Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is facing an emotional time right now, since his father, Bill, passed away on Wednesday. Unfortunately for the second-year leader of the team, a disappointing practice didn’t make anything easier on him.
According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Zimmer called Thursday’s session “terrible,” saying it wasn’t up to his standards.
Yeah, Zimmer wasn’t exactly thrilled about the Vikings’ performance.
Any positives in today’s practice, Mike: “Yeah, we’re going home.’’
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) August 13, 2015
Zimmer continued expressing his discontent for the day, suggesting practice was more of a team meeting than a time when players focused on working and improving their skills.
ESPN’s Ben Goessling notes Zimmer was so displeased with the effort that 25 minutes into practice, he punished the team by making them run a lap around the far goalpost. Considering Zimmer resorted to a punishment common in high school, the 59-year-old must’ve been borderline-furious with the roster.
Minnesota opened the 2015 preseason with a 14-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Vikings’ next outing is Saturday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Network will broadcast the matchup.
For the sake of the Vikings, hopefully Zimmer’s words resonated and will carry into their second of five contests before the regular season.