Xavier Rhodes appreciates Mike Zimmer being tough on him

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Various Vikings players had their names pop up as part of trade chatter as the offseason unfolded and cornerback Xavier Rhodes was on that list.

Rhodes didn’t wind up going anywhere, but that wasn’t because the team was overjoyed by his play last season. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Rhodes “needs to play up to that contract” he signed in 2017 that is set to pay him over $10 million this season.

The critique was received well by Rhodes. He said he appreciates “being hard on us, being tough on us” and believes last year’s play was worthy of a rebuke on many fronts.

“Me and him spoke on that,” Rhodes said, via the Pioneer Press. “I mean, we had a bad year as a whole team, so everybody was messing up. We all need to come together as at team and correct our mistakes. I was one of those guys being a leader on the team, not making as many plays as I did in previous years.”

Zimmer said on Wednesday that Rhodes is “doing better” this offseason, but the full response won’t come until several months from now.

31 responses to “Xavier Rhodes appreciates Mike Zimmer being tough on him

  1. It’s the playoffs or bust in 2019. Mike and Rick will be gone if its bust.i think they do make the playoffs though.

  2. Well, Rhodes is definitely part of the problem when it comes to the Viking’s salary cap problems.
    People keep pointing to Cousins’ contract, and I will agree that they aren’t getting their money’s worth from it, but paying QBs is par for the course in this league.
    No, it’s the fact they’ve overpaid for so many of these bit players for years, that’s what has this team hamstrung, and in the mess they’re in today.

    This 2019 Vikings team is all in.
    Whether anybody likes it or not, this is it.
    This is their All or Nothing, Super Bowl or Bust season.
    The Vikings, to everybody else’s chagrin, have used creative and questionable financing to kick their salary cap problems down the road.

    They are less than a million dollars under the cap as it stands now, that’s with the Rudolph contract unresolved, leaving this team with absolutely no wiggle room through January.
    Wiggle room that becomes quite valuable when dealing with injuries and roster situations down the stretch.
    Do any of you honestly think this will be the status quo?

    They are already 3 million over the cap for next season alone.
    And if that weren’t bad enough, they are on the hook for over 173,000,000 in cap liabilities in 2021, and that’s without a QB even signed for that season.

    This is a situation that will take years to rectify, and as I see it now, all of that 8-7-1 talent (1-6 against teams with a .500 record or better.) is simply not going to carry you to Miami in February.
    But, at least you will always have that Minneapolis Missed Tackle Miracle from a couple of years ago to remember the Zimmer era by.

  3. Keep continuing the accountability to these players. They get paid huge money and if you wanna get paid, play like it. I agree with zimm’s about if they don’t perform. Trade them for a younger player who will want to perform at a less salary.

  4. Every single time he gets burned he limps or flails about or grabs his hamstring making it appear as if it’s the worst most gruesome injury ever. Takes himself out & limps around the sidelines a couple plays then he’s right back on the field like nothing happened. Problem is lots of the time he gets burned deep and the plays he sits out end up being easy TD’s. Please trade him to the Cards.

  5. Some players can take constructive criticism.

    Other players just give their HC a glassy eyed stare.

    The player that accepts constructive criticism, wants to improve.

    Those that don’t just fade away.

  6. Yeah, this is a big year for the entire team and franchise. It will be hard to justify keeping Spielman and Zimmer if the Vikings fail to make the playoffs; two playoff births in six seasons isn’t going to cut it.

    That said, I think Zimmer is the best developer of talent the Vikings have had at head coach in several decades. Zimmer is right call out Rhodes, who needs to step it up this year, or he’ll be elsewhere in 2020.

    This team has too much talent finish with less than 10 wins this coming season. The players love Zimmer, but if they want to keep him, they’d better deliver.

  7. “Me and him spoke on that”

    This means he had a problem with Zimmer throwing him under the bus. Why did he have to speak to Zimmy about it and now is still speaking about it publicly?

    Interesting.

  8. Well, Rhodes is definitely part of the problem when it comes to the Viking’s salary cap problems.
    People keep pointing to Cousins’ contract, and I will agree that they aren’t getting their money’s worth from it, but paying QBs is par for the course in this league.
    No, it’s the fact they’ve overpaid for so many of these bit players for years, that’s what has this team hamstrung, and in the mess they’re in today.

    This 2019 Vikings team is all in.
    Whether anybody likes it or not, this is it.
    This is their All or Nothing, Super Bowl or Bust season.
    The Vikings, to everybody else’s chagrin, have used creative and questionable financing to kick their salary cap problems down the road.

    They are less than a million dollars under the cap as it stands now, that’s with the Rudolph contract unresolved, leaving this team with absolutely no wiggle room through January.
    Wiggle room that becomes quite valuable when dealing with injuries and roster situations down the stretch.
    Do any of you honestly think this will be the status quo?

    They are already 3 million over the cap for next season alone.
    And if that weren’t bad enough, they are on the hook for over 173,000,000 in cap liabilities in 2021, and that’s without a QB even signed for that season.

    This is a situation that will take years to rectify, and as I see it now, all of that 8-7-1 talent (1-6 against teams with a .500 record or better.) is simply not going to carry you to Miami in February.
    But, at least you will always have that Minneapolis Missed Tackle Miracle from a few years ago to remember the Zimmer era by.

