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Xavier Rhodes says Vikings had a miscommunication, not a mutiny

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Everyone agrees that the Vikings did not match cornerback Xavier Rhodes one-on-one with Packers receiver Jordy Nelson at the start of Sunday’s game, even though head coach Mike Zimmer wanted Rhodes on Nelson. But the details of the issue remain unclear.

Initial reports indicated that the Vikings’ defensive backs had mutinied against Zimmer and the coaching staff. Since then, the Vikings have tried to downplay the matter.

Now Rhodes himself is speaking up, and insisting that the team didn’t mutiny against its coach.

“It was just a miscommunication during the first series,” Rhodes said, via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.

Asked to clarify, Rhodes repeated that it was just a miscommunication. Rhodes also took to Twitter and suggested the story was overblown.

“It amazing that ppl believe everything they hear,” Rhodes wrote. “It’s more to the story. To all who knows me knows I obey authority.”

But if there’s more to the story, why doesn’t Rhodes or someone else on the Vikings explain exactly what happened? Some reports have indicated that cornerback Terence Newman was the ringleader in the players deciding to disregard the coaches’ game plan, which is surprising because Newman is a longtime favorite of Zimmer’s who was brought to the Vikings specifically because Newman thought he could be a good veteran leader in Minnesota. No one inside the Vikings organization is saying whether those reports are accurate or not.

Until the Vikings explain exactly what happened, questions will linger. If it was just a “miscommunication,” the Vikings should communicate with the rest of us about what really happened.

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52 Responses to “Xavier Rhodes says Vikings had a miscommunication, not a mutiny”
  1. sportnik2 says: Dec 26, 2016 1:37 PM

    Umm, Xavier, we’re not reacting to some crazy internet rumor. After the game your own coach was dumb enough to admit “That’s what he was supposed to do the whole game, someone decided they wouldn’t do that.”

    Nice try, but your now a toxic player in the NFL. Don’t worry, there’s always a home for players like you in Cincinnati.

  2. carlpanzramwasatypicalminnesotan says: Dec 26, 2016 1:38 PM

    That’s the same thing that happened to Adrian Peterson and his son.

    A “miscommunication”

  3. stellarperformance says: Dec 26, 2016 1:39 PM

    Zimmer is not liked by his players or coaches, and the fans see the world through purple-colored glasses. It’s a lose-lose-lose situation.

  4. gmen5280 says: Dec 26, 2016 1:40 PM

    One persons mutiny is another persons misunderstanding.
    Just man up and admit you disregarded the game plan and more on.

  5. packertruth says: Dec 26, 2016 1:41 PM

    I think what Xavier is trying to say is “we had a mutiny, but we were not supposed to communicate that to outsiders….apparently Zimmer didn’t get the memo”.

  6. Dont Vontaze Me Bro!! says: Dec 26, 2016 1:41 PM

    A miscommunication can be rectified after the first drive. I’m surprised that it took them all the way to third quarter to get that fixed. You’d think at some point between the packers first possession and halftime they could have worked that out? Maybe when the Vikings offense had the ball? Maybe between the first and second quarter? Hell maybe even at halftime…lmfao

  7. surfinbird1 says: Dec 26, 2016 1:41 PM

    Translation: Please don’t cut me.

  8. karmathaitch says: Dec 26, 2016 1:44 PM

    I wonder why Norv Turner left now?

  9. casualmalexlfan says: Dec 26, 2016 1:51 PM

    “Mutiny? Uhhh we just um misremembered the gameplan.. Nothing to see here.”

  10. hbudgess says: Dec 26, 2016 1:54 PM

    I hope the Vikings fine and suspend all involved,for the last game even if it matters only to Philly getting our 1 st pick.

  11. tdskinz says: Dec 26, 2016 1:55 PM

    Leaving before the season was over was Norv’s best play call ever.

