Vikings G.M. credits Mike Zimmer with getting Adrian Peterson back

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There’s a clear sense of relief among the Vikings to finally have the Adrian Peterson situation resolved.

And according to General Manager Rick Spielman, there’s one guy in particular who deserves credit for the detente they reached with their veteran running back.

Via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Spielman said head coach Mike Zimmer was instrumental in calming the waters.

“I think coach Zimmer has a great relationship with players in general. And his ability to communicate with them. . . . As you know, there’s not much filter with coach Zimmer, but that’s why players respect him,” Spielman said. “Not only is he a great teacher and going to make a better football player, but they have the utmost respect for him and how he handles things.”

Zimmer’s here-or-nowhere statement last week might have been played as a line in the sand situation by some, but it didn’t come across as divisive the way it was delivered.

And while his straight-talking manner (which some might refer to as a lack of polish) might have kept him from some head coaching jobs in the past, it served him well in this one, and it helped his team get back on track after a turbulent year.

56 responses to “Vikings G.M. credits Mike Zimmer with getting Adrian Peterson back

  1. Coach Zimmer said in December or January he was a good recruiter and he liked his chances at getting AD back. Ad to it the Vikings have been building a nice team of young talent. That helped too.

  2. A team with any level of moral standards would have done what the Bears did with McDonald, cut the guy and moved on. But for the team that has brought us Whizanator, Love Boat, Superbowl ticket scalping by a head coach and just a year ago lead in the NFL in criminal arrests, the Vikings insist on tempting fate by bringing a child abuser back on their team. All in a quest to improve on a losing record, this isn’t going to end well, that’s for sure.

  3. Unfortunately, the packers also credit Zimmer with giving GB two easy wins this year…again!

  4. It just makes you wonder how it took so long for him to get a head coaching job. Glad to have him with the Vikings.

    Time to get a SB trophy to go with the 1969 NFL Championship.

  5. A player’s coach that can also coach his players. That’s rare, glad he’s the captain of the ship.

  6. I wonder if he credited Zimmer for a 7-9 season or having the 19th ranked total defense even though he is supposedly a “defensive guru”?

  7. Zimmer needs to have better than a losing season and a 19th ranked defense to get my respect. All the love heaped on him is puzzling. He gets credit for bringing a team from 5 wins to 7?

  8. As a Bear fan I hate to say it but this Vikings team looks good on paper. Full disclosure: I am a former redbird and a Mike Zimmer fan.

  9. People who have seen Zimmer work in Cincinnati and Minnesota know that he is an excellent coach. The rest of the league is going to see that this season.

  10. The Vikings were 11th in points allowed, and 14th in total yds allowed in 2014, I’m not sure how that equates to being the 19th ranked defense. Considering they were 32nd in pts allowed/game, and 31st in yds allowed/game in 2013, I think most fans are happy with that progress and are hopeful it will improve this year even more.

  11. The Zimmer hype reminds me of all the hype regarding Marc Trestman. He was basically a “great coach”, because he wasn’t the one before him and was an offensive guru.

    Flip offensive guru with defensive one and you have Zimmer.

    I will give him credit though….his hard nose sound bites in the media plays well to the fans. Especially us bandwagon Viking fans who will slurp up anything we get fed.

  12. 19th? All you packer fans are nuts. Check the stats… 14th in yards allowed, 11th in points. Vikes were 30th the year before and with basically the same players. Only real change was Zimmer!

  13. Not gonna look it up, but I believe the Mini D gave up like 40 fewer yards and five fewer points than the GB defense. They were both mediocre.

  14. Very refreshing knowing that our coach can think outside the box yet our little sisters to the east has a coach he has players practicing kneel downs after INTs!

  15. Anyone who says the Vikings were not a better team in 2014 vs. 2013 are nuts or Packer trolls who make numerous usernames and pretend to be Viking fans.

    I am not saying superbowl but they will compete for the division and wild card.

