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‘Seen enough,’ Mike Zimmer scraps Vikings final offseason practice

By Dane Mizutani

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — After three weeks of OTAs and two days of minicamp, coach Mike Zimmer decided he’d seen enough.

The 60-year-old coach, known for his hard-nosed approach to coaching, rewarded his players on Thursday morning by scrapping the final practice of a three-day minicamp. Players returned after noon for a team barbecue with former coaches and players.

“This team works their rear ends off. They work real hard,” Zimmer said. “They study. I like their attention to detail. I like the way they go about their work. And I felt like I’ve seen enough that I need to see this time of the year. Get ready to go down to Mankato healthy and get back to work.”

That decision came as a big surprise to some Vikings players accustom to grinding their teeth.

Captain Munnerlyn was sitting next to TJ Clemmings in the team meeting room before Zimmer made the official announcement.

“He was telling us we’ve been doing a great job of working and I had tapped TJ, I sit by TJ, and I was like, ‘TJ. He about to give us the day off,’” Munnerlyn recalled. “I could just tell. I had it in my mind that he was going to give us the day off for some reason and it came true.”

Zimmer, when asked, pointed to some things that irked him over the last month, such as too many pre-snap penalties. The Vikings were the league’s least-penalized team last season. He was clearly satisfied enough with what he’d seen.

“If we’d been crummy I wouldn’t have cancelled it. I can tell you that,” Zimmer said. “I don’t know. I just like the way this team works. I told them today that I appreciate the way they go about their business.

“They didn’t believe me at first,” Zimmer added with a quick grin. “A bunch of them said, ‘Did he say, ‘Go practice,’ or ‘No practice?’” They sat up there for a little while. They thought it was a joke. I felt like I’ve seen what I’ve needed to see.”

Added Munnerlyn: “Guys were looking at each other like, ‘What are we going to do now?’”

As he was walking toward lunch at team facilities, Everson Griffen wasn’t complaining.

“If we had to go out there today, than I was excited,” Griffen said. “I was more excited that didn’t have to. It was a blessing. I raised my hands and started screaming like, ‘Thank you!’”

The Vikings have six weeks off before players report the training camp in Mankato, Minn. on July 28.

Zimmer won’t put work away completely.

“My family and I are going on a little trip,” he said. “I’ll be spending some time down at the ranch. Going to Dallas to see my other daughter. Stuff like that. I’ll be working, watching the iPad. A little red wine once in awhile.”

As for the players, Griffen was clear that the team can’t get complacent in the time off.

“The biggest thing for us now is to take a little bit of time — three or four days and rest the body a little bit — then it’s time to get back to work,” he said. “We’re on a mission. Our mission is to do something that’s never been done around here before and that’s win a championship. We’re going to talk it to existence because we’ve got the team to do it. We can say we’re going to get there, but we got to come out here everyday to work and everyday to prepare our bodies, prepare our minds, and get ready for the long haul.”

The post ‘Seen enough,’ Mike Zimmer scraps Vikings final offseason practice appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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