When the Minnesota Vikings officially start Training Camp on Monday. . .well, the rookies and a few other players, at least. . .we now know for certain that head coach Mike Zimmer is going to be in Mankato with them to run things for the fourth consecutive season. We don’t know for sure whether or not everything is behind him health-wise, but it sounds like he’s been doing as well as he has been since the issues with his right eye started back in November.
Hannah Storm of ESPN got an opportunity to sit down with Coach Zimmer at his home in Kentucky and talk with him about his health and some of the other concerns that he has about his team going into the 2017 season. You can watch the interview here:
Zimmer talks about exactly how the eye issues began, and about how he was still able to keep track of what the team was doing in practice every day despite being a thousand miles away. He also talks about facing the possibility of losing his sight, and how he put taking care of the team ahead of having vision in his right eye. It doesn’t sound like the vision in his right eye is great or anything, but it’s better than what it apparently was.
Zimmer is also apparently going to have to wear special eyewear this season to protect his other eye in an effort to prevent the same thing from happening to his left eye.
Overall, it’s a pretty solid interview, and with the intro it clocks in at about seven and a half minutes or so. It provides some pretty good insight into Zimmer’s way of thinking.