  12. dragonfly99 says: Dec 26, 2016 1:58 PM

    A miscommunication that wasn’t addressed until the game was half over???? The sad thing is that most of the Viking fans will buy into these lies.

  13. weepingjebus says: Dec 26, 2016 1:59 PM

    One of my favorite BSPN articles this year was how their 5-0 start was not a mirage and how they are legit SB contenders.

  14. jayhawk6 says: Dec 26, 2016 2:02 PM

    “It amazing that ppl believe everything they hear,” You are aware that a recent presidential election proves that statement, right?

  15. edenprairieballer says: Dec 26, 2016 2:10 PM

    Newman shouldn’t be allowed in Winter Park from here on out. He can’t be trusted. He stabbed Zimmer in the back.

  16. shaggytoodle says: Dec 26, 2016 2:24 PM

    There was no miscommunication, it was just horrendous idea, that now has all the DBs in Minnesota with egg on their face.

    I can’t even imagine it was on all of them, and maybe I am wrong, but Harrison Smith seems like the kind of player that wouldn’t let that sort of thing fly, unless it was strictly on the CB level, but even then I would expect him to straighten them out, because Safetys and DBs work as a unit.

    All I know is this whole mess a lot like Jordy Nelson on Saturday. Someone put an idea in his head, and he is just trying to stay away from it all.

  17. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 26, 2016 2:30 PM

    More lies. How much will Vike fans put up with? A lot, apparently.

  18. teal379 says: Dec 26, 2016 2:31 PM

    It’s not a miscommunication when your guys flat out told the press “coach told us to do X. We decided NOT to and did Y”

    Miscommunication means you didn’t understand. Your quotes state you understood and decided to ignore.

  19. vavikingfan says: Dec 26, 2016 2:41 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Dec 26, 2016 1:39 PM
    Zimmer is not liked by his players or coaches, and the fans see the world through purple-colored glasses. It’s a lose-lose-lose situation.

    In any organization or business, the boss is liked by some and disliked by some. What special insight do you have to make this statement?

  20. jimmysee says: Dec 26, 2016 2:44 PM

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate!”

    —– Cool Hand Luke

  21. shaggytoodle says: Dec 26, 2016 2:53 PM

    vavikingfan says:
    Dec 26, 2016 2:41 PM

    In any organization or business, the boss is liked by some and disliked by some. What special insight do you have to make this statement?
    _____________

    I don’t know if you have watched Viking football this seson, but a team starting 5-0 people were locking them into the playoffs and they could have still went of they played .500 after that start, having Norv quit after the Bears game. Player’s doing what they want later in the season, and their performance in the last 2 games (most notably 1st halfs).

    Something is VERY wrong and Minnesota.

  22. 4sacroc says: Dec 26, 2016 2:53 PM

    Green Bay trolls: You’re not in the playoffs yet.

    Redskins will easily handle Giants backups.

    Can that lame GB secondary handle Matthew Stafford and Jones, Boldin, Tate and Pettigrew?

    Doubtful.

  23. cribbage12 says: Dec 26, 2016 2:54 PM

    So when Xavier, when asked for comment after that great game, said he didn’t want to talk about it, really meant he didn’t want to talk about a simple miscommunication?

    Yeah, I buy that……

    Still
    Keep
    On
    Lying… SKOL!!!!!

  24. sewalters79 says: Dec 26, 2016 2:58 PM

    Wild savages

  25. dynalee10 says: Dec 26, 2016 3:01 PM

    Now it kind of makes me wonder ,, First Detroit game fourth and a mile and they give up a mile and 1 yard and the Kitties tie a game and send it to OT . Then they let Detroit march right down the field and not one but two of the best tacklers on the team whiff on the tackle and the receiver flips into the end zone . Things that make you go hmmm.

  26. truthbetold109 says: Dec 26, 2016 3:12 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Dec 26, 2016 2:53 PM
    Green Bay trolls: You’re not in the playoffs yet.

    Redskins will easily handle Giants backups.

