One day later, Mike Zimmer is still salty and vowing to “change things up”

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t happy with his team’s performance after Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia. A day later, he’s still upset.

“We’re trying to figure out everything right now,” Zimmer said Monday, via Chris Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “This is a gut check day. . . . We’re going to change some things up this week.”

After a showing that prompted Zimmer to call his offensive line “soft,” he offered up this biting critique that should force every player to engage in soul searching: “I have faith in this football team. But faith is belief without proof, and I have no proof yet.”

The defense has given Zimmer plenty of proof, but defense alone isn’t enough. As to the offense, Zimmer was careful to broaden his disdain beyond the tackles, guards, and center.

“Everyone said how I said it was the offensive line not doing good,” Zimmer said. “The offense in general wasn’t very good.”

The good news is that, one week from tonight, the Vikings face the not-very-good Bears. But if Minnesota stubs its toe against their 1-6 rivals from Chicago, Zimmer’s flavor of choice will continue to be salty.

100 responses to “One day later, Mike Zimmer is still salty and vowing to “change things up”

  1. I’m not crazy about this. Let’s not panic just yet, this seems very out of character for Zim.

  2. Hey Zim, you should trade away some more of your future and get an over-the-hill offensive lineman. Oh wait, you can’t because Spielman has so mismanaged your salary cap.

    #PurplePanic

  3. Zimmer’s going to win SB very soon, if hadn’t lost his starting QB and HOF starting RB in the first 2 weeks of the season they would be undefeated.

    He’s one of the best coaches in the NFL, Vikings fans should feel lucky to have him as their HC.

  4. I agree with everything Zim said, but Florio, how did Carson Wentz”overcome” with a QB rating of 59, that again is fifty nine and three turnovers?

    It was the defense and special teams TD that won it for Philly, not wentz.

    When men get embarrassed as Philly did when Washington ran for 230 yards against them last week, you see what happens. Lets see if the Vikings do the same to Chicago.

  5. uh tell professor zim

    if his definition of faith doesn’t require proof

    that why is he complaining about lacking proof

    get ready for the hapless bears to dial up the blitz early and often, and for bradford to be on his back for a lot of the gm

    next MNF

    that is a dangerous gm for the vikes. and cutler will be back. while he sucks, he is a hall of famer compared to matt don’t call me charles barkley

  6. Please start with Norv turner. I bleed purple but the 31st ranked offense for 2.5 years is pretty pathetic.

    Norv is old and out dated, cut him loose or keep him as a consultant and let Shurmer try his hand at calling the plays. He couldn’t do much worse.

    Just my professional opinion.

  7. Just watched his press conference from today. I love this dude as my Vikes head coach! He is so honest and you KNOW that he will get this thing fixed. I would not want to be the Bears on Monday night. Our D is going to be all over Jay Cutler. I also expect a much better showing from our offense as well.

  8. seems a bit odd and premature to be going on a rant like this when you are 5-1 and just suffered your first loss of the season.

    maybe there is more too this, but from the outside it seems like a panic move

  9. They could really use one of the2 tackles on the market, but with no cap room, and having traded picks for Bradford, there isn’t much they can do. Still, Philly at home is no gimme, just ask the steelers. Nothing to panic about. Green Bay isn’t in great shape either.

  10. Viking fans know the legacy of the franchise is disappointment so a loss in Week 7 is just merely a delayed reaction for what everybody already accepts as the inevitable. At least those that deal with reality, admittedly in short supply among the Viking fan base.

    If it isn’t Blair Walsh missing from 26 yards out, its Gary Anderson missing from 38 yards, his only miss of the season. This season will write its own special chapter in the history books but rest assured, it wouldn’t have a by-line of Houston, TX.

    You can’t lose 4 Superbowls and the last 5 NFC Championship games the Vikings appeared in and not feel as snakebitten as a limping desert rabbit.

  11. Doing what you have been doing has gotten you to 5-1. Changing things up will only prove you are a rookie HC. Just chill.

  12. Our coach says he’s going to change things up every week as well…and has been saying it for years. Sadly, nothing ever does change…not even the QB coming out of the bye week apparently. Signed_disgruntled Rams fan.

  13. I think Zim needs to look at his coaching staff first, and I’m pretty sure he knows that. In the last game against Houston, the offensive line was very bad and Bradford was under a lot of pressure, just like in the game against Philadelphia. The difference was that Bradford was in the shotgun almost all the time and he got the ball out fast. Yesterday, Bradford was under center a lot, doing play action, and taking 7-step drops. The quick passes have been working all season; why go back to Norv’s offense from last year that didn’t work? That’s how you spend your bye week? You know your offensive line is terrible so you have to gameplan around it. I have a feeling that Norv and Tony Soprano are on thin ice right now.

