The news was unpleasant for the Minnesota Vikings when coach Mike Zimmer relieved offensive coordinator John DeFilippo of his duties just 13 games into his only season in Minnesota.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins knows that if he had played better, DeFilippo would likely still be in the position.
"That was one of the things I did communicate to coach Flip yesterday was, I believe with the ball in my hand, had I played at my fullest potential play-in and play-out, we’re probably not having this conversation right now," Cousins said Wednesday. "That’s something I take personally and is certainly tough for me, and keeps you up at night. But at the same time, all you can do now is go forward and you know, ‘Hey, faced adversity before, been able to overcome it, been able to push through it.'"
Cousins also said that he believes DeFilippo will be a coordinator again some day and believes "Flip" has the potential for more.
"I want to make it very clear that Coach Flip, and no surprise to me, was very classy and very gracious in my conversation with him yesterday, which is the way he’s always been," Cousins said. "I have a lot of respect for him as a coach, I have a lot of respect for him as a person. And I believe that his best days in this league are ahead of him. I think he’s a very good coach and I think he’ll be a coordinator again. I think he’s head coach material, as well. This is, like I said, a part of this business. It happens to people that are very, very good at what they do. I’m pulling for him going forward because I believe in who he is a coach and person.”