Mike Zimmer: Offensive line was outstanding, hopes they’ll get even better

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The Vikings made a late change to their starting offensive line when they released guard Alex Boone and that meant the group that started on Monday night against the Saints didn’t have much time together during the preseason.

That wasn’t something you’d have picked up without prior knowledge while watching them against New Orleans. The Vikings blockers gave Sam Bradford time to deliver passes downfield and they opened up space for Dalvin Cook to run on the way to a 29-19 win.

It was a performance that bore little resemblance to last year’s struggles up front and caused coach Mike Zimmer to call the line “outstanding” in his postgame press conference. Zimmer found ways to praise their effort when asked about others on offense and said he thinks things can get even better.

“Well they played together in the Seattle game a little bit and they’ve been practicing this way for quite a while,” Zimmer said. “I thought, a lot of the things that we did it was easy for them to communicate those things. I’m hopeful that they’ll continue to get better.”

It was the first NFL game for rookie center Pat Elflein and the first game as Vikings for left tackle Riley Reiff and right tackle Mike Remmers. Left guard Nick Easton and right guard Joe Berger were on last year’s team, but they are manning new spots on the line so something new was in the air across the board for Minnesota.

The new look was a good one on Monday night and the Vikings’ hopes for 2017 will look good if that should hold up all year.

24 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Offensive line was outstanding, hopes they’ll get even better

  1. The Vikings looked pretty darn good last night. Detroit looked good too. So did the Packers. And with better clock management, the Bears should’ve beaten Atlanta as well. Nothing is going to be easy in the North Division this year.

  2. packer trolls are feverishly looking for something else to talk about. O well we can still count on hearing about better football for better people, 100 year old championships and my dad can beat up your dad.

  3. Bikes look pretty good no doubt, but I think temper the enthusiasm a little bit, Coach. The Saints look more like the Aints of the past starting four rookies and losing their starting right tackle early. And that Harris kid has no business being on the football field

    Also, is there something going on with the turf? Why do our kickers keep missing PATs?

  4. This really was the story of the game. I am still skeptical if the Vikings are that good or are the Saints that bad on defense? Only time will tell but I can tell you that no matter who they played last year they never put up a performance like last night… Skol Vikes!!!

  5. That OL looked pretty good, but it’s worth mentioning that they also got some significant assists from the rookie Cook, who picked up the blitz like a veteran, and helped out with standard pass blocking when a DL got past the OL.

  6. My two cents. Even if the saints are god awful on d. Bradford was money, his throws were spot on. If the line can give him time, he makes all the throws. I get why people say tempter the enthusiasm…but guys we just dominated week 1. Enjoy it for petes sake. Go vikes!

  7. fwippel says:
    September 12, 2017 at 8:54 am
    That OL looked pretty good, but it’s worth mentioning that they also got some significant assists from the rookie Cook, who picked up the blitz like a veteran, and helped out with standard pass blocking when a DL got past the OL.

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    YES. People keep talking about the line play, but Cook was picking up some really good blocks the entire game.

  8. packer trolls are feverishly looking for something else to talk about.
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    All I see are packer fans complimenting your team but whatever.

  9. flviking says:
    September 12, 2017 at 7:10 am
    packer trolls are feverishly looking for something else to talk about. O well we can still count on hearing about better football for better people, 100 year old championships and my dad can beat up your dad.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Vikings played the worst defense in the league, play a real defense before you start crowning yourself SB champs. You’ve never won anything. There, does that make you feel better? Geez, Packer fan showing some respect to the Vikings and you can’t handle it. Stop sucking on lemons and drink some oj and be happy. Your team played a great game last night and won.

  10. It was definitely fun to watch them nullify a d-line like that. But, I’m more interested to see how they do against a real front 7, like Pittsburgh’s. Next week will be the real test. No matter what though, they are much improved from last season.

  11. I picked the Vikes to win last night. So, not at all surprise at outcome. Saints are on the downside and AP screaming at the coach on the sideline certainly doesn’t help.

    I am a little surprised at Vike fans’ reactions though, they don’t seem to know how to handle winning very well.

  12. It was nice to see the Refs HAND another Home win to the Packers, take away a TD AND the best Corner for the Hawks…
    Sorry but Rodgers looked dull and done as Bradford did sharp. It was Sams best over all game EVER as a pro, looks like he has found a home, and the Vikings have found their Franchise QB..

  13. lambeaudungbarn says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:31 am
    It was nice to see the Refs HAND another Home win to the Packers, take away a TD AND the best Corner for the Hawks…
    Sorry but Rodgers looked dull and done as Bradford did sharp. It was Sams best over all game EVER as a pro, looks like he has found a home, and the Vikings have found their Franchise QB..
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    You convinced me. Is this where we start calling them the “Minnesota Bradford’s?” Please advise.

    Thanks,

  14. Purple People Eaters says:
    September 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Bikes look pretty good no doubt, but I think temper the enthusiasm a little bit, Coach. The Saints look more like the Aints of the past starting four rookies and losing their starting right tackle early.
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    He said the line was outstanding last night (true) and he hopes they continue to get better. Sorry that was too much enthusiasm for you. Aren’t you the guy who was upset when Zimmer criticized the team last year?

    So the Saints were starting four rookies. The Vikings were starting three rookies and they all looked fine to me.

  15. Was a fun game to attend — my ears are still ringing. It also was a pleasure to see adequate O-line play for a change. Almost felt bad for AP. Almost.

  16. I love it. Vikings have an offense to go with the defense, the pack have a defense to go with that offense, Detroit is a team to beat and the Bears are going to be a surprise team. Let’s go. 3 teams from our division could make the playoffs.

  17. Viking fans should lay off the Kool Aid given they won last year’s opener also. Let’s call it like it really is, the Saints are destined to finish in last place in the NFC South and should come out of it with a top 5 or top 10 draft pick. Congratulations on winning a game in the NFL, that is always a difficult task on any given week but tone down the hype till we get a few games into the season.

  18. The Vikings O-Line didn’t play together until last night. Luckily the outstanding defense kept NO outa end zone til O-Line could beautifully come in2 it’s own. Kudos to BOTH lines!

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