Vikings players view Bashaud Breeland’s release as a clear message

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On Saturday, the Vikings abruptly released starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland, amid reports that he got into arguments with teammates and coaches at practice. For the players who remain on the roster, the takeaway was clear.

Per multiple sources, the move was interpreted as a clear message from the coaching staff and the front office as the playoff push intensifies. No more crap, no more excuses, no more lack of focus.

The players generally aren’t mad about it. Some, we’re told, were surprised that it didn’t happen earlier, given Breeland’s subpar performances.

Given the propensity of the Vikings to blow big leads, focus becomes critical in the final four games of the season. They need to win tonight (i.e., build a lead and hold it), they need to at least split the next two (Rams, at Packers), and they need to beat the Bears in Minnesota to finish 9-8 and have a chance to wiggle in. To improve their chances, they need to run the table.

It all hinges on winning tonight. Although a loss wouldn’t slam the door, it would almost entirely shut it. Which, in turn, would put coach Mike Zimmer at risk of finding out sooner than later that his tenure is ending after eight seasons.

10 responses to “Vikings players view Bashaud Breeland’s release as a clear message

  1. Well, there’s Zimmer’s first scapegoat of this season.
    But to legitimately take the heat off himself while conning management and the fans base into keeping his job, l doubt it will be his last.
    The coaches in Minneapolis better keep their heads on a swivel. 😉

  2. Dak Prescott is not an elite QB. It’s that simple. I thought I might have been wrong about him for the first six games. Nope. He is who I thought he was.

  3. Zimmerman has started to throw excess weight off the plane to try and keep the plane and his job from crashing. More folks to follow.

  4. Mike Tomlin says the Steelers want volunteers, not hostages. The Vikings, apparently, do not subscribe to that view.

  5. Really hope they make the playoffs so they keep Zimmer, Packer fans love him.

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    I cannot imagine why Packer fans would love Zimmer. He as is 6-5-1 vs Green Bay. No other team in the NFC North comes close.

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