The Vikings’ linebackers coach, Adam Zimmer, is the son of the Vikings’ head coach, Mike Zimmer.
Father is proud of his son — and he is proud of his son’s work, as he showed on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“My son, Adam, is brilliant,” Mike Zimmer said on Friday. “I’ve always told everybody he’s smarter than me, better person than me, everything about him. And that’s kind of what dads want anyway, right?
“But the players tell me how good he is. The coaches that are there in Minnesota, they say, ‘Wow, Adam knows his stuff like (crazy), he says it just like you,’ all these different things. That to me is what makes me feel good about it.”
Before joining the Vikings’ staff, Adam Zimmer had stints with the Bengals (assistant defensive backs coach, 2013), Chiefs (assistant linebackers coach / defensive assistant, 2010-2012) and Saints (defensive assistant / assistant linebackers coach, 2006-2009).
Zimmer’s remarks about his son came in response about a question about their relationship.
“I think we’re always father-and-son, to an extent, you know,” Zimmer said. “His office is way on the other end of mine, and so what I’ll do is I’ll take a break and I’ll just walk over there to his office and I say, ‘How you doing?’ “
It’s always nice to see a father and son happily working together. It appears especially sweet for Mike Zimmer, given his clear confidence in Adam Zimmer’s abilities.