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Continued: Hartman: Vikings' Zimmer maintains close ties to Parcells

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 24, 2014 - 12:26 AM

Zimmer was asked for his impression of the Vikings defense last season when Cincinnati played them.

“Well I thought our defense was better at Cincinnati,” he said. “You know, I think they did some good things, I didn’t study as much of their defense when we played that game as I did their offense, obviously.”

Expectations in 2014

Despite all their troubles during a 5-10-1 campaign last year, Zimmer, when asked about his team’s potential for this year, said: “I think we have a chance to be pretty good. I’m anxious to see us go through the training camp, see how we can improve, and then go out there and compete against some other people and see how we play, how we compete, how we work together, how we perform as a team and how we play smart in the right situations. So I’m anxious to see that, just like everybody else is.”

Will the offensive line go back to being a strength of this club?

“It should be,” he said. “We have to continue to get better. [Matt] Kalil missed a lot of time this spring, so we have to get him going. I like [John] Sullivan and he has done a nice job so far. Phil Loadholt has been really, really impressive. It needs to be a strength of our team, and they need to play good.

“I think we have some talent on this team, and I think it’s a lot of young talent so I think we have a chance to improve and improve fairly quickly. Obviously we’re still always looking for more talent, but the biggest thing about talent is getting them to play together as a football team.”

Jottings

• Looking back on the decision in January 2012 not to give Kevin Love a five-year max contract offer and instead offer him a four-year contract with him having the option to opt out after three seasons, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor realizes what a mistake was made by former team president David Kahn. The club wouldn’t be trying to trade Love now if that mistake had not been made.

• The Gophers athletic department is having trouble coming close to reaching their goal of raising the $190 million to improve facilities. But the Foundation for Minnesota Baseball, a group that came up with $450,000 for lights at Siebert Field, is making progress in producing the $8 to $10 million originally budgeted for a hitting facility, new press box, clubhouse and roof over the concourse.

• It’s interesting that both former Twins All-Stars with Colorado, Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau, are now both on the disabled list.

• Anthony King-Foreman, son of former Vikings running back Chuck Foreman, is expected to be an outstanding linebacker for the University of St. Thomas this year.

• Gophers second baseman Connor Schaefbauer is hitting .321 for Rochester in the Northwoods League with a team-high 30 runs scored.

• While the NFL owners did not approve a rule change on extra-point kicks for the regular season, they will experiment with moving the ball back to the 15-yard line for the first two weeks of the preseason, which will make for a 33-yard PAT. The regular season kicks will remain spotted at the 2-yard line.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

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