Mike Zimmer on Blair Walsh: “It just comes down to doing your job”

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The “do your job” mantra that was coined by Bill Parcells and co-opted by the Patriots has a missing word in the middle. (It begins with an F.)

Two more words are implied at the end: “Or else.”

The “or else” finally arrived in Minnesota for kicker Blair Walsh. Given that teams don’t have a backup kicker, the “or else” isn’t getting benched. It’s getting fired.

“It was something we felt like we needed to do, kind of move forward,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “We’re all accountable for things we have to get done. I think we gave him a lot of opportunities. Although Blair’s a great kid and it’s hard to do, it’s just part of the business. . . . It just comes down to doing your job.”

Walsh wasn’t and couldn’t and thus no longer will be. But that hardly solves the problems of a team that has chased five straight wins with four straight losses. And the strain is showing.

“They asked me on the Arizona conference call how I keep the team mentally stable,” Zimmer said, via Tomasson. “Well, I have to worry about myself.”

Looking at the big picture of what the Vikings have endured in 2016, it’s amazing that the team finds itself at 5-4 through 10 weeks of the regular season. Even if they manage to finagle a playoff berth, it’s hard to envision the Vikings becoming the Super Bowl contender they were presumed to be before the losing started.

33 responses to “Mike Zimmer on Blair Walsh: “It just comes down to doing your job”

  1. “They asked me on the Arizona conference call how I keep the team mentally stable,” Zimmer said, via Tomasson. “Well, I have to worry about myself.”

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    What? I’m starting to have my doubts about Zim. Maybe it’s just that he doesn’t want to answer the question, but that is a terrible response. Isn’t he supposed to be worrying about the team? Shouldn’t the team come before himself?

  2. Mike Zimmer on Blair Walsh: “It just comes down to doing your job”
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    Mike McCarthy, take note. He didnt respond by saying he was a great kicker years ago. It comes down to what you do today, not in a rusty championship from the 20s.

  3. To the people questioning Zimmer… This team would probably be 7-2 or 8-1 if we had Teddy, AP, Loadhold, Smith, Khalil, Floyd, Long, etc… Injuries ruined this season. Zimmer has not forgotten how to coach. R-E-L-A-X

  4. “What? I’m starting to have my doubts about Zim. Maybe it’s just that he doesn’t want to answer the question, but that is a terrible response. Isn’t he supposed to be worrying about the team? Shouldn’t the team come before himself?”
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    In his defense, you can interpret that comment as him saying that he needs to appear stable so that the team will emulate his example.

  5. 1 game at a time! Let’s get the ship sailing and winning again starting Sunday! We trust in ZIM and this team…..SKOL!

  6. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Nov 16, 2016 2:08 PM
    To the people questioning Zimmer… This team would probably be 7-2 or 8-1 if we had Teddy, AP, Loadhold, Smith, Khalil, Floyd, Long, etc… Injuries ruined this season. Zimmer has not forgotten how to coach. R-E-L-A-X
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    All of those linemen suck, Bradford is equal if not better than Teddy, and AP is finished. Any other bright ideas?

    Vikings had better be making some moves on the o-line this offseason. If they can fix that then everything will be fine. They have the offensive skill players they need and the defense will be fine. I hope Greenway sticks around for one more year, apparently Barr and Kendricks are quite injury prone.

  7. contra74 says:
    Nov 16, 2016 2:06 PM
    Mike Zimmer on Blair Walsh: “It just comes down to doing your job”
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    Mike McCarthy, take note. He didnt respond by saying he was a great kicker years ago. It comes down to what you do today, not in a rusty championship from the 20s.
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    As a Pack fan I didn’t ever think I would agree with contra74, but I do.

  8. We’ve lost 10 starters and another 5 back-ups to injury and people are blaming Zimmer? Hahaha clueless

  9. The whole offensive line is now worried they will be placed by orange fencing that is suppose to help limit snow drifts.

    Every team has injuries, players need to rise up, the Packers injuries isn’t an excuse to give up huge plays all over the field on Sunday to the TE, and it isn’t an excuse for the Vikings bad offense, that has trouble getting over 20 points unless the defense and special teams help them out big time with scoring or forcing TOs and getting field position.

    Both coaching staffs need to turn it around, and both teams need their players to start playing better, or the Lions are going to be the team representing the NFC North.

  10. Walsh gave the team no choice. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, but as soon as Gould was available, they should have cut the cord on Walsh — the delay cost them the Lions game.

    Expected this team to be 8-8 or 9-7 when Teddy went down. The 5-0 start increased expectations, only to now crash back to reality with that O-line crap. Still an entertaining season though.

  11. That’s the problem with the defense lately, too. They aren’t doing their jobs. If they get that group straightened out and back to what they were the first five or six games, it won’t matter what the kicker does or what the offensive line does. If you start holding teams to under 15 points every week again, you’re going to win a lot of games.