    Can that lame GB secondary handle Matthew Stafford and Jones, Boldin, Tate and Pettigrew?

    Doubtful.
    ________________

    You mean like they did in the first game until Capers went into the prevent yourself from winning cushion defense?

    Probable, Francine.

  27. djvh2 says: Dec 26, 2016 3:22 PM

    The good news is that we don’t have to listen to that stupid horn during the playoffs.

  28. thegreenandcold says: Dec 26, 2016 3:29 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Dec 26, 2016 2:53 PM
    Green Bay trolls: You’re not in the playoffs yet.

    Redskins will easily handle Giants backups.

    Can that lame GB secondary handle Matthew Stafford and Jones, Boldin, Tate and Pettigrew?

    Doubtful.
    —————————
    Huh? The Green Bay Packers beat the Lions earlier in the year. So… yeah. They’ve proven they can beat the Lions. It’s not doubtful.

  29. immafubared says: Dec 26, 2016 3:38 PM

    All I know is teams that play man on Rogers and have a good pass rush to boot will succeed. Zimmer knew this. Rogers picks apart zones, always has, thrives on them and in the first half had his way.
    In the second they played Zimmer football and Rogers was avg at best. Time of Rhodes to hit the road. If story true I would be he is trade bait.

  30. Ferdinand says: Dec 26, 2016 3:38 PM

    Is he really dumb enough to think we would believe the coach didn’t/wouldn’t tell them “Make sure their leading receiver is covered.” Or is he admitting he is too stupid to understand the coach when he said “Make sure their leading receiver is covered.”

  31. riraider says: Dec 26, 2016 3:40 PM

    They still get a banner, right?

  32. aarons444 says: Dec 26, 2016 3:40 PM

    Rhodes ignored Zimmer for 1 game…. Rodgers has had to ignore McCarthy for the last 9 years to be successful.

  33. purpleguy says: Dec 26, 2016 4:02 PM

    Was travelling over X-mas and didn’t have time to post, and since this article is all cheeser comments anyhow (with their usual classy takes), let me take this opportunity to take my medicine — your team is better right now — congrats on Saturday’s win.

  34. football2011 says: Dec 26, 2016 4:11 PM

    All three of Dbs need to be suspended for next week.

  35. kickinpuppies says: Dec 26, 2016 4:13 PM

    Im almost starting to feel bad for the Vikings fans. Almost…

  36. tonebones says: Dec 26, 2016 4:13 PM

    Xavier Rhodes is a blue chipper. His job is safe. He’s probably covering for the other DBs.

  37. football2011 says: Dec 26, 2016 4:25 PM

    If the Vikes get blown out at home this weekend by a bad Bears team, Zimmer is gone. Newman and Munnerlynn are free agents after this season. they are gone regardless of Zimmer’s status. Rhodes is under contract for next year and will likely survive, but the new coach will keep him on a short leash.

  38. ccous13 says: Dec 26, 2016 4:34 PM

    I think the Lions cut Pettigrew.

  39. tonebones says: Dec 26, 2016 4:38 PM

    Now it’s coming out that it was Newman’s idea. I figured that right off the bat. The veteran DB was jealous of Rhodes making the pro bowl.

  40. cheeseisfattening says: Dec 26, 2016 5:08 PM

    It is not difficult to figure out what is going on here. Newman felt embarrassed that Rhodes was being asked to shadow Nelson. It was Nelson after all, it was not like it was Beckham or Benjamin. Rhodes felt bad for he friend and mentor and wanted to give him a chance to go out with not needing the extra help.

    Its too bad Newman at the age of 38 has finally lost a step and could not stay with Nelson. Zim was right, Rhodes should have stayed with Nelson as we saw when Rhodes shut Nelson down in the 2nd half.

    This is just one friend trying to help another. It is not like a player is calling out his head coach in the press for not being able to get his team prepared to play games.

