All of the tea is spilling now about former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and the poisonous tradition he influenced throughout his closing days. Individuals are speaking, and virtually all of what’s being mentioned paints Zimmer in lower than flattering gentle.
Lengthy-time NFL cornerback Terance Newman performed beneath Zimmer in Minnesota for 3 years. Newman was a part of that 2017 squad that made it to the NFC championship recreation, falling quick in opposition to the Eagles.
“It grew to become poisonous,” Newman mentioned to Go Lengthy’s Tyler Dunne. “It was a trickle impact. If gamers are dreading getting stubborn out and shit like that, then it’s going to make it an extended day for everyone.” Following the ‘17 season, Newman joined the Vikings’ defensive teaching employees. Newman provides an distinctive firsthand account of what it was like coping with Zimmer throughout his tenure.
Newman additionally mentioned numerous gamers “dreaded going to work” in these closing years with Zimmer as a result of the enjoyable had been drained out of the group.
One nameless former Vikings coordinator predicts rapid success from the brand new regime led by Kevin O’Connell. This unnamed assistant went as far as to say to Dunne it’s as a result of “the satan’s gone. Devil is out of the constructing.”
Upon hearing these accounts and rumors that have circulated since Minnesota let Zimmer go within the offseason, it appears like these previous few years have been primarily depressing across the Vikings’ facility.
Like the rest, there are at all times a number of sides to any story. Not everybody feels the identical manner as Newman, this unnamed assistant coach, and seemingly many gamers. Adam Patrick, who covers the crew for “The Viking Age,” feels these are nothing greater than hit items on Zimmer.
“I ponder why guys like Everson Griffen, Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph, or Kyle Rudolph are by no means interviewed for these Mike Zimmer hit items? Hmmm… By no means thoughts, they may really say one thing good about him, and we wouldn’t need that to occur, clearly”
There may very well be one thing to what Patrick mentions in his Twitter put up. I’m positive some guys appreciated Zimmer and didn’t take his habits personally. However simply because just a few gamers have been okay with what seems like an old-school teaching model doesn’t imply everyone can be. Clearly, many gamers felt the locker room and tradition of the crew had grow to be poisonous. After eight years and little or no success, as soon as issues grow to be as allegedly poisonous as they have been, it’s time to maneuver on.
Like most franchises, Minnesota has gone in the other way with O’Connell. Zimmer was the everyday defensive hard-ass coach. O’Connell is offensive-minded and seems like a participant’s coach early on. He hasn’t coached an everyday season recreation but, however there are already excessive expectations for what he can do with this crew. As a minimum, he’ll must rebuild a constructive tradition and make everybody overlook concerning the latter days of the Mike Zimmer period.