Zimmer: “Maybe we’re just not ready for prime time”

AP

The Vikings played their Week One game in prime time. After a 20-3 loss, their always-candid head coach stated the obvious.

Maybe we’re just not ready for prime time yet,” Mike Zimmer told reporters after the game, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Or maybe the Vikings just weren’t ready for Week One. Especially after hearing for a long time how good they’re supposed to be in Zimmer’s second season.

“They’ve basically been talking about us for 11 months, and maybe we thought we were a little bit better than what we were,’’ Zimmer said.

As Tomasson notes, it hasn’t been 11 months. But the hype kicked in the moment Adrian Peterson and the Vikings renewed their vows in June.

So what happened Monday night?

“San Francisco was much more physical,’’ Zimmer said. “They played faster, they executed better, and like I told the team afterwards that the two years here and 17 ballgames I’ve been here, that did not look like the football team that I know.’’

Last year, the Vikings launched the season with a decisive 34-6 win on the road at St. Louis. This year, facing a 49ers team that largely was gutted in the offseason, it was a lackadaisical thumping for all the world to see. Or at least for all who managed to stay awake to see it.

In Week Two, the stakes raise considerably for the Vikings, as they entertain the Lions in Minnesota. The loser falls to 0-2 and 0-1 in the division.

So regardless of whether the Vikings are ready for prime time, they need to be ready in five days for noon cornfields time.

97 responses to “Zimmer: “Maybe we’re just not ready for prime time”

  1. There was too much talk about the 49ers downfall, and too much talk about the Vikings rise, and out of the two teams that played last light it seems that the only ones that paid attention to the talk and believed the press clippings were the Vikings.

  2. Understatement of the year. The Vikings are always good for 2 things: preseason promises of greatness and regular season displays of mediocrity.

  3. Hoping the Vikes might not suck for once and thinking they might actually be good are two very different things. Since what decade have the Vikes ever been ready for prime time?

  4. Can’t argue with that. Vikings players seemed to buy into the Pre-season “dark horse” hype.
    They were totally out coached and out played by the 49ers.

  5. Of course they are not ready for prime time their fans tho on pft are just ask them, on another note I turned that junk of a game off and went to bed.

  6. The Vikings, much like their fan base, believed in the hype so much that they forgot that they had to prove it on the field. Proving on it field has been a problem for about 54 years now.

  7. Coach Zimmer, both teams looked miserable and not ready for prime time. What a pitiful Monday Night game. If this is what the NFL will produce this year, Cuban’s prediction come true. Flat out bad!

  8. And who is surprised by this other than Lavender Larry fans? From May 10 to September 1 we hear about their inevitable super bowl win will be. EVERY YEAR. And EVERY year the team is a choking bunch of also rans.

    This is not new. Fans of the glorious and historic 13x champion franchise residing in Green Bay are used it it.

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  9. Well Minnesota fans, I feel like we’ve been here before. The off season championship period is over. Teddy looked frightened. AD looked timid. And apart from Harrison Smith and Sharrif “Ow my knees” Floyd the defense looked like it used to under Leslie Fraser.

    I, as a proud Packers that you named troll, tried to tell you that Asiata and McKinnon’s DVOA was actually on par with Peterson and that a year of film on Teddy and the type of defense Zimmer runs would bring you screaming down to earth.

    You’ve dished it to us for choking in the NFCCG for 8 months and I feel no pity explaining just how big of a dumpster fire your team looked against the Santa Clara retirement community.

  10. Minnesota Vikings: 2015 Offseason Champs

    And for the 56th consecutive year, that means absolutely NOTHING. You’re 0-1. Again.

  11. For some reason, the Vikings always seem to suck at prime time night games. At least they are being consistent…..

  12. The real importance of this game would be to have ariani and his 5 aliases to button it up for one week.

  13. Where is everybody? Please share your collective wisdom and tell us what happened. Surely this is an anomaly.

  14. Well I could be mistaken but doesn’t that lay on the coaching staff ? The Vikings just flat out sucked last night and they better evaluate their schemes .

  15. Do you see now why it is important to keep your mouths shut until AFTER your team has accomplished something?

  16. Major a$$ kicking, total embarrassment. Vikings showed no heart. Everything Zimmer wants in a team, they showed none of it. Physically man handled, mental errors, timid play. Worst part was the defense played for themselves, very few had gap discipline, Hodges overran almost every play leaving huge holes for Hyde. The DE’s routinely failed to set the edge. The DT’s got pushed around like rag dolls. The OL got pushed back and there were very few holes and when there were AP would dance. Teddy looked like a rookie, timid and unsure. That OL is not good.

