Mike Zimmer not disappointed by first half of the season

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The Vikings went 13-3 last season and hops of bettering that record this season came to an end with last Sunday’s loss to the Saints.

Losing that game left them with a 4-3-1 record through the halfway point of their schedule and hopes were higher than that coming into the year. That isn’t something that is going to lead head coach Mike Zimmer to feel down about the way the season is going, however.

Zimmer said on Monday that he feels “like we’re starting to become a pretty good football team” and pointed to the games left on the schedule as being all that matters right now.

“I’m not disappointed,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “It is what it is. We’ve got eight more games to go, and that will always determine what we end up doing.”

One thing that would help the Vikings do well in those games would be improved health as they were missing six starters against the Saints. The coming days will determine which of them will be back for Week Nine against the Lions and the Vikings will then have a bye week for further recovery before hitting the home stretch of their schedule.

56 responses to “Mike Zimmer not disappointed by first half of the season

  1. The only thing that we should be disappointed in is the officiating. If it wasn’t for all the bad calls, we’d be undefeated. But you just watch, we’re going to run the table from here.
    SKOL everyone!

  2. This team is not going to make the playoffs and that is unacceptable forking over $84 million to a supposed premier QB. Zimmer will be gone at years end.

  3. If the team could put it together every week they can hang with anyone but it always seems like the days our defense shows up the offense disappear and vice versa

  4. Don’t worry Coach, the season is young, there will be plenty of time for the disappointment to come. And judging from the Viking’s franchise history, it will show up in the worst way at the very worst time.

  5. The Vikings really messed up on offense, and then the defense couldn’t hold the line. Those little mistakes really add up. The Vikings couldn’t stop the run.

  6. A slow start on Defense combined with injuries is basically what has them around 500. A better kicker and they’d be 5-3 and look prettier than they currently do. Losing to the saints sucks, and it probably means the race for a 1st round bye is over, but the division is still theirs for the taking with the Lions looking like the Lions, the Packers falling apart, and two games against an overachieving Bears team looming.

  7. I bet he is disappointed, but it is what it is. Injuries have really hurt the team. Luckily the rest of the division isn’t doing any better.

  8. He should be disappointed, they spent $84M on a QB that was supposedly the missing piece and so far have won 50% of their games. Aside from the $$$ tied up on the “franchise” QB this team looks good on paper… disappointing. I expected them to be clearly winning this division at this point.

  9. Injuries aside, one glaring problem that’s happened in multiple games is clock management. It is awful and needs correcting if they hope to win the division.

  10. whatjusthapped says:
    October 30, 2018 at 8:19 am
    Don’t worry Coach, the season is young, there will be plenty of time for the disappointment to come. And judging from the Viking’s franchise history, it will show up in the worst way at the very worst time.

    ****

    Hopefully the Vikes can avoid players having hissy fits on the sidelines and insubordination. Once that happens, look out.

  11. .
    The Vikes had a sputtering start. However, they’re still in the hunt for the NFC North title. That’s always a team’s first priority. There’s going to be a lot of jockeying for position between all four teams going forward.
    .

  12. For the sake of argument, suppose this team, a Super Bowl contender coming into the season, misses the playoffs. If they get some key players back, injuries can not be an excuse at all. Do the Wilfs fire Speilman and/or Zimmer? I think someone has to be accountable. Priefer should not have a job either. Why would Preifer have Bailey switch hashes after his 1st made XP…indoors? Then he misses the 2nd. It’s like he tries to ruin kickers. Back to Zim, he can’t handle success the way it looks. They win a division in odd numbered years and struggle the next. Besides calling the D plays, do some coaching on the sidelines please!! There are times that coaches and players need to be challenged on the sideline in the heat of battle. Raise the temperature in the room a little bit! C’mon man!

  13. The only injuries I really care about her on the Offensive line. But in my mind that’s been the greatest failing. The most concerning part though seems to be a lack of discipline at times. The Buffalo game was a great example. Treadwell throwing his helmet was another and all the wide-open receivers running free has got to be someone out of position. I often wonder what happens to the team chemistry when you throw all that money at one player, and the back ups for making peanuts by comparison have to step in and play in our expected to play well. I don’t know what’s wrong, but something is out of whack. You never know what team is going to show up, the Goodwin or the bad one. And frankly you can’t tell from half to half either.

