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

Watch Mike Zimmer Struggle to Rein In His Profanity


This whole KSTP interview between Mike Zimmer and Joe Schmit is vaguely uncomfortable.

Zimmer seems a little fidgety, like he needs to go pee or something. And what’s with him constantly looking off-camera?

At one point Zimmer starts to tell a story, then asks the PR person off-camera whether he should proceed. Ultimately he decides not to tell the story.

The Zimmer gold comes near the end of the interview (around 17 seconds remaining) when he tries to talk about players’ “guts” but instead uses another word that rhymes with “guts.” Then chuckles like he knows he did a no-no.



Mike Zimmer likes players with testicular fortitude.




Church bells.

These are all acceptable euphemisms.

Mike Zimmer, being Mike Zimmer, instinctively goes for the one variation they don’t want you to say on KSTP.

No wonder he seems so uncomfortable and squirmy. He wants to say profane words so bad.

He even needs a PR handler there to help rein him in.

What happens the first time Zimmer gets so mad he just can’t hold it anymore?

When will Mt. Zimmer erupt?

The first time Matt Cassel throws three interceptions?

This guy is going to lose it at some point, and it’s going to be amazing.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Is it me or does he sound like the little guy that was on Conan the Destroyer? Tracey Walter…

  • GuyGreen

    Gimme a drink out of your glass. This was a great interview. Fire the candy-prat PR handler and save some dough. Burnsie wasn’t exactly Leo Bascaglia, you know, and he was dearly loved. The man is a football coach. He ain’t doin’ puff ball pieces for the church website. Jeez Louise.

  • Gregg Z

    Question 1: Is Mike a good guy…you know fair and does nothing too wrong in his life?
    Question 2: Is Mike a good coach who can organize the staff, get the most out of his players, etc.?

    If the answer is Yes to both of those the rest is just fun stuff to watch and enjoy and does not impact (or should not) what folks will think of him besides I would rather hear the “wrong” thing from a good guy than the “right” thing from a bad guy (bad person or coach) any day of the week.

    Cheers Coach we are diggin’ you already!

  • jojo2

    Love Zimmer. Passionate and honest. Nothing wrong this that interview

  • Turdd Ferguson

    OOOOOH BOY! These after game press conferences are finally going to be worth watching. No more excuses of having to execute better crap. I know I’m super excited for this year to start.

  • David Crosby

    At least we should never hear the words “we’ll have to watch the tape and fix these easily correctable mistakes”. I’m excited about Zim.