  14. scrappler says:
    Oct 24, 2016 4:33 PM

    seems a bit odd and premature to be going on a rant like this when you are 5-1 and just suffered your first loss of the season.

    maybe there is more too this, but from the outside it seems like a panic move
    ______

    I guess Zimmer’s standards are a little higher than yours. He isn’t going to let this team be complacent. They have Super Bowl potential and he isn’t going to let anything get in the way if he can help it.

  15. I love Zimmer but he has to point the finger at the coaches as well. Why was Bradford taking 7 step drops on a day when Philly blitzed nearly 80% of the plays? Where were the quick passes and screens?

    I get it the OLine was horrible, but to let them keep getting shredded without any adjustments falls on the coaches.

    This is coming from a long time 30+ year Viking Fan who loves Zimmer more than any coach we have had in that timeframe.

  16. The Vikings should literally draft all O-line in the upcoming draft. That’s the only weakness I see on this team.

    As a fan of the Falcons, I still see the Vikings as a top contender in the NFC. Only Cowboys, Seahawks (if Wilson is 100%), Falcons, and Vikings as only teams to be afraid of in the conference.

  17. Norv Turner is really who ia to blame ….granted our O-line is pretty weak. But you’d think he would have Sam in 3 step drops and quick slants to Patterson and Thielen instead of 7 step drops which we have no way to protect against. Then why run up the middle every time when our O cant even open a crevice?? The plays are old and tired. Norv needs to go!

  18. lol. The Emperor has no clothes. That offense is garbage. It’s BEEN garbage since 2009.

    FACT: They just don’t have enough NFL caliber players on that side of the ball to be a real threat.

    You know what’s nice? Having a COMPLETE team Coach Zim. You know, like the one 4 hours to your east. 🙂

  19. The players love Zim.

    Even when he calls them out.

    They want to improve and are willing to take coaching.

    On to Chicago…

  20. Wow, one bad game and you guys are stumbling over each other to point the finger of blame.

    You should take Ticey’s advice and just enjoy the season. You’re not going to win the Super Bowl this year, or probably any year for that matter. Just enjoy your shiny new stadium and have some fun. Go to the game, buy a brat, a beer or two, and a t-shirt. Maybe you’ll get lucky and they’ll win the game you attend.

  21. In classic Vikings fanbase fashion, one loss equates for calling for the firing of their OC.

  22. When the defensive players know what you’re gonna run before the offense snaps the ball, something needs to change. The “run on every 1st down” offense isn’t working, even the announcers touched on it yesterday. Norv needs to retire.

  23. Easy Tiger. This was a good loss. It is merely motivation to fix the things that have been lingering. I expect the Vikings to reel off another 5 wins to put us right at 10-1. Now that doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

    Bears – Caged
    Lions – Cowardly
    Washington – Skinned
    Cardinals – Relegated to Bishops
    Lions – Still Cowardly

  24. No matter how he changes things up, one thing won’t change. The Vikings still won’t win a championship.

  25. Zimmer will find a way to get the most out of his players. He is one of the best. There are many teams, especially the Bengals that wish he was leading their team. The Vikings need to make some adjustments on offense and Zimmer will make that point clear as a bell.

  26. The O line will their undoing. As of right now I see them as 3rd or 4th best in the NFC. The Cowboys are clearly better.

  27. I’ve got two concerns, Treadwell and his inability to get playing time. He must either really be a liability with his route running, or he isn’t able to separate in practice.

    The other obvious issue is the OL in general. Your current Vikings starters:
    LT TJ Clemmings – 4th rd pick
    LG Boone – UFA – overpaid/hyped FA signing
    C Berger – UFA – 5th team, 34 yrs old
    RG Fusco – 6th rd pick-shell of himself 2 yrs ago
    RT Sirles – UFA. Probably our best OL

    Compare that to the 1998 OL:
    LT Steussie – 1st Rd Pick
    LG McDaniel – 1 Rd Pick – HOF
    C Christy – All Pro
    RG David Dixon – 8 yr starter
    RT Stringer – 1st Rd Pick

    Slightly different. That’s what happens when you put all your 1st round talent on just one side of the football. Time to invest in the OL, right Rick???

  28. Green Bay, and their HOF QB has a total of 87 more passing yards than the Vikings. Minnesota has a full yard more per attempt. Minnesota has thrown 1 int, Green Bay 4.