  9. fwippel says:
    May 23, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Yeah, this is a big year for the entire team and franchise. It will be hard to justify keeping Spielman and Zimmer if the Vikings fail to make the playoffs; two playoff births in six seasons isn’t going to cut it.

    That said, I think Zimmer is the best developer of talent the Vikings have had at head coach in several decades. Zimmer is right call out Rhodes, who needs to step it up this year, or he’ll be elsewhere in 2020.

    This team has too much talent finish with less than 10 wins this coming season. The players love Zimmer, but if they want to keep him, they’d better deliver.
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    How does a team have too much talent while simultaneously have a bad coach and GM?

  10. Xavier Rhodes didn’t pout or make passive aggressive comments about his head coach. Xavier took the criticism without complaining to a reporter about being called out in the press. Instead Xavier Rhodes said that he needed to play better as did the whole team this year. I love that.

  11. It’s truly amazing how one NFL team can have a world class organization from top to bottom, a magical cap guru, a crack GM, the most amazing and best loved coach, not to mention the most talented roster, and still only had enough intestinal fortitude to beat one team over .500 last season.
    Amazing.

  12. Isn’t Rhodes the guy that led the “ignore the coach” tantrum a few years ago?

  13. mediasloppy says:
    May 23, 2019 at 10:18 am

    How does a team have too much talent while simultaneously have a bad coach and GM?
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    If you read it carefully, I said “This team has too much talent to finish with less than 10 wins this coming season”. I did not say they have a bad coach or GM. Not sure what you’re insinuating. What I’m suggesting is that the Vikings under-performed last season, especially on offense, and if that happens again this season, changes are coming.

  14. Two years ago Rhodes was arguably one of the best shutdown corners in the league. For some reason he took last year off and clearly wasn’t engaged. I think Zimmer’s got Rhodes attention and 2019 should be more like 2017. Also, Zimmer can once again focus on the defense now that Kubiak has the offense.

    Vikings needs for 2019:

    Vikes need Mike Hughes to be back from ACL and contribute as nickel.
    Vikes need someone to step up as the #3 WR.
    Vikes need Shamar Stephen to step up and/or Jayln Holmes to develop
    Vikes need Alexander Mattison to be worthy of his 3rd round pick at RB.
    Vikes need Bradbury to be as anticipated and the OG positions to be capable of moving people, and not be a turnstile.
    Vikes need Everson Griffen from 2017 or Wetherly to take a big step forward.
    Vikes need Barr to earn his salary.
    Vikes need Cousins to stop throwing 4th quarter INTs (9 of his 10 last year).
    #1 – Vikes need Dalvin Cook to stay healthy and run for 1,000 yards and have 500 yards receiving.

    If all those things go right, Vikes should make the playoffs and have a good shot at the division.

  15. Rhodes is an average corner at best. He got away with holding nearly every play for about a year and a half.

    He doesn’t want to be traded because no one would want to pay his contract for a backup quality corner.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 23, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Rhodes loves being a Viking and is not asking to be traded!
    ________

    Why should he, he’s already grossly overpaid as it is, he’s allowed to limp around as if he’s injured whenever he gets burned, and he can pick and choose when to follow his coach’s game plan, you know, whenever the mood suits him.

  17. I remember now……..the assistant coaches coached Rhodes to ignore Zimmer. I think that’s when Zimmer got caught tearing up stuffed animals in the broom closet.

  18. fwippel says:
    May 23, 2019 at 11:08 am
    mediasloppy says:
    May 23, 2019 at 10:18 am
    How does a team have too much talent while simultaneously have a bad coach and GM?
    ==================================================================================
    If you read it carefully, I said “This team has too much talent to finish with less than 10 wins this coming season”. I did not say they have a bad coach or GM. Not sure what you’re insinuating. What I’m suggesting is that the Vikings under-performed last season, especially on offense, and if that happens again this season, changes are coming.
    ===============================================================================================
    Spielman is a good GM and has brought a ton of talent to the Vikings. Their coach, on the other hand, hasn’t maximized it. Zimmer did a poor job last year. No way this team should have finished 8-7-1 and out of the playoffs last year with all of that talent. That’s on the head coach.

  19. I have a great idea for the Vikings to save some money on the salary cap. Just find Rhodes $10,000 for every holding penalty and he’ll be playing for free.

  20. whatjusthapped says:
    May 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm
    I have a great idea for the Vikings to save some money on the salary cap. Just find Rhodes $10,000 for every holding penalty and he’ll be playing for free.
    ————————————

    That’s rich coming from a fan of the team whose line holds on every single pass play.

  21. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 23, 2019 at 10:01 am

    “Me and him spoke on that”

    This means he had a problem with Zimmer throwing him under the bus. Why did he have to speak to Zimmy about it and now is still speaking about it publicly?

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    If you have actual concrete evidence he had a problem with it, I would be intersted to hear it. I would guess Zimmer called him to discuss the statement within 10 minutes of Zimmer saying it. This is what good head coaches do. But that’s just a guess, I don’t claim to know.

  22. maybe we can trade him for a 3rd round pick, then spielman will turn that 3rd round pick into many 7th round picks! More 7th round picks! More!!!!

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