Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Zimmer Wants TCF Inconvenience to Be an Advantage

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Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports


Mike Zimmer is incredibly detail oriented as a coach, that much we have already learned.

Being a guy who pays such tremendous attention to detail, Zimmer is naturally doing everything he can to make life easier for his team as they go through the hardships of playing two seasons as guests in TCF Bank Stadium.

Zimmer reportedly has been talking to other coaches who’ve had to deal with guest status, including Jeff Fisher. He’s also done a lot of talking to Gophers coach Jerry Kill, trying to get a feel for the nuances of TCF.

But Zimmer doesn’t look at this whole thing as a pain in the butt. He wants to turn the situation into a plus for his team, even if the players themselves see it as a huge negative.

“I’ll try to take those things [that happened to teams in the past] and hopefully not run into those issues,” Zimmer told reporters at the recent owners meetings (via ESPN). “Most of these NFL guys probably don’t want to go in and play at a college stadium, I would assume. They’re used to playing in the pros, even though it’s a great stadium. If we can get that to be a big advantage for us, that can really help us, if I can figure out all those other things.”

TCF may be a nice stadium but it’s not set up with all the amenities you’ll normally find in an NFL venue. Zimmer is clearly hoping that he and his players can get used to those little nagging annoyances, while opposing players who aren’t so acclimated maybe are thrown off their game a little.

Zimmer will do anything to get an edge. This guy will get into all the tiny minutiae of every situation, hoping to find that razor-thin advantage.

It remains to be seen if the Vikings really can develop a homefield advantage at TCF, but if they don’t, it won’t be for lack of trying on Mike Zimmer’s part.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Without a QB there is no advantage the Vikings hold other than Adrian Peterson…

    • MikeH123

      Agreed. Vikings need a better QB than Cassel. I can’t imagine why anyone would criticize you for telling the truth. Not only that we need a QB to spread the field for AD as he heads into the twilight of his career.

      • David Crosby

        You guys I agree but let’s not forget even with Ponder we still averaged 27 points a game hence the reason a defensive minded coach was brought in.

      • Daniel Laxen

        Because they can’t handle the truth. Unpopular speech is still unpopular speech. The truth is laid bare to see yet many want to bury their heads in the sand and just HOPE. I truly hope that Spielman proves me wrong. Drafts the guy that finally wins the Super Bowl for the Vikings. I’ve seen what he’s put out and I’m not impressed…Ponder, no more words needed. Rounds 3-7 and undrafted rookie free agents an abject failure…Sure he made flashy moves in the 1st round the last 2 years. I give him props for the Smith move and the Patterson deal. Problem is the Vikings still have no QB and their defense is an unproven commodity. The thin LB corps is laughable. They still need at least 2 CBs that aren’t stiffs like Robinson and Sherrels. then there’s the SS position that a special teams player is the starter as are the depth players…To David Crosby- Ponder didn’t average 27 points a game the Vikings did. Ponder is awful and may not even be a decent back up plan…he plays well in about 1 of every 3-4 games and that’s not enough production…

  • David Mallow

    why don’t you just go to a packers page? I have never heard someone complain more than you,other than maybe a 4 year old..support the team,… negativity is ignorance….and when we made the playoffs year before last, Ponder won that game to get us in…you just don’t get that the staff was 98 % of yhe problem…but go ahead and think you know all…lol…you’re a moronic fairweather fan…

    • Daniel Laxen

      Go drink some more of the shit they force down your throat! I’m positive…Positive that Spielman is a dope! I guess 3-13, 10-6 (somehow), and 5-10-1 are ok with you? Let’s not forget that AP went for 2k that year and the Vikings won 4 straight with a QB that had games of less than 100 yards passing all to often…Ponder won that GAME, RIGHT! How many yards did AP have that day? 200 maybe? No I don’t get that the staff was 98% of the problem. You can’t have it both ways you dumb fork!…I’m the moron because you can’t admit that this deal with Spielman isn’t working. The coaching staff and AP got the team to the playoffs when they weren’t a playoff team, yet Frazier is fired…Look at the personnel and count how many better than average players there are…Right, Adrian Peterson and that’s it as of today. The rest are average at best and young and unproven…The Vikings just don’t make enough plays with this roster. I guess you’ll be waiting on a miracle huh?…By the way 40 years with the Vikings you ass wipe!

  • http://batman-news.com yortzme

    Instead of complaining about it, try to help. Go to the games and be as loud as you can be. You don’t even have to pay for tickets. Since its an open air stadium you can stand outside and still yell your head off to help this team out.