    Green Bay is #1 in rush D…Minnesota is #2.

    Minnesota is #1 in total defense by yardage and ppg.

    Green Bay is 5th in yardage and 11th in ppg.

    But keep running your mouth about how how superior and well rounded the Packers are with absolutely no evidence to back that up other than the delusions in your head.

    Finally, the only stat that matters is this one: 5-1 is better than 4-2. We’ll see how it shakes out at the end of the year.

  29. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    Oct 24, 2016 4:54 PM

    You know what’s nice? Having a COMPLETE team Coach Zim. You know, like the one 4 hours to your east.
    _____

    That complete team four hours to the east is in second place, one half game ahead of Detroit.

  30. fredsingleton says:
    Oct 24, 2016 4:51 PM
    As a fan of the Falcons, I still see the Vikings as a top contender in the NFC. Only Cowboys, Seahawks (if Wilson is 100%), Falcons, and Vikings as only teams to be afraid of in the conference.
    ————————————————————
    You’ll be adding another NFC team to that list after next Sunday’s Falcons game.

  31. Can anyone believe that the beloved Green and Yellow have to play a road game this year. You had Four consecutive home games!
    How on earth does that happen NFL? They have tried to keep the Packers in the division race, that’s why.
    NFL= No For Long. Green Bay, hit the road you chhhhhheeeeeesssseeeeerrrrssss !

  32. GB fans don’t want them home for half there season in a row I agree th3 schedules mucked this up and now they have to go on the road a bunch.

    Zimmer probably WILL be a great coach but as some who never been D.coordinator or HC of a team that was won a playoff game so I’m not ready to call him great yet.

    If you

  33. Unless they got some guys coming back from injury soon, they are in some trouble. The Eagles exposed that line, and other teams will follow up on that. Bradford folds under pressure like a lawn chair

    Most teams can’t do it with minimal blitzing like Philly did, but when they start having to keep a TE and RB in every play to help keep Bradford vertical, the risk is less and less (as well as playing 8 men in the box to key on the run when AP returns)

    If they don’t get that solved quick, this could very easily, and very quickly turn into another season that the Vikings could of beat the Packer…if only….(and I’m not a fan of either team)

  34. .
    There’s not a lot of available tackles out there. The Patriots have been looking all year.
    .

  35. You can tell this franchise has no idea how to deal with any kind of success. Even when the pieces seemingly are in place, the Vikings will find a way to implode from within.

  36. And McCarthy blows up in his pressers and says “We played and put up big yards” yap yap yap. Cheeeeser Brains

  37. No coach I would rather have for my Vikes than Zim. So glad for whatever reason that teams passed on him as HC. This team will rebound quickly, and be the team we saw the first 5 weeks.

    #Skol

  38. stellarperformance says:
    Oct 24, 2016 5:33 PM

    I smell a Bears upset.
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    That’s a very keen sense of smell you got there…..The Packers don’t visit Chicago until the middle of December….

  39. Teams playing the Vikings are now geared up to stop the 3-step drop short passing game 1st of all, daring them to run or throw long. Ironically, with the loss of Lacy and Jordy possibly losing a step, the Packers are now in the same position. The Lions and Stafford are definitely improving. It looks to be a three way race in the NFC North, with the Bears in a position to be the spoiler for one or two of the other division rival’s. Stay tuned!

  40. I said this after the Vikings beat my Packers, and I’ll say it again.
    Before you crown your team the best, you must overcome adversity.
    We all knew there will be bumps in the road during the season, but can you overcome them and succeed.
    Minnesota with their offensive line, and play calling.
    Green Bay with their injuries, and offensive rhythm.

    I don’t think it’s panic time for either team, and I think Zimmer, by the way he’s addressing the media, is showing a little more panic than usual.
    Zimmer and his assistants are good coaches. They’ll figure it out.
    McCarthy and his coaches will figure it out as well, we all just hope it’s not to late for the showdown in Lambeau.
    -Go Pack

  41. Running from under center was because Philly has the worst Yards per carry average in the league. The problem is Minnesota cannot run against a Pop Warner team this year!
    This goes on Turner and nobody else!!
    They should have gone back to the shotgun by halftime!!
    I wonder if the BIG Load, Phil Loadholdt has gotten a call from Zimmer yet?

  42. Norv Turner HAS to go! He has STUNK the place up for 3 years! I’ve had enough of him. Minnesota will never climb above 20th in Offense with him here!
    He stunk in San Diego for the same reason and got fired , He stunk in Dallas his last year, teams have him figured out and the League has moved on past him.

