Mike Zimmer wants the Vikings to get back to being “blue-collar” this year

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after the end of the 2016 season that he heard from some of the team’s players about what he could do to be a better coach and said Friday that he also met with “a number of head coaches” to discuss the same topic.

Zimmer didn’t delve into everything he heard during his listening tour, but he did lay out one thing that he will be doing differently this season.

“Going into last season, part of my whole goal was, I thought we had a pretty good football team and I wanted to make sure we got to the first game healthy,” Zimmer said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. “And so maybe I was a little bit cautious in some of the things. We’re going to get back to being the Vikings. We’re going to be blue-collar, and we’re going to do the things that got us to be, where we played teams, that they respected the way we played.”

Zimmer’s 2016 approach didn’t really work out for the Vikings as they lost several players to season-ending injuries early in the season and he was criticized by former Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison’s father Riki, a former 49ers linebacker, for the “mentality of physical practices that continued to hurt players on the offensive line and burn out the desire of the defense to play hard when it counted most.”

Zimmer, who said he tried and failed to speak with Ellison about those comments, said that the team is going to practice “until I feel good about it” while discussing how he plans to implement that mindset. There are limits to how much the Vikings can practice under league rules, of course, but the implication that Zimmer is looking for a tougher team and he said he doesn’t expect push back from players as a result.

Their parents may be a different story, though.

65 responses to “Mike Zimmer wants the Vikings to get back to being “blue-collar” this year

  1. Zimmer is tough but also humble. I love that he seeks feedback to continuously improve. I think it’s true that the more you try to avoid injuries, the more they seem to happen. Just get the players ready however is necessary and let the chips fall where they may.

  2. he also met with “a number of head coaches” to discuss the same topic.
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    Mike McCarthy’s advice was to get a franchise quaterback then to sit back and eat dounts.

  3. If “blue collar” means a work ethic in practice that makes the players get it right before they leave, I’m all for it. If it means grinding the players physically to that they’re banged up going into games and can’t play at 100 percent, then I’m against it.

  4. dawoger says:
    “Blue collar as opposed to jail house jump suite orange?”

    You do realize an ex-jabroni packer escaped custody today…right?

  5. I think our perennial playoff losing sisters to the east (who accept playoff humiliation) just soiled all over their choke collars!

  6. Cheeseisfattening:

    I’m a Packer fan … and that was one of the funniest comments I’ve read on these troll boards in some time. Well crafted.

  7. RandyinRoxbury says:
    May 5, 2017 4:04 PM
    Everyone bring your lunch pale?

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    I really hope you were going for the pun. That would be fantastic.

  8. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 5, 2017 3:59 PM

    Mike McCarthy’s advice was to get a franchise quaterback then to sit back and eat dounts.
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    That comment wins the internet for today, spelling errors aside. And don’t think it’s far from the truth.

  9. cheeseisfattening says:

    Mike McCarthy’s advice was to get a franchise quaterback . . .

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    That would be a good place to start instead of waiting for Tiny Tim to have a Christmas miracle.

  10. genxj say:

    You do realize an ex-Packer escaped today…right?

    Yes I do. He was just trying to get speildolt’s attention. He knows being an ex-packer and a felon is the ticket to a fat contract with the barneys.

  11. Blue-collar?

    That sounds disgustingly like “practice” and “be in shape when you show up for camp” and “put in some real effort”. All of which will no doubt get the NFLPA to jump all over them in nanoseconds.

    Remember, the NFLPA’s creed: “Do as little as possible, while getting paid as much as you can.”

    Then go tear your ACLs in droves and wonder if this whole drastic reduction in practices and workouts thing might have had something to do with it.

  12. I love Zim and how candid he is, but in the history of the NFL, I wonder if a coach has ever said we need to be less aggressive or work less hard?

  13. nothing you can do when you have players quit on you !!!!! Only thing you can do is make a list and begin replacing them during the draft and free agency…… not to call anyone out, but Barr was laid down all year …. just 1 of many some who already gone like cp84 not to call anyone out !!!! LMAO !!!!

  14. Tired of losing , and listening to all the crap we do !!!
    You have to admit it takes a lot of humility and strength to be a vikings fan !!!!!

  15. Zimmer said, “And maybe I was a little bit cautious in some of the things”. “We’re going to get back to being the Vikings”. We’re going to be blue-collar, and we’re going to do the things that got us to be, where we played teams, that they respected the way we played”.

    I’m sorry, but this is so f’n incoherent that it redefines the word.

  16. Rhett Ellison is a grown man. Who honestly cares what his father thinks? I’m guessing he’ll make a statement after this season too claiming that someone kept taking his son’s lunch money and caused him upset when they called him a name!

  17. Everybody go ahead and laugh, ESPN, NFL Network and all the rest-you won’t be laughing after this year……………………..

  18. Hmm……….Maybe Mike Zimmer should just worry about getting his players to follow his game plans.
    I honestly think he has his hands full with just that.

  19. If they they do, their collars will finally match the blue faces that they have from all of that choking over the last 56 years.

  20. He doesn’t expect any push back? The players mutinied on him during a game. Defensive players.

    I really think he may have lost this team. I’m actually starting to wonder if it isn’t time to move on from Zimmer and Spielman.

