Mike Zimmer on offensive line: Stay calm

AP

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went the R-E-L-A-X route to diffuse concerns about the team a couple of years ago and the head coach of another NFC North team is going with a variation on that this year.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed on Thursday that left guard Nick Easton will be placed on injured reserve after having neck surgery this week. Easton’s loss will leave the team without a projected starter on the offensive line and injuries to center Pat Elflein and right guard Mike Remmers have some worried about what kind of shape the Vikings are in up front.

Zimmer showed no panic, however.

“We’re going to figure out a way to get it done, so: Calm. Tweet that,” Zimmer said, via (what else) a tweet from Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “That’s my new saying. We’re going to get a bunch of Mike Zimmer Foundation T-shirts that say, ‘Tweet that.'”

Tom Compton is up next at left guard and has 71 games of NFL experience with 15 career starts. The team has four preseason games and the rest of August to consider other options, including those that might become available via trade or release by other teams.

49 responses to “Mike Zimmer on offensive line: Stay calm

  1. Thank you, Coach Zimmer, for being the voice of reason. A guy who loses his starting quarterback for the season on an annual basis is not going to get too worried about losing his left guard.

    Thank you also, for my fantasy football team name. Tweet That!

  2. This could absolutely derail them.

    They have a RB coming off an ACL injury and a QB with a fully guaranteed contract.

    Having a depleted OL is not a recipe for success.

    Maybe they can get it together or maybe not. We’ll know soon enough.

  3. Vikings fans are having flashbacks of 2016, but let’s play at least one exhibition game before we go crazy. Olines across the league are down. The college game isn’t preparing adequately the necessary seed corn. This is still a very capable team, well coached, well managed, and hungry. Skol!

  4. I would think it would be easier for Viking fans to by into this if it was on the defensive side of the ball.

    They invested a TON of many in a player that MIGHT be a top 10 QB so, keeping him upright and healthy is of huge importance if he is gonna come close to earning all that money .

  5. h0metownzero says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    Mark my words, by the end of the season the rest of the coaching staff will envy Tony for taking the easy way out.

    ***

    Congratulations. You just completely insulted both yourself and your fellow Packer fans, and no longer have any voice of legitimacy on this website.

  6. Nick Easton is hurt, not Randall McDaniel. Keep it in perspective!! Compton, Isidora or the rookie Gossett will show up this preseason and one of them will most definitely fill the shoes of one Nick Easton. Besides, Hill at RT is THEE weak link! Hopefully O’Neill gets some 1st team reps this preseason to see what juice he has at RT.

  7. There is no reason to believe zimmer can put together a good offensive line! This happened once already 2 years ago and ruined the season.

    This is a perfect time to start panicking.

  8. h0metownzero says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Mark my words, by the end of the season the rest of the coaching staff will envy Tony for taking the easy way out.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    What a truly classless and tasteless comment. Making jokes about a guy who died way too young. It says a lot about the Packer troll who posted this.

  9. Let’s not get into the whole t-shirt making business with the vikes again. Last time Zim tried that approach, it was pretty embarrassing. Not quite as embarrassing as 38-7 mind you, but still…

  10. “That’s my new saying. We’re going to get a bunch of Mike Zimmer Foundation T-shirts that say, ‘Tweet that.’”
    ++++++++++

    Them cracks on the Fire Zimmer Dam are starting to spit some concrete. Who’ll be the first Purple to come around?

  11. codylaws says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    In Zim we trust is going to get it done. Not like packers nation where in McCarthy packers can’t trust when Erin goes down.
    _______________

    Except for when they can, like the first time he injured his collar bone, and made it to the post season…

  12. FlashPatterson says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Why do you guys love that “relax” comment so much? It was like 2 years ago and the Packers went nowhere that year. Shut up.

    +++++++

    Who are you telling to shut up? Josh Alper?

  13. “[D]iffuse”? Defuse, maybe? Journalism is a lost art, apparently.

    Then again, it IS a Vikings story…

  14. codylaws says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    In Zim we trust is going to get it done. Not like packers nation where in McCarthy packers can’t trust when Erin goes down.

    ————————————————————————————–
    That trust will end the minute Cousins takes a beating and you lose a game.

  15. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm
    Kowalsky’s is having a sale on full sides of beef. Limit 5 per football team.

    **

    Oh great, another one of you. If you’re referencing Kowalski’s then you probably live in the TC area. That means you reek of Packer fandom and then love everything else MN.

  16. jmc8888 says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    This could absolutely derail them.

