Mike Zimmer: “It’s not the end of the world”

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After losing to the Chiefs and their backup quarterback last week, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer felt compelled to do his best Aaron Rodgers‘ impersonation.

He didn’t quite spell out that they needed to relax, but that was clearly his message.

It’s not the end of the world,” Zimmer said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’ll be all right.”

Unless they aren’t.

On one hand, Zimmer’s got a point. The Vikings remain squarely in the NFC playoff mix at 6-3. They also have four of their remaining seven games at home, including three against teams with losing records (the Broncos, Lions, and Bears).

But the biggest fear might be that four of their remaining games are in prime time.

In case you’ve forgotten, quarterback Kirk Cousins is 6-13 all-time in night games. So unless their highest-paid player reverses a career-long trend, the Vikings could be in serious trouble down the stretch.

38 responses to “Mike Zimmer: “It’s not the end of the world”

  1. It looked like Zimmer was picking feathers out of his mouth as he spoke. That tells me he must’ve bitten the heads off several stuffed animals to calm himself before speaking. We don’t want him screaming his eyes out of his head again.

  2. The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion. But just like usual, it’s the Vikings against the world. I’d rather have no SB wins by playing hard and getting screwed versus winning the SB being handed everything like the team in GB.

  3. This league is about nothing if it is not about challenges.

    Vikings have theirs ahead of them; so do the Packers.

    Whoever handles them best will prevail in the division.

    So far …… and it’s a work in progress …… advantage Green Bay.

  4. Mike Zimmer sucks. His game plan against the Chiefs was terrible and Captain Kirk didn’t look good either. I have been saying since the 38-7 loss in the title game against the Eagles. Mike Zimmer is a terrible coach and Kirk Cousins was an $84 million dollar mistake.

  5. qckappa says:
    November 6, 2019 at 7:39 am
    Its not about the qb, its about the coach, he hasn’t delivered.

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    Im being serious here. I’m curious to know what you mean? Outside of a few questionable in game decisions, what could Zim do to “deliver”?

  6. “The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion.”
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    Apparently you are unaware that every team plays an equal amount of games at home and on the road. The problem is that the Vikings can’t cut it on the road, regardless of when their road games are played.

  7. The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion
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    You don’t seem to understand that the colder it gets the better our home field advantage is. Playing 6 home games early may seem like a good thing at first glance but don’t you think it would have been more advantageous to have our home stretch later in the season when it really is the frozen tundra. No one dreads playing in GB in September.

  8. The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion
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    And another thing. You guys lost road games in KC, Chicago, and GB. We won the same road games in KC and Chicago. Not quite sure where our advantage was? We just beat the teams you guys couldn’t.

  9. pkrlvr says:
    November 6, 2019 at 8:56 am

    The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion
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    You don’t seem to understand that the colder it gets the better our home field advantage is. Playing 6 home games early may seem like a good thing at first glance but don’t you think it would have been more advantageous to have our home stretch later in the season when it really is the frozen tundra. No one dreads playing in GB in September.

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    How is it better? BOTH teams have to play in the elements, there is NO frozen tundra, there are heaters underneath the field. Jeez you would figure a Packer fan would know that Lombardi over saw the project to get heated coils underneath the field in like 67 or 68. 🤦

  10. cardinealsfan20 says:
    November 6, 2019 at 8:36 am

    “The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion.”
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    Apparently you are unaware that every team plays an equal amount of games at home and on the road. The problem is that the Vikings can’t cut it on the road, regardless of when their road games are played.
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    Apparently the Packas didn’t cut it in San Diego either, I would not talk to much smack this week after getting man handled.A very very good Panthers team coming to town with arguably one of the best RBs in the game. Or did you all pencil that one in as a win too along with the Chargers.

  11. pkrlvr says:
    November 6, 2019 at 8:56 am

    The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion
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    You don’t seem to understand that the colder it gets the better our home field advantage is. Playing 6 home games early may seem like a good thing at first glance but don’t you think it would have been more advantageous to have our home stretch later in the season when it really is the frozen tundra. No one dreads playing in GB in September.
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    There’s a lot of things the Barneys don’t seem to understand.
    It seems the league, in their infinite wisdom to favor the Packers, also decided to schedule GB to play 4 consecutive games against teams with extra time to rest up and prepare. (Cowboys, Lions, Raiders, all coming off byes, while the Chiefs played the previous Thursday giving them 10 days.)