  43. Here come the excuses from Vike fans. Now you can call Indy and find out where they had their “participation banner” made. I’m sure you can order one in purple.

  44. “Yesterday, Bradford was under center a lot, doing play action, and taking 7-step drops.”

    I’m an Eagles fan and I found that insanely weird, especially with their inconsistent offensive line now missing two starters. Against a good pass rush, why have him mainly under center? By time he’d step up from the drop back, somebody was swatting the ball out of his hand.

  45. This tirade is also pointed towards Sporano. Holding players and coaches accountable. That’s what makes Zim awesome. By the way this game was a mirror image of the Titans game except Barr boots the ball instead of diving on it for a TD and Sedejno is tackled instead of veering left for an easy TD. That shows you though the difference between winning and loosing is mere inches.

    Also Norv enough of the wildcat. Eagles cb goes down so instead of a 3 step quick drop to the right pylon against the dime back he goes wildcat. Doh.

  46. riraider says:
    Oct 24, 2016 9:01 PM
    Here come the excuses from Vike fans. Now you can call Indy and find out where they had their “participation banner” made. I’m sure you can order one in purple.
    ————————
    Remember when the rest of the league didn’t make jokes about the Raiders? Me neither.

  47. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Oct 24, 2016 8:12 PM

    The Vikings are falling apart…. t0 still be ranting about a loss and not moving on is a poor coaching attitude. The free ride is over and inevitable failure has begun.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.
    —————————————————————-
    Past championships mean nothing during THIS season…they can’t help your current team. Funny to watch all the trolls re-emerge even though they still reside in second place. Losing to the Vikings and all their deficiencies must really sting.

  48. If nonsense claims from you purples counted for anything, your Vikings wouldn’t be the least successful franchise in NFL history. You’ve squawked this same nonsense for years and years and years… while your Vikings have lost and lost and lost. And THAT’S what makes you purples so much fun.

  49. “This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”

    ― T.S. Eliot – The Hollow Men.

  50. Ripping up stuffed animals to get a point across to men beween the age 20 and 40, seems pretty uncoventional, but at least he didn’t go full Mike Singeltary.

  51. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 24, 2016 4:47 PM

    I guess Zimmer’s standards are a little higher than yours. He isn’t going to let this team be complacent. They have Super Bowl potential and he isn’t going to let anything get in the way if he can help it.

    ======

    maybe.

    or maybe it’s because i don’t remember bill walsh going bonkos on his team and calling out specific units to the press after a single loss.

    or bill belichick. or tom landry. or chuck noll. or even fiery mike ditka.

    great leaders sometimes know that less is more. maybe this wasn’t a situation for subtlety and gentle prods, but maybe it’s also not a time for sounding an alarm.

  52. The Viking’s defense has given Zim proof of what?

    The Eagles offense is run by a rookie QB, HC, and OC. The offensive line is a collection of the over the hill (peters), undersized (Kelce), journeymen (Barbre, Brooks), and a rookie (Big V). Their receivers are sub-par. Their RB is a walking fumble machine who can’t stay out of the infirmary.

    Alright…they’re not *that* bad, but you get the point right?

    On the whole, the Viking’s D played well. But they let a “not bad” offense drive down the field and put 7 points on the board when it counted most. It made the difference. They didn’t prove much, in my opinion.

  53. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 24, 2016 9:41 PM
    If nonsense claims from you purples counted for anything, your Vikings wouldn’t be the least successful franchise in NFL history. You’ve squawked this same nonsense for years and years and years… while your Vikings have lost and lost and lost. And THAT’S what makes you purples so much fun.
    ——————–
    Brussel Sprout likes living in the past. The Packers past is coming back like the 25 years before Favre. Declining QB, no receivers that can get open or catch it when they do, bust draft after bust draft and a clueless coach. That past is coming and good old Lambeau will be half full and the league will be talking to Milwaukee soon after that.

  54. whatjusthapped says:
    Oct 24, 2016 10:33 PM
    There aren’t too many better weeks of the year than the week where the Packers win and the Vikings lose.
    ———————-
    Hold on to weeks like this since the Packers can’t beat the Vikings anymore.

  55. Love the Cheesers commenting like they are some sort of rival/equal.

    Vikings have bigger fish to fry. Already handled the green and yellow, we are focused on upper-tier teams like Dallas, New England, etc.

    Cheesies can play in the sandbox with the rest of the little leaguers.

