There are moments when a fortunes of an NFL authorization can focus on one play.
In a arise of Teddy Bridgewater’s “significant” knee injury, however, manager Mike Zimmer won’t concede his Minnesota Vikings to relapse into a impulse of self-pity.
“We’ll get behind in here tomorrow and we’ll get behind to work,” Zimmer pronounced in Tuesday’s post-practice press conference. “We’re not going to hang a heads in a sand. We’re not going to go tuck a legs. We’re not looking for excuses. We’re going to quarrel like we always do. We have some good football players on this group and we’ll figure out ways to win football games if he’s not here and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Zimmer suggested that he has already called on a knowledge of manager Bill Parcells, a Hall of Fame manager who directed a AFC East-favorite New York Jets by a calamitous Vinny Testaverde Achilles injury in a 1999 deteriorate opener.
“It was one of those days,” former Jets using behind Curtis Martin lamented during a time, “where we wish to demeanour to a sky and ask, ‘Why?'”
The Vikings gifted a identical melancholy during Tuesday’s practice, as NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Bridgewater’s “gruesome” damage left teammates uneasy and horrified.
Rather than home on a apocalyptic news, Zimmer emphasized a need to pierce brazen in football — as in life.
“My mother upheld divided 7 years ago and it was a tough day,” Zimmer said, “but a object still came adult a subsequent day.”
Zimmer will spin to backup quarterback Shaun Hill, a maestro of NFL Europe with apparent earthy stipulations during 36 years old.
“I have certainty in Shaun. we consider he’s played good this preseason. He’s been in two-minute drills. He’s finished a unusual job,” Zimmer explained. “The thing we have to remember is this is about a team, this isn’t a one-man deal. … We have a good team. We have a good invulnerability team. Our descent line is many better. We have good receivers, maybe a best using behind in a NFL. So this is about a group and us perplexing to figure out how to win football games.”
A quintessential leader, Zimmer left his group with a summary that arriving opponents will not lift punches only since a Vikings are undermanned during football’s many critical position.
“That’s a job: to find a way. No one is going to feel contemptible for us,” Zimmer continued. “No one is going to cry — a Tennessee Titans or a Green Bay Packers, we can go down a schedule. … I’m not going to let this group feel contemptible for us.
“We can speak all we wish though we got guys in that locker room right now … I’ll take them with me in an alley anywhere.”
With Bridgewater clearly on a margin of a dermatitis season, a Vikings were picking adult steam as a NFC’s darkhorse Super Bowl contender. Should we adjust expectations for a injury, surrender that this simply isn’t Minnesota’s year?
“Everybody can count us out if they want,” a daring Zimmer stressed, “but we consider that would be a wrong thing to do.”