Mike Zimmer vows to “find a way”

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Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a “significant knee injury” in practice on Tuesday, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters earlier this hour.

“It doesn’t look good right now,” Zimmer said regarding the possibility that it’s a season-ending knee injury.

“They sedated him,” Zimmer said, explaining that he’s having an MRI performed at a local hospital.  “I love this kid. Our fans love this kid.”

Zimmer said more information will be coming later tonight or Wednesday regarding the specific nature of the injury.

“We’re not going to stick our heads in the sand,” Zimmer said. “We’re not looking for excuses. We have some great football players on this team, figure out how to win football games. . . . This is about the team. This isn’t about a one-man deal. This is about the team. We have a good team. We have a good defensive team. Our defensive line is much better. We have good receivers. We have maybe the best running back in the NFL.”

Zimmer said he has spoken to his mentor, Bill Parcells, a couple of times after the injury happened. Zimmer also said he has spoken in spirit to his late father, Bill Zimmer, a longtime high school football coach.

“He always found a way to do it,” Zimmer said, “and we’re gonna figure out a way. Everybody can count us out if they want, but I think that would be the wrong thing to do.”

It’s unclear whether figuring out a way forward will feature Shaun Hill at quarterback or someone else. Zimmer said he has confidence in Hill, but that the team is discussing options. At this point, there aren’t many.

Still, Zimmer is committed to making the best out of a bad situation.

“That’s our job,” Zimmer said. “Find a way.”

126 responses to “Mike Zimmer vows to “find a way”

  1. Bummer , I feel for the Viking fans……Teddy is one of the better young QB’s…hope he heals with no other issues

  2. That’s really a gruesome injury, and very sorry to see it to such a good young QB. The Vikings need to get a good game manager who is safe when he has to throw. Sorry, but Kap and Josh McKown don’t do that. You need a brainy guy who learns fast who can step in and lead a run-first offense like you have. Glennon will work well with Johnson and Diggs–trust me. Ride your running game to the playoffs with Adrian, and grab Mike Glennon before another team does. Use a 2nd round pick now and bridge the gap–or would you rather see nothing this year and be done by mid October? No! Give your team a fighting chance this year Vikings fans! Get Mike Glennon now!

  3. Season is over before it started.trade all day see what you can get and build for the next few years.Adrian probably only has one really good season left anyway before the decline starts.The pain with this team every year…….

  4. The Broncos won the Super Bowl last year with worse QB play than the Vikings are likely to get with Hill or other backups. If they circle the wagons and everyone steps it up a notch, they can be right in the thick of it.

  5. Zimmers 1st year was equated to unexpectedly losing the teams best player that yielded a 7-9 team. Taking them from the cellar of an abysmal season prior to that.

    His second year he takes the division.

    Third year he loses a QB that they’re trying to peg as the face of the franchise.

    Give this man some credit…and blood pressure medication.

  6. Tebow time?
    Johnny eightball time?

    Sorry, Viking fans I was trying to make light of the situation. Hopefully it’s a strain and not a tear.

  7. Great coach. I still expect the Vikings to be competitive based on their schedule, overall roster and of course Zimmer. But no doubt that without Teddy they went from one the the NFC’s elites to a fringe playoff team.

    Get well soon, Teddy.

  8. Find a way? Like canceling the rest of the practice that started 25 minutes before the injury?

    Who does this? Poor leadership. Why not just tell your team the season is over?

    Who cancels practice because of one injury?

  9. Very tough news as a Vikes fan. But no matter what team someone plays for, you never want to see something like this happen… yes, even Rodgers.

  10. i feel bad for the kid but i don’t see this as a huge blow….lets face it, bridgewater was/is a huge question mark w many warts to his game. Think poor mans kordell stewart.

  11. Emotional presser. Zimmer even mentioned his wife’s death and how much they love Teddy as a person. I was really really looking forward to this season and now I’m legit depressed. I can’t take another year of 11 man boxes vs AP and super subpar QB play.

  12. The Vikings defense is no joke this year. But, it’s going to be tough for the vikes to overcome their franchise qb going down with a blown knee. Shaun Hill won’t take that group anywhere. It was going to be hard with Bridgewater at the helm and now it’s basically out of the question (for them to get back to the post season).

  13. Tebow time?
    Johnny “Meth” time?
    Sorry, Vikings fans. It’s never a good feeling when one of your stars gets hurt in preseason. Hopefully it’s a strain and not a tear.

