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Mike Zimmer wants Mike Wallace back in 2016

during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 10, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Getty Images

When wide receiver Mike Wallace joined the Vikings last offseason in a trade with the Dolphins, there was a lot of talk about whether he’d be a happier and more productive member of the offense than he was in Miami.

There were no big complaints from Wallace over the course of the season, but there wasn’t much production either. Wallace had 39 catches for a career-low 473 yards and a career-low two touchdowns for the Vikings and closed out the year with one catch for 10 yards against the Seahawks. Wallace’s longest catch of the season was for 34 yards, which illustrates the general lack of big plays through the air in Minnesota this season.

Wallace’s lack of production makes it hard to imagine that he’ll be back under his current contract, which calls for Wallace to make $11.45 million in 2016. Coach Mike Zimmer said he was disappointed “that it wasn’t the season that he wanted or we wanted” and isn’t sure how things will work out, but knows that he’d be happy to have Wallace on the team next season.

“I would like him back, I love the kid, I love his heart,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He just went and worked every day and tried to get guys better. He loves it here, he loves Teddy. If it can get worked out, I’d like to have him back. But I want to do what’s best for Mike Wallace, too. I told most of the players that are free agents, that I want them to do what’s best for them. Obviously, I want them back. It’s important to me, they have shorter careers, not always than coaching, but they have shorter careers and it’s important for me to make sure that they get to the right place, whatever they feel is right.”

Based on the way the Vikings offense looked in 2015, it doesn’t appear Minnesota is the right place for Wallace. Miami wasn’t either, although the reasons are different and Zimmer’s words about the wideout should serve him well when he looks for the next stop.

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  1. doe22us says: Jan 12, 2016 2:48 PM

    Well either Teddy still has training wheels on or Wallace sucks mr body catcher. I think Norv has to let Bridgewater air it out a little more.

  2. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 12, 2016 2:55 PM

    Wallace had lack of numbers due to our short passing game and heavy run game. I believe he still is a good player. That being said, I wouldn’t mind seeing Alshon Jeffery replace him.

  3. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 12, 2016 2:55 PM

    Brilliant! Wallace is a one-trick pony and Bridgewater doesn’t have anywhere near enough arm to utilize that one trick. I hope Zimmer stays in charge over there for the next 20 years.

  4. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 12, 2016 2:56 PM

    Why would Wallace complain?
    He makes $293,590 per catch.
    That is a job he should want to keep because no other employer would pay him that kind of money!!

  5. therealcoltmccoy says: Jan 12, 2016 2:57 PM

    He should sign with Pats. Would be a good deep threat for Brady.

  6. mnmarine0351 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:57 PM

    I’d like to see what Wallace can do (at a reduced price) when the QB has more than 1 or 2 linemen capable of blocking someone.

  7. thefatlazygamer says: Jan 12, 2016 2:59 PM

    Get him a QB or offensive gameplan that gets him the ball more than once or twice a game. He’s not a deep threat when the QB can’t hit the broad side of a barn down the field more than 15 yards.

    I don’t know why Wallace would come back to such an awful offense that we have. I get the money aspect but for such a competitor as Zimmer says there must be a level of pride as well.

  8. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 12, 2016 3:01 PM

    Did you ever notice that when vikes sign free agent wide receivers, they always be up paying like $4-5M per TD?

  9. chawk12thman says: Jan 12, 2016 3:01 PM

    The fault for lack of production is with their QB and system than it is the WR…….If you don’t have someone throw you the ball, you aren’t going to catch it. If he had a significant drop in pass production with sustained historical numbers of targets, I could see where the money wouldn’t work……He should not take a pay cut and if released or traded…..so be it……

    The most notable part of this was the mention of how short their careers are……The Vikings’ and players are now into the business end of the year and each person needs to do what is right for themselves……The “team” (owners) benefits from them the rest of the year.

  10. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 3:01 PM

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Wallace stole $11 million this year and is on the hook for the same next year.

    470 yards/2 TD’s. The Vikings already have a guy who can only run 2 routes in a straight line. Corduroy Patterson is much cheaper against the cap and has the same poor hands. Why waste the money on Wallace when he can fill in perfectly in that role?

  11. codythao35 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:02 PM

    Why not? He doesn’t complain or misbehave like the Packers and their pathetic fans. Aside from that Wallace wants to be back bc he knows Vikings will be in a very special next season.

  12. originate421 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:02 PM

    I watched every snap and the offense’s problem revolve around Peterson and the offensive line. AP demands too many touches, can’t block or catch, is only effective when he lines up 8 yards off the ball and get’s too many negative plays.

    Bridgewater took a step back this year because of Peterson’s needs/demands and the offense is more productive/unpredictable when McKinnon is in.

