Mike Zimmer on kicker tryouts: Have you been watching all year?

AP

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that he still believes that Blair Walsh can be a successful kicker in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to keep getting chances to miss kicks while on Minnesota’s payroll.

Zimmer confirmed that the Vikings will be bringing in kickers for tryouts this week after Walsh had a field goal blocked and missed an extra point during the team’s 22-16 overtime loss to the Lions. Walsh has now missed four field goals and three extra points on the year, something that made it easy for Zimmer to explain why the Vikings were checking out their options.

“Have you been watching all year? At some point in time, you have belief and confidence in guys, because you know what they’ve done in the past,” Zimmer said, via ESPN.com. “We’ve missed three extra points this year. We’ve missed several field goals. The way our games are being played, they probably come down to a lot of close games — I’m hoping, at least, anyway. We have to look at all avenues as far as what gives us the best opportunity to win football games.”

In addition to the lost points, Walsh also kicked the ball into the end zone after the Vikings’ go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left when Zimmer said the plan was for a mortar kick that the Lions would have fielded inside their 10-yard-line. That would have taken some off the clock at a moment when the Lions needed every available second to pull off their comeback.

Kai Forbath and Randy Bullock are expected to be among the kickers in Minnesota for a look this week.

25 responses to “Mike Zimmer on kicker tryouts: Have you been watching all year?

  1. That horrifying miss against Seattle in last year’s playoffs has obviously done a number on Walsh’s head. His confidence is shot, and that’s the kiss of death for a kicker. It’s a shame. He was great during his first two years in the league, but he’s lost his mojo and will probably be replaced. Such is life in the NFL. Deliver or go home.

  2. How times change. His rookie year folks were ready to put him in the HOF. Now…

    Walsh has these spells. In college, he was automatic….then his last year something got in his head for about four or five games. It went away and he reverted to form, but nobody in the NFL will give him that long.

  3. Blair is the least of their problems. Just a distraction to divert Vike fans from the real issues. Facts that Spielman is a terrible GM and Zimmer does not have what it takes to be a head coach.

  4. Its a performance based business and unfortunately for some players, its a week to week performance based business.

    But under Zimmer, the Vikings have become the ancient Aztecs, offering a human sacrifice each week to avoid future calamities. Apparently, Norv Turner was not pleasing enough to the Gods, maybe Blair Walsh will do the trick.

    Still all in all, I would hate to see Blair Walsh’s career defined by a missed 27 yard FG especially when it leaves Peterson’s contribution out of the lime light. Any reasonable football fan would point to his fumble as the turning point for the Vikings losing that day.

  5. Yes, blame the kicker. He also allowed the Lions to get into field goal position after the game was won. And he didn’t tackle Golden Tate allowing him to score the winning TD in OT.

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 8, 2016 7:26 AM
    Blair is the least of their problems. Just a distraction to divert Vike fans from the real issues. Facts that Spielman is a terrible GM and Zimmer does not have what it takes to be a head coach.
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    Carl who do you watch; Is it the Packers or Vikings?
    You sure seem to know what happens play by play more on Vikings games than your team.

  7. The vaunted Viking defense lost this game, not the kicker. The Lions won the coin toss and chose to take the offensive. They weren’t intimidated in the least. Think about it. The Lions could’ve given the ball to the Vikings, likely shut them down, and won on only a field goal. Instead, they took it to them, and prevailed.

    Hat’s off to the Lions. I’m glad the Packers knocked them off already.

  8. Walsh has been missing kicks all year — Zim hasn’t blamed him once for the loss — apparently being honest in a press conference is something foreign to our friends from the east.

    Good to see the cheesers are spending time on this article about a Viking’s basket-case kicker while their team is fighting internally, pointing fingers at each other on effort and making fun of a head coach that has lost his MVP QB and is now losing his entire team. If they had a coach with gonads and a GM that actually used all his options to build a roster, they wouldn’t be sitting at .500 with a poo-poo platter of RBs and DBs.

  9. lambeaudungbarn says:
    Nov 8, 2016 12:26 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 8, 2016 7:26 AM
    Blair is the least of their problems. Just a distraction to divert Vike fans from the real issues. Facts that Spielman is a terrible GM and Zimmer does not have what it takes to be a head coach.
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    Carl who do you watch; Is it the Packers or Vikings?
    You sure seem to know what happens play by play more on Vikings games than your team.
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    He obviously doesn’t watch the Packer games because he still thinks the Packers are good.

  10. packer fans are trolling pretty good for a team that while the Vikings lost 3 in a row. The packers haven’t been able to take over the lead in the North. Why, because they just aren’t very good. 8-10 in the last 18 regular season games dating back to November 1st.

  11. fmc651 says:
    Nov 8, 2016 2:20 PM
    packer fans are trolling pretty good for a team that while the Vikings lost 3 in a row. The packers haven’t been able to take over the lead in the North. Why, because they just aren’t very good. 8-10 in the last 18 regular season games dating back to November 1st.
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    Also have more injured starters than every other team but lets not cloud this issue with facts.

  12. it’s the coach. period.

    remember the coach is the guy who believes bridgewater will win “multiple” superbowls.

    for those counting that is 2 or more.

    though watching very little of bridgewater in college i do not think “two-time superbowl winner” was ever in his possible range of outcomes.

    the coach is super delusional, seems to be a prerequisite of existing these days.

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