  14. I hate everything Vikings, even dark pink…but I’ll be damned if I can find a way not to like this Zimmer fella.

    I really love the fact that the NFC North is again turning into one of the toughest divisions in football. Losing TB is going to be a huge hit, but this team will not be an easy opponent this year. Now you have to pray Peterson stays healthy.

  15. “We’re not going to stick our heads in the sands, but we have cancelled all practices for the rest of the year.”

    On a related note, the Governor of Minnesota has waived the mandatory closing time for all bars in the state for the forseeable future.

  16. Vikings fans count some of the worst trolls on PFT among their number. That may lead to a desire to twist the knife on their misery over this but that would be wrong. No real fan of the game wants to see another team lose their starting QB. The season is more entertaining for all of us when teams have their best players out there. Hopefully the injury is not as bad as it seems.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    Aug 30, 2016 5:30 PM
    fitzpatrick blew it

    —-

    Right. Because he was going to come in and learn a new system 10 days before the season started and be in a better position than second year in Gaileys system where he threw 14 TDs to Marshall and 12 to Decker.

  18. Not to overstate the obvious, but here is a nonexhaustive list of ominous signs for a football team:
    1. Losing your franchise QB to a non-contact injury 12 days before the season starts.
    2. Hoping that Mark Sanchez gets released so that he can be added to your team.
    3. Having your head coach speak in spirit to his late father for advice on how to move forward.

  19. Wow, they had to sedate him! Most guys consider trying to play through a torn ACL. Jordy Nelson said last year he would have tried to play through his tear had it happened in a regular season game. With that amount of pain it sounds like a good chance we’re talking about multiple tears (ACL, MCL, etc) or structural damage. Don’t normally see that level of severity in a non-contact injury.

  20. Yeah as a Pack fan this sucks for the Vikes all crap aside losing your starter at any position hurts but at QB is really bad. I hope our boys don’t look pas you guys now though as you still have a good team and at the moment are the NFC north champs. So I hope the Vikes get a decent replacement so the games will be good.

    Go Pack.

  21. Big blow to the Vikings, no question.

    But Zimmer is right- no excuses, gotta suck it up and find a way to win a lot of games. Lots of talent elsewhere on this Vikings team to do so, and the Vikings are structured as well as any team to withstand a QB loss.

    But Hill or Stave need to step up and deliver.

  22. I am a Packer fan as well and I hate to see this happen to any team, even the Vikings. It’s kind of like losing Jordy Nelson in the preseason last year. Your whole world is about to change. Good luck in finding a replacement quarterback and good luck to Teddy in a successful recovery!!

  23. Sorry Viking fans. Yours was the only team in that division that would have been anything more than a speed bump for the Packers. Now the door for Rogers & Co. is wide open.

  24. All of our options suck.. but out of the available players I’d take Mike Vick and/or Aaron Murray over Shaun Hill. I’d take that undrafted rookie we got over Hill though.

  25. At this point the Niners are probably willing to pay half of Kaps salary this year to help trade him out of town. Kap for Cordarrelle Patterson sounds fair since both were potential roster bubbles with potential and the Niners just lost their slot/return man to IR as well.

  26. It’s a shame when anyone suffers a season long injury like this one. I wish Teddy a speedy recovery.

    With that being said…

    man am I glad I drafted Adrian Peterson in my fantasy league!

    #toosoon?

  27. Anybody that would cut a player down in these circumstances is a Sub-Human bag of slime.
    I was looking forward to seeing Teddy this year.
    In his 2 pre-season games he has a perfect QBR.
    BUT, if any Head Coach can rally a team it is Zimmer, If he gets the team back in the playoffs he should be a favorite for Coach of the year!
    Good luck Teddy, hang in there and recover, we’ll see you next season.

  28. And Zimmer will find a way….keep counting us out, that will be the best motivation for the Vikings. They will make the playoffs with or without Teddy and wouldn’t be surprised if we still win the NFC North. Proud to have a man of Zimmer’s NFL IQ and more importantly, character. He will be a HOF coach.

  29. I think people need to remember that when Detroit lost Stafford for 11 games in 2011, Hill played well in relief. Feel bad for Teddy and the Vikes fans but their season isn’t over.

  30. I feel like I got kicked in the stomach today. After 25 years of being a Vikings fan I feel like we are cursed. I’m holding out hope this looks more serious than it is but with our luck his leg just fell off in the MRI machine. God help us is Kapernick is our best option??

  31. I was hoping it would not be as bad as initial scare. Not a big consolation, but it’s better than later in the year when he’d not only miss this year’s playoff, but also put a full season next year in doubt.

