Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer
We're excited to get going here, get back on the road, get down to Florida, to play, I think, a really good football team. They've played some really close games – they were up big on Baltimore, they were playing great against New England and lost it late – but it's still a lot about us and what we do and how we handle it. I want to see if we'll finish and be tough in the fourth quarter like I'm trying to get done.
Q: What do you make of Miami's defensive front with Cameron Wake?
A: They're good. The two rushers are really good. OV (Olivier Vernon) and Cameron Wake are two really solid rushers, so we're going to have to do a great job there and their inside people are strong and physical. The d-line coach used to coach for me so I know he's pretty darn good at getting these guys going.
Q: How have you felt about Matt Kalil over the past few weeks?
A: I think he's played better the last half of the season and he seems to be better with his technique, better with his finishes, better with assignments. I think he's been working really hard on trying to do things right.
Q: Was the knee just an issue early on?
A: Well, I know it was bothering him, but we're not going to make excuses about anything.
Q: Is everything okay with Chad Greenway and Cullen Loeffler?
A: Greenway has a personal issue and Loeffler is sick.
Q: Do you expect them for the game?
A: I do. Those aren't injuries, we can talk about them.
Q: With the combination of the pace, rhythm and Norv Turner's play calling, did that help the offensive line?
A: I think the combination of changing the tempo throughout the ball game always helps. It takes a little bit off the defense and what they're trying to do. I think we changed it quite a bit, sometimes that slows the defense down in some of the things that they can do. Teddy likes it, he's good at it. I think he likes being in those situations.
Q: What do you think this injury to Anthony Barr means for him finishing his rookie season?
A: Anthony is going to have surgery, so he will be out, he won't get to the finish line.
Q: How do you asses Anthony Barr's season?
A: He played great, played great. He's a good football player. Good Kid, studies hard, does everything right. He's very conscientious, hard-working. He's already excited about getting back, getting this fixed and getting going.
Q: For his journey what does this surgery do moving forward?
A: It's a very minor, again a minor procedure, when it's on somebody else. It should be nothing. It really should be nothing. He missed a lot of the offseason, so he will be getting going again, but he's a great kid I don't think it will be an issue at all.
Q: What do you think an offseason will do for him?
A: Not just the offseason, but being through the system, understanding things. He's going to be so much further ahead of where he was when the rookies got here. I think that, really, the sky is the limit for him and understanding the things we do. He's been in every meeting, he's been doing all of that stuff and he will continue to do that, as well.
Q: Do you know specifically what he needs repaired?
A: I do, but I'll let (Eric) Sugarman talk to you about that. It's very similar to a slight meniscus tear.
Q: How do you feel about Brandon Watts getting some playing time?
A: I would like to see him get some time. I've got hope for him in the future. He's a very athletic linebacker, he's a smart guy and I think that the more things he does, the better he will be in the future. He's going to need an offseason and all of that stuff that some of these young guys need. He's got a lot of ability to work with.
Q: Will you put Anthony Barr on injured reserve?
A: We've talked about those things, we'll decide next week.