    You know the reason why they didn’t know about this situation?
    Because Packer fans don’t continuously whine and cry about every single aspect of their team and the schedule, that’s why!

  12. Zim does have a good regular season record but when it comes to the post season he gets out coached. Going back to the Cincinnati days. His defensive scheme relies on pressure from the D-line and the CB to play one on one. Just get the corners in a long route. The tendency on film is for Xavier Rhodes & Tray Waynes to give up on the route. If the Dline doesn’t get to the QB then as soon as the WR gets separation from the CB who stopped on the route, it’s over. TD.

    That’s exactly how the Eagles beat the Vikings into submission. Even though it was clear the Eagles had trouble against 4/3 zone coverage. The Giants & Raiders both stalled the Eagles playing that way. Zim didn’t change his defense. He even said that, I won’t change my defense. They lost already because of that.

    His motivational techniques leave a lot to be desired. He keeps putting the players down instead of building them up. He says Parcells gives him this advise. That is terrible advise. What worked on a man from the 1980’s doesn’t work in the 2020’s. Today people are more woke, meaning that they are in touch with their feelings & others feelings as well. You need to build people like that up. Stroke the fur. After the MN Miracle. Instead of telling the Vikings, you are a team of destiny, it’s written in the stars, he chastised them for being complacent and they got lucky. WHO DOES THAT! Parcells who proved every stint since the G-men that doesn’t work, still Zim does it. Even after the cutting off the heads of stuffed cats & telling them fat cats get lazy went over like a fart in church & a 5-0 team went belly up. He learns nothing from his mistakes.

    Now onto the Chiefs. If you pay attention, that’s hard for most of the stat geeks. On 3rd down with 27 seconds left the ball was snapped & Griffen had Moore dead to rights, sacked, it would’ve been 4th down with an over 60 yd FG which would’ve meant OT. Zim called a timeout.
    Negating the would be sack, giving the Chiefs time to regroup and set a play. They easily got a first, ran down the clock, kicked the FG, game over. All because of that idiot Zim’s ill advised timeout.

    Don’t forget how with 6 minutes & change left all the Vikings had to do is gain 38 yards, kick a FG & put them up to require the Chiefs to get a TD to win. Instead of putting the foot on the throat, ZIM DOES WHAT HE ALWAYS DOES, 3 straight runs right into the line which took about 48 seconds off the clock. He’s so out of touch with today’s game. I despise him. He’s done this in other games also and got lucky that he didn’t blow those. Do the Patriots do that? NO, when they have a chance to put the nail in the coffin, they nail it!

    Zim is the reason they lost, & that stupid time out. It’s not the end of the world but does it really matter because your stubbornness & refusal to change will be your downfall. He needs to make the SB at minimum or he needs to go. It’s 6 seasons now. He’s more than had enough time & opportunity and hasn’t come through. Now, maybe make Kubiak HC & see if Zim will stay on as DC. That could work. But Zim’s defense is too undisciplined. Going out of their coverage lane & trying to get a sack, if you run right where Stephen was supposed to be but wasn’t anymore because he was trying to make a fancy move, bam you get roasted for 90 +. That is all based on film study & Reid just outcoached Zim. Plain & Simple.

    Zim, you suck

  13. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    November 6, 2019 at 8:02 am

    The league gives GB 6 of their first 10 games at home, and gives the Vikings the harder games all on the road. That is favoritism if the finest fashion. But just like usual, it’s the Vikings against the world. I’d rather have no SB wins by playing hard and getting screwed versus winning the SB being handed everything like the team in GB.
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    You know, I’m not quite sure what I find more disturbing, that you honestly believe this bizarre and delusional rant, I mean, enough to type it for public consumption where sane, educated minds can see and process it, or the fact that it’s received so many thumbs up.

    If you ask me, I believe that most of you Barneys have the tinfoil wound just a wee bit tight, but, then again, this is just par for the course come the first week in November.

