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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Friday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

Had a good week of preparation I think for this game. So I'm excited to get out there and play. They're a good football team. Excellent defensively, very good up front. Linebackers are active, corners that cover well. Offensively, they've got some weapons. They run the ball good. It will be a great test for us and we're excited to get going.

Q: With all the injuries and uncertainty Washington has had, does it make it harder to prepare for who you are going to face?

A: We anticipate most of them playing. We try to prepare for every guy that is on there. We've written up all of their guys that were hurt, their backups. We make sure that we're prepared.   

Q: Is that typically how you go about it that you prepare for the starter no matter what?

A: Yes, but we do work on everybody on their team. We expect them to play. We look at the injury report.

Q: Have you ever listed a guy on the injury report with a tooth before?

A: No, I don't think so.

Q: What happened, do we know?

A: I don't know about the HIPPA laws but he [Stefon Diggs] had a root canal so he should be alright.

Q: Stefon Diggs is fine though to play?

A: Yes.

Q: What have your impressions been of Josh Doctson since they've had him out there?

A: He is a really good receiver. Catches the long ball well. He made a great catch last week. But he's made a lot of great catches. I actually was at TCU when we worked him out. I think he's a good player.

Q: What did you think of Josh Doctson during that process when you were done working out with him?

A: Kind of what he his. Fast, got good suddenness, catches the ball well, good size. Good kid.

Q: What is your assessment of the defense the first half of the season and what can you do in the second half to be even better?

A: I've already made assessments from last bye week. We're just trying to get better each week. We're not going to talk about first half of the season. We're just going to start moving forward here.

Q: What do you think Rashod Hill needs to do to find more consistency in his game?

A: That's pretty much what it is, is consistency – making sure his footwork is correct all the time. I thought he did better with the running game this week, putting his body on people. I think that was an improvement this week. Hopefully, it carries over to the game. 

Q: Any update on how Mike Remmers is doing?

A: Mike Remmers is out.

Q: What makes the play-action with Kirk Cousins so effective? Is it something pre-snap that he does? Maybe changing routes?

A: No, not really changing routes, it's more about the hard sell on a play-action. Obviously the boots where they're working one side and coming out the other way. A lot of play-actions are when they have somebody coming across the formation. It just makes it hard and he throws it well to a spot.

Q: Do you enjoy coaching against coaches you have coached with before?

A: Not really. This year I go against three of them I think. At the end of the day it doesn't matter, just go play.

Q: What do you think is the signature of Gruden's offense?

A: He's' always been a really good coach. A real good offensive coach. He's aggressive – take shots, run the 40/50 yard line, get the ball in the end zone, play actions – west coast stuff.

Q: What were your impressions with their rookie center?

A: He's been good. I think they'll get the other back, but they went in there and played their rear ends off last week against Seattle with a bunch of different guys. We're prepared to go out and do our best.

Q: How are you listing Everson Griffen?

A: Questionable.

Q: Still have expectations of him playing Sunday?

A: Yes, I think so.

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