Mike Zimmer will miss coaching Jerick McKinnon

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The 49ers gave running back Jerick McKinnon a four-year, $30 million contract, a lot of money for a running back in today’s NFL. McKinnon’s former coach thinks the 49ers will get their money’s worth.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said McKinnon is a player he would have loved to continue coaching.

“He’s a great kid,” Zimmer said. “He works hard. He always has a smile on his face. We’re going to miss him.”

A lot of people were surprised that McKinnon got so much money, considering he has never been a regular starter and never even rushed for 600 yards in a season. Zimmer was not surprised.

“I knew he was going to get money,” Zimmer said. “I obviously didn’t know it was going to be that high. But he’s a good kid. He’s worth it.”

To be worth it in San Francisco, McKinnon is going to need to play a lot more — and produce a lot more — than he did in Minnesota.

54 responses to “Mike Zimmer will miss coaching Jerick McKinnon

  1. Jet played very well as a back-up RB but for whatever reason things didn’t go quite as well when he had his chances as the premier back. Loved having him and I wish him well is SF

  2. As a Vikings fan he was fun to watch and obviously very talented as a all purpose back. Wish we would have been able to retain him but with Dalvin coming back he would have played second fiddle to the lead guitar. He took advantage of Cook getting hurt and made the most out of his opportunities which lead to a huge payday and a large role for the 49ers. Hope he continues to have success in the league! Skol

  3. I remember McKinnon playing against Green Bay this past year. He would score TDs untouched. It was so fun watching him against that challenged defense. Any coach would miss that. However the good thing is Dalvin Cook will have just as easy a time as very little upgrades occurred on the Packers.

  4. dude is going to be a stud!! I think he is going to lap DeVonta Freeman in that offense. First round value in fantasy!

  5. Nice complimentary scat back, but will only garner between 3.4 and 3.8 YPC. I think he’ll catch 50+ balls though and have over 1,000 all purpose yards, he’s NOT going to morph into a 1,000 yard rusher ever though.

  6. I was able to see Jet play for Georgia Southern against my NDSU Bison in the FCS playoffs. He was the QB in an offset wishbone style offense. It was a nightmare to defend Jet, he was easily their best player. I was pumped when the Vikings got him but there’s no way they can pay that much to keep him.

  7. cheeseisfattening says:

    April 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I remember McKinnon playing against Green Bay this past year. He would score TDs untouched. It was so fun watching him against that challenged defense. Any coach would miss that. However the good thing is Dalvin Cook will have just as easy a time as very little upgrades occurred on the Packers.
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    in all honesty you or I could do the same thing against that sorry collection of trash.

  8. He apparently has potential. It’s a shame the Vikings have to unload talent across the board just to pay for an unknown entity like Cousins with no guarantees………….except for his salary of course.

  9. McKinnon was a great Viking and he will be missed by not only the coaches and his teammates, but all the fans as well. Good luck in San Fran Jet.

  10. this REEKS of Martin Mayhew, over-paying a garbage can scat back without the power to run over anyone or the speed to runaway from them like a feature back, as if he’s the second coming of David Johnson or Bell, destroying the short term chances of a team winning that vital 13th or 14th game that would ensure a week off and home field playoff game while throwing away good cap money that long term could go toward making the team a consistent contender;

  11. As good as he was on the field, he was even better off it. Wish him all the best with the 49ers — I just hope they don’t make the mistake of using him as a full-time back.

  12. He is a good player I can see it. He was behind AP, than Cook this year but still always produced. Just pair him with a bruiser and its good.

  13. Not sure what the 49ers chances are to get to this year’s Superbowl but I have to believe they are better than the Vikings. They just seem to trip over any obstacles that are put in their way, hapless might be a good description. McKinnon must have sensed that himself as he was happy to get out of there while he still has some tread on those tires.

  14. He is a very good, versatile player who works very hard. I think the 49ers got a great addition and he will do very well. I think his primary value will be as a 3rd-down chain mover, who will catch a ton of passes. I like what the 49ers have been doing, and credit John Lynch. He always seemed like a winner and now he is going to help that franchise do great things. Jet was a fine addition and us Vikings fans will miss him.

