaccurate were our preseason predictions? -Did Kirk Cousins improve his QB rank …
 
Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Michael Pierce was the big free agent signing from last year, but opted out due to COVID-19 concerns. Reportedly he's staying in phenomenal shape, touching base with coaches, and will be ready to clog up the middle for the Vikes in 2021. Timestamps: • (1:45) Michael Pierce is Ready to Rock • (6:46) Deshaun Watson to th…
 
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak reportedly is leaning toward retiring. Who takes over a the OC? Who knows. Timestamps: • (1:45) Kubiak Retiring? • (6:56) Klint Kubiak in? • (13:23) 5 Outside OC Candidate • (20:06) Please No Rick Dennison • (25:37) Vikings Sign 9 to Futures • (30:22) Zimmer End of Season Press Conference • (37:12…
 
With the 2020 regular season in the books, here's a look at the Minnesota Vikings free agents this offseason. Who's going to be back, who's going to go and who should be wayyyyy gone. Timestamps: • (1:45) Vikings-Lions Recap • (9:07) 2021 Opponents • (13:42) Draft Order & Mini-Mock Draft • (25:34) Losing Culture is Poison • (32:00) Viking Fan React…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' final game, a 37-35 win in Detroit: -It was the offensive gameplan they should've had all season: Embrace shootouts -Justin Jefferson set the rookie yardage record, but his season still wasn't as impressive as rookie Randy Moss -Are defensive injuries a valid excuse for the record? -How will holes …
 
The Minnesota Vikings triumphed 37-35 over the Low Energy Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon to finish 7-9 on the season. But more importantly, wide receiver Justin Jefferson broke the rookie single-season yardage record. Boom. Here are the other Winners & Losers from the game. Timestamps: • (1:45) Vikings-Lions Recap • (9:50) Jefferson Breaks Records!…
 
The Top-10 New Years Resolutions for the Minnesota Vikings. May your 2021 be happy, healthy, and prosperous. Timestamps: • (1:45) New Years Resolutions • (6:17) Vikings-Lions Preview • (13:06) Kubiak Kills Our Ezra LT Dream • (17:37) Special Teams were HISTORTICALLY BAD • (27:12) Richard Sherman: Pros & Cons A Northern Digital Production --- Protec…
 
The Minnesota Vikings played longtime veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve. With his age, big contract, and the emergence of Irv Smith Jr and Tyler Conklin, have Vikings fans seen the last of the former Golden Domer in Purple? Timestamps: • (1:45) Rudy Done in Purple? • (7:25) Dalvin's Father Passes at Age 46 • (8:09) Vikings Place Rei…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Chris Schad to break down the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What should their New Year's resolutions be? -Does Mike Zimmer have a low ceiling as a coach? -What is the percentage chance that certain key players return? -What odd decisions will the Vikings make in the offseason?…
 
Would Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins take a pay cut in order to help improve the team by keeping other stars and getting offensive line help in free agency? Or would the Tin Pot Pizza Ranch Dictator guard his spoils? Timestamps: • (1:45) Kirk Pay Cut? • (8:35) Pay Danielle Hunter, Don't Trade Him • (15:34) Rebuild the Bully Offensive Li…
 
7-Round NFL Mock Draft where the Minnesota Vikings empasize SIZE on both sides of the trenches and get back to POWER football. Timestamps: • (1:45) 7-Round Mock • () Eric Wilson Back or Nah? • () Harrison Hand is LEGIT • () Alexander Hollins Lost to the Browns • () NO on Dwayne Haskins • () Week 17 NFL Draft Order Update A Northern Digital Producti…
 
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