Zimmer, Turner turning up the volume at practice

AP

To no surprise, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is making himself heard at offseason practice.  To some surprise, offensive coordinator Norv Turner is, too.

As explains by Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, both Zimmer and Turner have been turning up the volume during so-called Organized Team Activities.

Zimmer is being Zimmer, letting guys hear it when they fail to do what was expected.  Turner, per Vensel, got loud when the first-team offense had some confusion in the huddle and later when Christian Ponder had a pass swatted down at the line of scrimmage.  (You’ll get used to that kind of stuff, Norval.)

It comes at a time when the Vikings need to get players to buy in to an approach that will entail far more yelling than former coach Leslie Frazier did.  Of course, Zimmer doesn’t care if they buy in.

“I don’t worry about that,” Zimmer told reporters, via Vensel.  “I don’t worry about if they are buying in.  My job is to coach them hard and try to get them to be the best players they can be.  You’d have to ask them if they are buying in, really.  My job is to coach them.”

Unspoken in that quote?  If the players aren’t willing to buy in, Zimmer will tell G.M. Rick Spielman to find some players who will.

Not every coach can pull off that kind of candor.  But Zimmer’s players in Cincinnati loved him.  The Vikings players likely will, too.  Especially if he leads the team to success on the field.

77 responses to “Zimmer, Turner turning up the volume at practice

  1. “I don’t worry about if they are buying in. My job is to coach them hard and try to get them to be the best players they can be. You’d have to ask them if they are buying in, really. My job is to coach them.” Greg Schiano, is that you?

  2. “Let’s see what approach Carroll took to win the Super Bowl, then do the opposite.” Good luck with that.

  3. Obviously there is a lot of bad players and bad plays to get the coach upset by so many foul ups.

    He’ll be plenty hoarse come training camp.

    The players soon will tune him out.

  4. It comes down to if the players wanna be the best they can be. That was a good comparison Parcells to Singletary. Although I believe 1 player became a better player and a better man after a Singletary tirade and that person is Vernon Davis.

  5. Singletary was like ditka. Different than parcels. Marvin Lewis coaches players hard so that’s what Zim is used to. The only coach who didn’t coach hard was gruden.

  6. It’s awesome that my Vikings have these big winners at the helm.

    Norv Turner is God!

    It will be fun watching these big-brained geniuses outcoach Mike McCarthy for the next decade.

    #BigBrainSKOL

  7. Yelling isn’t going to make up for the lack of a qB, a porous offensive line, and a secondary that couldn’t cover my grandmother in a wheel chair.

    But if it makes Zimmer sound tough in front of the press, then I suppose it has its advantages. The Vikings should approach this season just looking to improve, oddly enough 6-10 would do the trick.

  8. The first-team offense had confusion in the huddle? Yep, sounds like the Minnesota Vikings we all know!

  9. Time will tell if Zimmer’s approach works but after years of Leslie Frazier it’s refreshing to have a head coach who isn’t afraid to rip a guy to his face rather than passive-aggressively deflect blame at the post-game podium.

  10. @ bucsorbust……big talk from a guy who cheers for the Buccaneers. You should be an expert on finishing in last place.

  11. You will be amazed the impact Zimmer will have on this team. He holds people accountable and doesn’t care if you are a UDFA or a probowler. He will be missed in Cincinnati.

  12. “when Christian Ponder had a pass swatted down at the line of scrimmage. ”

    This is the most disturbing quote in the whole article. What the Hell is Ponder even doing on the field.

  13. Zimmer is the best thing to happen to the Vikings since Adrian Peterson. Minnesota is almost guaranteed to be a much better team next year.

  14. Hey seatownballers does it hurt….. to be dragged from the back of the seahawks badwagon?

    I’m sure he or she has been a fan for at least a whole year now. All the rest, since the beginning of last year’s playoffs. 3 years ago, you couldn’t find a seagulls fan posting here. The way they all troll, they must have jumped off the Packer’s bandwagon, right onto the Seagull’s bandwagon.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: May 31, 2014 5:01 PM

    If you don’t think Zimmer and Turner are going to dramatically improve this team, you’re as delusional as a Packer fan.
    ————–

    The same way Norv dramatically improved the Chargers?

    Took over a team that went 14-2 the year before he was hired. Norv’s records, in order:

    11-5
    8-8
    13-3
    9-7
    8-8
    7-9

    Look at that dramatic improvement!

    And of course, that’s not even getting into how Philip Rivers regressed so badly over the last 2-3 years of NORV! that he won Comeback Player of the Year last season just for playing like a good QB again. Rivers wasn’t coming back from an injury like most previous winners…….he was just coming back from NORV!

  16. The same way Norv dramatically improved the Chargers?

    Took over a team that went 14-2 the year before he was hired. Norv’s records, in order:

    11-5
    8-8
    13-3
    9-7
    8-8
    7-9

    Look at that dramatic improvement!