  14. I just don’t understand, we’ve assembled the greatest roster the NFL has ever seen.
    Mortgaged the future on one of the greatest passers of our time, with normal size hands even.
    And it still looks like a swing and a miss for the 58th year in a row.
    It just isn’t fair!
    I swear the NFL is just out to get us!

  15. Packer trolls getting their hits in before their team goes under 500 and stays there the rest of season. Good for them. Meanwhile, Chicago and Minnesota will battle for the NFC North with the Vikings coming away with their 3rd Division Championship in the past 4 years. Yawn…it’s becoming predictable.

  16. 13worldchampioinships says:
    October 30, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Hopefully the Vikes can avoid players having hissy fits on the sidelines and insubordination. Once that happens, look out.
    //////////////////////////

    Maybe. Although Treadwells’ tantrum caused a huge momentum shift and virtually gave the Saints a game-leading touchdown, the Vikings just weren’t strong enough to recover.

    Good point though.

  17. When the schedule came out, I went through every game and assigned it a win or a loss (admit it, you did the same thing). I came up with a final record of 11-5, but I only had them at 4-4 at this point of the season. When you look at it that way, they’re ahead of the pace. I doubt they’ll actually go 7-1 in the second half of the season, but 6-2 is very attainable, especially if they get these hurt players back after the bye. A 10-5-1 record would win the division and then they’re going into the playoffs on a good run. Don’t give up on us, baby.

  18. You know what’s worse than being 4-3-1? Being 3-3-1. Yet Packer fans are on here telling us the sky is falling.

    Remember three weeks ago, stellar was telling us the Packers were the team to beat in the NFC North despite their .500 record because they were top 10 in both offense and defense? Well, here they are two games later and they’re still .500 but their vaunted defense is no longer top 10. Meanwhile, the Vikings are now top 10 in both offense and defense after eight weeks, not five weeks, but they’re about to implode and the Packers are still the “team to beat.”

    It makes you wonder what kind of paint thinner they’re drinking over there.

  19. Good one Breezy……….cherry-picking. Not worried. At all. The Packers are definitely STILL the team to beat in the division, and don’t think the Viking’s aren’t thinking the same thing. Despite many new season-starting changes, the Packers are getting better and better each week, especially and necessarily on defense. The Vikings? Not so much. They’re at their peak. Rodgers isn’t even up to par yet. He’ll be able to outmaneuver pursuits soon enough. Get back to me in late December and save your fingers until then.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    Get back to me in late December and save your fingers until then.
    —-
    You’ll be avoiding PTF like the plague in December with the Packers at 6 or 7 losses already…lol. We’ve seen how Packer trolls disappear once their season is over….

  21. Based on the schedule and O-line, I figured a 10 win season, and that looks like about what we’ll get. Other than the Buffalo debacle, given the injuries, O-line coach death, and Everson’s mental health, the results haven’t been too bad as the team’s depth has come through for the most part.

    Right now this team admittedly can’t beat the elite teams, but that will be a more important issue in a couple months. Let’s hope they peak as the season progresses.

    Let the cheeser trolls trash the Vike’s record even as their team looks up at the Vikes in the standings. Remember, it helps them forget: (1) that they have about 2 starters from the 2015, 16 and 17 drafts; (2) their star QB is forced to deal with an sub-standard head coach and publicly trashed a teammate on national TV; and (3) Packer players have followed Rodgers’ schism causing “lead” by trashing fellow players with anonymous quotes.

  22. stellarperformance says:
    October 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Good one Breezy……….cherry-picking. Not worried. At all. The Packers are definitely STILL the team to beat in the division, and don’t think the Viking’s aren’t thinking the same thing. Despite many new season-starting changes, the Packers are getting better and better each week, especially and necessarily on defense. The Vikings? Not so much. They’re at their peak. Rodgers isn’t even up to par yet. He’ll be able to outmaneuver pursuits soon enough. Get back to me in late December and save your fingers until then.
    ___________

    I’ll get back to you now. The Packers are getting better and better each week, especially on defense? Then why were they fourth in the NFL in total defense three weeks ago and now they’re 12th after just two more games? I’ll admit that the Packers played their best game of the season on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to keep getting better than that. If the Vikings have hit their peak, why haven’t the Packers?