  13. mnjoemama says: Jan 12, 2016 3:02 PM

    Best coach in the NFL ! 2016 revenge tour has begun ……Skol

  14. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 3:05 PM

    Brilliant! Wallace is a one-trick pony and Bridgewater doesn’t have anywhere near enough arm to utilize that one trick.
    ————–
    So true. I laughed watching him try to throw the ball deep to him. The only times he got even close was when he had the ability to get a running start before making his throw.

  15. whatjusthapped says: Jan 12, 2016 3:06 PM

    I don’t understand the attraction, he can run long but Teddy can’t throw long. And at $11 mil per year, don’t you think you could find some other productive players for the OL with that cash?

    Laces out!

  16. sdspec says: Jan 12, 2016 3:07 PM

    laces out

  17. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 3:08 PM

    Bridgewater took a step back this year because of Peterson’s needs/demands and the offense is more productive/unpredictable when McKinnon is in.
    ————
    Except his production actually took a small step forward with all the attention on AP, even though that step was still pretty pathetic.

    The child beater didn’t demand the ball, the coaches know full well that Teddy is a game manager with limited arm strength to pass the ball downfield. So they do what most coordinators with backup caliber talent at QB do. Customize the plan around the RB and dink and dunk passes.

  18. powersnatch0102 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:10 PM

    Mike Zimmer is coach of the year.

    Teddy is a young QB with 1.5 years experience. Look at Erin Rodgers who would have been sitting on the bench for another 1.5 years on top of that. With time comes experience. Down the road Wallace and the other receivers will flourish under Teddy’s great touchdown throws.

  19. gbbvan says: Jan 12, 2016 3:11 PM

    The queens.
    In their 2nd half century of futility!
    And the beat goes on…

  20. originate421 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:15 PM

    Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vikes says:
    Jan 12, 2016 3:08 PM

    —–
    Statistically on a per game basis; Bridgewater took a step back.

    The game plan was to run the ball, dink and dunk and play good D. Which was executed to a T with an 11-5 record and division title.

    Regarding dink and dunk offense; Bridgewater averaged more yards an attempt than Aaron Rodgers. So by the same metric… Rodgers is a game manager who cannot throw the ball down field.

  21. summitmech says: Jan 12, 2016 3:16 PM

    Seriously everyone with any real knowledge of the Vikings’ offense knows that everything was held back due to the terrible, nearly worst in the league offensive line. Give our offensive players some real time to develop plays rather than trying not to get sacked behind the line of scrimmage, and this offense can really open up. See what they did in that 3 game stretch of Arizona, Chicago, and New York. We have the ability to score and make big plays when our O-Line isn’t struggling.

  22. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 12, 2016 3:16 PM

    Vikings fan should accept the facts. They don’t have a franchise QB. Bridgewater simply does not have the physical tools to be an elite NFL quarterback. Teddy will never be among the top 16 quarterbacks in the league. Embrace it.

  23. themiamidolphins says: Jan 12, 2016 3:17 PM

    Zimmer sounds like a great coach. I wish the Dolphins would have hired him when they had the chance.

  24. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 3:20 PM

    Look at Erin Rodgers who would have been sitting on the bench for another 1.5 years on top of that. With time comes experience.
    ———
    Rodgers didn’t sit on the bench for 3.5 years.

    Which HOF QB was Bustwater stuck behind?

    With time does come experience. Unfortunately time doesn’t fix having a noodle arm and lack of athleticism.

  25. iammrbinky says: Jan 12, 2016 3:21 PM

    If Wallace returns and his stats resemble this year you better believe Malcontent Mike will appear mid season.

  26. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 3:21 PM

    Zimmer sounds like a great coach. I wish the Dolphins would have hired him when they had the chance.
    ———
    He sounds like a great coach because he wants to bring back a scrub WR that your Dolphins did everything they could to get rid of?

    Interesting.

  27. tavisteelersfan says: Jan 12, 2016 3:29 PM

    I am thinking Zimmer is a top shelf man. Heard his line about proud he was of the team yesterday. Now this.

    Good on’m.

  28. bhinrichs9 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:29 PM

    Brilliant! Wallace is a one-trick pony and Bridgewater doesn’t have anywhere near enough arm to utilize that one trick.

    _________________________________

    Anyone who has actually watched a Vikings game in this thread, not just a troll, knows that Teddy missed Wallace deep when he was wide open countless times. Missed a few big plays that I bet he wishes he had back, however our offense wasn’t a passing offense therefore his numbers declined.

  29. bhinrichs9 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:35 PM

    No QB threw the ball less than Teddy Bridgewater did who played the full 16 games. There are even QBs on the list that threw the ball more than him in 15 games or less. We were not a passing offense. But when he did pass the ball he passed the ball well with an 88 quarterback rating rating as well as a 66% completion percentage which is good for 9th in the league…in his second year.

  30. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says: Jan 12, 2016 3:37 PM

    Don’t worry GB choker fans….your runner up NFC North teams season will end this week.

    Maybe you’ll have a 14 pt lead with 2 minutes to go and blow that?

    Then you would own the 1st and 2nd greatest choke in history.

