99 episodes

The Zone Coverage Football Machine is a weekly, in-depth Minnesota Vikings discussion that gives you locker room insights and on-field analysis from professional beat writers. Host Sam Ekstrom has been on the Vikings beat for Zone Coverage since 2014. Arif Hasan has covered the Vikings for Zone Coverage and The Athletic and brings an analytical slant. Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident draft and film guru. Together, they give you the most informed Vikings speculation you'll find anywhere.

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The Zone Coverage Football Machine is a weekly, in-depth Minnesota Vikings discussion that gives you locker room insights and on-field analysis from professional beat writers. Host Sam Ekstrom has been on the Vikings beat for Zone Coverage since 2014. Arif Hasan has covered the Vikings for Zone Coverage and The Athletic and brings an analytical slant. Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident draft and film guru. Together, they give you the most informed Vikings speculation you'll find anywhere.

    QB Trade Rumors, Super Bowl Jeopardy & Farewell

    QB Trade Rumors, Super Bowl Jeopardy & Farewell

    Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan team up for their final Football Machine. As Sam moves on to a new opportunity, the Football Machine is appreciative for your years of loyal listenership. What a fun ride.
    -Explaining the goodbye
    -Stafford traded; is Cousins next?!
    -Why the delay on promoting Klint Kubiak?
    -Super Bowl Jeopardy w/ Giles Ferrell
    -Super Bowl Party Fantasy Draft
    -Super Bowl Prop Bets

    • 1 hr 40 min
    LaFleur's Decision, Rodgers' Future & Rudolph's Comments

    LaFleur's Decision, Rodgers' Future & Rudolph's Comments

    Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Zone Coverage contributor Chris Schad to discuss the conference title games and the latest with the Vikings:
    -How bad was Matt LaFleur's fourth down decision?
    -What is Aaron Rodgers' future?
    -Bills-Chiefs takeaways
    -Kyle Rudolph's controversial comments
    -Minnesota's salary-cap management
    -The Hall of Fame case for Jared Allen

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Playoff Talkers, Vikings Free Agent Watch, Ex-Viking Updates

    Playoff Talkers, Vikings Free Agent Watch, Ex-Viking Updates

    Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Purple and the NFL playoffs:
    -What was compelling about the divisional round?
    -Who will neutral fans be cheering for in Sunday's Bucs-Packers game?
    -Identifying free agent targets at guard, defensive tackle, receiver and corner
    -Checking in on former Vikings
    -Barr vs. Wilson
    -Championship round picks

    • 58 min
    Goodbye, George Paton, Wild Card Review & National Championship Thoughts

    Goodbye, George Paton, Wild Card Review & National Championship Thoughts

    Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings and National Football League:
    -George Paton takes a job with the Denver Broncos. What is the impact on the Vikings?
    -Best moments of Wild Card weekend: Colts-Bills, Heinicke, Nickelodeon
    -Takeaways on Devonta Smith, Justin Fields and Mac Jones from the National Championship
    -Twitter questions: Vikings roster makeup, Thielen's future and next OC

    • 58 min
    Gary Kubiak Replacements & Revisiting Preseason Predictions

    Gary Kubiak Replacements & Revisiting Preseason Predictions

    Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Luke Braun to start discussing the Minnesota Vikings offseason:
    -Who were the Week 17 winners and losers?
    -Are the in-house candidates good replacements for Gary Kubiak? Outside hires?
    -What about replacing Marwan Maalouf?
    -How inaccurate were our preseason predictions?
    -Did Kirk Cousins improve his QB rank this season?
    -Would a Cousins-for-Watson trade make sense?
    -Wild Card picks

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Week 17 Gameplan, Jefferson Sets the Record & Filling Roster Holes

    Week 17 Gameplan, Jefferson Sets the Record & Filling Roster Holes

    Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' final game, a 37-35 win in Detroit:
    -It was the offensive gameplan they should've had all season: Embrace shootouts
    -Justin Jefferson set the rookie yardage record, but his season still wasn't as impressive as rookie Randy Moss
    -Are defensive injuries a valid excuse for the record?
    -How will holes at safety, defensive end and guard be filled this offseason?
    -Who Sam and Tom are cheering for in the playoffs

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Spicy Wings ,

Fun and informative

It’s super great time listening to the show and it covers The Vikings the same time. Win-win situation and the chemistry is great

tm3073 ,

#Chemistry

✅ Informative & Entertaining
✅ Best Vikings pod
✅ Best NFL pod
✅ Jerry

*Salutes*

Long Live The Football Machine.

1984 Sheepdog ,

Top notch

Some of the best Vikings, NFL and NFL draft content out there. Excited for the 2 hour shows again in the future! Always a great listen.

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