  14. I always love it when Packer beat writers cover a Viking article.
    In case you haven’t forgotten… Gee, I’ve never heard that stat about Cousins before.
    Thank you for enlightening us all with that unknown information about his record.

  15. Vikes D lost this game. They got torched multiple times. That’s on Zim.

    That’s not to absolve Kurt’s Cousin (I think he overthought the wind conditions) but the real problem this game was the Vikes D, not Kurt’s Cousin.

  16. How is it better? BOTH teams have to play in the elements, there is NO frozen tundra, there are heaters underneath the field. Jeez you would figure a Packer fan would know that Lombardi over saw the project to get heated coils underneath the field in like 67 or 68
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    Do you think the Carolina Panthers are as accustomed to below freezing temps as the team that lives in that weather?? It was 78 yesterday in the Carolina’s. Trust me, it’s an advantage. Especially in late December when kick off temps might be below zero. That’ll psyche out a warm weather team real quick.

    The frozen tundra argument is just dumb man. Of course everyone knows it’s a nickname.

  17. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 6, 2019 at 9:16 am
    If the Vikings win and the packers lose this week, it will be hilarious to listen to the Gumby’s claim the Vikings haven’t played anybody.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Why wait?

  18. That’s not to absolve Kurt’s Cousin (I think he overthought the wind conditions) but the real problem this game was the Vikes D, not Kurt’s Cousin.
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    Agreed. It’s strange really. Cousins is playing better than 90% of the QB’s in the league right now and you’ve got the top rb….yet no one is really scared of the Vikes. Something’s off.

  19. Robert Nodler says:
    November 6, 2019 at 8:19 am
    Mike Zimmer sucks. His game plan against the Chiefs was terrible and Captain Kirk didn’t look good either. I have been saying since the 38-7 loss in the title game against the Eagles. Mike Zimmer is a terrible coach and Kirk Cousins was an $84 million dollar mistake.
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    I wonder where this dude was when the Vikings went 4-0 in October and Cousins was named the offensive player of the month. Nope. Just a fluke I guess. A team that is 6-3 clearly has the worst coach and worst QB in the NFL…

    BTW: how are the Redskins without Cousins? 2-14 in their last 16 games? And what is their record with Keenum?

  20. pkrlvr says:
    November 6, 2019 at 10:58 am
    That’s not to absolve Kurt’s Cousin (I think he overthought the wind conditions) but the real problem this game was the Vikes D, not Kurt’s Cousin.
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    Agreed. It’s strange really. Cousins is playing better than 90% of the QB’s in the league right now and you’ve got the top rb….yet no one is really scared of the Vikes. Something’s off.
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    The defense is off. I believe the OP actually said that.

    BTW: which NFC is anybody actually “scared” of? 49ers? Saints? Definitely not the Packers or Vikings. I think it’s still too early to tell. If you had to spend your own money, which NFC team are you putting it on? Me? I’m keeping my money in my pocket.

  21. coolzog says:
    November 6, 2019 at 10:53 am
    I think this team can easily go 10-6. What’s concerning is that it’s very likely 10-6 isn’t good enough for the playoffs in the NFC.
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    Interesting take. I happen to think you’re 100% wrong that it will take 11-5 to get a WC slot. Did you actually look at the current records, standings, and teams when you said this?

    Division leaders: Cowboys (5-3), Packers (7-2), 49ers (8-0), Saints (7-1).
    Top Wildcard right now: Seahawks at 7-2.
    Second WC right now: Vikings at 6-3.

    So, somebody has to leapfrog the Vikings to get the WC. It could happen, but not because the Vikings went 10-6 and somebody else goes 11-5. Eagles gonna go 6-2? Rams 6-3? Panthers 6-3?

    And all this is even assuming the Packers win at least 11 games to win the division. They have their hands full with those games on the road, and we saw how they did last week on the road.

    Now, I have no idea if the Vikings will win 3,4, or 5 more games this season. Last weeks defense tells me nobody knows what is going to happen. But I just don’t see 11 wins being the benchmark to get a WC spot.

