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Adam Zimmer & Andre Patterson Named Co-Defensive Coordinators (pg.5)

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22 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

If Mike Zimmer isn’t going to give up calling the defense, is there really any point to hiring or promoting someone to DC?

I’d probably say to help with at least gameplanning. Main reason I wouldn’t mind finding someone with some sort of experience. It’s not really any difference from hiring a OC when the head coach calls the plays on offense. Still need someone coordinating the players, not just calling plays.

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5 minutes ago, gopherwrestler said:

I’d probably say to help with at least gameplanning. Main reason I wouldn’t mind finding someone with some sort of experience. It’s not really any difference from hiring a OC when the head coach calls the plays on offense. Still need someone coordinating the players, not just calling plays.

Agreed.  Zimmer still needs someone to do the heavy lifting of creating the game-plan.  Zimmer only calls the plays because he's the best at doing so, he doesn't create the game-plan.  That's up to the coordinator.  

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George has likely handled the gameplan install from week to week with Zimmer calling the plays and guiding the overall direction.  The Gopher used to do this under Mason... they had an offensive coordinator to handle the week to week minutiae, but then their QB coach called the plays on game day.

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Starting over. Not necessarily a bad strategy. 

Something happened in that DB room this past year. 

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Great coach for us. Hard to say he didn’t at least contribute to what we had. Rhodes was great for a period of time, Wayne’s became something was not a scare out there. Alexander has improved. Made something out of Harris and Sendejo, and even Kearse. Helped developed a top 3 safety in the NFL.

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I wonder if Terrence Newman is a candidate for Jerry Gray's job?

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1 minute ago, TENINCH said:

I wonder if Terrence Newman is a candidate for Jerry Gray's job?

As soon as he left the room..... CB play dropped off. 

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3 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

Starting over. Not necessarily a bad strategy. 

Something happened in that DB room this past year. 

I do agree on that.  I imagine when coaches have been together as long as they have, it does bound to get a little stale.  In reference to Zimmer's comments during the presser, this might also mean the promotion of Jeff Howard to DBs coach, since he's been with the team for 7 years.  Or he could be promoted to LB coach (as he played as and coached LBs in college) to replace Adam Zimmer, if he gets the DC job.

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Now it seems reasonable that the defense wasn't what they expected, wanted.....and I'm kind of surprised. They weren't great, but given the aging personnel and DB injuries, they played mostly well. I'm curious what this really means for the team.

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2020 Vikings - Mike Zimmer and Gary Kubiak

2023 Vikings - Adam Zimmer and Klint Kubiak

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Even Wilson developed pretty well under him.

I have no problem promoting the kids as long as they deserve it

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With Gray leaving, the incumbent staff worthy of a promotion are Zimmer and Patterson. Patterson has been a DC four times over at this point in his three decade career, and I believe has stated he doesn’t wish to have that role again and instead enjoys the “teaching” involved with being a position coach. 

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1 hour ago, RpMc said:

With Gray leaving, the incumbent staff worthy of a promotion are Zimmer and Patterson. Patterson has been a DC four times over at this point in his three decade career, and I believe has stated he doesn’t wish to have that role again and instead enjoys the “teaching” involved with being a position coach. 

We are so fortunate to have coach of Patterson's caliber.  He deserves a raise, at the very least, for taking mid-round picks and making them Pro Bowl level players (Griffen in the 4th round, Hunter in the 3rd).

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