Mike Zimmer: “I feel like we have to go back to work”

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The Vikings are two weeks into the season, and they’ve already lost their best player, their starting quarterbck, and their left tackle.

And they know as it pertains to the next 14 games, none of that matters.

Via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer shrugged off the news, saying the team had to adjust and continue.

I feel like we have to go back to work and go play Carolina [on Sunday],” Zimmer said. “I expect [the players] to perform the way I always expect them to perform.”

But considering the wave of bad luck, you can’t blame them if they’re a little worried a piano might fall out of the sky at any moment. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, whose dislocated knee was the snowflake that triggered the avalanche, joked with reporters as he left the building on crutches “I hope I don’t slip,” when he saw the rainy parking lot.

But with Peterson having knee surgery today and left tackle Matt Kalil needing to get his hip worked on, which Zimmer said would be season-ending. They”ll use a committee of backs to replace Peterson, while T.J. Clemmings will start in Kalil’s spot.

“That’s the NFL. Everybody’s going to get injured. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you,” defensive end Brian Robison said. “You never want to see a guy go down, but at the end of the day, time is not going to stop. We just have to keep moving forward.”

“We’re stretched, but we’ll be fine. We’ll figure it out. We’re tough. We’re big boys.”

They’ve been able to sustain it through a 2-0 start, but we’ll see how long they can be stretched this thin at key positions and survive.

19 responses to “Mike Zimmer: “I feel like we have to go back to work”

  1. Offensive line has to be the scariest for them. They’ve got a brittle QB and an offensive line that can’t protect him. They can’t run block so it doesn’t matter who shows up at running back.

  2. All class all the way. This is leadership. Take note. How is it that Packer trolls think this guy is a bad coach, and constantly rip him?

  3. Injury terrorism is what I call it, but that’s the nature of the creature we all know as the NFL. The younger players will have to grow up and step into key roles.

  4. To Gerbschmidt: you like talking injury gods and curses in r/t the Vikings, ur greatest obsession, but I wouldn’t be so smug if I were you. Your team isnt immune to bad luck, especially with your sieve of an O line, ur team’s declining QB play, and up against an opponent this week who not only knows ur team very well but will be out for revenge after that bogus loss to the Pack last year that helped ruin the Lion’s playoff chances.

    Having said that, if the Vikes overcome this adversity and keep winning, Zimmer should easily get Coach of the Year.

  5. Bridgewater’s success was anticipated but not yet proven.

    Peterson’s was based on past performance, but all indicators so far this year were pointing to a decline.

    Kalil has never lived up to the hype whether it has been because of injury or that he really isn’t that good.

    The biggest dropoff for the Vikes will be depth, not talent at a single position. AD was the only one of the three who cannot truly be replaced, but there should be an upswing in versatility in the RB spot from McKinnon. Don’t count on Hillman to be anything other than another runner like Peterson, but with 20% of the talent.

  6. Most teams (cough Cowboys cough) being hit with these kind of key player injuries implode for the season. I for one am not going to take my eye off the Vikings. They have been making the right kind of moves with this situation. And hey, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good…we’ll see.

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 22, 2016 7:57 AM
    Clearly, you are cursed. Getting that purple 4 jersey out of Canton might be a start to breaking it.

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    If you thought the Vikings being cursed started with the HoF curator trolling Packer Fans with a Favre jersey, you haven’t been paying attention for the past 55 years.

  8. The Vikings are two weeks into the season, and they’ve already lost their best player, their starting quarterbck, and their left tackle.
    ________

    OH MY GOSH, THEY LOST HARRISON SMITH?!

    Everson Griffen?
    Lynval Joseph?
    Anthony Barr?
    Xavier Rhodes?
    Eric Kendricks?
    Stefon Diggs?

    I think it’s a stretch to call Adrian Peterson their best player. This isn’t 2012.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 22, 2016 7:57 AM

    Clearly, you are cursed. Getting that purple 4 jersey out of Canton might be a start to breaking it.

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    Thanks for reminding me about the Favre Viking jersey at the HOF. I forgot about that. Hilarious that the Hall is rubbing that in the faces of Packer fans.

  10. Building the Met and dome and US Bank on Indian buriel grounds not a good idea. Bradford is part Native American to reverse the curse. How many joint injuries have the players had this year 5 knees and a hip. Sounds like a rock band. Is there something wrong with the new turf? Now Diggs isn’t practicing. Treadwell time?

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