    My guess at the playoffs, in no particular order:
    Cowboys or Eagles, 49ers, Saints, Seahawks, Vikings, Packers

  22. pkrlvr says:
    November 6, 2019 at 10:43 am

    How is it better? BOTH teams have to play in the elements, there is NO frozen tundra, there are heaters underneath the field. Jeez you would figure a Packer fan would know that Lombardi over saw the project to get heated coils underneath the field in like 67 or 68
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    Do you think the Carolina Panthers are as accustomed to below freezing temps as the team that lives in that weather?? It was 78 yesterday in the Carolina’s. Trust me, it’s an advantage. Especially in late December when kick off temps might be below zero. That’ll psyche out a warm weather team real quick.

    The frozen tundra argument is just dumb man. Of course everyone knows it’s a nickname.
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    Seriously, the weather doesn’t effect both teams? The ball, the field BOTH teams have to play on it and ball they have to throw? It is what it is psychological maybe, but its not a physical advantage for your beloved Squad. Was it too warm then in San Diego last Sunday then.

    2002 the ATL came up to Green Bay and won a wild card play-off game in January

    The 49ers have won in January there 2014

    I do recall a domed Minnesota Vikings Squad coming into Lamebeau in 2005 and beating the Packas in a wild card game in 2005 on a January afternoon. Did the cold “Psyche” out anybody in 70s when Green Bay missed the play off for liek 20 som eyears

    To say both teams are not affected by the weather is being dumb. Most fans of the Favre\ Rodgers era may not know its a nickname. YOU’RE the one who said “really is frozen tundra”. You Packas rubes act like it doesn’t affect your team , it does you. Contrary to beliefs it easy to maintain a good core body temperature when moving around. Its all in the mind dude a fallacy, every one has to play in the elements, its not really a big advantage as you and your rubes make it out to be.

  23. tokyosandblaster says:
    November 6, 2019 at 11:39 am

    The Chiefs with Matt Moore at the helm have become a surprisingly accurate barometer.

    If you can beat the Chiefs with Matt Moore, you’re doing ok. If you can’t, Yikes.

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    Same could be said abbot a 3-5 Chargers team who dominated you last Sunday, ya know the one game YOU had as a win before it was played :clap: :clap”

  24. It was a well-played game that ended with a very close score. I wasn’t upset with the Vikings’ play, the Chiefs just played a little better. Cousins noticeably overthrew some throws, but the defense definitely missed some big stops and a 91 yard TD run that never should have happened. No issue with the refs, no issue with the Vikings. It was a good game. They can bounce back.

  25. tokyosandblaster says:
    November 6, 2019 at 11:39 am
    The Chiefs with Matt Moore at the helm have become a surprisingly accurate barometer.

    If you can beat the Chiefs with Matt Moore, you’re doing ok. If you can’t, Yikes.
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    Never mind if you can beat the Eagles or Chargers though right?

  26. Brobokil says:
    November 6, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    tokyosandblaster says:
    November 6, 2019 at 11:39 am
    The Chiefs with Matt Moore at the helm have become a surprisingly accurate barometer.

    If you can beat the Chiefs with Matt Moore, you’re doing ok. If you can’t, Yikes.
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    Never mind if you can beat the Eagles or Chargers though right?
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    I have no problem losing to the Eagles or the Chargers though I definitely wish my team had played better last Sunday.
    The Chargers, though 3-5 at the time, are led by a future Hall of Fame QB and have been within 7 points of every loss, losing a couple of heart breakers.

    The Vikings lost to a 3rd string QB that wasn’t even playing football last season.
    Not to mention they were completely manhandled earlier this season by a terrible Bear’s team that almost had the Vikings and their fans completely unraveled.
    Pitchforks were out, jerseys were burned, trade requests were made (Unless, of course, they weren’t.) and apologies ensued.
    skoLOL!

  27. Zimmer like Kirk Cousins is above average. However, when it matters most and there is a lot of pressure they both buckle. Maybe it’s the Viking curse. Either way I would expect nothing less than this team to screw it up down the stretch in either heartbreaking or embarrassing fashion.

  28. If you had to spend your own money, which NFC team are you putting it on?
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    Right now, probably the Seahawks as much as it pains me to say. Wilson is on fire.

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