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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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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…
 
Trick plays are a part of every offensive playbook. Sometimes you need a big play and a little trickeration can make it happen. There have been a lot of great trick plays throughout the history of football. In this episode we take a look at three of the best High School Football trick plays. These could be a part of any offensive playbook.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
The Tunnel Screen Play is one of my favorite offensive weapons. Check out this podcast to learn everything you need to know about coaching the tunnel screen, and how to defend against it. This episode is part of the deep dive series in season 8. We take one play and dissect it from every angle including origin of the play, how to run it, and how to…
 
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 …
 
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?…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' 52-33 loss on Christmas Day and what happens next as the offseason nears: -Mike Zimmer calls out his "bad defense" -A deep dive into Ernie Nevers, the 1920s football player whose record Alvin Kamara tied -The one area where the offense can realistically upgrade -Has Kirk Cousins been more fiery this…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What are their memories of the two Vikings' playoff wins over the Saints, and what made them special for fans? -Nothing or Something: Justin Jefferson's hot mic moment? Dan Bailey's 5-for-5 day? Mitch Trubisky's Vikings dominance? -Which contracts should the Vikings shed (or…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier dissect the latest Vikings loss that likely eliminates them from playoff contention: -Should the offense be held to a higher standard since they have more veterans? -The play-calling never gave the offense a chance to be explosive -Can we expect the defense to improve next year? -What to make of the end-of-game drives b…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -Was it correct to hang onto Dan Bailey after his four misses? -Does Mitch Trubisky give the Bears a better chance to win? -Why are the Vikings so slow-tempo on offense? -Is Kirk Cousins more mobile? -Could Justin Jefferson get fed up with the offense like Stefon Diggs? -The …
 
Sam Ekstrom and Chris Schad react to Sunday's 26-14 loss at Tampa Bay. They discuss the following: -Dan Bailey misses four kicks. Is there any case to keep him around? -Kirk Cousins wasn't elite, but he also wasn't the reason the Vikings lost -Dalvin Cook's 100-yard game was wasted -Three controversial calls. Were they correct? -Why won't the Vikin…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Purple Insider's Matthew Coller to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What are the lasting takeaways from the Jaguars game? -Is this still an upper echelon offense despite some of the mistakes? -Letter grades for Gary Kubiak, Mike Zimmer and Marwan Maalouf -What happened to Holton Hill? -The tig…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' 27-24 overtime win against Jacksonville: -Tom missed overtime because his TV switched to the Packers -The last-minute defensive meltdown makes the game look far worse -Why isn't Dalvin Cook getting any relief? -The defense still deserves a hat tip for the takeaways -Special teams was dismal again, …
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Luke Braun to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -Praise and malaise from the win over the Panthers -Debate over the Vikings' clock management strategies -Is Dalvin Cook going to get worn down? -What do the Jaguars do well? -Who is in control of the NFC? -Week 13 picks against the spread…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' dramatic 28-27 win over Carolina: -Do you like zany football? -Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson emerge -Kirk Cousins proves he can carry a team to victory -The Vikings have yet to play a good 60-minute game -The defensive line needs a playmaker to emerge -Playoff scenarios…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Chris Schad to discuss the latest with the Vikings: -Does Kirk Cousins deserve any heat for the Vikings' latest loss? -What former Vikings defensive player would be most useful on this year's defense? -What will happen if Adam Thielen misses the Panthers game? -Would you want the 2020 version of Teddy Bridge…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Sunday's 31-28 Vikings loss: -The offense deserves some heat, too -Dalvin Cook is taking some serious punishment -CeeDee Lamb and Justin Jefferson are going to be fun to watch for years to come -What happened to the defense? -Special teams was negative again -Do the Vikings still have a chance at the playoffs?…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Eric Thompson to discuss the latest with the Vikings. -"Woos and Boos" from Monday's win against the Bears -Could the Vikings make a change at special teams coordinator? And how will special teams screw up the end of their season? -How do the Ngakoue and Diggs trades look in retrospect? -Where will Cam…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' 19-13 win over Chicago: -It was ugly for the Vikings, but imagine being a Bears fan -Minnesota hung tough to overcome obstacles -Justin Jefferson is legit -Mike Zimmer dialed up well-timed blitzes against a hapless Nick Foles -Could the Vikings make a change at special teams? -What's up next for th…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Luke Braun to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What has led to Dalvin Cook's unreal surge? -What defensive adjustments have been made to right the defense? -Halfway superlatives: Biggest surprise, biggest disappointment, worst coaching move, Cousins' best throw -Would you prefer the Viki…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Minnesota's 34-20 over Detroit. -Dalvin Cook rushes for over 200 yards -There are some serious 2012 vibes to the current offense -Mike Zimmer has kept things steady throughout the rocky season -The Vikings could easily jump to the 8-seed soon -What awaits in Chicago on Monday?…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Zone Coverage contributor Chris Schad to discuss the latest with the Vikings: -Which backup quarterback will torch the Vikings if Matthew Stafford misses Sunday's game? -Was the Vikings' winning formula on Sunday sustainable? -What more can Dalvin do? -How tough it will be for Dalvin to reach Adrian Peterson…
 
