Mike Zimmer keeping Minnesota Vikings grounded in who they are

Mike Zimmer reminded his team at the outset of offseason practices about who they are and how they need to play and practice for success.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is who he is and is not looking to change anytime soon and the fans seem to love that about him. He is blunt, hard-working and isn’t afraid to tell people what he believes they need to hear. And if one of his players is doing something wrong, or he doesn’t agree with a call on the field, he isn’t afraid to yell and get fired up.

The Vikings’ faithful love that about him. They have wanted a coach like Zimmer for quite some time now, especially after Leslie Frazier rarely showed emotion during his time as the team’s head coach. The fans wanted someone who could fire up their players, and they have seemingly gotten that in Zimmer.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1673012-rookies-need-to-walk-fine...  He knows that the job of an NFL head coach comes with a bit of celebrity and he is OK with that. He is always willing to indulge the team’s fans if they ask for a picture or an autograph, but he is not the type of person who toots his own horn or would go out of his way looking for more attention than he is already receiving.

“I just try to be myself,” he said. “People come up and take pictures and say hi and I always do it. I don’t go out of my way to be a celebrity.”

Much like he does not want to stray away from who he really is, he doesn’t want his team to stray away from who they are. Zimmer is entering into his third season as the Vikings’ head coach and his team has started to establish its identity.

Players are also starting to get used to success now after being crowned NFC North champions last season, so Zimmer felt it was necessary to remind his team who they were after their first full-team practice earlier this week.

“We’re a blue-collar team that works hard,” he began, “that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, that doesn’t commit a lot of penalties, that doesn’t beat ourselves. That’s who we are and I’ve told them it’s okay to be that way.”

The Vikings committed the fewest penalties of any team in the NFL last year, but they are a bit of an oddity in today’s NFL. Most teams seem to rely on their quarterbacks and the passing attack to win games, but the Vikings have taken more of an old-school approach to the game of football. They have a strong defense and running game.

They want to control the clock and not make any mistakes that hurt their team, then maybe get a big play or two that go for touchdowns. Not many teams go about the game the way they do and Zimmer just felt it was important to remind his team who they are.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1673298-bridgewater-appears-in-fo...  “It’s more about let’s not try to be someone else because everybody says we’re this or we’re going to be good or whatever,” he said. “Each year is totally different and it’s an important part of my job I think to remind them. I know they’re confident and I know they’ve having fun when they’re out here, but it’s my job to remind them how we have to play in order to win games and remind them where we came from and who we are.”

Zimmer has seemingly brought new life to the Vikings’ fan base. Fans love most everything to do with either him or his team, but he also knows that can change in a heartbeat. If his team starts to have losing seasons year after year, he is suddenly public enemy No. 1. He is trying his best to make sure that doesn’t happen, though, by remaining true to himself and having his team remember who they are. 

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