  17. The Vikings have sucked in prime time for years now. I thought Zimmer would blow that Childress prime time stink off but it hasn’t happened. Vikings Monday nights outdoors on the road is always a bad recipe. They are such much better playing Sunday day games for some reason.

  18. 20th in the power rankings might be a little generous…

    20. Vikings (0-1; No. 15): The Vikings aren’t ready for prime time. Or pretty much anything else.

    Ouch!

  19. With all the changes in the Bay I really thought the 9rs had a chance to be the worst team in the league this year. I was wrong, they may still be bad but they won’t be as bad as the Vikings.

  20. Game started out ugly for both teams, and stayed ugly for the Vikings. Where are all the fans who claimed them contenders? WHERE YOU AT? Haha! Comical.

    Checkdown Tiny Hands Teddy is not the answer, he can barely throw the ball past the line of scrimmage. Going to be another LONG season purple.

  21. This cant be right, the Vikings are Super Bowl bound, the child beater is the greatest ever, Small hands has a big arm. What happend last night? Carlos Hyde ran all over that garbage defense, AP looked very average, Bridgewater had to check down on a hail mary becayse he maxes out at 45 yards, LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. packfntk says:

    Checkdown Tiny Hands Teddy is not the answer, he can barely throw the ball past the line of scrimmage.
    ************************

    From your comment, it’s obvious that you didn’t watch the game.

  23. Well, after a game like that , as a Vikings fan it makes me hate all the people who come on here talking Super Bowl in June that much more. Not taking anything away from the Niners but if that was a team that was really good, the game would have been a lot worse. 7-0 at halftime was just luck that SF was also inept in the first half. I know the team will play better,but week one hopefully tones a few of the overzealous fans down.

  24. That game made my eyes and ears hurt.

    49ers – seriously with the uni’s? These guys work their whole lives to get to the pro’s and you put them out there dressed like a college team. I thought pink didn’t start till October. Burn those rags, they’re awful and the shelf life on the whole Oregon uniform thing has expired.

    Vikings – yuck. You had 5 preseason games to get things tight and this is the best you can do?

    Announcing – brutal. Worst I’ve experienced this side of junior college coverage on local cable access.

    At least all the bad stuff was put together in one package and I didn’t have to feel guilty about bailing to go to bed.

  25. Kfan is my favorite radio station the day after a Vikings loss. Paul Allen and the rest of the losers really get into the gig of trying not to cry while trying to sling hope.

  26. Does Bridgewater EVER plant his feet before throwing? Seems like the entire game he was tossing balls while falling backwards.

  27. I love how everyone (Packer fans mostly) are ready to bury the Vikes after one game. No doubt, Teddy had a horrible game, and the defense played very undisciplined. Most of the running yards came on cutbacks, so that’s correctable. But playing a team with new coaches, new schemes, and new personnel the first game of the season, is always very tough. You simply have no tape on them. A more telling sign will be this week’s game against the Lions. There shouldn’t be many surprises there, so I’ll hold my judgement until at least after another game or so.

  28. The Vikings are doing their best to disrupt parity in the NFL. The league front office should take note and “independently” investigate them for excessively sucking.

  29. And the week 1 over-reaction crew is out in full force. Does anyone remember the Pats/Dolphins opener in 2014….umm…yeah…how’d that work out at the end of the year?

    The only thing that was proven in this game is the NFL PI penalties, and officiating in general, are as inconsistent as ever. You tell me how that play by Rogers-Cromartie in the Dallas game is PI, but the complete arm-bar on Wallace in the end zone isn’t? The ref was standing right there! They need to come up with some sort of discipline for these refs blowing obvious calls. They literally invented a hands to the face on Joseph too…..his hand was on the guy’s shoulder!

  30. The Vikings have lost 17 of their last 19 prime time games, including 0-7 on Monday night. This streak includes 2009 and 2012, when they made the playoffs. The last 10 have been blowouts. I don’t know why this happens year after year, but it’s going to take Zim more than one year to turn that around.

    Good news: They play at noon cornfields time on Sunday.

  31. gtodriver says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    packfntk says:

    Checkdown Tiny Hands Teddy is not the answer, he can barely throw the ball past the line of scrimmage.
    ************************

    From your comment, it’s obvious that you didn’t watch the game.

    ______________

    I did. Tell me, was it the hail Mary’s he threw at halftime that were supposed to make us believers in his arm?

  32. Let’s face it. Bad game, but it’s not how you start the season, it how you finish. The Vikings will make the playoffs and the Forty Whiners won’t. Book it.

  33. codythao35 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 8:36 AM

    Vikings fan chiming in, Zimmer and slick Rick may get fired if they go 0-3, 0-4, terrible performance. I turn off my TV at half time.

