Dalvin Cook spoke the truth on the Minnesota Vikings season in 2020
Fans were blown back when the Vikings handed Cook a five-year extension worth $63 million last year. He did not disappoint, finishing second in rushing with 1,557 yards and 17 total touchdowns.
Cook lived up to his half of the bargain on a new deal. The Vikings didn’t come close to their ultimate goal, finishing third in the NFC North with a 7-9 record.
The expectation for next season is clear that Minnesota will bounce back. However, Cook is making sure the fanbase, and his teammates know, last season was a fluke. That type of year won’t be tolerated again in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
“Us starting the season, we didn’t adjust to the new life of what today’s society is,” Cook said on ‘The Herd with Colin Cowherd.’ “If you look at the Vikings, some games we just didn’t come out ready to play.”
Can the Vikings offense take the next step in 2021?
Cook was one of several Vikings that were injured throughout the 2020 campaign. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was also forced to rebuild most of his defense with many of the 2017 standout unit leaving in free agency.
The Vikings finished fourth in total offense, averaging 393.3 yards per game. They ranked 27th in total defense, allowing opponents to average that same 393.3 yards per outing as well. Minnesota also finished with one of the worst turnover differentials at -1.
“We just didn’t get our groove, we just didn’t get that continuity that we needed and we all got hurt,” Cook added.
Minnesota will have a chance to rebuild in a matter of time with the 14th pick in April’s draft. The team already has a pair of studs at wide receivers with Adam Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson.
After trading away Stefon Diggs, the LSU product became an overnight sensation, resetting the franchise’s rookie record in both receiving yards (1,400) and touchdowns (seven).
Cook believes Jefferson’s potential has barely reached the pinnacle point, stating that 2021 could be an even bigger breakout year for the budding pass-catcher.
“I think JJ, his ceiling is so high,” Cook said. “If he keeps being who he is and keeps working hard, I think he can be one of the best in the game.”
Minnesota’s offseason will feature a rebuild on defense. That will come in free agency and the draft. Cook is certain the Twin Cities’ club will be rebounding in 2021.
If they struggle, expect him to speak up on the situation.