Despite the fact that the Minnesota Vikings have released their first depth chart, the head coach of the Vikings is not revealing the names of some of his starters.
A couple of positions on defense, notably the strong safety and middle linebacker positions, appeared to be in question when the Vikings concluded the pre-season and made the moves to create the 53-man roster. On Tuesday, however, head coach Mike Zimmer said that he knows who will be starting on Sunday. . .he just isn't telling anybody.
"We'll see how it goes in practice this week," Zimmer said.
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As for the middle linebacker, with Jasper Brinkley ahead of Audie Cole, Zimmer said he's decided, without revealing the starter following practice on Monday. Same for nickel cornerback, between Josh Robinson and Marcus Sherels. Those announcements will come on Sunday before kickoff at St. Louis, Zimmer said.
Personally, I'm not totally sure if keeping these things close to the vest is going to affect how the St. Louis Rams go about their game-planning for Sunday's opener. But if that's how the man wants to handle things, that's the way it's going to be.
Perhaps you can't flim flam the Zim Zam. . .but he can certainly flim flam you.