  32. kevpft says:
    Aug 30, 2016 5:30 PM
    The Broncos won the Super Bowl last year with worse QB play than the Vikings are likely to get with Hill or other backups. If they circle the wagons and everyone steps it up a notch, they can be right in the thick of it.

    ////////

    This post is truer than most. A new QB necessitates throwing out half the playbook. Like TB, Hill is more a game manager QB. I still see this team is legit with an up-pointing arrow and no reason they can’t make the playoffs this year. This will steel and focus the team and opponents better come prepared. Assuming a full TB recovery this isn’t as devastating as it would be for other teams or even other players like AD. Now is not the time to gloat.

  33. This sucks for the Vikes… Especially if they are forced to try and outbid Jerrah Jones for Buttfumble’s services after he is cut. Better trade for McCown or Glennon!

  34. Sucks he went down.

    Realistically – the Vikings need to find a QB that can replicate his output at the least. That’s slightly less than 1 TD and 1 INT a game with 200-ish passing yards.

    All fan speak aside – that’s what TB had been doing. That really shouldn’t be that hard to do for this year.

    And before people start with excuses – remember, Rodgers went out for a significant part of the year and the Packers still won the division. We’ve long heard how Rodgers is the team so TB, while going down is huge – they should still be very competitive. Right?

  35. Mike Glennon. He’s looked real strong the last 2 presesason games and always looked good during the regular season. He got screwed by Lovie Smith and now Winston is here so won’t be playing barring an injury. It’s a contract year for him and I am sure given the chance he could put in a strong season for some team with a QB need. For him it would be an audition for next season, for the Vikings he could salvage their season until TB comes back. I am sure the Bucs would take a 3rd round pick for him which isn’t much to give up to salvage a season.

  36. Speedy recovery to Teddy and condolences to Viking fans.

    But before putting Zimmer in HOF maybe you should wait for him to win a playoff game.

  37. Give Al’s “Great Playaaa” JaMarcus a call. Does Zimmer know Louisiana Fats JaRobitussin can throw a football 60 yards from his knee??….

  38. PAYTON MANNING comes out retirement and brings the vikings a SB ring and him the title of back to back SB wins with 2 different teams

    they could and should do that it would be historical

    shawn hill cant go 16+ games and stave isnt good enough.. sandcheese isnt a option “i hope” and idc kaeprnick would be ok maybe great

    i hope the best for teddy and he is in my prayers “i never talked trash about romo nor any injurys”

  39. I loved Zimmer as a D-Coordinator in Cincinnati and hated it when he left. He earned his promotion to a head coaching gig and has proven his mettle.

    I have a feeling that the Vikings are, in fact, NOT dead yet because while people are looking at the players who will be on the field for the Vikings this year, they also should be looking for who is coaching them.

  40. I think McCown would be the best fit and Cleveland seems intent on adding as many draft picks as possible.

  41. Why would any team think of getting McCown again? He’s been to Chicago, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland, and did NOTHING other than a few good games in Chicago that was a fluke. Fans were relieved with McCown went down in Tampa and Glennon stepped in. Like McCown, Glennon is only good for about 30% third down efficiency but Glennon doesn’t throw picks and Adrian will leave you with 3rd and 3 every time anyway. Sign Glennon to two years, and use him to bridge Teddy’s recovery and use as insurance if Teddy doesn’t heal right or if he goes sour in a contract year. With McCown, you MAYBE get one full year. Don’t be silly. Glennon is well worth the 2nd round pick to have a chance NOW.

  42. Luckily, we built our team before finding our quarterback, so we still have a strong team even without Teddy. Ted Thompson got his quarterback first, then took a 10-year nap.

  43. In a. Season thag was make or break for Theodores development it isn’t going to happen, so now it’s less time the Vikings will have him and AP in the same backfield.

  44. Wish all teams could be like my Patriots. We won 11 games with Matt Cassel after Brady went down. It helps when you have a system so good, a high school QB can have success in it.

  45. Will all of you armchair GM’s give it a rest already? Every other post is about who is available and who the Vikings should sign or trade for.

    If you really knew the answer, you wouldn’t be posting on this site. Let it go.

  46. whattaditka says:
    Aug 30, 2016 6:06 PM
    Sorry Vikings. You lost a good man and it’ll only get worse when Sanchez is under center.

    Assuming he even lines up in the right spot.

  47. Packers fan here. I’m hoping he can play. Both Packers fans abd Vikings fans have a lot to be optimistic about this year. It’s not gonna be the same if he’s not on the field.

  48. For dummies who are criticizing Zimmer for cancelling practice, when players have just had their heart ripped out witnessing the injury to their starting QB Teddy, as he said, you were not going to get much done after that.

