On pass interference calls, Mike Zimmer plans to throw his red flag often in the preseason

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As NFL coaches try to figure out how replay review and pass interference will intersect, one coach has a very specific plan: Throw the red flag early, often, and repeatedly.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked his views on Thursday about the new approach to PI. After asking the reporter who had asked the question regarding whether the reporter was trying to get Zimmer in trouble, Zimmer provided an explanation that underscores the troubles that the rule may create.

“My flag is probably going to get emptied out in the preseason,” Zimmer said. “I think we just have to figure out how they’re going to call it and how they’re going to do it. You know, it’s gone round and round and round so many times. Now it has to be, what’s the words, ‘clear and obvious’ or something like that. . . . So the video that I’ve watched, they sent us another video a couple days ago, had two plays on it, the second play they didn’t even say if it was pass interference or not. [Editor’s note: That’s not good.] I think it’s a work in progress. They went quick with it. They went quick with it and passed it at the owner’s meetings and they’re finding out there’s some possible unintended consequences coming about.”

Zimmer thinks it will take some time to work it all out, but he doesn’t know how long it will take.

“If I touch him like that before the ball gets there, is that pass interference?” Zimmer said. “I don’t know, we’ll have to see. That’s why I’m probably going to throw my flags. It will be fun.”

Oh, it will be something that starts with an F and a U. And quite possibly that ends with “up.”

14 responses to “On pass interference calls, Mike Zimmer plans to throw his red flag often in the preseason

  1. I think it’s a work in progress. They went quick with it. They went quick with it and passed it at the owner’s meetings and they’re finding out there’s some possible unintended consequences coming about.”
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    It will be just like the Rodgers’ Rule last year. A quick reactionary decision that turn out to be a bad decision.

  2. I’m quite sure the coaches Zimmer will be facing will be wearing out their challenge flags too.
    Zim should just be grateful that the new rule doesn’t involve replay for grabbing and holding receivers too.

  3. Zimmy and Spielman both seem highly stressed and have been quick to get agitated already this season.

    You think Zygi Wilf finally told them that they are gone if this season doesn’t go well?

    Get your popcorn ready.🍿

  4. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm
    Lol. Rhodes is screwed this year.

    Rhodes had 2 PIs, 2 holds, and 1 illegal contact in 2018.

    He allowed 47 (3.1 per game) catches on 82 targets for 538 (35.0 per game) yards with 3 TDs allowed vs #1 recievers

    This was considered a “bad” year for Rhodes.

    We’ll take it, thanks.

  5. That’s smart….hope a lot of coaches follow suit. They need to get it worked out early unlike last year.

  6. He knows he has to augment that historically horrible offense in any manner he can.

  7. Somehow this rule will impact the Vikings more, derailing what was clearly a Super Bowl championship season. Can’t wait for the new excuses.

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