    And of course, that’s not even getting into how Philip Rivers regressed so badly over the last 2-3 years of NORV! that he won Comeback Player of the Year last season just for playing like a good QB again. Rivers wasn’t coming back from an injury like most previous winners…….he was just coming back from NORV!

    –I won’t predict how Turner will make the offense in Minnesota. One thing I’ve always said about him though is that he sucked at being a head coach and was very good at being an offensive coordinator. When coordinators do a great job somewhere, they’re often given the chance to be a HC. Some guys just can’t cut it as a HC. The one thing I will say is, I’m excited that the team has a real offensive coordinator bringing in a real offense. With the horrendous recent run of offensive coordinators, Musgrave, Bevell, Loney…Turner is the first qualified name in Minnesota over the last decade.

  17. Like it or not this team will be outstanding and a modern day surprise especially to all of you wisecracks out there who really don’t follow NFL football but just like to run off a smart remark.

  18. The same way Norv dramatically improved the Chargers?

    Took over a team that went 14-2 the year before he was hired. Norv’s records, in order:

    11-5
    8-8
    13-3
    9-7
    8-8
    7-9

    Look at that dramatic improvement!

    Norv as a head coach, is ALOT different from Norv the OC. Lets be clear about this.

  19. What would it hurt???? Take a look at Vince Young…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    He can help this team…even if it’s just upgrading the quarterback pool…
    I believe Adrian Peterson would agree with me that Vince Young can help…..

  20. Minnesota is in good hands. Norv did the same thing in Cleveland last year and look how great Brandon Weeden looked….wait..

    Well at least your 3rd string QB will be really good.

  21. akboot says: May 31, 2014 7:54 PM

    Norv as a head coach, is ALOT different from Norv the OC. Lets be clear about this.
    ————-

    Norv still ran the offense with the Chargers. And he took an offense that started out as an absolute machine, and made it absolutely mediocre.

    What did he do in Cleveland? Well, other than Gordon having an all-time great season, not a whole lot.

    27th in points per game. (Vikings were 14th). Cleveland was 24th in 2012 without Norv.

    18th in yards per game. (Vikings were 13th). Browns were 25th the year before.

    So, worse in points, and a little better in yards. (Again, with a receiver having an otherworldly season)

    Norv is a thoroughly average OC still living off the good fortune of being in Dallas when the team was stocked with Hall of Famers. And Vikings fans treat him like one of the best of all time…..

  22. As for improving, the Viking fans have one goal in mind…winning their Super Bowl (beating the Packers)

    That’s pretty low expectations if you ask me!

  23. Do some of you post on here just to see your thoughts on the screen, without an iota of merit or common sense?
    The Vikes were embarrassingly predictable under Frazier and Musgraves 3 play offense. Norv is an offensive mind, head coach? Not so great. There is not a fan of the bengals that don’t wish this guy stayed. Zimmer will take this talented roster places. Porous o-line??? We will have a top 3 line in ghe league this year! AD will run for north of 2000 yards. He ran for 2090 with 3 plays, our receivers are scary good, and the D-line will be top3…. Secondary has improved…. If Teddy is who I think he can be, this team will surpise

  24. I just get instantly angry hearing that 1. Ponder is still on the team and 2. Ponder is taking first team reps

    What a surprise there is confusion when ponder is under center!

    I swear rick spielman is just trying to give fans heart attacks keeping this guy around. The more reps ponder takes, the more you delay Bridgewater from making progress.

  25. The truth of the matter is that every team in the NFC North now has a good head coach and coordinators.

    Talent wise, the Lions, the Packers and the Bears have an edge over the Vikings, and their front office isn’t as good as the Packers and the Lions at talent evaluation. But I’d say that they are probably as good as the Bears.

    The Packers and the Bears have the two best QBs, while Stafford has compelling weaknesses and Bridgewater is a rookie.

    In all, all things remaining equal, and given the realities listed above, Whereas the Packers and the Bears (and you could argue the Lions based on talent) will compete for the NFC North title, the Vikings are probably 2 years away. 1 if they jettison Spielman.

  26. Don’t get me wrong, the Vikes will improve, they just have more weaknesses than their division rivals; ALL of which could make the playoffs this year.

  27. Norv is a thoroughly average OC still living off the good fortune of being in Dallas when the team was stocked with Hall of Famers. And Vikings fans treat him like one of the best of all time…..

    Um, what are u smoking? I never said, or read any of what u just posted. I did however read a lot of posts that DID say we are going to be a lot better with Norv.

    casurferho, I couldn’t agree more, some of clowns that post here do not have a lick of common sense. They make crap up in their heads then come on here and puke it all over this page like they know something nobody else does. Sheesh

  28. bucsorbust, if you’re going to rip on someone or something, maybe you should correctly do it. I love how fans for other teams show up in the comment sections just to try and rip or come up with some witty, and of course, very clever things to say…..I have no problems with either hire and look forward to see what they can do with the young guys especially, hopefully it all works out.

