Mike Zimmer on Everson Griffen: I thought we had a good relationship

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer intended to compliment Everson Griffen with his comments Thursday. The defensive end instead took Zimmer calling him a “good player” as a diss.

On Friday, Zimmer confirmed he was trying to pay respect to Griffen and remains uncertain why Griffen took offense.

“I did [see Griffen’s comments]. I don’t know,” Zimmer said, via Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune. “I wasn’t trying to be derogatory. I think I made him a captain my first or second year here. He’s always been a terrific leader for us, always done everything we tried to ask him to do.

“I thought we had a good relationship. I don’t feel like I was being derogatory at all. I think Everson understands how I feel about him. I thought he did, anyway.”

Griffen spent 10 seasons in Minnesota, including six with Zimmer. He earned Pro Bowl honors four times and ranks fourth in team history with 74.5 sacks. He now plays for Detroit after seven games with the Cowboys, who traded him to the Lions.

“This is the best I’ve felt in a long time, and I got a little frustrated when I read that comment what Zimmer said, ‘Oh, Everson was a good player,’” Griffen said Thursday. “Like, coach Zimmer just wasn’t a good coach; he was a great coach to me. So for him to call me a good player, that kind of hurts my feelings.

“On Sunday, I’m really looking forward to playing the Vikings and showing them that I am a great player.”

18 responses to “Mike Zimmer on Everson Griffen: I thought we had a good relationship

  1. That seemed like such a benign comment to get angry over though. Then again it could factor in with his public mental complications in the past so it is possible that he has a condition where its easier for him get upset over perceived slights.

  2. Hey Zimmer, Griffen wants to be told he’s a “great player”, the way a five year old wants to be told he’s a good boy-Time to grow up Everson……………

  3. Griffen obviously would rather of stayed with Vikes. When he was going thru his mental issues who stuck with him? Guess he forgot about that.

  4. Part of it is that Griffen has been coddled all his life; told how great he is. Many of the guys have had the same experience but most grow out of it when they find out that a lot of the players are just as good or not better. He has some issues, though, and I think his comment is ridiculous.

  5. Yeah that seems a little petty; Zim is not a lovey dovey affectionate man. I’m just fan, never met Zim, but surely Griffen should know this by now?

  6. I think Griffen took Zim’s use of the past tense “was” to apply across the board when Zimmer was just relating his experience with Griffen while he was a Viking.

  7. I don’t really care about either team but after reading Griffin’s comments I hope Kirk Cousin burns him over and over and over. And over.

  8. Too bad griffen was not picked up by green bay. Then he could just declare himself the best at his position to ever play the game. He would be fitting right in .

  9. I think can all agree that Everson is GREAT at jumping offsides so maybe mix in a few hard counts this week.

  10. Hopefully Everson was just trying to manufacture motivation rather than really believing Zim was dissing him. Then again, simply returning to MN should have been enough motivation – even though it was Everson that decided against taking a similar offer from the Vikes last offseason.

  11. Apparently Viking fans simply do not respect their ex-players very much, and now the head coach is getting into it.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    November 6, 2020 at 6:20 pm
    Apparently Viking fans simply do not respect their ex-players very much, and now the head coach is getting into it.


    Now ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black. I do recall Packer fans signs saying We’ll never forget you Brent, Farve Jerseys being burned etc. But when he went in HOF you all welcomed him back with open arms.

  13. Oh, poor Grif, he got dissed. The worst thing you can do to a pro athlete. Give me a break.

  14. Crazy how so many guys with as much physical strength as football players are so emotionally and mentally weak. Who would have pulled an insult out of that comment?! The scary part is people actually listen to and are influenced by these geniuses…

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