  49. minnesotablizzard says:
    Aug 30, 2016 5:36 PM
    Emotional presser. Zimmer even mentioned his wife’s death and how much they love Teddy as a person. I was really really looking forward to this season and now I’m legit depressed. I can’t take another year of 11 man boxes vs AP and super subpar QB play.
    ——————-
    Take a deep breath and settle down. The Vikes still have a playoff caliber team. They just need to find another vet until Heinike comes back. That’s part of the tragedy, is that Heinike is hurt as well, otherwise we would have a viable option. Zimmer isn’t giving up and neither should we. Right now the most important thing is that a Teddy’s injury is rehab able. I feel so deeply for this talented, hard-working, incredible young man. His well-being should be paramount in our minds, and the season will take care of itself with Zim at the helm.

  50. Glennon — Fast learner; good decisions under pressure; doesn’t force plays; used to high powered run game; throws to big WRs; superior on audible; several years retainability if Teddy doesn’t heal well or walks/is not renewed in his contract year. 19 TDs, 9 ints, never injured.

    McCown — Fast learning; poor decisions that force the ball and cause picks; used to good run game; used to throws to big WRs; superior on audible; has one full year at best; no retainability; back to banking on Teddy to fully recover and be re-signed, healthy or not. Injury prone.

    Kap — Head not in the game; bad decisions on and off the field as of late; lots of surgeries and loss of muscle mass; a liability as of late to his team. Injury prone.

    Mettenberger — Still very green; not wanted even as a backup this year. Injured last three games last year raises questions or how good his shoulder is. 8 TDs and 7 picks.

    Who is the clear choice here?

  51. Blessing in disguise, ala PATS and RAMS? Teddy can’t throw deep. Has a year to build strength. There are a few guys out there with strong arms. Even Kap could be an option.

  52. As a Packer fan I can say that I dislike the Vikings…but never want to see a player, especially one as down to earth and likeable as Teddy, to go down with this type of injury (like Jordy last year). And I will appologize now for any Packer hate (trolls) on this subject….

  53. Although I don’t much like the Vikings or their fans, I am very sorry for your misfortune. Here is wishing it’s not as bad as they think. Ebron was said to be a season ending injury, and he may be ready for week one so keep the faith Vike fans It’s not always as bad as reported

  54. Man, I’m sick to my stomach and if social media has any credit so were a few Vikings after seeing the injury. I can understand stopping practice after seeing something like that when the guy is your team leader.

    Hope he makes a full recovery. Nicest kid on the field and always with a smile on his face.

  55. How about your #1 & #2 next tear for Drew Brees? He’d make that team a contender for the Lombardi…

  56. The Eagles will listen to serious offers on Sammy “Sleeves” Bradford. At least we should. Trade him for a WR and an OL and dump that salary. Start Daniels until Wentz is ready.

  57. My depression has given way to anger. This is on Rick Spielman, and to a lesser degree Zim. Zim just said they’re not going to “stick their head in the sand.” But, that is exactly what they’ve been doing with the backup QB situation. It is unacceptable that we are going into our first season in this brand new stadium that taxpayers paid $1B for with Hill at QB. Rick’s job is to make sure that Zim has a team to coach, letting the backup QB situation slip to this is not acceptable. Teddy has never been an ironman, it was likely that he would miss at least a few games this year. And thinking they could just roll with Hill does not fly.

    Spielman needs to answer for this.

  58. Luckily, we built our team before finding our quarterback, so we still have a strong team even without Teddy. Ted Thompson got his quarterback first, then took a 10-year nap.
    ——-
    Not one packer fan came in here to gloat or say anything bad about the kid but you still find it necessary to take a shot at us. I expected better from you.

    Hope TB comes back than ever…best of luck to him.

  59. As a Packer fan, I am actually mad. Bridgewater sucks and any other QB actually gives the Vikings a better shot at being BETTER. Bridgewater threw for 14 TDs in each of his first two years and about 3000 yards. And he also threw 12 INTs his first year and 9 his second year. He averaged about 3000 yards passing per year. In other words, he is not a good QB and never will be. The Vikings play defense and hand off the ball to AP. With a better QB, they become a more dangerous team, like when the Seahawks got Wilson. Wilson is not great, but on a team that plays great D and has a great running game, a decent QB adds a lot. I don’t see this affecting the Vikings at all. Like I said, I think they might actually be better for it.

  60. I’m so bummed I can’t even participate in the speculation. As I Vikes fan I was bummed to see Jordy go down last year and I’m looking forward to seeing him back this year. I hate to see guys go out like this, now it’s my guys turn. Sadness..

