Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer
We're ready to get back to the University of Minnesota and get in front of our home fans and try to get a win. I think our team has had a good week of preparation and I think it should be a good test. They've got a very good defense and a bunch of playmakers offensively.
Q: Did you get a chance to get outside and practice at all yesterday?
A: We did not.
Q: What did you do yesterday?
Q: A full practice?
A: (Nods in agreement)
Q: What's the status of Jerick McKinnon?
A: We'll list him afterwards, you all will get it.
Q: Is it a concern with his lower back?
A: I don't know. I don't know that it's a concern.
Q: How comfortable are you with Ben Tate III?
A: If he's up and he's active, then we're comfortable with him.
Q: If you're without Jerick McKinnon, would Joe Banyard get a larger role than last week?
A: Possibly. We've got three backs, we're going to dress three backs, four backs, so we will see.
Q: What did you see from Joe Banyard that you liked last week?
A: Well, he made plays. He extended drives, he caught the ball and extended drives and made plays. I thought he showed some juice getting to the perimeter a couple of plays and was explosive hitting holes.
Q: Did Joe Banyard show you anything you weren't expecting with his performance?
A: That's kind of how he was in the preseason, he just hasn't really had the opportunities. He will continue to get opportunities and hopefully he will continue to showcase his abilities?
Q: Do you feel pretty good with some of the other injured players that were able to practice some?
A: (Nods in agreement) I'm sorry, I know you got to ask, but I just get tired of talking about the injuries, because I just think it doesn't do us any good to talk about them, doesn't do me any good to talk about the injuries, so I'm on a pet-peeve right now.
Q: Have you guys thought about going back to no-huddle with Teddy Bridgewater and what are the benefits and negatives?
A: Well we do. There are a lot of times when we go on the ball three or four plays in a row. We just try to change the tempo all of the time with the defenses. We'll continue to do that as well. It's not all no-huddle. There are times when we want to make sure we get the calls in the right way and there's some no-huddle deal too. We've been doing it in every game really.* *
Q: How do you dictate when to do that?
A: We tell him in the headset, we tell him.
Q: What is your process in determining when to do it?
A: Well a lot of it is how fast the defense is getting their signals in, how they're communicating. Sometimes it's after a couple of plays where you've caught them off guard a little bit, sometimes it's just trying to change the tempo. There are several reasons that we do it but it's real simple how we do it. It's not complicated.
*Q: What have you seen from Carolina's offensive line with their injuries? *
A: They have but they do a good job, in my opinion they do a good job, of changing the protections probably more so than anybody this year, the different type of protections you get – the two-back protections, Mike protections, slide protections – they've got quite a few. I think they're doing good things with their offensive line and I know they've had some injuries in there but they seem to battle pretty good. I think [Cam] Newton helps in some of his mobility too, some of the things he can do.
Q: How much does it help to have had Mike Remmers in here and see what he can do now that he's starting for them this week?
A: I don't know that it gives us an advantage. I know our guys have gone up against him a few times. He knows our guys too. It's always a two-way street.
Q: Are you including Jerome Felton when you said you'd dress four backs?