Mike Zimmer told Jaguars months ago he didn’t want a fight

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When the Jaguars inquired with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer this spring about a joint workout, it’s as if he could see into the future.

“When they called me, I just expressed my concerns that I don’t want this to be a fight or anything like this,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Of course, the Jaguars have mostly been fighting amongst themselves, and suspended defensive end Dante Fowler for his part in one, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey for yelling at the local media about reporting it.

But when the Jaguars arrive in Minnesota for two days of joint practices in advance of this week’s preseason game, Zimmer is hoping for some good, clean work.

“The biggest thing is what we want to do is we want to get work done against a good team,” Zimmer said. “So it’s important that our guys know that we’re not going to put up with any trash talking. We’re not going to put up with any fighting. We’re not here for that. We’re here to get better. . . .

“Whoever they bring, they bring, and if they don’t, they don’t. We’re just going to go out and try to improve. Their defense is very similar to a lot of the defenses that we’re going to face this year schematically, so I think that will be good, especially for our offense. And then they’re a downhill power running team.”

So if Zimmer has his way, this won’t turn into a Washington-Jets situation, in which the fight spilled into the crowd.

76 responses to “Mike Zimmer told Jaguars months ago he didn’t want a fight

  1. Obviously fighting is childish, not going to make any one or any team better. Oh wait, Jags are bunch of immature kids… should put some gloves on and get in the ring.

  2. That makes sense, it’s kind of pointless to bring in another team to practice against if they can’t even finish a practice because of fights…I remember when the Vikings used to scrimmage the Chiefs every year there were always fights… then Brock Lesnar side suplexed somebody during a joint practice and I think that was the end of that…

  3. Great idea by these coaches. This is a great match up and could well be the precursor to the Super Bowl.

  4. Smart move having other teams over to see TCO, free agents will be fight to come play in Minnesota while they demand top dollar to have to train in facility that look like the local rec center with carpeted weight rooms.

  5. Zimmer is an excellent coach who knows what he’s doing. He’s not going to put up with any schoolyard shenanigans. The Jags had better come to work, not fight.

  6. I’ve never been sure how much real value there is in joint practices but doing it with non-conference opponents has got to be the smartest way to go about it. If these are closed practices, both teams are liable to show a lot more than they’d show against teams from their own conferences, in open practices, or during preseason games. They might actually get some solid work in.

    As for the fighting, who knows. All these guys are competitive and a practice environment is hardly a happy environment. I do find it strange that someone wants to call the Jags “loud mouthed punks” barely a week after Diggs and Rhodes went at each other in practice.

  7. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Perhaps Zimmer should stick to running his own team, and stop trying to dictate how other teams are run. His holier than thou attitude is really getting old.

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    Idk about that, but the Vikes are a pretty disciplined team under Zim. Not much on or off the field trouble. Sounds like he just wants to keep it that way.

    Not interested in what the Seahawks 2.0 do.

  8. Perhaps Zimmer should stick to running his own team, and stop trying to dictate how other teams are run. His holier than thou attitude is really getting old.
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    Zimmer’s attitude is spot on. And if it bothers you its all the more better. Plus you don’t see Zimmer’s players criticizing him in the media for not stepping up and calling things out.

  9. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Perhaps Zimmer should stick to running his own team, and stop trying to dictate how other teams are run. His holier than thou attitude is really getting old.

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    What are you even talking about?

  10. “Zimmer’s attitude is spot on”.

    Yeah, for the 1950’s. One day you’ll wake up to hear that he’s been withholding water during practice, University of Maryland style. You’d think that an organization that already experienced one death due to antiquated practices would hire a more enlightened coach.

  11. GenXJ says:
    August 14, 2018 at 8:55 am
    Even gb backed down when aaron fell last season. Nobody wants a piece of the Vikings.
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    I’ll bet the Eagles wish they could have a piece of them again every game this year after that vaunted vikings defense quit on the team during the biggest game of their careers. Oh well, some teams just weren’t made to handle the pressure of the bright lights.

  12. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:59 am
    “Zimmer’s attitude is spot on”.

    Yeah, for the 1950’s. One day you’ll wake up to hear that he’s been withholding water during practice, University of Maryland style. You’d think that an organization that already experienced one death due to antiquated practices would hire a more enlightened coach.

    If these are the dots you’re connecting based on the information presented in this story, good luck with your day to day life.

  13. If Jalen Ramsey is suspended from practice too, then the chance of a fight breaking out is far less likely

  14. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 8:33 am

    They should have practiced against the Eagles. They have a history of not fighting against them.

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    I assume you mean they should have practiced against GB, as the recent history is that there is NO fight in them. They just lay down and get trashed.

    Oh wait… they wanted to practice against someone that would make them BETTER. So… that wouldn’t work.

  15. I’m glad Zimmer agreed to Jacksonville coming along for joint practices. Their DL speaks for itself and will be a good litmus test for this offensive line who, up until now, have appeared to be a lot better than most thought they would be.

