Whenever a team loses in the NFL, the head coach normally takes the fall for the disappointing performance no matter if he deserves it or not. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has had to do this more often in 2018 and he had to do it again on Monday night after his team lost to the Seahawks.
Zimmer’s job in each game is to call plays for the defense and provide input for the other personnel groups. As far as the play of the defense, Minnesota couldn’t have asked for a better performance from their defenders against Seattle.
The Vikings’ defense held Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to just 72 passing yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. Wilson’s yardage total is the fewest he has ever had in a single game during his entire NFL career.
Seattle did end up gaining 214 rushing yards on Monday against Minnesota, but it took them 42 carries to do so. Thanks to the Vikings’ defense, the Seahawks also only scored 14 points and converted on just three of their 11 third down tries.
There wasn’t a whole lot more Zimmer could have expected from his defense on Monday.
Could Minnesota’s head coach possibly provided more input on some of the offensive play-calls that were being made? Yes, but Zimmer was not hired by the Vikings to fix the offense.
Blame Meter: 20 percent