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Mike Zimmer complains about 49ers, referees after loss

Mike Zimmer

Absolutely nobody was spared during Mike Zimmer’s postgame press conference this week.

The Minnesota Vikings head coach Zimmer had several complaints after losing to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Zimmer took aim at both the 49ers players for constantly holding as well as the referees for not calling it.

“These guys [the 49ers] hold every play,” he said, per Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune. “They don’t want to call it every play. Until they start calling it every play, they’re not going to stop doing it.”

The 49ers were penalized five times for 57 yards on Sunday. That was about on par with the Vikings, who found themselves penalized five times for 38 yards. But there were indeed a couple of controversial officiating decisions that the 49ers seemed to benefit from. One came on Deebo Samuel’s 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter where both Kyle Juszczyk and George Kittle appeared to get away with extra contact.

Meanwhile, a questionable defensive holding call went against the Vikings in the second quarter on a 3rd-and-8 play for the 49ers. The penalty on Patrick Peterson extended San Francisco’s drive, and they would eventually score a touchdown to close out the half.

Granted, it is easy to nitpick specific plays that went against your team while conveniently ignoring others than might have gone in your favor down the stretch. The Vikings, who lost 34-26, had plenty of chances to tie the game in the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on downs on their final two drives. They also committed an embarrassing gaffe in a crucial moment. Thus, it is tough to argue that Sunday’s game was lost for the Vikings by what the officials did or did not call.

Photo: Oct 24, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Zimmer confirmed to be dating model Katarina Miketin

Mike Zimmer

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a huge win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, so now is as good a time as any to point out that head coach Mike Zimmer is winning off the field as well.

There have been rumors dating back quite some time that Zimmer is in a relationship with model Katarina Miketin. While the two have been photographed together on several occasions, there was never any public confirmation. Until now.

Egotastic Sports reached out to Miketin on Instagram to ask if she is dating “a certain head coach.” While the message did not mention Zimmer by name, Miketin replied “yes.”

That seemingly confirms the obvious.

Miketin, who will appear on the cover of the December issue of Maxim Australia, often attends Vikings games. She was in a luxury box at Sunday’s game and shared some clips on her Instagram Story. She was also on the sideline for a Vikings game earlier this season and has been a huge fan of the team for quite some time.

Miketin has not shared any photos of her and Zimmer together on social media, but a few exist. You can see some more of her shots below:

Zimmer, 65, had been married for 27 years when his wife Vikki died unexpectedly in 2009. The coach has three children, including a daughter who has been known to enthusiastically defend him against criticism.

Zimmer has been the head coach of the Vikings since 2014. It seems clear that his girlfriend is one of his biggest supporters. He’s a lucky guy.

Mike Zimmer threw Kirk Cousins under the bus at halftime

Mike Zimmer

The Minnesota Vikings struggled on offense in the first half of their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and coach Mike Zimmer didn’t hold back at halftime.

With Minnesota trailing 14-7 at the half, FOX sideline reporter Jennifer Hale shared on the air that Zimmer had laid the blame for the poor performance at the feet of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who Zimmer accused of holding onto the ball for too long.

In general, coaches don’t like to single out players like this, especially in a fairly casual halftime interview. It’s not exactly a great sign for Cousins if Zimmer is comfortable putting him on blast like this.

The bottom line is that Zimmer just doesn’t seem to have a lot of faith in Cousins to run the offense. That was hinted at in a somewhat eyebrow-raising quote earlier in the week. This dynamic will be very interesting to watch for the remainder of the season.

Mike Zimmer has interesting quote about Kirk Cousins’ role in offense

Kirk Cousins

The Minnesota Vikings’ offense has been a focal point for several seasons, and not for good reasons. The team has struggled to find an explosive mix on offense, with quarterback Kirk Cousins often singled out for perceived underachievement.

That’s what makes Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s comments Thursday so interesting. Zimmer said he and Cousins recently watched film together for the first time, adding that Cousins would likely prefer more autonomy on offense.

Zimmer doesn’t exactly say Cousins is going to get the autonomy he may want. It certainly doesn’t sound like the two are close, though it’s worth remembering that Zimmer is a defensive coach who doesn’t take on much of a role in the offensive gameplanning.

It’s worth noting that Zimmer has hinted at more freedom for Cousins in the past, but nothing has really changed. The veteran quarterback threw 35 touchdown passes and accumulated 4,265 passing yards for Minnesota last year, but the team went just 7-9 with him at the helm.

Mike Zimmer weighs in on Kirk Cousins trade rumors

Kirk Cousins

Will Kirk Cousins be the next big-name quarterback to hit the trade block this offseason? It doesn’t sound like it.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gave Cousins his vote of confidence on Friday despite chatter linking the quarterback to the San Francisco 49ers.