  16. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Perhaps Zimmer should stick to running his own team, and stop trying to dictate how other teams are run. His holier than thou attitude is really getting old.
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    I bet Zimmer knows how to spell Cardinal.

  17. “If those are the dots you’re connecting based on the information presented in this story…”.

    No, the dots being connected are based on Zimmer’s conduct over the years and the reputation he has actively cultivated. His entire reputation is based on being “old school” and a “disciplinarian”. He plays to the neanderthals who believe that practicing high school and college players until they pass out or die is the way to build character.

  18. Jaguars dong the right thing spending practice with a World Class organization like the Vikings. All squads could learn a lot on how do things the right way watching how the Vikings get things done. DYNASTY

  19. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 10:41 am
    “If those are the dots you’re connecting based on the information presented in this story…”.

    No, the dots being connected are based on Zimmer’s conduct over the years and the reputation he has actively cultivated. His entire reputation is based on being “old school” and a “disciplinarian”. He plays to the neanderthals who believe that practicing high school and college players until they pass out or die is the way to build character.
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    Someone received a lot of wedgies in high school. And failed spelling in English class.

  20. I know the Vikes are going to be totally professional, theyve seen what Zim will do if he doesnt like your behavior. I cant wait to see Zim kicking some players from another team out of practice lol.

  21. kayakattack says:

    August 14, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Maybe if the Vikings had a little more fight they would have been playing in the Super Bowl last February.

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    Same can be said for the Jags and their pathetic offense in the second half.

  22. I can understand that.

    The Vikings were abnormally healthy compared to the other teams last year. Their defense especially.

    That luck is bound to change. I won’t cheer for it, won’t be happy about it, but it’s doubtful that the Vikings stay that healthy again this year.

    (And before you get all butthurt about Dalvin Cook and Sam Bradford, I’m talking sheer number and severity of injuries)

  23. They should have held practices against the Packers, they haven’t put up a fight against the Vikings in years.
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    Are you kidding, nobody will go to Green Bay for joint practices, have you seen those training facilities?

  24. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 10:41 am
    “If those are the dots you’re connecting based on the information presented in this story…”.

    No, the dots being connected are based on Zimmer’s conduct over the years and the reputation he has actively cultivated. His entire reputation is based on being “old school” and a “disciplinarian”. He plays to the neanderthals who believe that practicing high school and college players until they pass out or die is the way to build character.

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    I think we’re all witnessing a true delusional disorder unfold in front of our eyes.

  25. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:59 am
    “Zimmer’s attitude is spot on”.

    Yeah, for the 1950’s. One day you’ll wake up to hear that he’s been withholding water during practice, University of Maryland style. You’d think that an organization that already experienced one death due to antiquated practices would hire a more enlightened coach

  26. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 11:05 am
    @Liberalsruineverything – Obviously you believe in practicing high school and college players until they die, since you have not stated a response otherwise.
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    Obviously you enjoy wedgies and being illiterate, since you have not stated a response otherwise.

  27. Will there be trash talking? You betcha, we are talking about the Jaguars. Are the Jags looking for a fight, only during the game.

  28. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 11:08 am
    My high school has the same number of Lombardi trophies as the Vikings.
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    Your self worth has the same value as Packers stock – Worthless!

  29. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 8:33 am

    They should have practiced against the Eagles. They have a history of not fighting against them.

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    Funny that you couldn’t have inserted the Packers in your little joke as the Packers haven’t put up much of a fight against the Vikings lately. 4 out of the last 5 have gone to the Vikes.

  30. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 10:41 am
    “If those are the dots you’re connecting based on the information presented in this story…”.

    No, the dots being connected are based on Zimmer’s conduct over the years and the reputation he has actively cultivated. His entire reputation is based on being “old school” and a “disciplinarian”. He plays to the neanderthals who believe that practicing high school and college players until they pass out or die is the way to build character.
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    That’s quite a leap, from “old school coach” to “build character by killing people.” Zimmer has a tough guy reputation but his players love him. The Vikings wear sensors during practice to monitor their vital signs and players are taken out when it looks like they need extra rest or fluids. There’s absolutely no basis for claiming Zimmer wants to hurt his players. Where does this insane hatred for Zimmer come from?

  31. koreystringerswidow says:
    August 14, 2018 at 11:29 am
    That is an outrage. I sure hope they’re not withholding water again.

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    I gave your comment a thumbs up. I know you kids need confidence, especially with the new school year starting. It can be a tougher transition for some. Hang in there.

  32. The Vikings were abnormally healthy compared to the other teams last year.
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    The Vikings lost their starting QB last for all but 1 game, more than the Packers lost Rodgers, and their starting RB for most of the year. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Packet fan logic.

  33. The Vikings’ offense has been practicing against the Vikings’ defense through OTAs and training camp, they’re practicing against the Jaguars and playing them in a preseason game this week, and they played the Broncos in a preseason game on Saturday. Those are the top three defenses from last year. Comparatively speaking, playing the Packers in Week 2 will seem like they’re playing against a high school defense.