  31. ariani1985 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:38 PM

    Turd Town??? Green Bay is absolutely pathetic at the WR position. Besides an old, slow, injury prone Nelson, who else do they have? He can stretch the field, good fit I think.

  32. rosstuckershair says: Jan 12, 2016 3:41 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 12, 2016 2:55 PM
    Brilliant! Wallace is a one-trick pony and Bridgewater doesn’t have anywhere near enough arm to utilize that one trick. I hope Zimmer stays in charge over there for the next 20 years…

    Me too. Minnesota Vikings 2015 NFC North Champions

  33. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 12, 2016 3:42 PM

    Jan 12, 2016 2:55 PM

    Brilliant! Wallace is a one-trick pony and Bridgewater doesn’t have anywhere near enough arm to utilize that one trick. I hope Zimmer stays in charge over there for the next 20 years.
    ==========================================================================
    ME too that will mean 20 years of Division
    wins over your Packers BAZINGO… ran into that one
    dint Cha

  34. fwippel says: Jan 12, 2016 3:47 PM

    The one thing that will help get Wallace more involved is less focus on Adrian Peterson. Norv Turner loves his running game, but his play-calling was far too predictable this year. While that worked okay against teams like Chicago, Detroit, Oakland and St. Louis, but against Seattle and Arizona, you need a well-rounded game plan.

    Peterson played well against lesser competition, but he faded down the stretch when the schedule got tougher. Turner needs a better OL to protect his QB, and he needs to start trusting Bridgewater with the ball.

    If Wallace wants to come back, and the team wants him back, hopefully Zimmer will direct Turner to start throwing the ball more often.

  35. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 12, 2016 3:55 PM

    QB canot use him correctly …… keeping him is like buying a violin for a puppy

  36. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 12, 2016 3:57 PM

    In his rookie season, despite a steep learning curve early, Teddy hit a number of deep passes to players like Charles Johnson and Adam Thielen and finished the season ranked 10th in deep ball accuracy. This season, I can’t remember a single completion that went over 40 yards in the air.

    It has NOTHING to do with arm strength. Anyone who watches the games can see that Teddy has plenty of arm strength. He doesn’t have a cannon but it’s more than adequate.

    The problem this season has been the refusal to open up the passing game by Norv, who calls plays like an overprotective mother. Earlier in the season, all pass plays were on a 7-step drop and the offensive line could not hold up. Teddy got hit so many times, I think he got gun shy and he lost his deep accuracy. He usually overthrew receivers deep, indicating that he was getting rid of the ball too soon, probably because he knew he was about to take a shot from a defensive lineman running free.

    If you want to be successful throwing the ball deep, you have to be able to throw the ball short and medium, and not have the most predictable offense in the NFL. Mix it up a little, get some players in who can pass block, and Teddy will have no trouble completing those passes.

  37. rosstuckershair says: Jan 12, 2016 3:59 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 12, 2016 3:01 PM
    Did you ever notice that when vikes sign free agent wide receivers, they always be up paying like $4-5M per TD?..

    What is Cobbs cost per TD this year based on 11 million in salary?

  38. rosstuckershair says: Jan 12, 2016 4:01 PM

    Rodgers didn’t sit on the bench for 3.5 years.

    Which HOF QB was Bustwater stuck behind?

    With time does come experience. Unfortunately time doesn’t fix having a noodle arm and lack of athleticism.

    He sat from 05-07, and when he was in in 2008 the Rodgers fans were saying he is holding onto the ball for too long.

  39. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 12, 2016 4:03 PM

    If we’re going to talk about overpaid wide receivers, shouldn’t we bring Randall Cobb into the conversation?

  40. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 12, 2016 4:04 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater in his second year: 11-5 division champion.

    Aaron Rodgers in his second year: Invisible.

  41. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 4:09 PM

    He sat from 05-07, and when he was in in 2008 the Rodgers fans were saying he is holding onto the ball for too long.
    —————–
    Holding the ball too long. SKOLOL Who are these “people”??? Skip Bayless?

    4,038 yards, 28 TD’s. He played great his first year as a starter. Unfortunately his defense and ST’s gacked a lot of games at the end. 4 of them in the last 2 minutes after Rodgers drove them for the go ahead TD.

    Think about that for a moment. That would be like a dream albeit unattainable stat line for Bustwater.

  42. ninkanpoopblog says: Jan 12, 2016 4:10 PM

    Steelers knew when to hold um and when to fold um but seriously if you had a qb that could throw down field more than 10 yards Theodore will never be a big time passer he is to small he will be hurt within 2 years rest of career a backup sorry vike fans

  43. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says: Jan 12, 2016 4:21 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    NFC NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    Green Bay Packers 13
    Chicago Bears 9
    Detroit Lions 4

    NFC NORTH EMBARRASSING FAILURES:

    Minnesota Vikings (0) ZIP ZERO

    ZERO.

