He's clearly not getting the offense. As for Sunday, he couldn't have played in the blowout. He was inactive.
Zimmer said it was to teach the players to fight, to be tough, to not give up. I can respect that, but I remember telling someone "I'd get Bradford the heck out of there" right before Bradford got whacked and got up limping on that last touchdown drive. Live to fight another day would have been my thinking at that point.
He hates injury questions, but they all do. But Zimmer, I think, is cordial, professional and tries to answer questions as best he can without putting his team at a disadvantage.
Yes, the Eagles defense is one of the league's best. And it was at home coming off two straight losses. So it was a bad time to catch the Iggles.
John was done as a starter. Two back surgeries are tough to come back from. And Berger doesn't play tackle. He's versatile. He's able to start for a lot of teams at all three interior positions. But he's not a tackle.
Don't see it. They're strapped under the cap and will have to roll with what they got. This isn't fantasy football.
No. I think the Eagles played a fantastic game defensively.
The formula was put out there, but doncha think the Vikings will do something to counter that? The week before, the Eagles' offensive line was as embarrassing as the Vikings' offensive line was Sunday. They blueprint was out there, but the Eagles adjusted with quick throws and extra protection. The Vikings will do something similar. Plus, not every opponent is going to have as good a pass rush as Philly's.
I think the entire line has struggled. The Vikings needed two inches for a first down at the Eagles' 6 and were stuffed on back-to-back runs up the middle. (Shout out to people who think the Vikings are better off without Adrian Peterson).
I'd suggest brushing up on what true draft busts really are (see: Underwood, Dimitrius).
It hasn't been a topic of conversation. They've admitted that the severity of his injury could push his return beyond the start of next season.
If they didn't have two starting tackles on injured reserve by the bye week, they would have had a better chance, I'm guessing.
I think a good team getting its butt kicked will be motivated, yes. Zimmer called them soft. They were soft. He was being honest, but, yeah, he also wanted to send them a message and give them a chance to shove it back in his face. That's what he's hoping will happen. It's human nature.
No. When they turned the ball over on back-to-back plays in the red zone is when I figured this was a road game they weren't going to win.
I'd prefer a team of professionals understand that before they waste four takeaways on the road.
Good question. I think there were five straight possessions with turnovers. I can't rank that, but it wasn't pretty. People overlook just how poorly Wentz played. The guy turned the ball over three times, twice inside his own 20, posted a 51.something passer rating and got the 'W.'
Very good question. I think the Vikings are asking themselves that this week. If not max protect, then quicker throws or something.
I think they'll have to table starting him as soon as I think they had hoped before Sunday's debacle. And part of the reason, as you mention, is Clemmings got out of whack by being ask to rotate sides.
Yeah, I understand what your saying. And I'm not sure what the intent was on the kick that was returned for a touchdown. There was a strong wind working against that kick. I think it held the ball up for the return.
He's not doing playing. He's still a pup.
He's back. If he's needed, then, well, feel free to panic. But at least he does give them a guy who has been in the system since last year.
Can't say he's Sam Bad-ford after a game in which the pass rush treated him more like Slam Bradford.
No. 28 would have looked pretty good on third-and-two inches and/or fourth-and-two inches. All this diversified talk about Adrian catching more passes and becoming a better pass protector is just talk. He's a Hall of Fame runner who's 31. He is what he is. Unfortunately, he was running behind poor run blocking and then got hurt.
I think the crystal ball that sounds an alarm that both starting tackles are going to land on IR before the bye must not have been working. As for rookies, when teams get better, rookies tend not to be needed as much. If you're upset with Treadwell, take some comfort in Thielen, a guy Spielman plucked out of a rookie tryout after the kid went undrafted. As for the CB, people should take a whole lot of comfort in the depth at CB. Alexander will be a good player, but right now he's behind Rhodes, Newman, Munnerlyn and Waynes. Leslie Frazier would have said the first swear word of his life for CB depth like that.
His first year, he lost Peterson after one game. His second year, he was part of a complementary package that produced 11 wins and unseated the Packers in the division. His third year, with his QB, RB and both starting OTs on IR, he was part of a 5-0 start. Those aren't the kinds of things that help fantasy teams. But in reality football, it's not something you fire a guy over.
On the fourth-and-inches? Nah. They needed a touchdown there.
Yes, but I see this as a typical NFL bounce-back game for the Vikings. Even on the road in Chicago. I think the next chat will have a how-can-they-possibly-miss-the-Super Bowl theme to it.
OK, time for one more question ...