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.