Minnesota Vikings practice rocks thanks to Mike Zimmer


Monday’s practice for the Minnesota Vikings was anything but ordinary.  Instead of a standard practice with only whistles and the yelling of coaches or possibly the simulation of crowd noise, a different kind of sound filled the football field: music.

As a reward for the team’s hard work and because of the early start that the Minnesota Vikings got to the 2015 NFL season due to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, the squad’s head coach Mike Zimmer decided to let the players pick some music to play during practice.  According to ESPN staff writer Ben Goessling, the musical selections were “heavy on hip-hop (Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa) with splashes of Jason Aldean and Nine Inch Nails.”

Zimmer had this to say about his musical practice:

"“We had the extra week [of preseason] and so this week, I felt like we were dragging a little bit,” Zimmer said. “I just wanted to change things up.”"

May 27, 2015; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks to his team at practice at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

He succeeded in changing things up.  Players were dancing on the sidelines and morale was very high that day.  It was definitely a more light-hearted approach to coaching that Mike Zimmer wasn’t too familiar with and couldn’t see his former boss in Dallas and personal mentor Bill Parcells approve of.

"“I don’t think Bill Parcells would appreciate if I had music out here,” he said."

Music during practice doesn’t sound like something that will become a regular happening during Minnesota Vikings practice.  Still, it’s great to reward the team and change things up a bit every once in a while just to keep things fresh, interesting, and fun.

What songs would you want played during your football practices?  Let me know your choices in the comments below.

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