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Five Priorities Essential to Building an NFL Offensive Game Plan

Five Priorities Essential to Building an NFL Offensive Game Plan
In a normal in-season week with a Sunday game, Tuesday is a huge day for the coaching staff.  It’s “game plan” day. As an offensive play-caller for much of my career, there were some immediate criteria and considerations for building a game plan. I loved building these plans and hearing the staff’s input and ideas. […]

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Sports Info Solutions: Dalvin Cook’s Injury Outlook

Sports Info Solutions: Dalvin Cook’s Injury Outlook
Recurrence is defined as “a new occurrence of something that happened before.” Unfortunately for Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, that is a word he is well acquainted with.  During Week 12 of the 2021 season, Cook suffered a left shoulder dislocation and labral tear against the 49ers. After missing one week, Cook notoriously returned with […]

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Who is the NFL’s Most Entertaining Running Back?

Editor’s note: Former All-Pro running back Eddie George broke down which running backs he enjoys watching most in the NFL today besides Derrick Henry.

Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts

Taylor has the ability to make cuts at the line of scrimmage and explode through the holes. He has the breakaway speed, the balance, the vision, and everything that you want in a running back.  

Add in his ability to catch out of the backfield, and you get a player I really enjoy watching.

Najee Harris – Pittsburgh Steelers

Here is another kid I know is going to have a big year.

As the Steelers get those surrounding pieces around him—wide receiver, tight end and other weapons—I think he’s primed to have a great year. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he has a knack for making people miss, but he also has that power to impose his will and to get yards after contact.

I love how he lowers his shoulders and takes advantage of the spaces, and the opportunities, between the tackles. I think that he’s going to have a prime year, and I enjoy watching him.

Dalvin Cook- Minnesota Vikings

I don’t think Cook gets enough credit, but he is the ultimate game breaker. If he’s healthy, I think he could easily be the best back in the league.

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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins Can Throw for 5,000 Yards in 2022

I’m excited for the Minnesota Vikings. I think one thing we know in the NFL is change is constant. The Vikings have a new head coach and general manager. I think new coach Kevin O’Connell is going to work wonders with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Keep in mind: O’Connell was in Los Angeles last year when the Rams acquired Matthew Stafford.

Look at the success Stafford had in his first season, winning a Super Bowl with the Rams. In talking to O’Connell, he said Matthew took ownership of the offense. I think we’re gonna see that with Cousins.

A New Regime

As bad as things were last year in Minnesota, Cousins threw 33 touchdowns and just seven picks. I think he can throw for 5,000 yards in his new offense, and I think O’Connell is going to take the training wheels off.

Remember with Mike Zimmer, who was a defensive-minded head coach and a guy that wanted to establish the running game, he wanted to limit the exposure of Cousins, and that’s not going to be the case with O’Connell. I think it’s going to be free-wheeling. It’s going to be aggressive. It’s gonna be an up-tempo style of offense, which is something I think Cousins will really thrive in.

Cousins’ Supporting Cast

When you look at the supporting cast, Adam Thielen — even on a down year — is good for nine or 10 touchdowns. You look at Justin Jefferson, all he’s done in his first two seasons is shatter records in Minnesota. Dalvin Cook is a really good running back. However, the Vikings need to stay healthy at the tight end position and solidify the interior of their offensive line. I also think they’re going to be better on defense with new coordinator Ed Donatell, who’s going to bring a 3-4 scheme.

The challenge for the Vikings is whether they can narrow that gap between themselves and the Packers in the NFC North. Trust me, Cousins is gonna put up big numbers this year for the Minnesota Vikings.

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