  16. Anyone who says the Vikings were not a better team in 2014 vs. 2013 are right or intelligent football fans who make numerous comments that make more sense than delusional Viking’s fans.

    I am not saying superbowl but they will compete for 4th place in the division and possibly finish at 4-12.

  17. Zimmer has shot to the top in respect from fellow Coaches and Players in the League with the way he
    handled the Peterson issue. His players respect his
    decisions and directions.

  18. I’m trying to be a realistic fan and pump the brakes a bit on Zimmer and Teddy. It seems like things are going in the right direction, but man oh man…there is a lot of love heaped on a coach/QB who went 7-9 last year against a pretty easy schedule.

    If Teddy just stays the same as his rookie year, that will be a huge disappointment. Plenty of QB’s never make a step forward and often times go back when d-coordinators have film on them to exploit their weaknesses.

    I’m just going to watch and see how it all plays out before beating my chest saying that we are going to be competing for something greater than 3rd place in the division.

  19. Zimmer has shot to the top in respect from fellow Coaches and Players in the League with the way he
    handled the Peterson issue.

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    I’m not sure it was a difficult process to tell a player who is under contract for 3 years to play for us or nobody else. That’s not a hugely intellectual move worthy of that much respect from anyone. It’s doing business like any other coach would do.

  20. Speiman or Zimmer shouldn’t have had to do anything to get him back. But I guess it’s all water under the bridgewater now.

  21. Skol Vikes says:
    Jun 4, 2015 1:00 PM

    I’m trying to be a realistic fan and pump the brakes a bit on Zimmer and Teddy. It seems like things are going in the right direction, but man oh man…there is a lot of love heaped on a coach/QB who went 7-9 last year against a pretty easy schedule.

    If Teddy just stays the same as his rookie year, that will be a huge disappointment. Plenty of QB’s never make a step forward and often times go back when d-coordinators have film on them to exploit their weaknesses.

    I’m just going to watch and see how it all plays out before beating my chest saying that we are going to be competing for something greater than 3rd place in the division
    ………………………………………………………………….
    So a 1st year head coach that wins 2 more games than the year before, that played a 3 win schedule,
    A new Offensive AND Defensive scheme.
    The Team loses it’s best Player for the year,(-1 game), has a Rookie QB start 13 games. Has only 2 playing OL starters because of injuries and carried 2 players UNDER league minimums for 2 games. They played ALL their healthy backup active linemen left one game.
    Their other Offensive star TE Rudolph was out 1/2 the season and played hurt most of the rest of it. Lost their Defensive Captain and had a Rookie take the Captain job over, THAT starter got hurt with 4 games left….. Their Left Offensive Tackle played injured with undisclosed knee issues all year that required surgery on BOTH Knees after the season, Lets see, Played ALL season outside in over 30 years…
    I’d say that was pretty impressive, most Teams would cry about it……. WE rejoiced……

  22. our little sisters to the East are “experts” when it comes to first round busts!!!! It’s in their DNA. Why do you think they can’t get past the first round of the playoffs? Ever since John Elway lowered his shoulder and urinated on the Packer defense they have never been the same!!!!

  23. Defensive stats get skewed to the positive when you keep turning the ball over in your own territory.

    There is excessive exuberance over a team that managed 7 wins (including their first divisional game win) in years.

    They have a tougher schedule and nobody can name 4 games on it that the vikings will win.

  24. I wonder if he credited Zimmer for a 7-9 season or having the 19th ranked total defense even though he is supposedly a “defensive guru”?

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    What math class did you take?? Vikes moved up from 31st in total defense to 11th last year from anything I’ve read. It also stated the Vikings rose higher than ANY OTHER defense in the NFL year over year….

    7-9 with a destroyed OL, no TE, no AP and a rookie QB?? Hell he shud of been considered coach of the year considering all. And he will be this year.

  25. I think we are putting way too high of expectations on Peterson at this point. He missed a year of football and at 30 will likely be in decline. We aren’t going to be able to ride him to a big winning record.

