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Transcript: Edwards and Stefanski Addressed the Media on Thursday

Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards

Okay, in preparations for a tough opponent this weekend in the Giants. Right now, they’re ranked sixth offensively. Really doing a nice job there. They’ve had a transition there at quarterback. Daniel Jones seems to be picking up their offense very well, executing what Pat’s (Shurmur) looking to get done. We’ve got our work cut out for us this week.

Q: What do you see in Daniel Jones?

A: Good pocket presence, strong arm, mobile. He’s able to step up and move in the pocket. He’s able to throw on the run when he does scramble outside the pocket and he’s got the ability to run it down the field. He shows a lot of good characteristics for what Pat (Shurmur) likes in his offense and we’ve got to do a good job with discipline in our rush lanes and being on top of our routes. All those things working hand-in-hand.

Q: I know you have played Eli Manning before. Is this a more difficult challenge?

A: I don’t ever like to compare players when it comes to that situation. I just know the kid is executing what they’re wanting to get done offensively very well, so we’ve got to do a good job of taking away some of the offense options and things that we know they would like to try to get to and really just concentrate on him and what he’s trying to do tendency-wise.

Q: How much of what they’re doing now reminds you of when Pat Shurmur was here?

A: A lot of similarities, Pat’s (Shurmur) system is Pat’s system. He does a good job of spreading the ball around in the passing game. He does a good job of mixing in the run, has a good balance with it, so we’ll have to line up to stop the run and be able to be on the routes when it comes time to pass. It’ll be a true test for us this weekend, good test for us.

Q: Are you prepping like Saquon Barkley is going to play?

A: Yeah, it’s anything. Whoever lines up, we have to be prepared to stop them. We saw him in the first two games, and then when he unfortunately got hurt, but we’ve looked at both backs and the way that they’re using them. We have to be prepared for both at the end of the day.

Q: Golden Tate is no stranger, but he’s new to their team this year.

A: A lot of respect for him. When he played in Detroit, run after the catch. We know how good he is in that aspect of it. I’m sure Pat (Shurmur) will have ways to get him the ball where he’s got a chance to run the ball after the catch, whether it’s a jet sweeps or whatever comes up. We’ve got our work cut out with him. We know what a tough competitor he is.

Vikings Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski

Okay, looking forward to a great challenge this week on the road against the Giants. We’re in our preparations here on Thursday and really looking forward to the challenge. Going back to last week briefly, we just didn’t do enough offensively to help our team win. Credit to Chicago, they did a great job, but now I think, for us, we’re well into our process and the focus is really moving onto this week.

Q: Why didn’t Kirk Cousins pull the trigger against Chicago?

A: When coach and the quarterbacks and these guys playing quarterback, you’re always playing that line of being aggressive and smart. I think Kirk (Cousins), as a veteran, has played a bunch of football games. He knows at times when you need to be smart with the ball. He knows when it’s time to be aggressive with the ball. That may change within a series, it may change within a game dependent. We talk about in a two-minute drive where you don’t have to be aggressive until the time is up against it. I trust that he knows how that goes and I think when you go back to last week, which you don’t love to do at this point, but when you go back to last week, I think he learns from those reps. I learn from a couple of those play calls. Dalvin Cook learns from a couple of those runs, etc., and we think we can apply some of those lessons learned this week.

Q: Do you feel at all that he’s lost his confidence in his ability to do that?

A: I think playing that position, you’re going to have some peaks and valleys and I think he’s smart enough and has been doing this long enough to know that there’s success to be had and a couple times you’re going to want a different result. I don’t get that sense from him. I think he’s really pouring everything he has into this week’s game plan.

Q: It seems like not a lot of runs made it to the perimeter against Chicago, but some have been very successful in earlier games. What did they really do and can you get that going again?

A: I think you tip your cap to Chicago, They have a really good scheme. They have really good players. Certainly, there are some things that we wish we did a little bit better, we didn’t. The output wasn’t what we looked for. We didn’t think it was going to be easy, but I think the nice part for us is we can go full-steam ahead this week versus New York and say new defense, new front, new runs, let’s really get a great understanding of what we’re trying to do and go attack these guys.

Q: Where is Stefon Diggs’ head at, and after not practicing on Wednesday, what is his status for this weekend’s game?

A: I think you’d have to talk to Stefon (Diggs). He’s here. I think he’s obviously here today, is doing a great job and is locked in at meetings and out here on the practice field. I think like all of our players we’re kind of moving forward to New York and really doing everything we can in the preparation for that now. For each one of our guys I will tell you the exciting part of this league, as you guys well know, is that it’s a week-to-week business, and now we get a chance to go try and get a W.

Q: What kind of impact will missing yesterday have on Stefon Diggs?

A: We’ll see how it goes. Thursday is our third down preparation, so you kind of can go back over first and second down and catch up.

Q: Do you anticipate him playing on Sunday?

A: I think we’ll see how it goes. We got through the walk thru today, (we’ll) get out here and practice and see how it goes.

Q: What were your feelings on the apology between Adam Thielen and Kirk Cousins?

A: I don’t have a ton of feelings. I think our guys, they work so hard during the week, and I think any time you don’t get the results that you want in a game there are frustrations that happen. I know certainly this year we’ve had two wins, and then you have two losses where you’re frustrated. I don’t look too much into any of that really.

Q: What were your biggest takeaways from working with Pat Shurmur during his time in Minnesota?

A: It was great working with him, great human being, good family man. He’s a really good football coach. He’s had great influence in his life I think if you looked at the people that he’s worked with over his career. He’s got a great breadth of knowledge, he has a great way about him with the players. Looking forward to catching up with him, and I wish him luck 364 days out of the year.

Q: Do you anticipate Stefon Diggs playing on Sunday?

A: We’ll see how it goes. I think our focus is on today and on practice. We’ll see how it goes.

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