Taking possession twice in the final five minutes of the game, the Vikings called for a pass that got past Jefferson’s control, then made their final three offensive plays before kneeling to run out of time. time the match in a 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears.
Minnesota knows well how Jefferson achieved the record. Rookie wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who had a coming-out party with three receptions in 103 yards and one touchdown, said the players on the sidelines were talking about how Jefferson was within impressive distance of a record.
However, the coaching staff denied giving Jefferson another chance at the record.
Mike Zimmer spoke out about the decision not to feed Jefferson during the game’s final turns in what maybe one of his last press conferences as the Vikings head coach.
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‘I’m not interested in profiles’
In one Postgame press conference on January 9, Zimmer was asked if he was aware of the game’s weak minutes record.
“That’s right, Zimmer said. “I don’t care about records. I’m only interested in the wins.”
Follow-up question: Does (Jefferson) care about it?
“I don’t know. Maybe. You have to ask him,” Zimmer replied.
Megan Olivi reported on the sidelines of Vikings on the Fox Sports broadcast that “Justin Jefferson begged for the ball as he tried to break Randy Moss’s one-season franchise record,” The Athletic’s Chad Graff reported. “It’s not cool when your WR star needs to ask for the ball in a pointless game.”
Jefferson was put together in press conference after the game, said, “I don’t really stumble. Let’s try another time.” He added that it was difficult to get the record, but “how it is.”
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Kirk Cousins Speaks To Jefferson Upcoming
While Jefferson broke Moss’ record with an additional 17th game that would come with an asterisk, quarterback Kirk Cousin said the team was trying to get him over the threshold, relying on a dropped screen pass as his chance.
“# QB Kirk Cousins said they “want to get that record of Justin Jefferson” and want to do it with late screen for him. But Cousins expects him to hit the record in the future,” said Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson. tweeted. “He understands as a professional, victory comes first.”
But until the NFL adopted a 14-point play, victory never became dangerous as the Vikings continued to run after the pass.
Jefferson finished the 2021 season with 109 contacts for 1,616 receipts and 10 touches. Moss’s record for yards received a season from 2003 to now is still 1,632 yards.
Meanwhile, Jefferson was the top scorer (3,016) and received (196) by a player in their first two years in the league.
https://heavy.com/sports/minnesota-vikings/mike-zimmer-justin-jefferson-record-nfl/ Mike Zimmer on “Justin Jefferson”: ‘I Care About Winning’