  44. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 4:22 PM

    What is Cobbs cost per TD this year based on 11 million in salary?
    ————–
    I’ll bite. Only cause it will make you look foolish.

    Cobb 79 catches 829yds 6 TD’s

    Wallace 39 catches 473yds 2 TD’s

    So basically almost double or triple the production in each category for a cap hit that is HALF of what Wallace’s was at $5.35 million in 2015

  45. ariani1985 says: Jan 12, 2016 4:33 PM

    The traditionally horrible packers have ZERO championships since choke gate! ZERO! mic drop!

  46. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 4:35 PM

    NFC NORTH EMBARRASSING FAILURES:

    Minnesota Vikings (0) ZIP ZERO

    ZERO.
    ————–
    Not true! They won some division championships!!!!!

  47. jh82208 says: Jan 12, 2016 4:36 PM

    Why not? I mean they extended a kickers contract that can’t kick, restructured a running backs contract who can’t hold on to the ball and continue to employ an inept offensive coordinator.

    – Viking fan

  48. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 12, 2016 4:38 PM

    No need for me to respond, thanks Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vike

    #WEOWNTHIS #Believe

    #WhoWillVikesWastethe23rdPickOn?

  49. shaggytoodle says: Jan 12, 2016 4:57 PM

    chawk12thman says:
    Jan 12, 2016 3:01 PM
    The fault for lack of production is with their QB and system than it is the WR…….If you don’t have someone throw you the ball, you aren’t going to catch it. If he had a significant drop in pass production with sustained historical numbers of targets, I could see where the money wouldn’t work……He should not take a pay cut and if released or traded…..so be it…
    ______________________________

    Its also Spielman’s fault who has shown that he does not know how to acquire talent to thrive in the offensive system the Vikings run, he has tried TIME and TIME again to get the flashy WR by throwing money at Greg Jennings, trading a lot of picks to get Patterson, or trading for a WR that was most likely to be cut in Wallace. He finally has a guy in Diggs that may be able to grow with Theodore into a solid combo, but Rick was wasted too many draft picks and a lot of money to have Diggs be the answer.

    He needs to get on the same page with the coaching staff, it seems like they have a clear understanding of what they want defensively, they need to figure out if this team is going to be a power run, balanced or pass heavy offense. I feel they would be smart to go to pass heavy thats what Theodore was good in and they are moving back inside (even though we all saw what homefield advantage could look like in Minnesota over the weekend) and with Peterson being out of their in the next 2 seasons, or less, but if Minnesota wants to get to the next level they need the GM to quit trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

  50. rosstuckershair says: Jan 12, 2016 4:57 PM

    #WEOWNTHIS #Believe

    #WhoWillVikesWastethe23rdPickOn?

    Will Nick Perry be a 6th or 5th round comp pick this year?

  51. pkrlvr says: Jan 12, 2016 5:04 PM

    The traditionally horrible packers have ZERO championships since choke gate! ZERO! mic drop!
    ———
    Ummm….what? There was a championship game played between this season and last? Must have missed it. Or are you talking about the one team offseason championship you guys always win?

  52. purplegoldword says: Jan 12, 2016 5:05 PM

    Dear Cheesehead trolls,

    GET LOST!

    #2015NFCNORTHCHAMPS

  53. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 12, 2016 5:09 PM

    @Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vikes

    Shouldn’t you be pretending you’re another commenter? Get a life.

  54. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 12, 2016 5:14 PM

    lambeaudungbarn says:
    Jan 12, 2016 3:42 PM
    Jan 12, 2016 2:55 PM

    Brilliant! Wallace is a one-trick pony and Bridgewater doesn’t have anywhere near enough arm to utilize that one trick. I hope Zimmer stays in charge over there for the next 20 years.
    ==========================================================================
    ME too that will mean 20 years of Division
    wins over your Packers BAZINGO… ran into that one
    dint Cha
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    So for one year, your beloveds managed to split with the Packers as opposed to getting swept by them, and you want to thump your little chest? Perfect! Please don’t ever change and don’t ever leave. I just can’t get this kind of stupid elsewhere.

    I’ll be watching the historic Green Bay Packers compete in the Divisional round of the 2015 NFL playoffs this Saturday evening, as they continue their quest to win an unprecedented 14th World Championship. When and where will your beloveds be playing?

  55. kissmysandwich says: Jan 12, 2016 5:15 PM

    Pretty hard to have a deep threat when the o-line can’t protect for more than 3 seconds. T.J. Clemmings was thrown to the wolves due to injury and was simply not ready to be a starting tackle in the NFL. Considering how bad the o-line was, yet the team still managed to go 11-5, and all but for a botched field goal beat the best team in the NFC the last two years…..the rest of the league should be afraid….very afraid. Zimmer is the real deal.

  56. fanofpft says: Jan 12, 2016 5:18 PM

    Another member of the Beelzebub coaching tree showing how boneheaded they are. Have to remind everyone again the Fins eeked out 10 tds in a season from him. While he played under lousy coaching and not fitting.