    Meanwhile, the Vikings have gone from 21st in defense three weeks ago to 10th now. That’s the definition of getting better and better on defense each week.

    It’s almost as if you don’t know anything about football.

  23. stellarperformance says:

    October 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Good one Breezy……….cherry-picking. Not worried. At all. The Packers are definitely STILL the team to beat in the division, and don’t think the Viking’s aren’t thinking the same thing. Despite many new season-starting changes, the Packers are getting better and better each week, especially and necessarily on defense. The Vikings? Not so much. They’re at their peak. Rodgers isn’t even up to par yet. He’ll be able to outmaneuver pursuits soon enough. Get back to me in late December and save your fingers until then.
    =====================================

    Do you even realize how hypocritical you are?!?!

    You picked stats from week 5 to say how good the packers were and are condemning a Viking poster for using the SAME stats from 3 weeks later and calling it cherry picking!

    Now we are supposed to get back to you in December? You are an ignorant fool, you DO know that, don’t you?

    Keep saying they are the team to beat in the division, it doesn’t make it c0me true if you keep repeating yourself. You are the only one that thinks this is the truth.

    3-4-1 after the Pats game.

    It’s gotten to the point that Rodgers isn’t enough to save this sorry team anymore. You paid HUGE dollars to him and he is not the same QB he was. good luck with that, because the dark days are no longer coming. They are officially here.

  24. (1) that they have about 2 starters from the 2015, 16 and 17 drafts;

    +++++

    In the interest of accuracy, the Packers 2016 drafted consisted of 7 players including:
    Blake Martinez (32 starts); Kenny Clark (24 starts); Dean Lowry (13 starts).

  25. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Meanwhile, the Vikings have gone from 21st in defense three weeks ago to 10th now. That’s the definition of getting better and better on defense each week.

    ++++++

    Do you think possibly playing the 32nd and 29th ranked offenses in 2 of those three weeks had anything to do with that? Get back to me.

  26. packertruth says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Meanwhile, the Vikings have gone from 21st in defense three weeks ago to 10th now. That’s the definition of getting better and better on defense each week.

    ++++++

    Do you think possibly playing the 32nd and 29th ranked offenses in 2 of those three weeks had anything to do with that? Get back to me.
    _____________

    Well, you’d think facing 3 rookie QBs in the first half of the season would increase your team’s prospects for a decent defensive ranking.
    But then again, they did get crushed by one of those newbies.

  27. Cousins has been pretty good, but he ALWAYS has been pretty good, he definitely has two very good WRs to throw to… I am not going to pretend like hes lobbing it up to HOFers like Moss and Carter, but it is still better than what he had in Wash. still feel Keenum would have the VIkings with a similar record right now, with the benefit of those WRs and more money for the team to work with.

    What makes me wonder is it seems Zimmer doesn’t seem to trust him in crunch time, in the Saints game they got the ball with 30 seconds and Two time outs heading into half time. I am not saying he WOULD have scored, but when you give a QB of ALL positions in the game that kind of money. He needs to earn some it. Maybe it isn’t trust maybe its time management?

  28. packertruth says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Meanwhile, the Vikings have gone from 21st in defense three weeks ago to 10th now. That’s the definition of getting better and better on defense each week.

    ++++++

    Do you think possibly playing the 32nd and 29th ranked offenses in 2 of those three weeks had anything to do with that? Get back to me.
    _____________

    Sure, but why didn’t it matter when the Packers were feasting on the likes of the 25th and 31st-ranked offenses? And the terrible 49ers offense went up and down the field on the Packers in Week 6 and we’re supposed to conclude that the Packers’ defense is getting better every week?

    The Vikings also played the Saints and gave up 270 yards. If you’re trying to argue that the Vikings defense hasn’t improved as the season has gone along, it’s kind of a strange argument to make.

