Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer: ‘We’re just going to focus on Detroit’

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wanted to end questions about Monday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers and focus on the Detroit Lions.

Less than 48 hours after losing the season opener on Monday night, Mike Zimmer apparently has had enough of that loss.

“We’re good. Put it to bed and we’re ready to roll,” he said when asked about the recovery of the team and himself.

Several other questions, even those specific to certain players’ performance, were met with resistance after the 20-3 loss.

“You want to talk about Detroit? That’s what we’re going to talk about is Detroit,” Zimmer said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’re not going to talk anymore about the game. We’re just going to focus on Detroit now.”

The Vikings reviewed the film on Wednesday, had their normal team meeting and turned the page. That might be a necessary step, considering the Vikings lost to the Detroit Lions in both meetings last year – 17-3 at home on Oct. 12 and 16-14 in Detroit on Dec. 14.

In those games, the Lions limited Minnesota to 69 yards rushing and 76 yards rushing. While Detroit lost defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, they signed nose tackle Haloti Ngata.

“Ngata’s a big physical guy like Suh was, and their front tries to get after you every single play they can,” Zimmer said. “Hasn’t changed really at all.

“… I think they’re a really good defense. They do a good job with their scheme. They do a good job with their coaching and they’ve got guys that will run and hit.”

The Lions might also present a difficult matchup for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to rebound from after an uneven showing Monday night.

Last year, Bridgewater was sacked a combined 12 times in the two games against the Lions. In the first meeting, he posted a career-low 41.3 passer rating. In the second meeting, he improved to 84.9, but in the two games combined he threw only one touchdown pass and four interceptions.

Zimmer said the demeanor of the players watching film on Wednesday was “serious” and the focus has shifted.

“I’m focused on Detroit and what we’ve got to do to win that game,” Zimmer said. “We can’t do anything about the past.”



  • Quarterback Mike Kafka, whom the Vikings placed on injured reserve on Sept. 1, was waived on Tuesday and cleared waivers on Wednesday, making him a free agent.
  • First-round cornerback Trae Waynes didn’t play a snap on defense Monday night. Asked what he needs to do to get some time there, Zimmer said, “Cover guys better.”
  • After placing center John Sullivan on injured reserve/designated to return, the Vikings still have an open roster spot. They could just wait until Monday when Jabari Price returns from suspension to fill the spot. “Haven’t decided yet,” Zimmer said. “We’ve talked about it, filling it, but we haven’t come to a conclusion yet.”

Viking Update Top Stories