  57. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2016 5:21 PM

    summitmech says:
    Jan 12, 2016 3:16 PM

    Seriously everyone with any real knowledge of the Vikings’ offense knows that everything was held back due to the terrible, nearly worst in the league offensive line. Give our offensive players some real time to develop plays rather than trying not to get sacked behind the line of scrimmage, and this offense can really open up. See what they did in that 3 game stretch of Arizona, Chicago, and New York. We have the ability to score and make big plays when our O-Line isn’t struggling.
    ==================================The Vikings offensive line has the same injury problems that many NFL teams have. Take a look at the Bears or the Patriots in 2015, just to name two. Similar or worse line issues.

    Also, Bridgewater holds the ball too long, and it takes him too long to release the ball.

    There’s a reason why they played good against New York and Chicago- they are bad teams.

    As for Arizona, the Cardinals held Peterson to 69 yards in their game, and Bridgewater ended up throwing the ball 36 times. And still could muster only 1 TD.

    It makes sense for teams to play to stop Peterson and force Bridgewater to beat them. He can’t get into the end zone.

  58. I'm not a football punk says: Jan 12, 2016 5:24 PM

    The Viking fans have 1 thing to hold onto this year and that is, they won the NFC North..
    And now they choke away their playoff game, and instead of talking about what their teams needs are for the upcoming off season, they rather put down other teams and their fans and calling them pathetic.
    Look into the mirror first before calling out players and fans from the better football town.

  59. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2016 5:25 PM

    rosstuckershair says:
    Jan 12, 2016 4:57 PM

    #WEOWNTHIS #Believe

    #WhoWillVikesWastethe23rdPickOn?

    Will Nick Perry be a 6th or 5th round comp pick this year?
    ==================================
    Who are the division champs playing this week?

  60. trozenfundra says: Jan 12, 2016 5:25 PM

    “He loves it here, he loves Teddy.” But he hates his noodle arm. Not Wallace’s fault that his QB can rarely pass more than 15 yards.

  61. huggybear2014 says: Jan 12, 2016 5:26 PM

    Give Wallace a QB and offense built on the vertical pass…and he will flourish. He hasn’t had either since leaving PITT.

  62. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2016 5:26 PM

    purplegoldword says:
    Jan 12, 2016 5:05 PM

    Dear Cheesehead trolls,

    GET LOST!

    #2015NFCNORTHCHAMPS
    ==================================
    Minnesota Vikings- 2012 and 2015 playoff qualifiers.

    2012 and 2015 first round losers.

  63. teamnorsecore says: Jan 12, 2016 5:34 PM

    Nice. Pack fans still in here spewing off. 2nd place in the division and done this weekend. Congrats Pack fans!

  64. purpleguy says: Jan 12, 2016 5:37 PM

    Hey, at $11M/yr, he’s not worth it, but if he takes less, what the heck?

    Admittedly, Teddy is likely never going to be a top 10 QB, but top 15 or even top 20 is good enough to win a Super Bowl with a good defense and sound running game — which the Vikings have.

    And are Packer fans really trashing the Vikes offense after losing the NFCN to that lousy offense, complaining about their pathetic offense all their season and then lucking out by playing the worst team in the playoffs? Of course now that their team is worse, they pull the zero championships argument out of mothballs — get used to that one Vikes fans.

    The funniest thing is that Wallace would be the most talented WR on the entire dang Packer team right now.

  65. upnorthvikesfan says: Jan 12, 2016 5:40 PM

    The Vikings had one major issue this year: Offensive line. Get a well coached and healthy line going and I think you will see this offense explode. The news from earlier today that the team is not renewing the contract of offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is a good thing. Now get some new lineman that can give Teddy some time and things will be good. He was the most pressured QB in the league this year. How does anyone expect him to have time to set up a deep pass when he is constantly running for his life? The line will be much better next year. Wallace would be smart to stick around!

  66. unmercifulone says: Jan 12, 2016 5:42 PM

    “The Almighty Cabbage says: Brilliant! Wallace is a one-trick pony and Bridgewater doesn’t have anywhere near enough arm to utilize that one trick. I hope Zimmer stays in charge over there for the next 20 years…”

    ////

    Lets see… after inheriting a 5-10-1 team Zimmer has:

    In the first year…

    *Improved the team record to 7-9-0 without the #1 RB in the league since 2008 even playing…
    *Improved the defense from #29 overall to #17 overall…

    In the second year…

    *Improved the team record to 11-5-0…
    *Took the NFC-N Division Championship from the Green Bay Packers…
    *Went 5-1-0 in the Divsion…
    *Beat the over/under line in Vegas 13 games out of 17…
    *Again… improved the defense from #17 overall to #5 overall…

    You know coleslaw… I think you and I agree on this one. Zimmer should remain the HC of the Vikings for the next 20 years. Good luck in your off season after next week.