  21. so why werent they? because you were coaching D… and Sporano boy is still there right? Don’t tell me it was due to Norv because shurmur is more Bill Walsh/Pass Happy than anyone..?!

  22. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 5, 2017 3:59 PM
    he also met with “a number of head coaches” to discuss the same topic.
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    Mike McCarthy’s advice was to get a franchise quaterback then to sit back and eat donuts.

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    Classic the skoltrolls even troll the Packers on Vikings threads.

  23. So called tough teams control the line of scrimmage and the Vikings offensive line hasn’t been good enough to do that. He can talk all he wants about being tough but if you don’t have a good offensive line it means nothing.

  24. I for one, always respected the way the Vikings played the game. Of course, when the Packers go 11-2-1 over the last 14 games against the Vikings, its hard not to respect or especially appreciate the way they play the game when at the end, you get another W in the win column.

    I have to admit, I liked the Zimmer of last season more. He began the season by saying “NO excuses” and from that day forward, all we heard from the Viking fans were excuses disguised as football analysis on why the Vikings finished in 3rd place.

  25. truepurplefan says:
    May 5, 2017 4:28 PM

    nothing you can do when you have players quit on you !!!!! Only thing you can do is make a list and begin replacing them during the draft and free agency…… not to call anyone out, but Barr was one who laid down all year …. just 1 of many some who already gone like cp84 not to call anyone out !!!! LMAO !!!!

    And remember the mutiny in the green bay game ? think about it !!! at that point in the season A strong coach would have sent a strong message and benched all of them !!!

  26. Every team has to be sitting around thanking themselves for the Falcons.

    Because no matter how bad your team is no one will ever be able to choke as hard as the Falcons.

  27. Frazier28/7 says:
    May 5, 2017 5:39 PM
    Hey packer morons: repeat after me, nobody cares about your own life or opinion. No one, none, ZERO.

    Ok? Thanks!

    ———

    You kind of lost the high ground once you, you know, posted.

  28. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 5, 2017 3:59 PM
    Mike McCarthy’s advice was to get a franchise quaterback then to sit back and eat dounts.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Too drunk to pick fights? Sure looks like it.

  29. stellarperformance says:
    May 5, 2017 6:11 PM
    cheeseisfattening says:
    May 5, 2017 3:59 PM
    Mike McCarthy’s advice was to get a franchise quaterback then to sit back and eat dounts.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Too drunk to pick fights? Sure looks like it.
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    I see you no longer tell me ‘I have jumped the shark’. I wonder why? 😛 lol

  30. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 5, 2017 3:59 PM

    Mike McCarthy’s advice was to get a franchise quaterback then to sit back and eat dounts.

    #################################

    I have to admit that was really funny. After 1,263 attempts at funny fat jokes, you finally nailed it.

  31. In his first three years in the league, Barr has piled up 146 tackles, 9.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

    He’s made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons. In 2015, he absolutely deserved it, finishing with 54 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception in 14 games.

    (Last season was a different story, he had a career-low 37 tackles to go with two sacks in 16 games. ) courtesy of Kyle Ratke| May 1, 2017 3:29 pm ET (vikings wire)

    I watched his play he was slow and showed absolutely no heart !!! as you see not only my opinion !!! but he was not alone in his lack of effort!! but a great example of what happen last year….
    take this for what its worth 2018 draft needs : LB,CB,DL. S and of course like every year QB

  32. imaduffer says:

    What, you going to pay them minimum wage?
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    They have a union so they’ll be overpayed and underworked.

  33. I think this man crazy eyes are making him delusional. This team will be 3rd in the NFC North this upcoming season.

  34. I think our perennial playoff losing sisters to the east (who accept playoff humiliation) just soiled all over their choke collars!
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    Ignoring the sheer stupidity of your post, it is nice to hear that you are exactly who we thought you were. Someone who thinks it’s better to be eliminated in week 16 than to make a deep playoff run.

  35. AH! The feeling of the NFL is actually starting to warm up for the trolls that think they know something about the NFL. It does my heart good to know there is a reason they are around. The Vikings had a very good draft, the other teams not so much, thats not my opinion although i agree with the final results. Minnesota got Cook from FSU and they got him with their first that they had to trade up to get before the Rams! Well they pulled that one off! Now here comes one of the best lineman how he was still there is a big mystery to me but the Vikings traded up again and stole that Center from OSU! They also have several more jems to deal with because that roster has to be bulging at the seams! The Vikings have used the roster in a very productive manner and are one of those teams that like to develop a guy if they know they can get it done! Another reference to how a blue collar franchise operates!

  36. I can sense the frustration of Vikings fans when 1 guy singlehandedly keeps beating 22.

  37. Every time I hear talk I get the distinct feeling that the guy is in way over his head as a head coach.

    It’s like he’s trying to use all the 1950’s inspirational book material he read as a teenager in the early 70s because he has nothing else.

    I think he’s a good defensive coach but I don’t think he should be a head coach. Nothing wrong with that except that his team has to see through the BS as easily as some random observer in flyover country.

    He’s an empty suit as we say.

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