Mike Zimmer: Lots of kickers miss field goals, give Greg Joseph a break

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard game-deciding field goal on Sunday that it should have been “an easy one.” But a day later, Zimmer indicated that Joseph is not on the hot seat.

Zimmer said that Joseph is still a good kicker, and that one game is not enough to change his opinion about that.

This kid has kicked well,” Zimmer said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “He missed a couple this week. That wasn’t the reason why we lost the game. Lots of kickers miss field goals. Let’s give the kid a break, OK?”

Zimmer may be hesitant to change kickers after only two games because he remembers that the Vikings have done that before: In 2018 Minnesota cut kicker Daniel Carlson just two games into the season. Since then, the Vikings have gone through a series of kickers without finding a good one, while Carlson is now in Las Vegas and has been one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL in recent years.

So Joseph’s job appears to be safe. At least until he misses another game-deciding field goal.

25 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Lots of kickers miss field goals, give Greg Joseph a break

  1. “He missed a couple this week. That wasn’t the reason why we lost the game.”

    I mean, it was very measurably at least part of why we lost the game, and if he made it would have won the game.

  2. He won’t admit it but I think he’s just trying to be better with how he handles kickers and learn from his mistake with Carlson.

  3. Joseph should look on the bright side. When he’s inevitably cut by the Vikings, he’ll end up somewhere else where he’ll thrive for years to come.

  4. Yes, lots of kickers miss field goals. Gary Anderson, Blair Walsh, Kai Forbath, Daniel Carlson, Dan Bailey…

  5. Carlson, one of the most prolific kickers of late, should’ve been given the same leap of faith by Zimmer. If he had the Vikings would likely be 2-0 right now, instead of tied for last place in the NFL. That’s on personnel management and assessment. Throw another log on the hot seat.

  6. chillyball – though I get your point, be accurate; did you forget about Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzein, Seneca Wallace, and Brett Hundley…?

  7. “Number starting QB’s since 1991:

    Vikings: 40
    Green Bay: 2”

    That’s not even accurate, you guys started superstars like Brett Hundley and Matt Flynn.

  8. Zimmer needs to figure out how not to lose by a couple of points every week. The Vikings have a coaching problem. Not a player problem.

  9. Walsh had a great rookie year and looked like a probowl Kicker. Zimmer fired the Special teams coach after year 1 and he never looked the same.

  10. markn12 says:
    September 21, 2021 at 11:39 am
    Walsh had a great rookie year and looked like a probowl Kicker. Zimmer fired the Special teams coach after year 1 and he never looked the same.

    ——————

    Zimmer hired the bigot, Mike Priefer, in his place. I can call him a bigot because that’s what the investigation found him to be.

  11. Lots of coaches let the clock run to settle for 35+ yard field goals to win the game and end up losing. Don’t give Zimmer a break

  12. I’m not a superstitious person, but I’m starting to be convinced that the Viking fans are the real reason for the kicker woes. I’m suspecting that whenever the kicker has to kick a winning field goal that the fans generate so much negative energy that it affects the kicker. I know I could barely watch it. Joseph needs to see a witch doctor, a shaman or some kind of mystic healer to guard him from the negative energy. I think this is the only thing that will fix this since coaching or getting a new kicker is not working.

  13. You gotta make that kick. At this point you almost have to support and encourage the young man. He did make a couple of 50 plus clutch fg’s.
    But yeah, make no mistake, you have to make that fg.

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