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#pounditSaturday, August 15, 2020

Xavier Rhodes gets heated with Mike Zimmer after blown coverage

Xavier Rhodes got heated with Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer on the sidelines after allowing a long touchdown in the third quarter of “Monday Night Football.”

Rhodes was 1-on-1 with David Moore and got beat for a 60-yard touchdown on a 3rd-and-5:

Multiple reporters said Rhodes was looking around like he thought he was supposed to have safety help on the play, which might explain how he let Moore get past him so easily.

A look at the pre-snap formation shows Harrison Smith was near the line of scrimmage and that Anthony Harris was on the other side of the field. There is no reason Rhodes should have been expecting safety help based on where his safeties lined up.

Two reporters said Rhodes got into it with Zimmer on the sidelines after the play:

Rhodes was briefly benched, though he later returned and forced a fumble that led to a Vikings touchdown. He was having a rough game prior to his big forced fumble.

Rhodes finished with eight tackles in the game.

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