  61. Re: When a tragedy like this occurs, it’s nice to see who has class and who doesn’t.

    *********

    Yeah, and it’s nice to see who exploits a tragedy to further their petty agenda. You should be ashamed.

  62. Zimmer said he has confidence in Hill, but that the team is discussing options. At this point, there aren’t many.

    ————

    Why are they discussing options? Why is Shaun Hill the backup QB if you don’t trust him to be the backup QB? You guys should learn how to run a football team. Injuries happen. Next Man Up.

  63. mediasloppy says:
    Aug 30, 2016 6:45 PM
    Man, I’m sick to my stomach and if social media has any credit so were a few Vikings after seeing the injury. I can understand stopping practice after seeing something like that when the guy is your team leader.

    Hope he makes a full recovery. Nicest kid on the field and always with a smile on his face.
    ————————
    I truly think the social media is exaggerating. The injury wasn’t traumatic, non-contact, so how bad could it look? The worst would be a knee dislocation with ligament tears or patellar tendons. Teddy is super popular in the locker room so this was really hard on the team. But with Zim at the helm, I have no doubt they’ll prevail. And I agree. Teddy is a spectacular human being no matter how much the Cheeseheads have been decimating him since he became the Vikings starting QB.

  64. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 30, 2016 6:14 PM

    Luckily, we built our team before finding our quarterback, so we still have a strong team even without Teddy. Ted Thompson got his quarterback first, then took a 10-year nap.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Now there’s the mark of a class(less) human being. It still wants to troll.

  65. I just remember cringing when I read all the nasty comments about how Rodgers threw a high pass to Jordy Nelson when he ripped up his knee. I thought they were in terrible taste and reflected poorly on the Viking fan base.

    Maybe the definition of karma will be more readily understood by the Viking fan base now.

  66. If any team can overcome the loss of their starting QB its the Vikings . They won 11 games with a QB that threw for 14 td’s last season yes thats not a typo 14 in a 16 game season and an extra game that he threw none . This team is based on smash mouth running the ball and dink and dunk passes that control the clock and a rock solid defense .

  67. I would roll with Hill who is competent and has been on the team for a couple of years now and trade for Bradford or Foles tomorrow. Let them man the ol’ clipboard while theyre learning the new offense. Once they are up to speed with the offense then re-evaluate who your starter should be. Hopefully by that time the decision is easy and they stick with Hill en-route to a playoff berth. Its a real tough blow, and I’m pretty bumbed out right now.

  68. One of the worst days as a Vikings fan that I can remember, and we have had more than our share. The silver lining, if you can say that, is the Vikings are built on defense and a running attack. All the Vikes need is a QB who does not get in the way. I like the idea of going after Mike Glennon. He’s a drop back QB who fits AP’s style and would be a massive upgrade over Hill. Week 1 he just has to hand off to AP and McKinnon all day and throw the occasional dump pass as Tennessee will no doubt bring 9-10 men to the line of scrimmage. Then open it up week 2 against the Packers. If they stick with Hill we are looking at a bunch of close games where we just don’t score enough and finish 6-10 or 7-9 at best. With Glennon I think we could make it to 9-7 and have a shot at the playoffs. Yes, playoffs. AP took us there with Ponder.

  69. If any team can overcome the loss of their starting QB its the Vikings . They won 11 games with a QB that threw for 14 td’s last season yes thats not a typo 14 in a 16 game season and an extra game that he threw none . This team is based on smash mouth running the ball and dink and dunk passes that control the clock and a rock solid defense .

    That whole dink/dunk thing and smash mouth thing we’re both two of the biggest myths that was about to be exposed. The Vikings became a smash mouth team and a dink/dunk team because they had no line. As Zimmer said, “find a way”… That was the way the controlled the clock and let their defense win games.

    The stars were aligned for this year and for Teddy to start to take the reigns from AP. That’s why it’s sad to see this happen to Teddy just as he finally got his chance to quiet some of the doubters.

  70. IS FAVRE AVAILABLE AGAIN? SERIOUSLY?
    but umm wow opening up a new stadium and losing ya franchise qb ugh
    my browns seem too have it worse then the vikings though

  71. So messed up for this coach. Just when it seemed like his team was truly starting to turn the corner all this shananigans happens. I hope this team makes the playoffs. They have a HOF rb, possibly the fastest wr core in the NFL, and an all-pro TE. Their defense isn’t too bad, either; so yes, it isn’t reaslistic to predict them to make some noise in both their division & conference. I still cannot believe all of this. Feel so bad for AP, if I were him I would try to get traded ASAP.

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