  67. xbam says: Jan 12, 2016 5:55 PM

    he will make a nice addition to an established offense at the right price….

  68. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2016 5:55 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 12, 2016 4:04 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater in his second year: 11-5 division champion.

    Aaron Rodgers in his second year: Invisible.
    =================================
    So Rodgers could have been better, or worse, than Bridgewater had he played in his 2nd year.

    But we’ll never know that- because Rodgers was playing behind Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre. So any comparisons between Bridgewater and Rodgers in his 2nd year can’t be made. It’s quite simple, really.

    What we can say is that in his first 2 years starting, Aaron Rodgers threw 58 TD’s and 20 INT’s, while Bridgewater threw for 28 TD’s and had 21 INT’s.

    What we can also say is that it’s ridiculous to compare Bridgewater in any manner to Rodgers. Bridgewater hasn’t won a playoff game, and hasn’t played long enough or well enough to be compared to Rodgers in any way, shape, or form. Nor should Bridgewater be compared to any elite QB’s in the league, until he at least shows us some inkling that he is much more than he has shows so far.

    Right now, Teddy Bridgewater is an average to below average QB who seems to have every intangible you’d want a QB to have- but when it comes to the tangibles, if he has them, he’s keeping it a big secret.

    The Minnesota Vikings were 11-5 in Bridgewater’s 2nd year. But it wasn’t because of him.

    The Minnesota Vikings have moved up from one of the worst defenses in 2013, to a 13th ranked defense last year, and now to a Top 5 defense this year. That, and the return of Adrian Peterson, is why this team is 11-5.

    It’s not because a QB tossed 8 of his 14 TD’s against the Bears and Lions, threw 0 TD’s in 6 other games, and can’t get his team in the end zone, which is why Blair Walsh is has the 2nd most FGA’s in the league.

  69. fanofpft says: Jan 12, 2016 6:03 PM

    Fins had/always had/has a lousy o-line when he got 10 tds with him. What you team runs the ball? So do most others.

  70. liquidchaoss says: Jan 12, 2016 6:03 PM

    Lets face it, if you are a decent WR the Vikings are the last team you want to be on. They arent a successful passing team, Teddy is ok but he isnt going to give you numbers. Look what happened with James Jones.. Did well with Packers, went to Vikings, played horribly, then went back to Packers and went back to looking good.

  71. liquidchaoss says: Jan 12, 2016 6:05 PM

    Also I see a lot of people hating on the Packers. As a Cards fan this game is no gimme. I saw Rodgers gain a lot of confidence in that Redskins game. Everyone thought the Vikings would get pummeled by the Seahawks this past weekend, but Vikings should of won that game. I do hope Cards win but any given sunday, or saturday… Depending on your schedule.

  72. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 12, 2016 6:06 PM

    wow. win one game and the cheese fly out from the woodwork. I gotta tell ya, the last month listening and seeing all the articles on the problems with green bay and to fire everyone and how nothing works on offense anymore its been hilarious to see that after beating one team for the first time that was decent since november and suddenly the march to the super bowl is back on and the chest pounding over 9 pointless and fake championships matter again. you guys really are hilarious. enjoy for about 3 more days and it’ll all come crashing down again on Saturday in the desert. and all the panic in packerland will resume. you packer fans are too damn funny.

  73. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 12, 2016 6:17 PM

    Cole slaw? Aww, how cute. Did you think of that all by yourself? With no help, even? Mommy and Daddy must be very proud!

    The Packers have had an absolutely horrible year. If they had played anywhere near their norms, they would have walked off with the division as they usually do. And yet, you seem to think the Vikings have reached some grand achievement. I guess when you’re so used to nothing but misery, any little crumb of success is to be lauded. When is the big parade? I don’t want to miss it.

    I’ll deal with the Packers’ offseason whenever it gets here. Al I know for sure is, it’s not here yet. But yours is. Some things never change. The Packers are still in the hunt, the Vikings have cleaned out their lockers, and you people want to post all these wonderful stats. Yay, stats! I bet you’re really good at Madden, aren’t you?

  74. ariani1985 says: Jan 12, 2016 6:20 PM

    Notice that little erin Rogers couldn’t even sniff the field his first year!

    Class dismissed!

  75. gtodriver says: Jan 12, 2016 6:28 PM

    frank booth says:

    What we can say is that in his first 2 years starting, Aaron Rodgers threw 58 TD’s and 20 INT’s, while Bridgewater threw for 28 TD’s and had 21 INT’s.
    __________________

    Frank

    Teddy has yet to start two full seasons.

    In his rookie season with only 12 starts, Teddy won 6 games (50% win percentage). That’s just as many as Aaron won in a full season in his first full year as a starter (4th year in the NFL and only 37.5% win percentage).

    In Teddy’s first full season starting he went 11 – 5 and won the NFC North Title.

    Rodgers didn’t win an NFC North Title until his 4th season as a starter (7th year in the NFL).

