A member of the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff will be the head coach of the West at the 2019 East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 19.
One of the goals of an NFL team is to get as much talent as possible on their roster so they can compete with the best competition in the league. For squads like the Minnesota Vikings, that means constantly evaluating talent on every level.
There are many different places to check out that talent, whether it is the active roster of other teams, practice squads, the Senior Bowl, other professional leagues, international talent, or anywhere else, finding a diamond in the rough can help a team make the leap from being good to being great.
On Jan. 19, the 2019 East-West Shrine Game will be held and the Vikings will have a great view of the talent on the field. That is because Adam Zimmer will be the head coach of the West team during the game according to the official website of the Vikings.
Zimmer is the son of Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and the team’s current linebackers coach. He will go up against Panthers defensive line coach Sam Mills III who will be leading up the East.
Last year, Minnesota defensive coordinator George Edwards was the head coach of the West squad at the game and led the team to a 14-10 victory over the East.
Some notable NFL players have come out of the East-West Shrine Game, including Vikings Hall of Fame inductees Brett Favre, Alan Page, Carl Eller, and Hugh McElhenny. Plus, others stars like Dick Butkus, Joe Greene, Gale Sayers, Larry Csonka and many others were part of the important all-star game.
This is a great opportunity for the Minnesota Vikings to get a look at some great talent which may have slipped through the cracks in the NCAA and will be in the Senior Bowl instead. Also, congratulations to Adam Zimmer on the honor of coaching the West in this year’s Shrine Game.