“Kirk’s our guy,” Zimmer told NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” via Kevin Patra of “You know, he had a terrific year this year. We were fourth in the league on offense. We have to get better on defense — we had a lot of injuries and young guys — that’s my job to get it fixed.”

Cousins got a two-year extension with Minnesota just last year, but the team’s underwhelming performance opened the door to speculation. Zimmer certainly appears to be behind his guy, though, just as he was during the season despite some significant struggles.

Cousins ultimately threw for 4,265 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2020, though his 13 interceptions matched a career high.

Mike Zimmer completely trashed Vikings defense after loss to Saints

Mike Zimmer

The Minnesota Vikings lost 52-33 to the New Orleans Saints on Friday, leaving coach Mike Zimmer fuming about his defense.

Zimmer’s teams are known for their tough defenses, but the 2020 Vikings have been anything but that. Zimmer admitted as much after the defeat in some incredibly blunt terms.

“Yeah, this is a bad defense,” Zimmer said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “Worst one I’ve ever had. Really disappointed defensively. You’ve gotta work really hard to give up 52.”

The stats bear this out. The Vikings are 27th in the league in both yards and points allowed. Those are easily the worst marks during Zimmer’s tenure as Minnesota’s head coach.

The Vikings are a disappointing 6-9 and have failed to meet expectations. The problems aren’t limited to the defensive side of the ball, either. They’ve got a long offseason of reckoning coming up.

Everson Griffen fired up by former coach’s comments

Everson Griffin

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer offered up what he likely thought was some praise for a former player he’s facing this week. That player did not take it that way.

Detroit Lions defensive lineman Everson Griffen, who spent the majority of his career with the Vikings, did not like Zimmer referring to him as a “good player” during comments this week.

“This is the best I’ve felt in a long time, and I got a little frustrated when I read that comment what Zimmer said, ‘Oh, Everson was a good player,'” Griffen said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “Like, Coach Zimmer just wasn’t a good coach, he was a great coach to me, so for him to call me a good player, that kind of hurts my feelings. On Sunday I’m really looking forward to playing the Vikings and showing them that I am a great player.”

Zimmer likely thought he was being nice, but Griffen’s mentality is clearly different. We got a hint of his drive when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Given the fact that Zimmer coached Griffen for six seasons, maybe the coach should’ve known Griffen would take it this way.

Dalvin Cook’s agent disputes Mike Zimmer’s comment about reporting to training camp

Dalvin Cook

The agent for Dalvin Cook is disputing comments by Mike Zimmer about whether or not the running back will report to Minnesota Vikings training camp.

Zimmer said Saturday that he expects Cook to report to training camp because the back told him he would.

Zimmer’s comment came despite a report in June saying Cook would not report until he gets a new contract. Cook’s agent apparently wants his client sticking to the holdout threat.

“First, congrats to Coach Zimmer on his well-earned extension. However, Dalvin has not spoken to him in regards to reporting to camp. We are unsure why this was said. I hope Dalvin can continue to play a major role in the Vikings future success,” agent Zac Hiller told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Cook is in the final year of his rookie deal and set to make $1.33 million this season. He is underpaid for a running back who had 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns in 14 games last season with 53 catches for 519 yards. Alexander Mattison would likely see lead back type of action if Cook does not report on time.

Report: Vikings sign coach Mike Zimmer to multi-year contract extension

Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will be sticking around a while longer.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Zimmer and the Vikings are in agreement on a multi-year contract extension. Specific terms were not immediately available.

The 64-year-old was entering the final season of his current contract with the Vikings. He’s 57-38-1 in six seasons as Minnesota’s head coach, with three playoff appearances and two NFC North titles during that span.

There has been frequent speculation about Zimmer’s long-term future with the organization, and his 2-3 playoff record has been the subject of some scrutiny. His standing improved after his road win over the New Orleans Saints during last season’s playoffs, though, and the Vikings are clearly content to keep him around for a while longer.

Mike Zimmer denies that Stefon Diggs was disgruntled in Minnesota

Mike Zimmer

Stefon Diggs certainly seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t mind being traded by the Minnesota Vikings before it actually happened, but his former coach doesn’t think that was the case.

Mike Zimmer said on Thursday’s “The Rich Eisen Show” that Diggs wasn’t offloaded due to being a troublesome presence on the team.

“Really, if you said somebody was a pain in the butt, you probably wouldn’t say him,” Zimmer said, via Kevin Patra of “I’ve been around way worse guys than him. I hope he has a great career and finishes up strong.”

Zimmer said that the team hadn’t had any intention of trading Diggs, but between the team’s lack of cap space and the draft pick haul the Buffalo Bills offered, they felt the deal was too good to pass up.

The Vikings maintained all along that Diggs was happy with the team. Diggs dropped plenty of hints otherwise. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter now, but the organization’s stance on the former wide receiver remains odd to say the least.