Vikings may drive Mike Zimmer to next game . . . in Florida

It would be the most significant car ride since Brad Childress picked up Brett Favre at the airport, if it happens. And it could.

If coach Mike Zimmer can’t fly for the Week 14 game, the Vikings may drive him. To Jacksonville.

That’s a 1,472-mile drive. At an average speed of 65 miles per hour, it’s a 22-hour trip.

Flying could be a problem due to the pressure on Zimmer’s surgically repaired eye. If so, driving becomes the option for getting Zimmer to the game.

And the 22-hour trip to Florida would also entail a 22-hour trip back to Minnesota, which would limit his availability to the team both in preparation for the Jaguars game and in preparation for the Week 15 home game against the Colts.

Why would Zimmer do it? Apart from the fact that he’s as committed as any coach to his craft, the Vikings aren’t dead, yet. If they run the table (which would include a win over the Packers in Green Bay) and if the Lions lose three of their final five games (they play at New Orleans, at the Giants, and at Dallas), Minnesota would win the division.

18 responses to “Vikings may drive Mike Zimmer to next game . . . in Florida

  1. Do what you gotta do. I think it would be worth it to have the HC there.

    Also, the picture guy is the PFT MVP.

  2. Shouldn’t be a problem, thousands of MN college kids do it each year for spring break, hire a couple of them to drive.

  3. Long drive, but they can easily rent a vehicle with video capabilities and wifi to keep in touch with the coaching staff and comfy reclining seats so he can rest when he needs to. heck, some dealership with would probably hook them up just for the publicity of it. And hiring a couple of professional drivers to take shifts driving would be no big deal either.

    Couldn’t they also rent a small private plane that would fly at a lower altitude and within doctor’s limits? Have a member of the medical staff travel with him to monitor and order them to land and switch to ground transport if necessary.

    Or just have a special audio-visual hook-up between Minnesota and Jacksonville so he can watch as if in a booth and communicate with Priefer on the sidelines.

    Plenty of options that can be setup without that much trouble for the organization.

  4. Thoughts and prayers to Mike for complete healing. After hearing the players talk about Coach Zimmer, I get the sense they definitely love Coach Zimmer and anyone of them would drive him to Florida.

  5. Do it via FaceTime or Skype.

    Or, see if Favre could do the driving,he owes the Vikes a couple trips for the ones they did to go get him.

  6. Ferdinand says:

    “Couldn’t they also rent a small private plane that would fly at a lower altitude and within doctor’s limits? Have a member of the medical staff travel with him to monitor and order them to land and switch to ground transport if necessary.”

    I thought about that myself. Then I remembered that the incident rate for smaller aircraft goes up significantly when you get into the aircraft that are designed to fly at lower altitudes, when compared to pressurized aircraft.

  7. If it came down to possibly losing my vision by going to work, or staying home, I’m staying home every time.
    2 surgeries in a short amount of time means he shouldn’t mess around. No matter what he decides, I hope he heals completely.

  8. These eye surgeries are no joke and have to be forced upon some people. It’s easy to say take a ride and watch film, but watching film can do just as much damage as air-pressure.

  9. Hey, I’m in Florida, fly me up there and I’ll drive him down. Get me in the game and I’ll drive him back too. No charge.
    I’m serious.

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