Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer
After looking at the tape, I thought there was some good things and some bad things, obviously. I felt like we had to do a good job in the running game and take care of Antonio Brown defensively. For the most part, I thought we did that. I think they were 23 percent on third downs, defensively. Offensively, some of the things that happened, I think we got the running game started a little bit there. Especially a little bit more in the second half. On both sides of the ball, we kind of shot ourselves in the foot with the penalties. I think 23 of the 26 points came because of defensive penalties. We had a first down run for eight yards, penalty made it first-and-20, so that's a 18-yard penalty. We had a four-yard run on first down that negated that, ended up being a 14-yard penalty. Then we had a couple communication issues with the cadence that caused us into some bad situations. We're excited to get back to work, get back home. Put this game behind us and move on to Tampa Bay. As far as Sam Bradford, feeling better today. We'll know as we continue to move forward, it's probably day-by-day. We'll just keep going. If I could tell you more about it, I would. At this point in time, each day is a different day so we've just got to keep going from there.
Q: Do you anticipate Sam trying to practice this week?
A: He feels better today. I anticipate that when he is ready to practice and he is ready to play, that he will play. Honestly, I don't have a crystal ball. I know you guys want to ask me about all these things but I don't have a crystal ball. Wish I did, I'd call some games better.
Q: How do you think the offense handled the transition to Case Keenum?
A: I think they felt confident in Case and the things that he was doing. Like I said, we did have some communication issues. There was a couple times we were late off the ball. It wasn't just on him, it was a combination of things. We'll do good moving forward.
Q: Did the cadence issues contribute to the pressure?
A: Quite honestly, a lot of it, the protecting and the quarterback depth, a lot of these things go hand-in-hand. He got deep a couples times and we're not protecting at that depth. Some of it was that, we were late out of the snap one time. For the most part, we got on the right guys.
Q: Were you surprised how much he was pressured given how little they blitzed?
A: Well, there was 10 times that they ran four-man rush, cover-2 pressure. There was six times that they, I mean, I got the whole numbers up there, it was probably 24 times.
Q: 24 times that they blitzed?
A: Of some kind of zone blitz, replace-blitz, sam-strong safety, cover-2, drop the end and play cover-3 and bring the linebacker, there was a lot of that, a ton of that. So, those are technically blitzes, blitz-replaces they're called.
Q: Were the defensive penalties due to guys getting beat or being undisciplined?
A: There was one time that, honestly, the receiver didn't run a good route and we were kind of in front of him the whole way and we got called. There was one time where we grabbed a guy in the back, just a slight grab, that's a penalty. One time we got to the ball early. Those things, they're correctable. We've got to be more disciplined with our hands, we've got to be in a better position. We jumped offsides twice. We allowed drives to go on, the fourth-and-one we jumped offsides, which wasn't a good play. We jumped offsides when they threw the ball deep to No. 10. Actually, the receiver stopped and then the DB stopped, then the receiver took off and ran again.
Q: How can you play so well one week and so poorly the next?
A: I don't think we're in the tank. I think we put ourselves in some bad situations. The team fought hard, they battled their rear ends off. It was hot out there, guys were sucking it up and going hard. We just made some mistakes, we'll correct them.
Q: Were you looking to create a spark with the fake punt?
A: Yeah, we were struggling a little bit offensively. I almost called it the series before. It looked good in practice, didn't look good in the game. I was just trying to be aggressive. I told the team, 'I'm going to be aggressive. I'm going to do whatever I have to do to win. If it's fake punts, fake field goals, trick plays, whatever it is, we're going to try to be aggressive.' Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.
Q: Do they allow the defense to be a bit more aggressive covering a guy on a fake punt?
A: A little bit, yes, on the outside typically more so than on the inside. They did a nice job, they held the guy and held him up and covered him. So, they did a good job on it.* *
Q: So that wasn't something the officials should have called?
A: The officials didn't beat us in this game. We didn't do enough good things to not allow them to call penalties on us.
Q: Did the protection issues limit your ability to evaluate Case Keenum?
A: I know we keep saying it's protection issues, but I didn't see a lot of protection issues. I wish I could be more specific for you. Sometime if you got everybody out and about and they bring an extra guy and the line is sliding one way, they're going to have a free runner and the guy has to come back in and to take the most dangerous guy sometimes that happens. Sometimes, like I said, we're protecting at a certain depth and the quarterback is too deep. Did we get beat sometimes? Yes, but I wouldn't necessarily call it protection issues.
Q: Were you happy with the way Case Keenum played?
A: He had some good things and some bad things. I thought he was tough and battled and fought in there. Short week against a pretty exotic defense, defensive scheme they are very physical and fast. I thought he battled. I'm sure he would say he could do better on some things, but he did some good things as well.
Q: If he has to start again, how do you feel about that?
A: I feel good. I feel good about it. This is a good football team. We're going to continue to get better each week. I like this team. I like the way they compete. I like the way they go out and prepare. Did we make some mistakes yesterday? Yes. We got beat. It's one game, we're not going to throw in the towel, we're going to fight.
Q: Do you anticipate having to sign another quarterback?
A: No, I don't anticipate it.
Q: How do you think Kyle Sloter has come along?
A: He's behind, but he's an athletic kid, throws the ball good, strong arm. But he's catching up.
Q: Do you want Jerick McKinnon to continue to take long kickoffs out of the end zone?
A: Yes, we should not have done that, but that's not Jerick's fault. It's my fault. It's not Jerick's fault, it's my fault. I was trying to be aggressive. We can't shoot ourselves in the foot and start at the 18-yard line when he's almost stepping on the back end line.
Q: Was it a good sign that you allowed two early touchdowns and then held them to 12 points the rest of the way?
A: Well, I think we let them get some field goals. Like I said, the penalties allow them to get 23 points on the defense. We'll be alright. We're going to clean these things up. The guys are going to keep playing. Like I said, I thought with some of the things we were trying to do in the game we did a good job.
Q: Was there anything from the Saints game that contributed to Sam's injury?
A: No, he told he felt it one time on a play, but it wasn't any major deal.
Q: Is it a result of ACL surgeries in his past?
A: It's hard to say. I don't think it's a result of the surgeries. I think he twisted it or something during a game, but I don't think it has anything to do with the surgeries.
Q: What did you see from Trae Waynes?
A: The one play where he got the pass interference he was in good shape and when he turned he didn't accelerate to the up field shoulder, that's why he was behind. He ended up getting to that ball a little early. The other one is when we jumped off sides and he saw the officials throw the flag. The receiver kind of stopped and then he took off, Trae kind of stopped and then took off, and the guy made a catch.
Q: Were you frustrated with the line of questioning yesterday or could Bradford really be out 6 weeks?
A: No, I was being factious. I don't know, honestly, I don't know how long. I thought he had a chance to play Sunday until we worked him out at the game. Sometimes after the game I'm upset and I know our fans deserve better than that. They didn't have any wine for me in the locker room to chill out a little bit. Where I get frustrated is I want to protect my players. I'm never going to put a player out on field that cannot take care of themselves. For that reason, no one's asked me about Teddy, I assumed I was going to get one, but I don't' have a crystal ball. I don't know. When he's [Sam Bradford] ready he's going to play. I don't think it's going to be a long term thing, but honestly I have no idea. Just like I have no idea about Teddy [Bridgewater]. I know there's reports out there he's going to be ready in six weeks, I have no idea. Sometimes I get frustrated with answering the same questions I guess, so I apologize.
Q: How's Teddy Bridgewater doing?
A: I don't know [Smiles].