Kyle Rudolph voiced his frustration to head coach Mike Zimmer two weeks ago about the Minnesota Vikings tight end not being able to contribute enough in the passing game to help the team win consistently.
After the firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo on Tuesday morning, after the Vikings scored only seven points late in a 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Rudolph said the frustration among players on offensive was growing.
“I think it was public throughout the last month. The frustrations we were having on offense, we weren’t sustaining drives, we weren’t staying on the field converting third downs. We weren’t running the football enough. We really didn’t have an identity,” Rudolph told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. “But then you go back a short two weeks ago and we played really well on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. We spread the ball around to all our playmakers. We moved the ball up and down the field. And then we got away from that the last couple weeks. Definitely could sense a frustration from everybody on offense, especially last night.”
On Monday night, the Vikings converted only two of 10 third-down tries and neither of their two fourth-down opportunities.
The Vikings failed on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter when Latavius Murray was stuffed for no gain. They failed again on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line when a pass to Rudolph in the end zone was knocked away. If that pass was converted, the Vikings would have had a 7-6 lead in the fourth quarter.