    They have a RB coming off an ACL injury and a QB with a fully guaranteed contract.
    __________

    Last year they had a RB with an ACL injury and a QB with a one-year, $2 million contract and things seemed to work out pretty well. I think they’re in a better place this year.

  17. shaggytoodle says:
    August 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm
    codylaws says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    In Zim we trust is going to get it done. Not like packers nation where in McCarthy packers can’t trust when Erin goes down.
    _______________

    Except for when they can, like the first time he injured his collar bone, and made it to the post season…
    ___________

    They were 2-5-1 without Rodgers and won the division with a 8-7-1 record. Don’t act like the team doesn’t completely stink without him. Think I’m wrong? Then sit him for another eight games this year and let’s see what happens.

  18. Someone asked why packer trolls are always in Viking threads? Take a look st their team, now you know. When you have nothing, you have to talk smack to try and lift your own spirits. Hence why they don’t talk much smack in Lions and Bears threads, because they know who the King or the North is, it’s the ViKings.

  19. I trust Coach Zimmer but Tom Compton was one of the worst lineman in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Our highest graded player (Riley Reiff) still graded as poor. Kirk Cousins is in big trouble.

  20. Think I’m wrong? Then sit him for another eight games this year and let’s see what happens
    _____________

    They did win the division at 8 7 1 you know why? Cuz ur beloved Vikings couldnt put the Rodgesless packers away after a big halftime lead

  21. whatjusthapped says:
    August 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    Why not trade Treadslow for a serviceable guard? It’s not like he was tearing it up anyway.

    //////////////////

    Straight up Treadwell for Bakhtiari

  22. Captain Kirk needs a GOOD line for this to work.
    The Vikes want/need to win now.
    They can’t screw around with an iffy line.

    It would be a shame to waste all that $$$.
    Pony up Ziggy and buy some serious beef.
    Mortgage the farm, trade some picks.
    Do what ya’ gotta do.
    You set this motion to be a contender for the next 3 years.
    Don’t waste this one.

  23. We can stay calm…fine. But we also can very concerned.
    This front office has ignored the O-line for years….I’d happily trade out a few defensive studs for some capable guards & tackles.

  24. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    A guy who loses his starting quarterback for the season on an annual basis is not going to get too worried about losing his left guard.

    ++++++++

    I’m not even sure Zimmer knows where the offense meets, much less worries about it.

  25. firerogergoodell says:
    August 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I trust Coach Zimmer but Tom Compton was one of the worst lineman in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Our highest graded player (Riley Reiff) still graded as poor. Kirk Cousins is in big trouble.
    ++++++
    Refreshingly honest.

  26. Maybe they can move Mike Hughes to the offensive line. They drafted him instead of an offensive lineman like they should have done in the first place. I’m not saying Hughes will be a bad player, but when you sign a quarterback to a guaranteed contract of $84,000,000, it might not be a bad idea to make it a priority to keep him on his feet. Not only that, but the cornerbacks already on the roster are among the best in the league. We sure couldn’t say that about the offensive line.

  27. packertruth says:
    August 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Them cracks on the Fire Zimmer Dam are starting to spit some concrete. Who’ll be the first Purple to come around?

    ———————————-

    I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Zimmer is a coach who won the division two out of the last three years – and will probably win it again this year.

    It’s that chubby guy in Green Bay whose seat will start heating up when the always overrated Packers either miss the playoffs or go one and done as they usually do.

  28. The locals sure seem threatened by the Packers, as evidenced by their worrisome rants.

  29. shaggytoodle says:

    August 9, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    codylaws says:
    August 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    In Zim we trust is going to get it done. Not like packers nation where in McCarthy packers can’t trust when Erin goes down.
    _______________

    Except for when they can, like the first time he injured his collar bone, and made it to the post season…

    ——————-

    I love how Packers use that year as a guarantee that everything will be ok if Rodgers go down.

    That year the NFC North was super weak. Vikings, Bears and Lions were all non playoff teams and not very talented. The Vikings had Christian Ponder who was terrible. They barely squeaked out a playoff birth by running Feast mode non stop (Lacy). Also to earn that birth, Rodgers had to come back at the very last second in the clinching game.

    Without Rodgers (or even with him) the Vikings are a better team, Lions (better without him), and Bear have the potential to be better.

    If you think this year will be like 2013 if Rodgers goes down you are delusional.

  30. The Star tribune writers have been banging on the offensive line for the last 2 years. This paper is so negative to all the local teams but the Vikings and Golden Gophers they enjoy doing that the most. They are paid trolls. Sure Easton’s injury is an unexpected story this camp but Remmers and Efflein are coming back to start. And the offensive line looked good against Denver.Could you imagine if they were an issue?

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