“There will never be moral victories around here.”
Those were the words which were spoken by Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer in a recent press conference according to the West Central Tribune website. It’s a tough statement to make considering how young this team is and the fact that Zimmer is just entering his second full year as the team’s head coach.
May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (left) and head coach Mike Zimmer pose for pictures at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
The Minnesota Vikings are currently sitting at with a 2-2 record going into their bye week. Even though the coaches and players aren’t content to be at .500, the team has to be proud of their 1-0 division record and a big win over the Chargers. However, on the flip side of the coin, there is an embarrassing loss to the San Francisco 49ers and a game that came down to the wire against Denver.
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sees these games as a learning experience that has helped put down a blueprint for where the team wants to go.
"“I think we laid a solid foundation over the first four games of the season,” Bridgewater said. “We also know that we have a lot of work to continue to do. We’ll get some guys healthy and take advantage of this bye week. It’s not a bad position to be, .500. … We’d love to be 3-1 or 4-0 right now, but we just want to learn from these first four games and continue to build off them.”"
Minnesota will face an uphill battle if they want to try to contend for the NFC North division title. Green Bay currently sits at 4-0 and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Their best bet is to try to end the season with the best record as possible to nab one of the Wild Card spots.
Mike Zimmer will be one of the first to remind us that moral victories don’t show up in the win column when trying to become a playoff team. However, if the team can turn those narrow losses into close wins, then the Minnesota Vikings could be looking to make some noise in the postseason.
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