  12. Well, looking at the schedule, the Pack is gonna lose at least 3 more giving them an 8-8 record at best, so they are out of it. Detroit will probably win 4 and end up 9-7, so Vikings need to find a way to win 5, 4 if they win the tiebreaker with Detroit somehow. Vikings will get it done.

  13. To the people questioning Zimmer… This team would probably be 7-2 or 8-1 if we had Teddy, AP, Loadhold, Smith, Khalil, Floyd, Long, etc… Injuries ruined this season. Zimmer has not forgotten how to coach. R-E-L-A-X
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    Excuses are for losers…

  14. allight59 says:
    Nov 16, 2016 2:58 PM
    Well, looking at the schedule, the Pack is gonna lose at least 3 more giving them an 8-8 record at best, so they are out of it. Detroit will probably win 4 and end up 9-7, so Vikings need to find a way to win 5, 4 if they win the tiebreaker with Detroit somehow. Vikings will get it done.
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    Looking at the schedule is the best way to determine wins and losses. I remember Vikings’ fans doing that a few weeks ago, and they couldn’t find a loss on the schedule.

  15. The Vikings have lost 5…count em 5 offensive tackles….no one’s making excuses, but show me a team that wouldn’t struggle of offense with losing 5 linemen. Bradford has done a great job getting the ball out quickly to help compensate. If the Vikings stop the futility of dive plays with Asiata that won’t work with back up linemen, they’ll extend drives and score the 20 plus points needed to win the top ranked scoring defense in the league. No worries here.

  16. “only to now crash back to reality ”

    purpleguy seems like a reasonable person, which is unusual for a Vikings fan, but isn’t this phrase true every year for Vikings fans?

  17. contra74 says:
    Nov 16, 2016 2:06 PM
    It comes down to what you do today, not in a rusty championship from the 20s….
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    ……….which Viking fans would die for.

  18. So let me get this straight….when the Vikings were 5-0 they were doing things Zim’s way then they went into the bye week and he decided “hey let’s do things someone else’s way?” As the losses mounted he destroyed stuffed animals, a supposed “very, very good friend” just up and quit, he scapegoated an idiot kicker, and now he’s fixing everything by playing loud music at practice.

    Zimmer apparently has reason to worry about his mental stability.

  19. Some people posting here don’t know understand the difference between a reason and an excuse.

    Say a potential Super Bowl team carries three QBs; their franchise starter, and experienced back-up and a rookie. Further, that the starter and back-up are injured in the first 2 weeks. The rookie then goes 2-10 the rest of the season and the team ends up 4-12 for the year. His inexperience and skill level are the reason the season tanked, not an excuse.

    If you don’t have the horse (or horses), you can’t win the race.

  20. 1nflfan says:
    Nov 16, 2016 2:59 PM
    … Injuries ruined this season. Zimmer has not forgotten how to coach. R-E-L-A-X
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    If the Vikings would have paid Loadholdt, he would still be on the team, instead they tried giving a pay cut and he chose retirement. You can’t claim AP would fix it all he was averaging a yard and a half a carry, if Long was any good he would have been signed before the Vikings had a chance, Kalil has been so inconsistent the few seasons. If you were missing Bridgewater from his rookie year it would be much worse than the Theodore that showed up last year.

    Maybe next year you in honor of player safety you can convince Goodell to turn the “Injuries OFF” like the kids do in Madden.

  21. It kind of makes you wonder how much depth and talent they are prevented from attaining while All-Day Peterson is paid an exorbitant amount of money to sit and watch Sanford & Sons reruns…….all day.

  22. shaggytoodle says:
    Nov 16, 2016 3:56 PM
    1nflfan says:
    Nov 16, 2016 2:59 PM
    … Injuries ruined this season. Zimmer has not forgotten how to coach. R-E-L-A-X
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    Shaggy, read my whole comment before you post something from me….

    To the people questioning Zimmer… This team would probably be 7-2 or 8-1 if we had Teddy, AP, Loadhold, Smith, Khalil, Floyd, Long, etc… Injuries ruined this season. Zimmer has not forgotten how to coach. R-E-L-A-X
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    Excuses are for losers…

  23. It reminds me of Master and Commander when that sniveling wimp brought bad karma to the whole boat then he jumped overboard holding a couple cannonballs and the next day the wind whipped up and the whole crew was happy and back on track.

    That will be the team. They will be relieved to not see his face and stupid haircut and him prancing on the sidelines and whiffing tackles.

    The Vikings will be 7-4 going into the Cowboys game.

  24. Also to continue my rant! How many people watching the game after the Vikings scored there third TD were just absolutely deflated during half time because he missed that extra point. I know I was. Just imagine how his team felt.

    People forget he missed 9 FG’s in 2014 too. And was atrocious last years preseason too. Missing PAT’s and short FG’s. Good Riddance.

    Peace.

  25. Wait, the Vikings are 5-4. What’s the Packers records? The Vikings lost a couple of tough games on the road. The Packers can’t beat the Colts at home.

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