Monday, May 30, 2016

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How do the Vikings respond in a rematch after a loss?

Zimmer Bounces Back
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One of Mike Zimmer’s greatest advantages as the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach is his relationship with Bill Parcells, the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach of the New York Giants. When Parcells took over as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach in 2003, he kept Zimmer on board as defensive coordinator. Their close relationship began almost 16 years ago and continues stronger to this day, helping to influence the Vikings’ current winning ways.

After every Vikings game, Parcells texts Zimmer a comment, from words of congratulations to an observation or a question, all meant to help and inspire Zimmer. According to Parcells — per ESPN’s Ben Goessling — Zimmer regards the texts as “treasured gold.” That gold has helped Zimmer take one of the league’s worst defensive teams and turn it into a playoff contender. The Vikings, who host the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the playoffs this Sunday, finished the 2015 season as NFC North champions and potential postseason spoilers.

If history is any indication, Zimmer’s 2015 Vikings won’t suffer the same fate as Vikings teams of old. These Vikings are a resilient bunch, cut from the cloth of Bill Parcells himself. “They can’t ever call you a loser again, because we’re winners from now on,” Parcells told Zimmer after the Vikings beat the Chicago Bears and moved to 9-5 on the season. His words of relief and accomplishment echoed the same speech he gave the Cowboys after Dallas won eight games in 2003.

It’s a speech to inspire a team that’s lost badly on the national stage, to motivate a group of players that have little experience playing postseason football. Most of all, it’s a speech to inspire confidence and create the belief that the Vikings can beat the Seahawks this Sunday, no matter the previous results.

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Can Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings handle the cold on Sunday?

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Living in California, “cold weather” is considered anything below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s warm for Vikings fans in Minnesota, right? For those attending Sunday morning’s Wild Card matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, they’ll need all the warmth they can get; according to Weather.com and AccuWeather, the forecast in Minneapolis calls for a high of 1℉, with a 10-15 mph wind chill factor and a low of -9℉ at kickoff.

When the teams first met at TCF Bank Stadium in December, they enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures that eclipsed freezing at kickoff. This Sunday, they’ll meet in what could be one of the coldest games in NFL history. When asked Wednesday how the potentially sub-zero temperatures could affect his team, head coach Mike Zimmer seemed unfazed by the cold.

“The cold is the cold, he told reporters. “The ball is going to be harder, a little more slippery. I think it’s going to be a lot of concentration when guys are out on the field, they’ve got to concentrate and really don’t worry about the cold, you worry about playing.”

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Playoffs, Homeboy. As the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks on the surface of Pluto Sunday, we welcome in Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman for her weekly spot to set this mother on fire with Hot Takes.

Besides discussing Making a Murderer (which I do at length), we dive into the deliciousness of winning the NFC North, why this team isn’t satisfied with being one-and-done in the playoffs, how Seattle can get got, how Harrison Smith is a better safety than Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas combined, why the 38-7 beatdown was a fluke, if there’s any coaches in the NFL we’d take over Mike Zimmer, and why fans going to the game Sunday have no right to complain about the cold.

All this and other “Home ” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Revenge Tour rolls on as we welcome in the Seattle Seahawks to The Bank for what’s expected to be one of the coldest games in NFL history. Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) of Cold Omaha joins the show as we talk some Purple and being four wins away from that long awaited Super Bowl ring.

We also dive into what it feels like to be Division champs and why that should become old hat for this team shortly, why we need to find out if Teddy Bridgewater is a franchise quarterback or not, Adrian Peterson’s reasoning for bringing back up the offseason drama in Sports Illustrated, how the Adrian child abuse debate is like arguing abortion and gun control (hear me out), all of the ways the Seahawks are coming in overrated, and I talk about why Bruce Arians and Mike Zimmer are my two favorite coaches in the NFL.

All this and other “The Seahawks Can Get Got” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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