At the bye week the Minnesota Vikings sit with a 5-0 record. Here are random news and notes pertaining to their team up to now and looking ahead.
Even without a game to discuss there are plenty of Minnesota Vikings tidbits floating around. In no particular order, here are some random jottings and talking points, including a look at the big picture in the NFC.
First, let’s take a look at how the man holding it all together is getting the job done for the boys in purple.
Head Coach Mike Zimmer
Is there anybody else who looks more like the front-runner for Coach of the Year? Not really… Bill Belichick of the Patriots deserved credit for going 3-1 without Tom Brady, Doug Pederson of the Eagles got off to a 3-0 start with a rookie QB in Carson Wentz, but Eagles have since crashed losing 2 in a row.
Jason Garret of the Cowboys is probably the closest competition going 5-1 to open the season coming off an impressive win against the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. Still with all that being said no other coach has had to deal with as much adversity as Mike Zimmer. RT Phil Loadholt retired, QB Teddy Bridgewater injured, RB Adrian Peterson injured, LT Matt Kalil injured, RT Andre Smith injured, DT Sharrif Floyd injured, CB Xavier Rhodes was injured, WR Stefon Diggs was injured, LG Alex Boone was injured… Not to mention all the other in-game bumps and bruises.
But with all the high-profile injuries, Mike Zimmer has led the Minnesota Vikings to their first 5-0 start since 2009. His coaching style, philosophy, preparation, and his staff, have led to a selfless team playing at an incredibly high level. It’s almost a lock for Zimmer and its well deserved.