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.