    You may get excited about personal stats. I like to see wins.

  76. soldierofhalas33 says: Jan 12, 2016 6:31 PM

    I will say that obviously as a Bears fan I despise the rest of the NFC North and the 27 yard wide left field goal was awesome haha but I’ll tell you what, this Zimmer is a really good head coach. I have been mighty impressed with him getting the most out of his players and the direction he is taking the Vikings. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them, but damn they found a head coach!

    Before the packer trolls come out of the woods, read between the lines. He likes Mike Wallace but not at his current salary.

  77. gtodriver says: Jan 12, 2016 6:35 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:

    The Packers have had an absolutely horrible year. If they had played anywhere near their norms, they would have walked off with the division as they usually do.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Cole Slaw (that’s cute – a better name for you because you’re all mixed up….)

    How can you try and claim that the Packers would have “walked off with the division as they usually do” when the Vikings actually have been the leader in NFC North/Central Division Title since the end of the 1969 season?

    Yup, that’s right – from 1969 – 2015 only the Vikings have led the division in the number of titles.

    Your cute little run of 4 in a row didn’t even get you close to overtaking the Vikings.

    You’d have to win the next 5 in a row just to tie the Vikings.

    And the Packers have never won 5 in a row…😀

  78. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2016 6:39 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 6:06 PM

    wow. win one game and the cheese fly out from the woodwork. I gotta tell ya, the last month listening and seeing all the articles on the problems with green bay and to fire everyone and how nothing works on offense anymore its been hilarious to see that after beating one team for the first time that was decent since november and suddenly the march to the super bowl is back on and the chest pounding over 9 pointless and fake championships matter again. you guys really are hilarious. enjoy for about 3 more days and it’ll all come crashing down again on Saturday in the desert. and all the panic in packerland will resume. you packer fans are too damn funny.
    =================================
    Funny, but I don’t see a whole lot of Packers’ fans pounding their chests. I see Vikings’ fans talking about how they dominated the Seahawks after they lost and their savior didn’t throw a TD pass for the 7th time this year. I see Vikings’ fans that rip on other teams for going one-and-done and choking, having their team fall on its collective face

    The Packers took advantage with their opportunity. The Vikings’ didn’t. Too bad.

    And I’m not sure what your talking about in regards to championships. The championships that teams like the Bears, Packers, Giants and others won aren’t fake- they count just like anything else. Just because the format was different doesn’t make them any less. And I guess it’s too bad that the Vikings’ can’t win one. But enjoy your sour grapes, because that’s really what your post is. Your team lost on an easy missed field goal (at home), the one that you hate moved on, and you can’t handle it.

    And if you think the real NFL started in the Super Bowl era, then you’re just football stupid.

  79. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 7:06 PM

    In his rookie season with only 12 starts, Teddy won 6 games (50% win percentage).
    ————
    Was he playing ping pong or chess? Win% is a ridiculously stupid stat to use for a QB. Especially one that throws only 14 TD’s with 12 INT’s. Anyone with a brain knows that the Win% had very little to do with the QB. In fact, the experienced backup would have probably been a better option.

  80. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 12, 2016 7:06 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 12, 2016 5:14 PM

    So for one year, your beloveds managed to split with the Packers as opposed to getting swept by them, and you want to thump your little chest? Perfect! Please don’t ever change and don’t ever leave. I just can’t get this kind of stupid elsewhere.

    I’ll be watching the historic Green Bay Packers compete in the Divisional round of the 2015 NFL playoffs this Saturday evening, as they continue their quest to win an unprecedented 14th World Championship. When and where will your beloveds be playing?
    __________

    Oh, is that how you’re going to be spinning it? We split this year? True enough, but I think we all know which team proved to be superior this year. The one with a better record and finished first in the division is better than the one with a worse record and finished second in the division. Unless you’re also suggesting that the Bears and the Lions are even with the Packers because the Packers couldn’t find a way to sweep them, like the Vikings did.

    And now I’m supposed to think the Packers are better because they beat the Redskins? That was the team you were all so happy that you got to play because you didn’t want to play the Vikings again!

  81. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 7:08 PM

    Yup, that’s right – from 1969 – 2015 only the Vikings have led the division in the number of titles.
    ———-
    It’s really cute that you hang your hat on something as meaningless as division titles.

    We hang our hat on championships. You would too. If you could…. You would trade Packer history for the horrendous Vikings history in a heartbeat….again, If you could.

  82. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 7:12 PM

    And now I’m supposed to think the Packers are better because they beat the Redskins? That was the team you were all so happy that you got to play because you didn’t want to play the Vikings again!
    ——————
    I don’t think anyone would have been scared about playing the Vikings again. They curb stomped them on the road by 3 scores and lost by one score at home. Big deal. Most teams can’t live in fumble recoveries and fake punts to win consistently.

