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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Monday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

After watching the tape, I thought defensively we played very well. Obviously, we played the run game really good, good on third downs, I thought our corners covered well in that game. Linebackers played well, Barr exceptional. Defensive line, those guys did what we needed to do. Offensively, they made it tough on us but we rushed for 156 yards, that was one of the things we wanted to control, the running game and control the time of possession in this ball game. We did that. Then, the field position part, I think we had four punts that were downed inside the 10-yard line. So, that helped with all those.

Q: What do you think it is about Ryan Quigley that has allowed him to have so much success pinning teams deep?

A: I don't know, I can't get too technical on that. He's just been good. We practice it a lot but you still have to execute it. 

Q: What is the schedule for the next two weeks?

A: We're going to practice a couple days this week and then get working on some things we need to work on. Coaches are going to start working on the three possibilities that we're going to play and then we'll go from there. 

Q: What do you think of Trae Waynes' performance yesterday and the growth he has made this year?

A: This second half of the year he's played really well. There was a lot of times earlier in the year I was helping him a lot. I'm not doing that very much anymore. So, he's been out there on his own and I actually think that's part of the reason why the defensive numbers have come down quite a bit. Because of the way these corners cover on the back end.

Q: What do some of the veterans that have been to the playoffs contribute to a young team?

A: The captains and the other guys you mentioned, I think they have an opportunity to talk about the belief that you can get there. Like Linval [Joseph], he's won a Super Bowl. Just being able to try to keep these guys on point, some of these younger guys. The problem is, a lot of young guys come in and they expect it's going to happen every single year. Really, you never know. The last time I won the Super Bowl was 1995, so it's been awhile.

Q: How will you handle things this week with Pat Shurmur and potential interviews?

A: Well, if he gets requested to interview, I'll let him interview. This is the time they can do it. 

Q: Will you have him wait until the end of the week when players are gone?

A: Yeah, I can give him certain days that they can come and do that.

Q: How does that work, does he travel to them or do they come here?

A: Well, this time of the year you can request that they come here, during the bye week. So, that's what we'll do. 

Q: Is there anything you're concerned about working on defensively?

A: Yes, there's lots of things we've got to work on. These next two days I think it's important to get back to fundamentals. Making sure that some of our run fits and our blitzes are better. Trying to make sure some of the difficulties in the coverage things we've had. Maybe you guys don't see them, but I see all this stuff. So, a lot of this stuff we have to get better at. We're going to emphasis some other situations. Try and play some game like situations in these practices and try and keep us on edge as much as possible.

Q: You mentioned yesterday about seeing an edge in them. Is that the midset you've seen all season?

A: I think they're a pretty confident bunch. I think they play together well. They're pretty resilient – something bad happens, they don't panic. They just keep plugging along. But the way they practice is pretty intense and it seems to carry over. They seem to be pretty confident.

Q: You're going to be playing a team that you've already played once this year. How does that help you?

A: I mean they played us too, so it's the same. We get to play at home. That's a good thing.

Q: Is that 54-yard field goal show how comfortable you are with your field goal team?

A: The one we tried to kick yesterday? *Yes. *Well, I was at the end of the half. I probably wouldn't have done it if there wasn't more than one second on it. I mean there was one second on the clock, so take a shot and go from there.

Q: What's been the key to slowing down some of the best receiving running backs?

A: I don't know. How'd we do against them?

Q: You did great. [Christian] McCaffrey didn't do much. Todd Gurley in terms of the receiving game didn't do much either. It seems like all year you've faced a number of those guys…

A: It's always part of the plan. We just try to take away what they do good and figure out a way to do it. Sometimes it's a couple different players, sometimes it's leverage, sometimes it's one-on-one, sometimes it's the linebackers, sometimes it's a safety. I don't know we try and figure out the best way to do it and go from there.* *

Q: If you are able to get Sam Bradford back at practice this week, what do you want to see out of him?

A: I just want to see where he's at. How he's moving, things like that. I hear he's moving good. I hear he's throwing the ball good. But that's all I do is hear. We'll just go about it and see how it goes.

Q:  Is the plan still for Sam Bradford to practice this week?

A: Yes.

Q: Will you go into that with any expectations of possibly being able to use Sam Bradford?

A: I don't know. It's way too early to say. We'll just see how it goes and where it's at. I'm not committed to say he's going to play, so we'll just see how things go. Things could happen. We win a game, someone gets hurt. You never know what could happen.

Q: What is the window on when you have to make a decision on Sam Bradford?

A: Three weeks.

Q: Do you think that acceleration that we've seen from Jerick McKinnon throughout the season is from the type of carries he's getting or less workload?

A: A little of both. I think a little of both. Some of the ones he ends up bouncing to the perimeter a little bit more. You're able to see some of that. He seems fresh.

Q:  How do you summarize Latavius Murray's last ten games?

A: He's done well. Our offensive line has blocked well for him. I think the receivers have blocked well. He's done a nice job hitting the creases. When he stays on point with where he's running, he's pretty good. When he has bad plays, it's usually when he tries to do too much or go somewhere he shouldn't be going.

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