New Vikings coach Mike Zimmer used the words “tough” and “physical” multiple times at his introductory press conference today, as new coaches invariably do. And he also made clear that he wants all the teams that have passed up on him as a head coach in the past to regret that decision.
“I’m determined to bring a championship to Minnesota,” Zimmer said. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. I want to make sure that 31 other teams know that I’m here and I’m ready to coach this football team.”
Zimmer didn’t go into specifics about his thoughts on the personnel currently on the roster, but he said he’s on the same page with General Manager Rick Spielman. And he said he thinks he’s the man to bring a title to the Wilf family, owners of the Vikings.
“I can’t wait to stand on the podium with Zygi and Mark and Jonathan, and we’re standing on the podium, and we look up and the confetti is falling down on top of us, and we’re all hand in hand, and Commissioner Goodell comes over and hands the Super Bowl trophy to Mr. Wilf and tells him he’s world champion,” Zimmer said. “That is my goal and that is my drive.”
Zimmer described himself as “passionate” about his job and eager to start. Vikings fans will be eager to see if he can bring that championship he talked about.