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Mike Zimmer offers gold-medal response to why Vikings released Daniel Carlson

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The Minnesota Vikings made a couple of roster moves on Monday, releasing kicker Daniel Carlson and signing former Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.

In a press conference afterward, head coach Mike Zimmer was asked why the team released Carlson. His response was pure gold.

Really, it’s funny that the question was ever asked. Anyone who did watch the game knows what a disaster it was for Carlson and the Vikings.

In a game that ended in a brutal tie, Carlson missed all three of his field-goal attempts, including two in overtime, the second of which was a chip-shot 35-yarder that he pushed to the right, thus sealing the tie game.

So yeah, it was an easy decision. On one side of the scales you have a kicker who just choked big time in a critical game against a divisional opponent. On the other side of the scales you have one of the most accurate kickers in the history of the NFL.