  41. cheeseisfattening says: Dec 26, 2016 5:12 PM

    It is not difficult to figure out what is going on here. Newman felt embarrassed that Rhodes was being asked to stay with Nelson. It was Nelson after all, it was not like it was Beckham or Benjamin. Rhodes felt bad for he friend and mentor and wanted to give him a chance to go out with not needing the extra help.

    Its too bad Newman at the age of 38 has finally lost a step and could not stay with Nelson. Zim was right, Rhodes should have stayed with Nelson as we saw when Rhodes shut Nelson down in the 2nd half.

    This is just one friend trying to help another. It is not like a player is calling out his head coach in the press for not being able to get his team prepared to play games.

  42. aljack88 says: Dec 26, 2016 5:21 PM

    ccous13 says:
    Dec 26, 2016 4:34 PM
    I think the Lions cut Pettigrew.
    =============================
    Back on Dec 9.

  43. whatjusthapped says: Dec 26, 2016 6:04 PM

    Talk about making a mountain out of molehill. At worst, it was a minor miscommunication. Zimmer actually told the team to play Minnesota Viking football and the team took it literally and promptly went out and choked, as is their tradition.

    Granted, Zimmer meant something else but the players followed his instructions to a “T”, which resulted in a “L” and with 8 of them in the last 10 games, the team will be watching the off season from the couch, which is far more comfortable than playing hard for 59 minutes and 55 seconds in the freezing cold only to watch your kicker miss a 27 yard FB.

  44. lanski5 says: Dec 26, 2016 6:16 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Dec 26, 2016 2:53 PM
    Green Bay trolls: You’re not in the playoffs yet.

    Redskins will easily handle Giants backups.

    Can that lame GB secondary handle Matthew Stafford and Jones, Boldin, Tate and Pettigrew?

    Doubtful.
    —————————————————
    As of late the Packers have handled with relative easy, several teams with better defenses than the Lions can field. While statistically the the Lions defense is better than the Packers, it’s only marginally so. However the Packers offense is head and shoulders better tan the Lions. The Lions will be lucky to put up 24 points next Sunday, and that won’t be enough.

  45. smedley61 says: Dec 26, 2016 6:38 PM

    Easy enough to confirm the miscommunication only on the first series. Just have to wait for the rebroadcast.

  46. h0metownzero says: Dec 26, 2016 7:04 PM

    It’s always hilarious when the Packers destroy the Vikings and ruin Christmas in MN.

  47. 13xworldchamps says: Dec 26, 2016 7:37 PM

    This is so much fun, watching the once 5 -0 Vikings fans try to explain away another dumpster fire of a season, having to root for Detroit to do what your team couldn’t…..Well the season is 17 weeks, not 5. The Packers are the better team, have been the better team and will be the better team in the future. Enjoy your Vacation, courtesy of the Green Bay Packers.

  48. Shinnbone says: Dec 26, 2016 7:42 PM

    member when the queens started out 5-0. lol

  49. cornerblitz says: Dec 26, 2016 8:12 PM

    For an entire half? Sure dude. Vikings need to quit talking and start worrying about next year

  50. RegisHawk says: Dec 27, 2016 6:20 AM

    “Because of WORMS, Roxanne!”

  51. filthymcnasty3 says: Dec 27, 2016 5:51 PM

    Highway 29 (Xavier Rhodes) is just the sort of loser they love in MN.

  52. xDocOpsx says: Dec 28, 2016 12:05 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Dec 26, 2016 2:53 PM
    Green Bay trolls: You’re not in the playoffs yet.

    Redskins will easily handle Giants backups.

    Can that lame GB secondary handle Matthew Stafford and Jones, Boldin, Tate and Pettigrew?

    Doubtful.

    //////////

    1. Go read the article that says the Giants are playing their starters.

    2. The Packers already beat the Lions earlier this year. The same Lions that beat “the greatest defense to ever play” twice this year. Pettigrew was cut at the beginning of December. I know that is hard to understand since Vikings fans believe that a football season is only August – October.

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