Take a deep breathe purple faithful. Justin Jefferson is not becoming Stefon Diggs. For Vikings fans saddled with the baggage of a wide receiver who didn’t want them, Jefferson’s comments after Sunday’s loss to the Rams were concerning.
“I think we should be more aggressive when we get down there,” Jefferson said. “As soon as we get down there. But I’m not the one calling the plays. I’m just here to do my job and do what’s told of me. But we can’t get down in the red zone that many times and come out with three points.”
On Monday the head coach, Mike Zimmer, reiterated his lack of concern for Jefferson’s comments. “I think Justin was just frustrated,” Zimmer said. “Hey, we’re all frustrated when we don’t win the game. We all get frustrated. We all say things 10 minutes after the game that we wish we wouldn’t have. . . . In my opinion, he just wants to win. And part of that is he wants to get the ball if he can. And I don’t think he’s calling out anybody. That’s not the type of person he is.”
No one who has followed Jefferson through this point in his career would have any just concern about the way he handles his business. Yes, he was vocal after Sunday’s loss. And yes, last year he was caught on mic being vocal about one of Kirk Cousins’ throws but that’s just competitiveness. By all accounts the man is a model teammate and perfect locker room citizen. Viking fans should enjoy a player that both wants to win and speaks honestly.