Mike Zimmer on kicker he thought about replacing: “I still believe in him”

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wants to believe in Blair Walsh, he really does.

And all he has to do is look across his own division to see what can happen when you stick with a kicker through tough times.

I still believe in him,” Zimmer said of Walsh, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Zimmer also said hanging onto Walsh after working out six other kickers was a complicated call, and the Packers’ faith in Mason Crosby was one of them.

“We’ll always evaluate it, but there’s a lot of factors,” Zimmer said. “We went back and looked at Mason Crosby, who I think is a really good kicker in this league. [Crosby] had one year where he struggled and fought through it. I look at a lot of different things. The game winner [Walsh] had against Chicago, against St. Louis; the field goals he’s made.”

He was referring to Crosby’s 2012 season, when he was 21-of-33 on field goals (63.6 percent). The following season, Crosby was good on 33-of-37 (89.3 percent).

The Vikings can only hope Walsh has such a turnaround, but also have him on a short leash now, meaning getting to an offseason might require some immediate improvement.

16 responses to “Mike Zimmer on kicker he thought about replacing: “I still believe in him”

  1. Mike Zimmer on kicker he thought about replacing: “I still believe in him”
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    Coach, I believe in him too until I see you send out the FG and extra point unit. Then I start to worry.

    Might as well start going for 2 from now on. It’s just as risky as sending Blair out.

  2. No matter how many kicks he makes, no one will ever believe in him in a clutch situation. He’s going to have to not only start making field goals and extra points with regularity, he’s going to have to make multiple game-winning field goals when the pressure is on, probably including in the playoffs. It’s going to be a long road to regain that faith, but as long as he takes it one kick at a time, he has the opportunity to build it up slowly.

  3. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 9, 2016 2:15 PM
    No matter how many kicks he makes, no one will ever believe in him in a clutch situation. He’s going to have to not only start making field goals and extra points with regularity, he’s going to have to make multiple game-winning field goals when the pressure is on, probably including in the playoffs

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    Playoffs? Seriously, you’re talking about playoffs.

  4. Greenway was on probably headed for retirement after last season, but he decided he couldn’t end his career like that.
    So there is the silver lining.

    If you miss a game winning kick in week 14 you can still go out next week and get some of that confidence back, but when you miss a chip shot like that to end the team’s post season it just weighs heavy on the mind. I have said it before Crosby missed a FG vs. the Colts and he went on to have the worse season of his career but he was able to bounce back the next season.

    Walsh hasn’t been able to shake it… the fact that the offense has been struggling since the Columbus day and the team not having a win in a month, makes his misses magnified even more so.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 9, 2016 2:27 PM
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 9, 2016 2:15 PM
    No matter how many kicks he makes, no one will ever believe in him in a clutch situation. He’s going to have to not only start making field goals and extra points with regularity, he’s going to have to make multiple game-winning field goals when the pressure is on, probably including in the playoffs

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    Playoffs? Seriously, you’re talking about playoffs.

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    Yes. 1st Place teams tend to think that way.

    I know it’s been a while for the green and yellow since they were in that position, but that is what they do.

  6. “We’ll always evaluate it, but there’s a lot of factors,

    Zim calls it his Blair Walsh Project.

  7. Rock n Skol says:
    Nov 9, 2016 3:21 PM

    Yes. 1st Place teams tend to think that way.

    I know it’s been a while for the green and yellow since they were in that position, but that is what they do.
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    Teams that haven’t won a game since before Columbus day shouldn’t be thinking about playoffs. That particular team should be trying to think how to fix the offense.

    Norval wasn’t the problem, and Shurmer wasn’t the solution.

  8. shaggytoodle says:
    Nov 9, 2016 5:02 PM

    That particular team should be trying to think how to fix the offense.

    Norval wasn’t the problem, and Shurmer wasn’t the solution.
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    Yeah, how could Shurmer not fix the entire offense when he had 3 whole days after Norv abandoned ship? Gotcha.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 9, 2016 2:27 PM
    Playoffs? Seriously, you’re talking about playoffs.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Put down the rocks . Your glass house is in reach.
    packer fans were talking super bowl this fall. Your record in the last year from November 1st, 2015 in regular season games is 8-10. And that includes two gifted games that I know of by the refs.(Detroit last year and Jacksonville where you got 23 calls) Add to this the packer received more 3rd down penalties than any team in the league last year. So it is safe to say more games that I do not know about first hand.
    At any rate your team is 4-4 and not very good.

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