Mike Zimmer decided to go for the kill Sunday night in Seattle. Whatever you think of his decision, it’s worth realizing the choice fits with how the Vikings head coach has been operating over the past few years.
Their absences mean the Vikings will again lean heavily on rookies Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler, along with Mike Hughes (who returns from a neck injury), as they try to handle the Seahawks’ offense.
Asked if they were able to use what happened to one of the league’s more decorated safeties as a teaching tool for their young defensive backs, co-defensive coordinators Adam Zimmer and Andre Patterson said no.
Trust, particularly for quarterback Kirk Cousins, seems to be a valuable commodity. And it looks like first-round draft choice Justin Jefferson has earned it based on what we saw during the Vikings victory over Houston.
An NFL source said early Saturday morning the Vikings’ PCR tests returned no positive results for the sixth straight day, after a spate of positive COVID tests from the Titans forced the Vikings to close their facility.
The Vikings are hosting the maximum 250 ‘fans’ — staff and family members — allowed under state COVID-19 regulations. They’re testing fan protocols “in preparation for the potential return of fans" later this season.
If things keep going as they have, it will be interesting to see how the Vikings react. Coach Mike Zimmer often talks about how he loves proving people wrong, and he’s got quite the chance to do it here.