Mike Zimmer: It’s not like Vikings ‘spit the bit’ in loss to Broncos
Add head coach Mike Zimmer to the list of those who were encouraged by the Minnesota Vikings’ 23-20 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 4. The Vikings were in the game until the end, as the undefeated Broncos narrowly escaped with their fourth victory of the season.
Heading into the bye week with a 2-2 record, Zimmer is confident that the Vikings will start stringing some wins together soon.
Zimmer said the following about his team’s future, via ESPN’s Ben Ben Goessling:
We have to execute better. Sometimes with this team, it seems like when we get in big games everyone wants to make a play instead of, ‘Hey, look here, this is my job. I’m going to do my job.’ So that’s just something I’m going to have to continue to figure out.
But it’s not like they spit the bit. They want to do good. They want to impress. They want to be with all the elite teams in the league. I think every time we get in these situations and we’re able to teach and we’re able to coach and we’re able to fight back like we did in that ballgame, I think these are all great learning experiences with a young football team. At some point in time, we’re going to get over the hump.
There’s plenty to be excited about in Minnesota. On offense, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is coming along and running back Adrian Peterson is still running hard. Defensively, safety Harrison Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr have stood out as consistent playmakers.
We’ll see if things come together for a promising Vikings squad against the Kansas City Chiefs on the other side of the bye.