  29. Turning up the volume? You mean they still plan to pump in artificial crowd noise to make it sound like something is happening?

  30. Seahawks have 2 good years and their fans act they have been good forever. I bet they disappear like Tampa did after they won their SB, back to their normal 7-9 every year.

  31. I was really hoping for poet or vikesarethebest to comment so I could tell them that BEFORE you declare a dynasty you might want to know if your quarterback is really a franchise QB and not just some rookie.

    …..Darn

    …..But I still said it

  32. Funny how Vikings fans rag on Seahawk fans… even though not one of them has commented on this blog.

    If you bother to check, the Seahawks were in the SB twice in the past 10 years and had multiple other division winning years before Pete took over, but then again, Vikings fans can claim that with Teddy and new Coach they are going to be the ‘team’ of the decade. Dream On Vikings fans, dream on.

    I don’t need to rag, just point out the real facts.

    js

  33. The difference between Parcells and Zimmer is players have not come out with love for Parcells. Go watch the old nfl films video with Phil mcconkey talking about punt returns. Or just ask Phil Simms. To me bill Parcells always seemed like a phony.

  34. I’m so over Vikings threads being 3 times longer than most, because of all the trolls. Packer fans actually run their mouth more in Vikings threads than their own. I mean you can only listen to the same comments regurgitated over and over again, before it just becomes redundant jabs that are old one liners and boring. Most of the time I just skip the comments section, because I already know the replies…

  35. The Vikings. What happened? A once proud team now in total disarray. They should have drafted that Tarkenton kid. You know, the one that runs around like a maniac then throws touchdowns. You know, the one… Oh yeah, never mind.

  36. Bengals D wasnt that great before Zim arrived. Since he’s arrival,theyve been one of the best. Also remember, Zim made some Ok players into very good players.
    I think Zim is building a good team in Mini. Vikings fans should be glad they got him. Other teams like the(Cl)Browns were idiots to let him go after interviews.

  37. As a Cincinnati fan, I can tell you for sure that Mike Zimmer will make this team better. You think he has little to work with here? Look at what he had to work with when he arrived in Cincinnati, and what he did with him. On top of all that, his players love him. Because of Zimmer, I’ll be rooting for the Vikes too this year.

  38. Ponder gets a pass swatted down? The coach has to realize you will never face a QB as bad as Ponder in a real game! Same goes for “Baby hands” Bridgewater!

  39. I remember a loud, in-your-face coach named Dennis Green who coached the vikings to a 15-1 record. Vikes may not have John Randall or Chris Carter, but this team has some serious talent. Zimmer and Turner are vet coaches on the DEF and OFF sides of the ball respectively. This isnt a superbowl season by any stretch. BUT…. homefield in 2018…….

  40. This is great to here because it’s been extremely nauseating to see my team play like the “Keystone Cops” over the past 10 years!!!

  41. As a Ravens fan, I can tell you that Mike Zimmer is a very good coach. He built the Bengal defense from nothing. Minnesota will be okay!

  42. I am a Bengals fan and for those of you who believe that Mike Zimmer will not make the Vikes a better team really do not what type of coach he is. I would have loved for the Bengals to keep him and if I were a Vikings fan I would be very happy. He is a no nonsense coach that the players all love and he will only expect their best and nothing less. That is why the Vikings will be a better team and he will make a decent defense into a good or even very good defense. He does not care what caliber of player they are. He demands the same from everyone and he gets it back because they respect the guy. I will be rooting for your team also because I am a huge Mike Zimmer fan and I applaud the Vikings for finally giving a head coaching job to undoubtedly the best defensive coordinator in the league for sometime. He will make your team better. They may not make the playoffs this year but give him a year or two and they will be in the running for the NFC North every year and a playoff spot every year. Your fan base should be thanking Rick Spielman for finally taking the chance on Mike Zimmer because he will turn your team around for the better. As for Norv Turner, I think it was a great pickup too because granted he is not a very good head coach but he has always been a solid offensive coordinator. He will finally run plays that will help the best running back in the game in AP and allow him to stay healthy and help your team to get where it needs to be.

  43. Remember, Zimmer has Ziggy backing him up in free agency and retaining talent on the team. The Bengals never would spend on anything, their fans are almost refusing to support a playoff team because they hate the owner, Zimmer now has an owner that will spend to build a winner.

    If Norv can coordinate an offense that averages 21-28 points per game it would be a massive upgrade since 2004, petersons 2k and 2009 other than those 3 seasons these minnesota viking offense’ have been dreadful boring to straight bad 7 out of the last 10 years

  44. Door slamming fist pounding screamers are overgrown spoiled babies and as adults, make the worst managers. Respect is earned, not commanded. And this guy hasn’t got one year under his belt yet. If he us already screaming to get what he wants, he’s already panicking. He knows he may be in over his head.

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