  56. smoov513 says:
    Oct 24, 2016 4:21 PM
    Zimmer’s going to win SB very soon, if hadn’t lost his starting QB and HOF starting RB in the first 2 weeks of the season they would be undefeated.

    He’s one of the best coaches in the NFL, Vikings fans should feel lucky to have him as their HC.

    ———-
    The best thing that happened to the Vikings is that they lost “their starting” QB and replaced him with Bradford. Teddy seems like a nice guy but he is not a NFL starting QB…..

  57. Zimmer calling out the GM (he’s the one who signed these rejects) so he’s really telling the players and GM (his boss) they suck! This will be fun to watch when Zimmer tells Ricky Tick he wants another lineman. As the world turns….

  58. U might want to play your 1st round draft pick moron.

    Teams that screw around with their draft picks get what they deserve.

    Vikings are a joke. Thats why u miss 26 yard FGs in the Playoffs becuz you are dopes

  59. This was WAY up there ^^

    Purple People Eaters says:
    Oct 24, 2016 4:18 PM

    I’m not crazy about this. Let’s not panic just yet, this seems very out of character for Zim.

    ___

    Last time I saw him this pissed the Vikes gave a game away at Buffalo in 2014. They lost a game they could’ve won but worse, they got manhandled at the line of scrimmage. That doesn’t cut it with this guy. He says it, He means it. No acting.

    What to expect from the Vikes next Monday against Chicago? Division games are the toughest of all. Something tells me Zim would be happy with a 10-6 fistfight win against the ‘salty’ Bears.

  60. PETSA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Stuffed Animals) will bring the Vikings to their knees.

  61. The Almighty Cabbage says:

    If nonsense claims from you purples counted for anything, your Vikings wouldn’t be the least successful franchise in NFL history.
    ———————————-

    Nonsense claims is what you do for a living.

    There are 32 NFL teams and only 10 of them have more playoff game WINS than the Vikings.

    And that’s counting all the playoff wins going back to the 1934 season.

    Yeah, the Vikings have more playoff wins than some of the teams that have been in the NFL forever.

    Spoiled cabbage brains…

  62. The Vikings made the playoffs often because the Packers handed the division to them on a silver platter for 22 straight years.

    Any other team in the league would’ve done the same thing….it wasn’t difficult.

    The important thing is: What did they accomplish during that time? Only the most postseason all-time losses in the history of the game, including an NFL record for one-and-done appearances. That’s all.

    Tell the whole story, don’t just cherry-pick for your own benefit (as always.)

  63. Zimmer has every right to be angry, at himself, his coaches. He also has the right to be mad at the execution of his players; coaches aren’t on the field playing. I am hoping to see the leaders on this team take care of this lack of focus from within, and not have to have the coaches de4al with it. Zimm can go whichever way, but I think he wants his leaders to step up and re-focus those players that need a boot in the ass?

  64. gtodriver says:
    Oct 25, 2016 7:02 AM

    There are 32 NFL teams and only 10 of them have more playoff game WINS than the Vikings.

    And that’s counting all the playoff wins going back to the 1934 season.

    Yeah, the Vikings have more playoff wins than some of the teams that have been in the NFL forever.

    Spoiled ca
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I bet all those “Playoff Wins” banners will be just lovely in the McStadium.

    Of the 22 teams that have less “playoff wins” than your beloveds, how many have actually won World Championships? How many have won multiple World Championships?

    We all know your beloveds have never won a single one, which makes your little puffed up chest “playoff wins” stat one more piece of loser nonsense. It never ends with you people.

    The facts are the facts and they’ll always be the facts.

  65. I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but what is all of this weekly extreme praise of Zimmer? What has he done?

    Sure, they (not just him) have put together a solid defense and he coaches defense very well. We all already knew that from his time in Dallas & Cincy. But look at the offense since he has been there. Sure Norv is the OC, but if you’re gonna give credit to Zimmer for the D, then he needs to be accountable for the O as well.

    I understand they won the division last year and he has turned them around record wise. But he hasn’t won a playoff game yet (to my knowledge) and has a severely imbalanced team. While teams like that can dazzle in the regular season, it won’t work in the playoffs.

    Other teams are gonna feed off of what Philly did yesterday. They will take that gameplan and use it until Zimmer can show something else.

    In the words of Parcells, I’m not about to anoint him yet.

  66. The pressure is getting to this guy, ever since Wide Left. He stages throat-slit stuffed animals with fake blood……to motivate his players??? And now, from pure wishful thinking, he’s mimicking a prototypical offensive lineman by gaining 45 lbs in less than one year??? Is it worth it Zimster?

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