Mike Zimmer admits it will be hard giving up defensive play-calling

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Mike Zimmer already has said he probably will allow defensive coordinator George Edwards to call plays during a preseason game. But the Vikings head coach admits that after 17 consecutive seasons of calling the defensive plays, it will be hard to relinquish those duties.

Zimmer didn’t elaborate on his comments Friday, but his players did.

“If he does it, it will be tough for him to do,” safety Harrison Smith said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “He loves running the [defensive] film session, he loves calling the plays. That’s his thing. That’s what he’s been great at for how many years? But he’s always going to do his thing as a head coach, so whatever he does we’ll adapt to it.”

Edwards called the defensive plays last year against the Cowboys when Zimmer missed the game because of emergency eye surgery. The Vikings held the Cowboys to 17 points, though they lost by two.

Edwards, entering his fourth season with the Vikings, previously served as a defensive coordinator with Washington in 2003 and Buffalo in 2010-11.

22 responses to “Mike Zimmer admits it will be hard giving up defensive play-calling

  1. This Zimmer guy is pretty good. My Packers wonder what it’s like to have a good defensive coach.

  2. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Jul 28, 2017 8:37 PM
    This Zimmer guy is pretty good. My Packers wonder what it’s like to have a good defensive coach.
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    They do? They own the Vikings. Isn’t that who Zimmer coaches? Did I miss something?

  3. It would be nice if the refs called a fair game and didn’t let the packers get away with blatant holding and pushing off by the receivers. But, they need all the help they can get when facing Zimmers defense.

  4. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 28, 2017 8:42 PM
    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Jul 28, 2017 8:37 PM
    This Zimmer guy is pretty good. My Packers wonder what it’s like to have a good defensive coach.
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    They do? They own the Vikings. Isn’t that who Zimmer coaches? Did I miss something?

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    Zimmer went o-2 against the Packers his first season, after he inherited a defense that was ranked 31st the year before he arrived…since then he is 2-2 against the Packers, including a win at Lambeau to clinch the NFC North Championship that was largely because of the defense , so I wouldn’t say they “own” the Vikings during Zimmer’s tenure…perhaps you missed the last two seasons…Zimmer has turned the defense from a weakness to a strength in his 3 years on the job…

  5. Cant wait for Aaron Rodgers to retire. Take him away from the Packers and theyre a 0-2 win team. Packer fans have been blessed by 25 years (so far) of Hall of Fame QB play. The Young and Montana 49ers lasted like 17 years… nobody else has even come close to that kind of luck.

  6. The Vikings have a top 3 defense . People that cover the sport acknowledge that is the strength of the team. And the reason they will compete in the North this year. Yet the packer fans are speaking here about the defense.
    Let that sink in as they try to say too often.

  7. codythao35 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 11:56 PM
    The only thing the packs own is their chokes.
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    The bar set by Viking fans for the Packers: Go deep in the playoffs but if you don’t win the SuperBowl, every year, you’ve choked.

    The bar set by Viking fans for the Vikings: Please beat the Packers. That’s our SuperBowl.

  8. FlashPatterson says:
    Jul 29, 2017 12:01 AM

    Cant wait for Aaron Rodgers to retire. Take him away from the Packers and theyre a 0-2 win team. Packer fans have been blessed by 25 years (so far) of Hall of Fame QB play. The Young and Montana 49ers lasted like 17 years… nobody else has even come close to that kind of luck.
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    The Packers didn’t “luck into” anything. They took an out-of-shape, drunk, third stringer that nobody else wanted and Atlanta couldn’t wait to get rid of, then they developed him onto a first ballot hall of famer.

    Immediately thereafter, they took a talented young kid, parked him behind that hall of famer, changed his throwing mechanics and his footwork into the best in the game, taught him how to really read defenses, and developed him into what will surely be a first ballot hall of famer.

    Quite a few Packer backups that were traded for picks when they got expensive went on to very solid careers as starters. Meanwhile, your Vikings completely destroyed every young quarterback they got their hands on. But sure, call it “luck” if it makes you feel better.

  9. h0metownzero says:
    Jul 29, 2017 4:00 PM
    Zimmer’s lifetime winning percentage against Mike McCarthy and the Packers is .333.

    Wow. No wonder Viking fans love him.
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    It’s better than Leslie Frazier’s 1-5-1 record v. Green Bay or Brad Childress’ 3-10 record v. GB.

    So I would guess .333 means free lutefisk for the entire state.

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