Defensive Line Stunts are a great way to be aggressive up front in your defensive calls without weakening your coverage packages. This episode takes a deep dive on Defensive Line Stunts including slants and twists. Every episode in Season 8 is a deep dive into a particular play call (or family of calls, in this case). I’ll share origins of the call…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' 28-22 win over the Packers. -Are the Vikings truly bad enough to tank for a top quarterback? -What will happen at the trade deadline? -What was the most surprising part of Sunday's victory? -Tom plays Monday Morning Quarterback on two big coaching moves -Dalvin Cook v. Adrian Peterson?…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan give their latest takes on the state of the Minnesota Vikings: -Did the Vikings get fair return for the Yannick Ngakoue trade? -Does Danielle Hunter deserve a raise? -What is the value of the Vikings' top assets? -What teams intrigued you during the bye week? -Week 8 picks against the spread…
 
Sam Ekstrom is joined by guest hosts Tom Schreier and Eric Thompson (Daily Norseman) to discuss what the Vikings should do after their 1-5 start: -Which assets are most/least tradeable at the deadline? -What does the future hold for Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman? -Can the Vikings get any younger with their lineup? -Should Minnesota kick the tires o…
 
Sam Ekstrom, Arif Hasan and Luke Inman discuss the latest in Vikings football. Topics include: -Putting a bow on the Seattle Seahawks game -Were you satisfied with Kirk Cousins' performance? -How should the OL be constructed to maximize development? -Are the Vikings underrated based on underlying analytics? -Week 6 picks against-the-spread…
 
Part 1: Origins of the Call Where did the Double A Gap Blitz come from? Blood, Sweat and Chalk credits Jim Johnson as DC under Andy Reid’s Eagles teams in the early 2000s. Credit to Cincinnati Enquirer article, Mike Zimmer as Defensive Coordinator in Cincinnati really popularized it (with Paul Guenther?). Teams have been attacking the A Gaps since …
 
Luke Inman and Sam Ekstrom react to the craziness that occurred Sunday night in Seattle as the Vikings lose 27-26: -What should we make of Mike Zimmer's 4th and 1 decision? -Russell Wilson's final drive -Zimmer's two-point conversion decisions -The Vikings' third-quarter meltdown -Dalvin Cook's injury -Winners and losers on both sides of the ball…
 
Sam Ekstrom, Luke Inman and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings. Topics include: -Houston fires Bill O'Brien after losing to the Vikings. Is Pete Carroll next?!? -Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are the league's top two receivers on PFF. How does Jefferson's skillset stack up against Stefon Diggs'? -When will Dan Chisena reco…
 
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