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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media on Saturday

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

Good opportunity to go to Seattle and play a good football team. This will be a great test for us to get on the road in front of a hostile environment and go out and play well.

Q: How valuable is Eric Kendricks to your run defense going into this matchup with Seattle?

A: He’s successful, too. He’s important to our defense in general.

Q: How has Holton Hill progressed throughout the year?

A: Pretty good for a young guy. He’s come in and played pretty well for the most part.

Q: How much does Hill’s confidence and brashness help his game?

A: I don’t know. I don’t worry about brashness and all that. He just goes out and plays.

Q: How much of a threat are Seattle’s running backs in the passing game?

A: They haven’t been a big screen team. They do catch some of the check downs and things like that. They got some routes for them, but they’re runners, most of them. That’s what they do.

Q: What do you think changed with their run game between early in the season and now? Is it philosophy?

A: I think it’s been a little bit of that. They’ve been using offensive linemen at tight end quite a bit, so I think that part commits to it. They’ve been successful running the football. You have success and you do that, you take some of the plays that might not go as good because they are basically a downhill running team.

Q: What were some of the keys to Eric Kendricks getting 18 tackles last Sunday?

A: I don’t know. I’m five days away from last Sunday.

Q: Is it a matter of Eric Kendricks being able to withstand pain in order to play on Monday?

A: He’ll be fine.

Q: Does not having D.J. Fluker change what their offensive line is able to do?

A: He’s a good player. They’re all big, strong guys. They all play the same way. I think [Jordan] Simmons, that’s who we’re anticipating getting.

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