Quinn: Kirk Cousins Must Play Better

Despite subpar play at quarterback and in the trenches, the Vikings fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo on Tuesday

Tiki and Tierney
December 11, 2018 - 6:01 pm

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The Vikings fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo on Tuesday – one day after almost getting shut out in Seattle.

Brady Quinn was not a fan of the move.

“Honestly, if you’re going to make this sort of decision after their performance last night, you obviously had these feelings going into it,” the CBS Sports HQ and Fox Sports NFL analyst said on Tiki and Tierney. “There’s something else that’s been there the entire time since they hired John DeFilippo. I just think this was kind of a snap judgment.”

Quinn spoke to Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph about this Tuesday. Rudolph said there may have been some philosophical differences between DeFilippo and head coach Mike Zimmer, which begs the question: Why did the Vikings hire him in the first place?”

Minnesota (6-6-1) has lost four of its last six games. Earlier in the year, the offense was great and the defense struggled. Now, it’s the exact opposite.

“I think their offensive line got a little bit exposed,” Quinn said. “They’re not playing as good of football up front, and that’s impacting everything else they’re doing offensively. The bottom line is Kirk Cousins probably isn’t playing at as high of a level as they would like him to, but it’s not all on him. Other guys need to step up around him.”

Cousins has thrown for fewer than 210 yards in three of his last five games. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will call plays for Minnesota against Miami (7-6-1) this Sunday.

“He’s never called plays before,” Quinn said, “so we have no idea what that’s going to look like.”

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.