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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Friday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

We need all of our fans out there full force this weekend. Noon game. Big division rival. Should be exciting. Ahmad Rashad getting inducted into the Ring of Honor so that will be a great deal. So let's make this thing as loud as we possibly can. Crank this thing up.

Q: You mentioned Ahmad Rashad. What do you remember about him as a player?

A: Well he was a little older than me, but he was a heck of a football player.

Q: You talked a lot about Riley Reiff bringing that mentality and matching that mentality on the offensive line. Week-to-week, what kind of presence does he bring to the locker room and in general?

A: He is a hard worker. He is really a fairly quiet guy, but when he says something he means it. He is a tough guy on the field. Good guy in the meeting room, good guy in the locker room.

Q: Does Reiff take a leadership role in that group at all or is there a leader you think in that group?

A: I think he is taking a leadership role. We have some veteran guys in there too, [Joe] Berger and [Mike] Remmers, too. And also with [Jeremiah] Sirles. That group, that room gets along really well.

Q: What do you see from the two running backs on the Detroit Lions and how they catch the ball out of the backfield?

A: Yes, they're good. Both of them are really good. [Theo] Riddick, they like to spread him out a lot, run screens with him, make a lot of option routes. But they're both similar guys – quick accelerators, catch the ball well, good on screens, they're both pretty good.

Q: Does the Lions offense take fewer chances?

A: I wouldn't necessarily say that. I think they take their shots.

Q: What were your thoughts on Everson Griffen's comments earlier this week?

A: I don't have any thoughts.

Q: Do you have any thoughts on the National Anthem this week? Will the Vikings lock arms again?

A: I don't know.

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