All the tea is now pouring about former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and the toxic culture he influenced during his final days. People talk, and almost everything that is said paints Zimmer in less than a flattering light.
Longtime NFL cornerback Terrence Newman played under Zimmer in Minnesota for three years. Newman was part of the 2017 team that made it to the NFC Championship match, failing to face the Eagles.
“It became toxic,” Newman said. Go Long Dunn Tyler. “It was little effect. If the players were afraid of being attacked and shit like that, it would make it a long day for everyone.” After season 17, Newman joined the Vikings defensive coaching staff. Neumann provided an exceptional first-hand account of what he had to deal with Zimmer during his tenure.
Newman also said that countless players were “afraid to go to work” in those last years with Zimmer because the fun was exhausted outside the organization.
An unidentified former Vikings coordinator predicts immediate success for the new system led by Kevin O’Connell. This unnamed aide went so far as to tell Dunne that the reason was, “The devil is gone. The devil is out of the building.
Upon hearing these accounts and rumors that have circulated since Minnesota let Zimmer go In the off-season, it seems the past few years have been primarily miserable around the Vikings facility.
Like anything else, there are always multiple sides to any story. Not everyone feels the same way as Newman, the unnamed assistant coach, and several players apparently do. Adam Patrick, who covers the cast of “The Viking Age,” feels this is nothing more than a hit on Zimmer.
“I wonder why guys like Iverson Griffin, Anthony Barr, Lynnval Joseph, or Kyle Rudolph were never interviewed in these hit pieces from Mike Zimmer? Hmm… It doesn’t matter, they might say something good about him, and we don’t want that to happen, from the obvious”
There could be something Patrick might mention in his Twitter post. I’m sure some guys liked the Zimmer and didn’t take his behavior personally. But only because a few players were fine Like the old school style of training doesn’t mean everyone will be. Obviously, many players felt the locker room and the culture From the team he became toxic. After eight years and quite a bit of success, once things are allegedly toxic, it’s time to move on.
Like most franchises, Minnesota went in the opposite direction with O’Connell. Zimmer was a typical strong defensive coach. O’Connell is an abusive person and feels like a player coach early on. He hasn’t coached a regular season game yet, but there are already high expectations for what he can do with this team. At the very least, he’ll need to rebuild a positive culture and make everyone forget the last days of the Mike Zimmer era.