    =================================

    But I thought Zimmer was the Savior and starting a dynasty with Teddy Bidness. Typical Vikings fan – quit on his team at half time. See you next summer Codyhao35. You’ll be missed. Or will you be trolling every Packers article?

    The Vikings are so cute.

  34. Wow what a horribly coached, played, and refereed game I have seen in a long time. Peterson is not the back for this read option crap. Put him 7 yards in the backfield and HAND HIM THE BALL!
    SF’s O line held the vikes like they were falling from a cliff. We miss Loadholt and Sullivan. If we keep playing like that, then this might of been the only time we play in SF yhis season…wake up coach, AP needs the ball and we need AP. Bridgewater looked insccurate and inexperienced.

  35. Vikings are a 9-7 team and everyone outside of Minnesota knows that… Their quarterback is mediocre, their defense is above average, but they do have some depth in the recievers if they can get their heads out of their b*tts

  36. I think we saw the generic MN Vikings.. We should call them the Minneapolis Vie-Kins and Malt-0 meal can sponsor them… They’ll look eerily similar, but fall flat at game day…

  37. One last thing..Jeff Locke has been the holder for Walsh for the last 2 years during his struggles. We need a new holder…say what you want about Kluwe’s personality but he was great at handling the snap and placing the ball down.

  38. I have seen grade school kids play better ball then the Vikings did last night. Pay a kicker a big contract see what you get Nothing> Have one of the best running backs do not use him. Let a arena football quarterback run the game and a over the hill coordinator. Just what the state needed to do pay for a stadium for losers to play in. Yea Viking had no more money to put into the stadium themselves. Yet they can purchase land for 185 thousand dollars for a new practice place. Minnesotans wake up!!!!

  39. “It’s a reality check,’’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said. “We know now, after tonight’s performance, that we weren’t as good as people said we were.’’

    AMEN, finally some truth coming out of the Vikings organization.

  40. andrwken says:
    Sep 15, 2015 10:06 AM

    gtodriver says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    packfntk says:

    Checkdown Tiny Hands Teddy is not the answer, he can barely throw the ball past the line of scrimmage.
    ************************

    From your comment, it’s obvious that you didn’t watch the game.

    ______________

    I did. Tell me, was it the hail Mary’s he threw at halftime that were supposed to make us believers in his arm?
    __________

    If you had watched the game, you would have seen Teddy throw a perfectly placed end zone pass to Mike Wallace from the 46-yard line. It hit him right in the hands, but Antoine Bethea was holding Wallace’s arms. It was textbook pass interference but they didn’t call it. Nevertheless, it demonstrated that he can throw the ball past the line of scrimmage.

  41. cheeseisfattening says:
    Sep 15, 2015 1:07 PM
    It was a very disappointing game. I fully expected Zimmer and the Vikings have done a better job and not to have played down to a Green Bay at SF level.

    ________________

    Problem is if you would be playing down to a GB-SF level, you would have to get to the playoffs first.

  42. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 15, 2015 4:18 PM
    andrwken says:
    Sep 15, 2015 10:06 AM

    gtodriver says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    packfntk says:

    Checkdown Tiny Hands Teddy is not the answer, he can barely throw the ball past the line of scrimmage.
    ************************

    From your comment, it’s obvious that you didn’t watch the game.

    ______________

    I did. Tell me, was it the hail Mary’s he threw at halftime that were supposed to make us believers in his arm?
    __________

    If you had watched the game, you would have seen Teddy throw a perfectly placed end zone pass to Mike Wallace from the 46-yard line. It hit him right in the hands, but Antoine Bethea was holding Wallace’s arms. It was textbook pass interference but they didn’t call it. Nevertheless, it demonstrated that he can throw the ball past the line of scrimmage.

    You know, I did walk out and miss that throw. All I saw on the replay was the grab. Was it on a line or dropped in a chimney?

  43. Nobody outside of Minnesota has been enthusiastic about the vikings this season.
    The folks in Las Vegas have the over/under on the viking win total at 6 and I bet the under.
    There are not 6 teams on their schedule that they can beat.

  44. hurricanerift says:
    Sep 15, 2015 2:35 PM

    First game of the year and Packer fans once again declare themselves Champions.
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    Also after the first game of the year, Vikings fans have STOPPED declaring themselves the Champions.

  45. Monday night second game season opener on the road on a watered down grass field. Not concerned at all about the loss. The Vikings are awful in prime time. Next week they will look like a different team.

  46. By “we” he means he and he may be right. I thought Mike Zimmer was going to bring fire and a tough reputation and skillset back to the Vikings.

    Then I saw that Spielman is still in place and that they brought in Norv “Lazy Susan” Turner. This has all the makings of the Titanic 2.0

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