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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media on Friday

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

Q: What is your plan for this weekend?

A: I haven't decided yet.

Q: Can you talk about your pass coverage issues and what were your concerns in that area?

A: Quite honestly, it wasn't nickels and linebackers. It was guys getting out of position. It was some misdirection plays, similar to what we've gotten before. Some of it was corners, some of it was safeties, some of it was linebackers, some of it was nickels, some of it was me.

Q: What is your level of concern with the imbalance of the offense between the run and the pass?

A: The offense scored 31 points or something last night. We are trying to do what we have to do to win. It is not the offense's fault that the other team goes down and scores quickly.

Q: With Pat Elflein back, do you feel the offensive line is set or is there still some possible changes that could be made there?

A: I think for now it is set.

Q: With a really good Philadelphia team next, are you afraid you are going to fall into a hole you that will be difficult to get out of?

A: We are going to play a lot of really good teams here coming up. We are just going to have to keep trying to get better and play one thing at a time. This team has a chance to be really, really good. One week it is the offense, one week it is the defense, one week it's special teams. If we put it all together, we can beat any team there is.

Q: Are you surprised it hasn't all quite come together yet?

A: Yes, but I kind of figured it was probably going to take a little bit of time with some of the new pieces. I figured that was going to be the case. Everybody forgets we were 2-2 last year at this time. We will just keep fighting and playing. Just because everybody expected us to be 4-0 at this point or whatever it is, doesn't mean that's realistic. We are just going to keep fighting and try to sure up things and continue to get better and go from there.

Q: What can George Iloka do to show you that you want him to be more a part of this game plan from now on?

A: I am not really worried that at this stage and point. When George gets an opportunity, he will get an opportunity. I have complete confidence in him. Typically there are two safeties on the field. I got some I like and he is just going to have to wait his turn. He will get an opportunity at some point I am sure.

Q: Were there issues with Dalvin Cook being held to a limited numbers of carries and how did you feel about your running game last night?

A: Well going in, we wanted to give him about 15-20 plays because we didn't want him to re-injure his hamstring. He had 18 plays I believe. That is what it is.

Q: Is there any chance Everson Griffen rejoins the team this week or next week?

A: No.

Q: Did you get an explanation for the blocking in the back penalty flag that was picked up last night?

A: I haven't talked to the League today. They said he [referee] thought he [Roger Saffold] got him [Andrew Sendejo] the side. That is what he told me.

Q: What do you mean by some of it was you last night?

A: I might be over-coaching them some. I am probably over-coaching them, that's it.

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