  34. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    The Vikings’ offense has been practicing against the Vikings’ defense through OTAs and training camp, they’re practicing against the Jaguars and playing them in a preseason game this week, and they played the Broncos in a preseason game on Saturday. Those are the top three defenses from last year. Comparatively speaking, playing the Packers in Week 2 will seem like they’re playing against a high school defense.

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    That’s weird. So… we take the results from last season, and that’s how everything is going to be going forward?

    Man, you’d better hope not.

    I wouldn’t want to be destroyed by 31 points every single year.

    And the Packers would have won every super bowl ever.

    Which is how you behave…as though the Vikings win every super bowl ever.

  35. No fight, sat them for a practice because they crossed his line. There was no fight, just as he put it “they didn’t make me happy”.

    Jags situation is different you have 2 guys of same position group bringing a fight out on to practice field after practice then it starting up again in the parking lot as they left, then you have Ramsey threatening members of the media, I think the are entirely different situations.

    Yes fights happen in the heat of battle, and have happened at Vikings camp this year with no discipline (downs v collins in 11 on 11) at one point. Zimmer set a tone of expectation with a couple of his leaders, I honestly can say I’m not sure what went down at Jags camp but it’s not comparable to Rhodes/Diggs war of words (which was mostly two competitors going at each other as they both aren’t used to losing one on one battles and each are beating each other)

  36. shaggy- Zim did sit Diggs and Rhodes out last week it and follows exactly what he is saying in this article. He wants to get work done not waste time in practice with nonsense.And when he told the Jags he doesn’t want to see fights he wasn’t directing it only at the Jags. He doesn’t tolerate it from his team and expect that from the Jags as well.
    And Card neal guy you sound ill informed. When is the last time you witnessed a Mike Zimmer practice? You don’t know what you are talking about.

  37. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 14, 2018 at 11:08 am
    I can understand that.

    The Vikings were abnormally healthy compared to the other teams last year. Their defense especially.

    That luck is bound to change. I won’t cheer for it, won’t be happy about it, but it’s doubtful that the Vikings stay that healthy again this year.

    (And before you get all butthurt about Dalvin Cook and Sam Bradford, I’m talking sheer number and severity of injuries)

    This is what I’d tell myself too after witnessing Green Bay’s “depth” the past few seasons. Excluding the offensive line, Green Bay only has one player on their roster that would undoubtedly start for MN. But hey– no more Capers so that defense is fixed, right? So if Rogers goes down this season, maybe GB would beat the Browns in regulation?

  38. Hey, bud.

    Thanks for responding.

    PFF rated Xavier Rhodes the 46th best CB last year, while Tramon Williams was rated 13th. So he’d start over both your guys.

    Rodgers, Adams, the entire offensive line, Clinton-Dix (isn’t Smith, but better than your other safety), Graham… And you don’t know how they’ll play this year. The additions of Wilkerson and Montravius Adams, the continued ascension of Kenny Clark and the always dominant play of Mike Daniels…

    Plus a defensive coordinator that has never had a defense outside the top 10?

    I’m not worried.

    You should be.

  39. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 14, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    Hey, bud.

    Thanks for responding.

    PFF rated Xavier Rhodes the 46th best CB last year, while Tramon Williams was rated 13th. So he’d start over both your guys.

    Lol sure… Did GB get Patrick Peterson too? PFF has Sendejo above Clinton-Dix. Which is it??

    Have a good night, buddy!!

  40. But wait, there’s more! If we’re doing PFF, Thielen and Diggs both graded out above Davante. I didn’t bother looking up the DL cut by the Jets or whoever else you frothed up though.

    Sendejo has been suspended one game is his career. I’d curb your enthusiasm there. Good luck this season!

  41. Thanks! You too!

    We both know if the Packers can improve even moderately on the defensive side of the ball, Rodgers will score enough points to win more games than the Vikings.

    Peace!

  42. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    That’s weird. So… we take the results from last season, and that’s how everything is going to be going forward?

    Man, you’d better hope not.

    I wouldn’t want to be destroyed by 31 points every single year.

    And the Packers would have won every super bowl ever.

    Which is how you behave…as though the Vikings win every super bowl ever.
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    Actually, defensive rankings tend to be pretty consistent from year to year. In 2016, the Vikings, Jaguars, and Broncos were 3rd, 6th, and 4th, respectively. And the Packers were ranked 22nd both years!

    Looks like you’re the one who’d better hope things change a lot from last year. Wasn’t your team 7-9?

  43. Tokyo has a point… I think if you combined the teams at least 3 of the linemen would be Packers. Rodgers, obviously, and Adams would be in the 3wr group. Not going to get in an argument about which order….. Clark and Daniels would be in the DL rotation (I like Daniels as a base end and maybe kick inside on passing downs?) And someone would start over Gedeon….. The Packers have talent, there are just a lot more holes

  44. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 14, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Looks like you’re the one who’d better hope things change a lot from last year. Wasn’t your team 7-9?
    +++++

    Reciting last season’s record. Killer Zing. Here’s to 2018 football and some new posting material. (eventually)

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