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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Friday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

We're getting ready to take on the two-time NFC Champs, so it will be a good game. They're very physical, fast on defense. Offensively they've got, obviously, a heck of a running game, quarterback is good, [Doug] Baldwin's a really good player. We're looking forward to playing good.

Q: What do you notice about Darrell Bevel and his play calling?

A: I think he does a really good job with the personnel groups, the formations out of them, the differences from week-to-week. They do, really, a lot of different things. They're unpredictable in their calls, so it makes it tougher.

Q: Do you get any indication of how a team will play based on how they practice?

A: Usually when you practice good, you play good, but it's not always the case. We usually practice pretty good – going in to the San Francisco game I thought we practiced well and we didn't play very good. It's just a week-to-week proposition. It makes coaches more nervous. And then sometimes we've not practiced as good and we've played good, so. 

Q: What kind of luxury is it to have a guy like Tom Johnson?

A: Tom [Johnson] is a good player. He's a veteran guy, he's smart, he knows the system that we're trying to run, he knows what we're trying to get accomplished. It's always good to have multiple guys and have good depth at really all of the positions.

Q: Did you know anything about Tom Johnson before he was brought in?

A: I watched him on tape when he was in New Orleans. That was about it.

Q: What have you seen on tape from Russell Wilson and how his game is evolving as the season has gone on?

A: Obviously, the scrambling ability and mobility he has in and out of the pocket and then the vision that he has is really good, but he throws the deep ball really well. You've got to be careful because he'll run a lot of boots on you, he'll slip it out the backside, but I think he's getting the ball out quicker now, all those things. He's doing a real good job.

Q: Do you see any difference in running styles between Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls?

A: Their styles are similar. This kid has got good feet. Actually somebody called me last night that had played him and said, "This kid has got good speed. Don't underestimate this back now, he's really good," so we're not planning on doing that.

Q: When you have a game that ends the way the Packer game did last night, do you use that as any kind of teaching tool? Did you say anything to your players regarding the Hail Mary?

A: I didn't say anything to the players. There's been other situations that I've pulled up on tape that I showed the players. We'll try to use as many teaching situations as we can and it's always better to use someone else's than yours.

Q: Do you watch a game like that as a fan at all or are you just totally focused on your team?

A: Actually I was watching my IPad last night and I had the game on in the background. There's was nothing I can do about it. I just try to coach this team the best I can.

Q: What do you think of their tight end group?

A: I think Luke Willson has made some really big catches. He's a good blocker, they don't split him out as much as they did with [Jimmy] Graham, but he does a nice job. They just signed Chase Coffman – we drafted him when I was in Cincinnati, so I know a little bit about him.

Q: Does Luke Wilson look like a fast tight end to you?

A: He is fast. He's got good size and he's fast. He's in the low 4.6's.

Q: Is this one of the better tests for your offensive tackles?

A: Really for the whole front. They're very active, they have a lot of movement, [Michael] Bennett lines up all over the place, [Cliff] Avril has got quickness and speed. The other guy, 51 [Bruce Irvin], he's a kid from West Virginia they took in the first round [2012], he's got big-time speed coming off the edge, kind of plays outside linebacker, but drops down into there. And then their linebackers are active too, so they'll do a lot of five-man pressures, play man-to-man, they'll do a lot of stuff on third downs especially.

Q: How has Jarius Wright earned your trust and Teddy Bridgewater's trust, specifically in third down situations?

A: Jarius works extremely hard, he's made plays when the opportunities presented themselves to him. And last year he did a good, so I think it's just a continuation of where he was a year ago.

Q: Do you like how this team has spread the ball around to the wide receivers?

A: Yeah, I think it's more difficult on the defense when you've got different guys. You're not throwing to one guy all the time. Defensively, you always try to take that guy out if you can and having Adrian [Peterson] in the backfield and throwing to a bunch of different guys I think makes it tougher.

Q: Do you have a specific passing attack planned if Richard Sherman is covering Stefon Diggs full-time?

A: Yeah, what you always do is you look and see if guys are following guys. And then you find out, then you have the plan that if they are following, how you go about attacking that. You always start out trying to figure out how it's going at the beginning of the ballgame.

Q: Do you think that your team will have extra motivation going up against a team that has been in the Super Bowl the last two years?

A: I don't know. We haven't talked about it at all that much this week, but I know when I was in Dallas, most teams always pretty much gave it their best shot each week. You always were going to get their best shot, so hopefully we'll give them our best shot.

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