After the Vikings nearly squandered a double-digit lead in today’s loss to the Chiefs, Mike Zimmer could have gone in a few different directions at his post-game press conference. The head coach chose humor.
“I had to get my pacemaker readjusted after that one,” Zimmer joked.
The Vikings, after allowing the Chiefs to get back into the game in the fourth quarter, held on for a 16-10 win. Zimmer didn’t skirt around the negatives, but he thought the adversity today was good for his team.
“I told them in the locker room after the game that it is never easy to win in this league. I know all of the media are saying how soft the schedule is,” Zimmer said. “Everybody in this league is good, so there are no soft spots in any schedules. I told our team all week long this was going to be a nail-biter and as you can tell from my nails, [it was].”
Zimmer thought the defense played “really well all day” without starting defensive end Everson Griffen, who missed the game due to a minor illness. Zimmer said he found out around 9:30 or 10 this morning that the Vikings would be without Griffen, who should be fine by Wednesday.
He was disappointed that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of interceptions, including one in the red zone in the first quarter. And he thought he should have completed that 3rd-and-1 pass to tight end Rhett Ellison late in the fourth. But Zimmer said it wasn’t all bad for Bridgewater.
Zimmer said running back Adrian Peterson is fine after getting “dinged up for a minute” in the fourth quarter. He seemed more concerned with his offensive line after Peterson averaged just 2.3 yards per carry.
“I don’t think we blocked very good to be honest with you,” Zimmer said.
The Vikings improved to 3-2, and that’s all that really matters, but Zimmer said he would have liked to see them finish off the Chiefs like they did in back-to-back wins against the Lions and Chargers last month.
“I think we’ve kind of done that on some other occasions. Today, obviously, we didn’t do it,” Zimmer said. “The next step is to hit on all phases — running the football, stopping the run, completing passes, contesting catches, those things. We haven’t put it all together yet. If we ever put it together, we have a chance to be a good football team.”