  15. Well, California will steal at least 4 million of that right off the bat and pour it down the toilet. Then the fed will steal their share. Still not bad.

  16. I always find it amusing to find trash talk on a story like this. I understand most fans are armchair quarterbacks that are stuck in their glory days and most likely typing derogatory statements while wearing their letterman’s coat from 1997. Be happy the guy got paid, he did good things and the 49ers saw that and decided to invest in him. Yes he is not a bruiser but he is a back that can carry the load if asked and play all downs.

  17. Went to the Swamp to watch the Gators play Georgia Southern. Jerick single handily beat Florida that day 125 yards on only 9 carries.

  18. As a Viking fan I love the guy ~ Outstanding player ~ However, if you look at his past injury’s have always been his biggest holdback ~ I believe it was his rookie year when AP tore his ACL ~ McKinnon had a chance to set himself up as something other than a backup in the coaches mind, not talent wise ~ He missed the last 5 games ~ He hurt something and missed the final 6 or 7 games ((( going off memory here ))) after rushing for something like 500 yards in his first 6 games ~ The the following year he missed 4 or 5 games after he hurt himself in the weight room ~ I know I’m missing something but thats what comes to mond ~ Last year was the first year he hasn’t missed games or played far less than 100% ~ Its one of the reasons Asiata got so much playing time ~ Maybe last year he fianlly kicked the injury bug to the curb ~ I really hope so and wish him nothing but the best moving forward ~ I really want him to play well just because he was a real team player who never b!tched about anything ~ When healthy he can really put on a show ~

  19. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    He apparently has potential. It’s a shame the Vikings have to unload talent across the board just to pay for an unknown entity like Cousins with no guarantees………….except for his salary of course.

    Wrong. After acquiring Cousins, Richardson, Wright, and several other players the Vikings still have about $18 million in cap space left. But nice try.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    He apparently has potential. It’s a shame the Vikings have to unload talent across the board just to pay for an unknown entity like Cousins with no guarantees………….except for his salary of course.
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    Cousins will be able to throw it left handed and still light up the Packers defense. If that is what you call it.

  21. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    He apparently has potential. It’s a shame the Vikings have to unload talent across the board just to pay for an unknown entity like Cousins with no guarantees………….except for his salary of course

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    Whatever stella, yet another post with no substance. While Jerick was well liked in Minnesota, this pales in comparison to dumping a huge fan favorite Ike Jordy to pay for a broken QB in Rodgers

  22. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    Cousins will be able to throw it left handed and still light up the Packers defense. If that is what you call it.
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    Viking fans seem to think they can predict the future, especially the Packers’ future. You see it a lot here.

    Tell us: Do the Vikings finally win a SuperBowl this year, or is the ball once again yanked away Charlie Brown style? What does your crystal ball tell you? Come on. Go out on a limb. Don’t be afraid.

  23. it’s not about how many yards he had. it’s about the moments in the game when he got them. Mckinnon is a great talent the vikings simply couldn’t afford to keep.

  24. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    He apparently has potential. It’s a shame the Vikings have to unload talent across the board just to pay for an unknown entity like Cousins with no guarantees………….except for his salary of course.
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    So your advice would have been to keep an inferior quarterback and pay our third running back $30 million, assuming you could convince him to give up a starting opportunity for the same money. This from a fan of a team that consistently loses its best players while still struggling to put talent around its one-man team.

    Why do you always have to come in here and pick fights?

  25. Kirk Cousins has three straight seasons of 16 starts and at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns.

    This is what Stellar considers “an unknown entity.”

    You’d think he would have noticed Cousins in 2015 when he had 329 yards, a passing TD, and a rushing TD against his Packers in a playoff game. Or in 2016 when he had 375 yards and 3 TDs in a 42-24 victory over his Packers.

    I have a feeling he’ll become quite a bit more known to Stellar this season.

  26. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    Cousins will be able to throw it left handed and still light up the Packers defense. If that is what you call it.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Viking fans seem to think they can predict the future, especially the Packers’ future. You see it a lot here.

