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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Friday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

We're excited to get going here. Should be a good game, get the crowd going. It'll be fun. Not for me, but fun for everybody else.

Q: Of Xavier Rhodes, Sharrif Floyd and Matt Kalil, only Kalil practiced, are you hopeful those guys can play as well?

A: The other guys are listed as out. 

Q: Have you noticed a difference in Trae Waynes' confidence?

A: Sometimes when guys come in, I don't know if they really understand how hard it is to play that position, understand the professional game, understanding the rules of the professional game. I think he's come a long way with his confidence, with his technique. He's done a good job. He's done a good job, really, all the time. 

Q: Is there a certain way that confidence manifests itself on the field?

A: Usually it's making plays. The more plays you make, the more confidence you get. Part of it is understanding how far off to play a guy, body position. Understanding your speed and your back pedal and all that stuff. I think that allows you to play a little more aggressively and that kind of works into confidence.

Q: Is this the deepest defensive line that you've had since you've been here?

A: Yeah, I guess so. I haven't really thought about it. We've got some guys that can play. 

Q: How has Tom Johnson been progressing?

A: Good, he didn't play that many [snaps] last week. We actually had a three-man rotation in there with Shamar Stephen, Linval [Joseph] and Tom Johnson, so we'll continue to do that. 

Q: Who will start in place of Sharrif Floyd?

A: It really depends on the personnel group that they give us. 

Q: How has Shamar Stephen looked?

A: He's doing good. He's getting better as a pass rusher, he plays the run good. We missed him being out last year.

Q: Any concerns with the extra hoopla of opening a new stadium?

A: I haven't really thought that much about it. I'm kind of a routine guy, but we'll just deal with it and go on.

Q: Is the open window in the postgame press conference a go or no-go?

A: I think it's a no-go, from what I understand. I don't know. *(Reporter: Win, lose or draw?) *Win, lose or draw.

Q: When you have a quarterback scrambling outside the pocket, escaping pressure, when do you want your linebackers to attack him vs. staying back in coverage?

A: It really depends on the coverage. In some coverages, we have an extra guy, and they can go. Some coverages, they've got to … It depends on their progression that they're in in zone, if they're in man to man. It really depends on a lot of different things.

Q: With Sharrif Floyd, is this kind of a disappointing start to only have him only play 20-something snaps and have to sit out?

A: I don't know. I'm kind of used to it.

Q: With Clay Matthews, how much is it communication on the offensive line, just trying to figure out from the linebackers who's coming and where they might be coming from?

A: They do a good job with their pressures. They bring the safeties a lot, the linebackers a lot, obviously. They give you a lot of different looks, different combinations of coverages off the pressures. So, yeah, it's identification and communication both.

Q: Do you feel like the improvement from your offensive line has been there from last year, just picking up blitzes and stunts?

A: Each week is different, but I think there was – what'd they tell me? – 20 different twist games last week, and we were effective in like 87 percent, or something like that, on them. That's obviously a lot better than it was.

Q: The Tennessee game for you guys, right?

A: Yes.

Q: With Sharrif Floyd, is there anything you can put your finger on as to why durability has been a bit of a concern for him?

A: No, not really. It's just some guys get hurt. I don't know.

Q: How much of a feel did you get during the San Diego preseason game of how loud it can be in the new stadium?

A: I don't have a good feel for it. There were times it was loud in the game on that day, but we'll just have to see. Hopefully, our crowd, our fans, will be really loud when they're on offense, obviously.

Q: And what is your up-to-the-minute public statement on who your quarterback will be on Sunday?

A: It is: We'll find out Sunday.

Q: Is Sam Bradford ready to start?

A: Yeah, he could. He could. Shaun's ready, too.

Q: Did you reportedly pick one sideline over the other one because it's not as loud according to the studies?

A: No. I didn't do that. According to the studies supposedly the way the roof is slanted the crowd noise will go on their sideline more, but I didn't know that. I didn't pick any sideline. I just show up.

Q: Did you think the doors being open during the Rams preseason game affected the sound?

A: I don't know. I honestly don't know. 

Q: Were there any instances where the noise made a difference in communication on the sideline for you guys during the preseason?

A: I don't think so. I can't recall that.

Q: Is there any way you could quantify how much Sam Bradford has grasped the offense in the past two weeks?

A: Yeah a lot, obviously. All I know is he comes in pretty early in the morning and stays late. He's worked enough to get ready.

Q: Knowing that Laquon Treadwell didn't play in the first game, how far has he progressed this week of practice?

A: You know I've talked to him throughout the week about some of the things I want him to improve on. I think he's worked real hard at it. I talked to him today about some things. He's going to be a good player in my estimation. He's going to be a good player, so when he does get his opportunity, I think he'll do good. But obviously he's got to catch the ball. He's got to understand all of the routes and combinations as well as adjustments off of those things. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time, but I have confidence in him. 

Q: Will Laquon Treadwell play at all this weekend?

A: You know things change in a game. I can probably say that I think he's going to play. But where's (reporter) Matt (Vensel)? (laughter) I wouldn't want to be wrong or saying something wrong. I don't know. We'll see.

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