  29. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    If you’re trying to argue that the Vikings defense hasn’t improved as the season has gone along, it’s kind of a strange argument to make.

    ++++++

    I’m not making any argument. You seem to see everything as an argument. You said “Meanwhile, the Vikings have gone from 21st in defense three weeks ago to 10th now. That’s the definition of getting better and better on defense each week.”

    I am merely pointing out there are other factors at play, and that improving your statistical rankings against cupcake offenses doesn’t necessarily meet the definition of getting better each week. I think one thing everyone agrees upon is the Viking defense is not nearly as good as they were last year.

    For the record, I think Minnesota is better than Green Bay right now. Just not by very much.

  30. Despite some disappointing performances, I like Zimmer’s attitude. Five of their final eight games are divisional games. The bye week is still to come, and hopefully their OL and Cook can be full strength after that.

    My main complaints have to do with continued problems in the kicking game that cost them a win in Green Bay (both a blocked punt and three missed FGs), and Kirk Cousins’ tendency to act like a sitting duck while in the pocket. The one thing I miss about Case Keenum was his ability to avoid the pass rush and make things happen. Cousins is definitely a better passer, but not nearly as willing to move his feet and get out of trouble. If the Vikings are going to get to the next level, either that has to change, or the OL has to get better at pass blocking.

  31. Breezy……of course they only gave up 270 yards. The Vikings gave them the ball too many times within striking range of the end zone. They didn’t need the yards.

  32. All of this focus on the Packers, and The Lions are knocking at the door, about to go 3-0 in that billion dollar stadium up there!

    I can only hope your team is just as focused on the Packers as the fans are. Keep overlooking The Lions and Bears. Dare ya!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  33. The team went 3-1 in October. They are in good spot to win the division yet so why would the coach be disappointed? He wouldn’t and isn’t.

  34. fmc651 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 7:17 pm
    The team went 3-1 in October. They are in good spot to win the division yet so why would the coach be disappointed? He wouldn’t and isn’t.
    _______________

    The Vikings are half way through the season and have a half game lead over a team that you and every other Barney considers garbage.
    If what you all say is true, there should be good reason to be concerned.
    But, why doesn’t any of this surprise me?

  35. Chillyball – you do realize Rodgers is paid more and has less wins with a lower QB rating right? I wasn’t a fan of the Kirk signing but he is performing on par this season with your super duper awesome QB. But Aaron should look good this week after being able to spend some quality time with his old “roommate and friend” Kevin to help relieve some of the frustrations he showed after the Ty fumble last weekend.

  36. Zimmer has learned it isn’t what you are now it’s what you will be (or could be) then. The balancing act to get into the dance is rugged, but if the Vikes simply eliminate turnovers and stupid penitentiaries they can hang with anybody. Anyone who has watched Minnesota play this year KNOWS singing Cousins was the right move, and he’s done pretty well 8-games into a new system working behind ANOTHER reshuffled offensive line.

    I don’t follow other teams closely. Does everyone have massive injuries on the O-line or are the Vikings snakebit? Holy crap, you need a program to see who’s in the game from week to week. Dalvin who? #25 L-Train is the Vikings starter. Great player.

    No worries about Zimmer’s motivation or mindset. Minnesota has a great team. Sorry GB.

  37. Wafflehead not concerned because I think the Vikings are the best team in the division. They have won the division 2 out of the last 3 years and have a chance to lead it at the half way mark of the season. After the break they continue with division games with a chance to further distance themselves. Again why would they be disappointed? They shouldn’t be and they aren’t pretty simple. The first goal for every team is always win the division. And if you can’t do that, then you try to make the playoffs. Both are right in front of this team.

  38. chillyball says:
    October 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm
    9-8-1

    chillyball says:
    October 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    8-7-1

    #moneywellspent

    #skol

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Make up your mind chili

  39. The Vikings went 3-1 in October.
    The packers went 1-2
    The Lions went 2-1
    The Bears went 1-2

    Now do you understand why Zimmer isn’t disappointed in where he is at? The Buffalo game I believe was a result of Everson having a mental health break.People want to continue to knock the team for that so be it.

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