  83. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2016 7:13 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Jan 12, 2016 6:28 PM

    frank booth says:

    What we can say is that in his first 2 years starting, Aaron Rodgers threw 58 TD’s and 20 INT’s, while Bridgewater threw for 28 TD’s and had 21 INT’s.
    __________________

    Frank

    Teddy has yet to start two full seasons.

    In his rookie season with only 12 starts, Teddy won 6 games (50% win percentage). That’s just as many as Aaron won in a full season in his first full year as a starter (4th year in the NFL and only 37.5% win percentage).

    In Teddy’s first full season starting he went 11 – 5 and won the NFC North Title.

    Rodgers didn’t win an NFC North Title until his 4th season as a starter (7th year in the NFL).

    You may get excited about personal stats. I like to see wins.
    ================================
    Peyton Manning was 3-13 in his first year, a .1875 winning percentage. Teddy’s Vikings’ won more in his first year. Which brings up the question: Who cares?

    You like to see wins?

    Rodgers has 1 Super Bowl win. His teams have 7 playoff wins. In the regular season, his teams’ record when he QBs is 80 and 39, a .672 winning percentage over 119 games. And the thing is, he’s instrumental in a lot of those wins. He gets his teams into the end zone. Also, he won a Super Bowl title before winning a division title-as a wildcard, winning all of their playoff games on the road.

    Bridgewater rode on his defense’s success and Peterson’s running ability this year. Face it. He’s a bumkiller so far. 8 of his 14 TD’s in 4 games came against the Bears and Lions.

    You like wins. The Vikings won the division this year. The Packers were the wildcard. Bridgewater threw 0 TD’s and his team lost in the first round. Aaron Rodgers threw 2 TD’s and his team won. One team still has a chance (although I don’t think it’s much of a chance), and is out.

    When Bridgewater, over time, starts putting up numbers, and becomes more than Trent Dilfer, start making your comparisons then. Because it’s absolutely stupid to compare Bridgewater to any elite QB right now, regardless of when they became a starter in their careers.

    But you knew that already.

  84. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 7:17 PM

    And yes Teddy, teams don’t win most games when their QB passes for under 100 yards and the heart and soul of their offense gets stuffed for 65 yards rushing like the vaunted Vikings offense had.

  85. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 12, 2016 7:19 PM

    When Bridgewater, over time, starts putting up numbers, and becomes more than Trent Dilfer, start making your comparisons then.
    —————
    How dare you insult Trent Dilfer like that! He’s a division champion after all!!

    Super Bowl Champion too!

  86. frank booth says: Jan 12, 2016 7:29 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 6:20 PM

    Notice that little erin Rogers couldn’t even sniff the field his first year!

    Class dismissed!
    ==================================
    Joe Montana started 1 game his first year and didn’t become a full time starter until his third year.

    Steve Young was terrible in 5 games in his first year and didn’t become a starter until his 8th year.

    RG3 started his first year and his team was 9-6 and made the playoffs. He was offensive ROY. He’s a back-up now.

    So what’s your point?

  87. Buddy Grant says: Jan 12, 2016 7:48 PM

    I have to say it is very pathetic and sad to see some of my fellow Vikes fans attempt to brag about division championships to the fans of a team that has actually won several NFL championships.

    Please…if you can’t come up with something clever, don’t make it worse by posting stupid crap. Sometimes silence really can be your friend.

  88. h0metownzero says: Jan 12, 2016 8:22 PM

    $11M right down the drain on this stiff.

    Thanks Spieldope!

  89. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Jan 12, 2016 8:33 PM

    Can he kick?

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    #10-9

  90. beerbratscheese says: Jan 12, 2016 10:22 PM

    originate421 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 3:15 PM

    Regarding dink and dunk offense; Bridgewater averaged more yards an attempt than Aaron Rodgers. So by the same metric… Rodgers is a game manager who cannot throw the ball down field.
    ————————-

    A logical, sane, smart person would go by career stats and not one season of stats. Rodgers has the fifth best YPA stat in the history of the NFL. So you go ahead and think what you want, but keep in mind that it’s probably completely different from intelligent, knowledgeable football fans.

  91. thetruthstings says: Jan 13, 2016 12:28 AM

    VIKINGS 1969 NFL Champions!!!

  92. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 13, 2016 1:22 AM

    Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vikes says:
    Jan 12, 2016 7:08 PM

    It’s really cute that you hang your hat on something as meaningless as division titles.
    ______

    Funny how meaningful the division title was each of the last four years, but now all of a sudden division titles are like the plague. Well, don’t worry. Your team won’t be winning too many of them anymore.

  93. gtodriver says: Jan 13, 2016 8:41 AM

    Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vikes says:

    It’s really cute that you hang your hat on something as meaningless as division titles.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Funny.

    I was responding to Cole Slaw who was claiming (incorrectly) that the Packers usually win the division.

    I guess Cole Slaw doesn’t consider them as meaningless as you do if he was attempting to brag about them.

    One thing about winning the division – it guarantees you a spot in the playoffs.

    Nothing else does.

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