Friday, December 15, 2017

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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.

Co-Owner of the Minnesota Vikings, Mark Wilf, took time this weekend to try and squash rumors that the Vikings had, at some point, pursued Bill Parcells to run their football team.

He went as far as to say that the reported event “never happened” and then went on to gush about the man they hired, Rick Spielman.

“From A to Z, he has all the tools you need to run a football operation,” Wilf said Saturday. “We felt he was the perfect choice to be our general manager. Rick has the ability to follow through on a plan. He’s disciplined, but will be aggressive when he has to. It’s a plan that we’re all comfortable with. We’re following his lead.”

Look, I’m not calling Mark Wilf a liar, but even if they had been in talks before settling on Spielman what else is he going to say at this point in time?  Whether or not the Vikings talked to any other candidates will have no impact on how the owners talk publicly about Spielman now that he is their man.

After all, with the most important Vikings Draft in recent memory right around the corner, we wouldn’t want to see season ticket holders lose whatever faith they might have in this organization’s ability to turn things around.

Thanks to a report from the New York Post, the Vikings and Saints are once again intertwined in one of the bigger headlines dominating the news.

The report claims that the Vikings currently want Bill Parcells to run their football team, a dot that was connected by Vikings fans months ago since it is well known that owner Zygi Wilf was a long-time Giants fan prior to owning his own team.

The news was a bit shocking but it didn’t take long for our local beat writers to step up and provide some clarity.

According to Tom Pelissero, yes, the Vikings expressed interest in Parcells to run their football team.  No, that did not happen recently.

Instead, the Vikings approached Parcells prior to hiring Rick Spielman as their General Manager and recommitting to Leslie Frazier as their Head Coach.  The Vikings say that the original report’s suggestion that the Wilf’s told Parcells to “name his price” is erroneous. 

“There is no truth to the media reports,” said public relations director Bob Hagan.

It is fairly evident that Parcells is simply trying to gain some leverage as the New Orleans Saints try to woo him out of retirement as a one-year replacement for the suspended Sean Payton.  After all, this is a terrible time of the year for any head coach or G.M. candidate to try and negotiate a contract.

The news, however, that the Vikings did indeed pursue Parcells prior to promoting Rick Spielman and keeping Leslie Frazier should only increase the pressure applied to their job performances.  The previous appearance that the Wilf family simply promoted from within without looking outside the organization is now dead, and they may be willing to look outside Winter Park once again should the Vikings continue to occupy the last place seat in the NFC North.

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