This is going to be a difficult post for me to write. I have loved Mike Zimmer ever since the first few minutes of Vikings training camp last season (and not just because he and I share a love of using the f-word). After a promising season in 2014-2015, I was absolutely jacked for this season. Zimmer was the coach that this team has desperately needed for years and years. When I woke up on Monday morning, I was in a ridiculously good mood for a Monday morning. Because this Monday morning was Vikings' game day, baby. And fewer things make me happier.
Fast forward to approximately 10:00 p.m. on Monday night. At this point, I'm pretty sure I've spewed at least two dozen f-bombs at my tv. I was yelling so loudly that one of my children came upstairs and asked me to please be quiet so she could sleep. Watching that game actually felt like watching a horrific accident in slow-motion. I was completely blind-sided. I wasn't expecting them to get to the Super Bowl or any such non-sense like so many Vikings homers were. But I was completely and totally unprepared for the sh!t show that occurred Monday night.
I made sure to listen to both of Zimmer's press conferences and also Teddy Bridgewater's post-game press conference. I wanted to know WTF happened out there, who was responsible (pretty much everybody), and how they planned to fix it before Sunday when they play the LOLions. What I heard from both Zimmer and Teddy was that this team was extremely well-prepared for this game, but they just didn't execute. They did everything right in the practices and walk through leading up to this game.
What I saw, however, was a head coach who didn't make enough adjustments to help put his team in a better spot to compete in this game. This is the same coach who claimed ZERO blame for the loss (let's face it, it was much more than a loss, it was a beatdown). Not once in either of his press conferences did I hear Mike Zimmer point the finger at himself. Which really, really bothered me. You are the head coach of this team. When they completely crap the bed like they did on Monday night, you definitely should assign some of the blame to yourself.
Now I realize that the offensive line has taken two big hits losing Phil Loadholt for the season and John Sullivan for an extended period of time. But there was not a single facet of that game where the Vikings didn't look completely unprepared for what was being crammed down their throats. I'm sorry, but to me, that's on the head coach and his coaching staff. I absolutely am not completely blaming that nightmare on Zimmer. At all. I'm just saying that not once in either of his press conferences did he accept any blame for what transpired Monday night, you know, the Vikings getting totally "49erd" as Ted Glover (@purplebuckeye) would say.
All of this being said.....I still love Mike Zimmer as the head coach for this team. He has some pretty phenomenal players on his team and I know he will coach them up right. I'm just very disappointed in his inability to point the finger at himself at least a little for that Monday night performance. I also know that things will definitely get better. I'm not a total Debby Downer.