    Tell us: Do the Vikings finally win a SuperBowl this year, or is the ball once again yanked away Charlie Brown style? What does your crystal ball tell you? Come on. Go out on a limb. Don’t be afraid.
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    I’m not a person that predicts a Super Bowl victory for any team including the Vikings. To many variables and some luck is involved. But I have no problem predicting another Viking sweep of the Packers this year. The Packers are outmatched at every position including maybe even QB. We shall see, won’t we.

  27. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    Why do you always have to come in here and pick fights?
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    I’m simply reacting to fight-picking Viking fans, tit-for-tat, always starting with them.

    Go back and read this thread from the beginning. Maybe you’ll start to develop a clue.

  28. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:44 p
    We shall see, won’t we.
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    Exactly!!!!!!!

    We shall see! The same holds true for all teams. Your annual wishes, hopes, dreams, and prayers are guarantees of nothing!

    You’re starting to get it!

  29. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    Why do you always have to come in here and pick fights?
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    I’m simply reacting to fight-picking Viking fans, tit-for-tat, always starting with them.
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    Cherry-picking!
    Oh wait, that’s your excuse when you start the fights in a thread.

  30. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    He apparently has potential. It’s a shame the Vikings have to unload talent across the board just to pay for an unknown entity like Cousins with no guarantees………….except for his salary of course.

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    Your post are boring, you need to spend time with your fellow packer trolls elsewhere.

  31. flviking says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:11 pm
    Your post are boring, you need to spend time with your fellow packer trolls elsewhere.
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    It’s too hard to drag myself away from your insightful, on-subject, always thought-provoking, game-changing, posts.

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Cherry-picking!
    Oh wait, that’s your excuse when you start the fights in a thread.
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    Ummm…..earth-to-Cheesey……..your fight-picking post started it. Undeniably, started it. Very common event.

  33. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    April 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Cherry-picking!
    Oh wait, that’s your excuse when you start the fights in a thread.
    /////////////////////////////

    Ummm…..earth-to-Cheesey……..your fight-picking post started it. Undeniably, started it. Very common event.
    ————–
    I don’t act like I don’t do it. Reread my post. I am making fun of those that troll and act like they don’t. (You)

    “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din”

  34. those saying team him up w\a bruiser? he is a bruiser his combine bench was 32 reps of 225lbs. He’s strong af and ran a 4.41. I’ve only noticed him enough because of fantasy football but those numbers say he’s atleast a super athlete maybe he could really be something, his rushing ypc tells me otherwise though but maybe being a lead back would get him in a proper rhythm.

  35. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm
    I don’t act like I don’t do it. Reread my post. I am making fun of those that troll and act like they don’t. (You)
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    Then you shouldn’t be concerned when I react. And you said you didn’t have a “thing” for me. Liar.

  36. Man, Stella, I get your devotion to your packers. That’s what’s fan are about. What I don’t get is your constant negativity toward any Vikings news. You must be very unhappy or obsessed with confrontation. Even Carl Gerbs can be positive once in awhile…..

  37. stellarperformance says:

    April 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    He apparently has potential. It’s a shame the Vikings have to unload talent across the board just to pay for an unknown entity like Cousins with no guarantees………….except for his salary of course.

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    The Vikings have plenty of cap space and didn’t HAVE to get rid of him. How is Cousin’s an unknown entity when he has the stats to back it up his entire career starting? Including a history of staying healthy.

    They got rid of MacKinnon because Dalvin Cook is returning and they can get another cheap scat back with similar skills. They are managing the CAP well which is why they are the only playoff team that could afford Cousins. You know what other team gets rid of players even thou they DON”T HAVE to? The Patriots.

    They have unloced backup players so far. But yea, they are unloading talent “across the board”. The Packers will continue to have little talent around Rodgers when his deal is even higher than Cousin’s.

  38. Its a Viking article, if you’re a packer fan you are already in the wrong place so dont say much, just go away.

    SF overpaid! Good for Jerrick.

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