    Heck, we only beat the Packers 4 times since he was drafted. Hopefully Zimmer can do something about the offense. At this point we know that Patterson is a bust and the Wallace is so up and down over his career, I have no idea what to expect.

  26. Why do you think they can’t get past the first round of the playoffs?
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    It seems to me like they did that last year. And the year they won the SB. You are embarrassing us level headed rational Vikings fans. And we wonder why we get all the trolls here responding.

  27. Nothing against coach Zimmer, but I think it was the $12 million/yr. that brought him back.

  28. I’m not sure it was a difficult process to tell a player who is under contract for 3 years to play for us or nobody else. That’s not a hugely intellectual move worthy of that much respect from anyone. It’s doing business like any other coach would do.
    ________

    There was a lot more to it than that. Zimmer cultivated a relationship with Peterson to the point that Peterson wanted to come back to play for that coach and not disappoint him.

  29. Teddy-
    I think you are going too much credit. I know Zimmer had a good relationship with AP, but we all know AP was just playing the Vikings to see if he could get something more out of them financially. Players do that all the time. They squawk a bunch in the off season to try to get what they want knowing full well they plan to return either way.

    See: Marshawn Lynch last year

  30. I’ll make it real simple for the people who don’t understand progress. Zimmer took over a team and inherited players who had to learn a new system on offense and defense. There were going to be growing pains for sure. Add to that mix, the best offensive player being suspended for the season after a week 1 blowout of the Rams. The stopgap QB can’t stop turning the ball over before getting hurt and he has to start a rookie QB who wasn’t supposed to play at all in year 1. The O-line sustains 3 injuries to starters, has Kalil playing on bad knees and the starting TE injured in week 3. Despite this, the Vikings only blowout losses were week 2 against NE and the Thursday game that Ponder started. With all the bad luck and turmoil he held the team together and had the competing to the end of every game.They barely lost the second GB game, lost to Buffalo,Miami and Detroit on the last possessions and won both OT games they played. So there is where he gets praise, for taking basically a 4-12 team plus some rookies and improving them and making them competitive despite all the things that were out of his control. See? It’s not that hard to figure out, it’s called progress.

  31. We were never really in that last game against Green Bay. We were down by 2 scores most of the 2nd half and then scored with like 3 minutes left to go in the game. That’s not really “barely” losing. That’s just making the score look closer than it was at the end.

  32. bobnelsonjr says:
    Jun 4, 2015 1:37 PM

    They have a tougher schedule and nobody can name 4 games on it that the vikings will win.

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    Then you should bet everything you have on that. The betting sites have Vikings wins over/under at 7-7.5. If you’re that positive, this is your time to double everything you have.

  33. deltaoracle says:
    Jun 4, 2015 11:15 AM

    Not gonna look it up, but I believe the Mini D gave up like 40 fewer yards and five fewer points than the GB defense. They were both mediocre.

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    Just wait, some Packer troll will point out that our D played against a weak 4th place schedule while GB once again played a 1st place schedule. Don’t you hate it when they combat our lies with actual facts??

  34. Anyone who doesn’t think Zimmer can get us to an 8 or 9 win season is crazy and doesn’t know what they are talking about.

    The only thing that concerns me right now is our WR core and O-line. And Teddy getting injured. His scrawny frame makes me nervous.

  35. I’d like to be able to say with confidence that Mike McCarthy could do something like that, but, since all the Packers’ better players are wiling to take below market contracts for the privilege of playing in Green Bay, we may never see the need.

  36. I would love to get on an article written about the Vikings and enjoy comments from Vikings fans, without the disrespect from Packers fans. You will never see me on another team’s site just to sow discord, no matter how much I dislike the team. If you are the so called elite team, show some class and be respectful. It is an article about our team, so please comment on your own articles.

  37. Zimmer is a superstar. Top contender for Coach of the Year already for the way he handled the AP situation. Record 7-9 without AP plus 4 losses of three points or less. Superstud coach. And he’s physically fit unlike the Chunky Monkey to the East.

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