Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer: Blair Walsh won't have competition, Adrian Peterson too quick

Blair Walsh won't face competition for his job and Adrian Peterson might have been too quick to the line, says head coach Mike Zimmer.

Blair Walsh was 41st in the preseason in field goal percentage, hitting only 5 of 11 attempts, but there won’t be competition brought in for him after his missed a 44-yard attempt on Monday night.

“No. I’m bringing in consideration for him to pull out of this thing and kick like he’s capable of kicking,” head coach Mike Zimmer said.

Walsh signed a four-year, $13 million contract extension at the start of training camp with $3.75 million in guarantees, so releasing him anytime soon isn’t likely.

Zimmer said Walsh connected on 28 of 28 field goals in practice last week, but “didn’t’ kick very good in pregame.”

“He’s got to carry it to the game,” Zimmer said. “Yeah, and it’s worrisome.”

After Walsh missed the 44-yard attempt on the Vikings’ opening drive, the Vikings had another opportunity to use him later in the first quarter. They were facing fourth-and-3 from the 31-yard line and initially sent Walsh out to attempt what would have been a 48-yard try. But after calling a timeout, Zimmer sent the offense back on the field and they came up a yard short of the first down on a 2-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph.

“I wanted to see how much we got on third down before we did,” Zimmer said about the decision to send the offense back out. “If it was nothing, then I was thinking about punting too.”


Adrian Peterson said last week he knew he had to be patient with his running plays, but he ended up with only 31 yards on 10 carries.


“I don’t think he looked tentative. I think he was aggressive trying to get to the hole and maybe trying to get to it a little bit too fast at times,” Zimmer said.

In addition to his 10 carries, Peterson caught all three of the passes thrown his way, but he was replaced for 20 snaps during the game – 12 by Matt Asiata and eight by Jerick McKinnon.

Most of those substitutions came in passing situations.

“He missed one protection, but he’s been working real hard at it. He’s gotten a lot better, in my opinion, than what he was,” Zimmer said. “I mean, the one blitz that they run – the one that they sacked Teddy (Bridgewater) at about the 2-yard line – they see that exact same blitz every day in practice, so I’m like, ‘Come on!’ How does that happen? They see that blitz every single day in practice and we probably run it better. But we didn’t touch two guys, so that’s when I say, ‘I don’t even know who this team is.’”


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