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First Watson, now Wilson expose Zimmer is holding Vikings back at WORST possible time

The off-season that’ll create the next dynasty is here and Minnesota is on the outside

As I covered a few weeks ago, no NFL head coach has been handed more than Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Some of those things he’s requested (cap spend, draft picks) and some he just had good timing for (US Bank Stadium, TCO Performance Center), but regardless of the motivation it’s safe to say that Zimmer has wanted for nothing since 2014.

Despite the maxed out cap, first-round corner after first-round corner, the new way contracts were handled for NFL QB’s starting with Kirk Cousins in 2018, the insane continuity on his dream defense, etc. Zimmer has produced a good regular season team that manages to simply get embarrassed in the playoffs every other season. Which means that the Vikings are due in 2021, despite their odds on the new casinos at or other betting sites.

Or that’s been the case back when Zimmer could paper over his mistakes each off-season by requesting more expensive free agents. Now the Vikings are still clawing their way out of salary cap obscurity and they’ve still done little to fix their biggest possible issue from year-to-year, their atrocious offensive line play. In fact? That situation is getting worse as the line went from the 27th-ranked unit in 2018 and 2019, to the 29th-ranked unit in 2020 (against the pass rush, that is).

Now that the Vikings have little cash and a lot of needs on defense, they basically went all in for one embarrassing trip to the NFC Championship game. With Zimmer still employed/emboldened though there’s zero confidence that the Vikings will learn from those embarrassments as they clearly haven’t.

That’d suck at any moment, but is particularly sucky considering that quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and DeShaun Watson might be traded this off-season an off-season that thanks to the COVID-Cap could help more wealthy squads quickly become contenders.

Wilson has a few gripes with the Seahawks but one that he repeated during the interview that started his situation in Seattle was how often he’s been sacked during his nine year career. He has been sacked more than any modern QB in that span, which makes it unsurprising that the Vikings aren’t on his short-list of teams he’d wave his no-trade clause to join.

It was also reported that equally unhappy DeShaun Watson wouldn’t waive his clause for the Vikings. Some have said that it’s because of the Vikings’ run-first offense but Aaron Rodgers just won the league MVP with the identical run-to-pass ratio that the Vikings employ (55:45).

So, not only are the Vikings wasting the remaining primes of players like Adam Thielen or Harrison Smith, but they’re also wasting the superstar play of Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson and the great and expensive play of Kirk Cousins.

I’m not even advocating for the Vikings to trade for Wilson or Watson, I’ve actually argued against both. But the fact that they wouldn’t want to be on an offense with the above skill position talent is a pretty huge deal.

It shows you that the Vikings have a problem. That despite those players and world class facilities, offensive stars don’t want to come here. When you add Stefon Diggs to this, you can also argue that offensive stars don’t want to stay here either.

Unless they’re getting a ton of guaranteed money or were born here, that is.

The ownership of the Vikings deserves better as they’ve invested a lot to make this one of the classiest organizations in the league. The fans deserve better. The remaining players deserve better.

They won’t get it until Zimmer is gone. It’s really that simple. Until then? We’ll be a sub-Las Vegas Raiders franchise (one of Wilson’s apparent short-list teams), which is really all I needed to say.

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson started back in 2015 & in 2019, and purchased before the 2017-18 season , used to write for and is the host of the ’Morning Joes’ & ‘About the Labor’ Podcasts, as well. Follow on Twitter: @vtPTSD

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Tim Busterud
Tim Busterud
1 month ago

I’d be more than inclined to agree with you. Zimmer is of the Bill Parcells School of Coaching. Mostly meaning. That Zimm is an ass. And a false Tough Guy. He’s not Parcells. His attitude towards Offensive players is toxic.

Man guy
Man guy
1 month ago

Author is really ramping up criticism of Zimmer. Did he harm you somehow personally? Reason I ask is winning a Super Bowl has quite a bit more to do than the head coach. Bruce Arians is a fantastic coach! Oh that’s right, he also happened to have landed the best quarterback of all time in free agency the year before. Bill Belichick? He’s won a few to also with that quarterback… How did things work out for The Eagles coaching situation after winning one? Does that make Peterson a bad coach? Andy Reid is a young and inventive coach right? Well I guess it might help that he has revolutionary quarterback that could b a top-five all time. It’s a tired excuse to constantly throw the head coach out of the bus. He’s not perfect, but each year and each situation is unique. I would encourage some new material to the “the Vikings will be a meddling team until Zimmer is gone approach“

1 month ago

Dumb, not up to your usual standards, Joe.

1 month ago

Russell Wilson and his contract is what’s holding the Seahawks back. None of these guys with monsters contracts go to the super bowl except Brady who doesn’t hold teams up for ransom…

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