Shortly after Greg Joseph’s 54-yard field goal had gone through the uprights as time expired to give the Vikings a wild 19-17 victory over Detroit on Sunday, Kirk Cousins celebrated the moment with Mike Zimmer by putting his fist into his coach’s chest and then giving him a shove. Zimmer responded by giving Cousins an even harder shove.
A Vikings employee on the sideline than grabbed Zimmer and looked to be holding him back as if he was concerned about what might happen next. “I was just celebrating with him,” Cousins said in his postgame press conference. “I was just fired up.”
Honestly, I believe Cousins. Did the exchange look odd? Definitely. But were the coach and quarterback about to start fighting on the sideline after a win? That’s a juicy one — and no one has ever thought they were best friends — but the answer would be no. They were both probably relieved to narrowly have beaten a team that is one of the worst in the NFL after the Lions had taken a one-point lead with 37 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
You decide what you think.
Kirk Cousins and Mike Zimmer sure have a weird way of celebrating 😳😬
— Stadium (@Stadium) October 10, 2021
Here was was another shot from Fox that enables closer inspection.
Kirk Cousins and Mike Zimmer after the Greg Joseph kick 😂 😂 pic.twitter.com/A99mi7SFGY
— Tyler Rucker (@tyler_rucker) October 10, 2021
Finally, here is a still shot of the exchange.
Kirk Cousins and Mike Zimmer nearly come to blows after beating the Lions. pic.twitter.com/WRA0tcCMHF
— Thomas Sullivan (@Yfz84) October 10, 2021