Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings has a strong message for kicker Greg Joseph.

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Mike Zimmer, the coach of the Minnesota Vikings, has a reputation for intimidating the team’s placekickers over the years.

This season, Zimmer has shown a change of heart. Greg Joseph, who was brought in to replace Dan Bailey this offseason, missed a 37-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the latest target of the fan base.

Zimmer stepped in to defend Joseph.

This kid has a great kick. This week, he missed a few. “We didn’t lose the game because of that,” Zimmer said in a Monday press conference. “A lot of kickers fail to make field goals. Okay, let’s give the kid a break. ”

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! In Sunday’s postseason press conference, ESPN’s Courtney Cronin asked Zimmer if Joseph would remain the Vikings kicker.


Zimmer Addresses Replacing Joseph

“Yeah, I mean, I don’t think you should make decisions like that today..”

Zimmer stated, “I don’t believe you make personnel decisions right after a guy misses a kick.” Zimmer did exactly that with then-rookie kicker Daniel Carlson in 2018. Carlson struggled in the preseason, missing a pair of overtime field goals in a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers two weeks into the season at Lambeau Field. After that game, he was immediately cut.

Reporter: What went into the decision today to let Daniel Carlson?

Zimmer: Did you see the game?

Reporter: Was it an easy decision?

Zimmer: Yep. Pretty easy.

Reporter: What went into the decision today to let Daniel Carlson?

Zimmer: Did you see the game?

Reporter: Was it an easy decision?

Zimmer: Yep. Pretty easy.

Reporter: What went into the decision today to let Daniel Carlson?

Zimmer: Did you see the game?

Reporter: Was it an easy decision?

Zimmer: Yep. Pretty easy.

Reporter: What went into the decision today to let Daniel Carlson?

Zimmer: Did you see the game?

Reporter: Was it an easy decision?

Zimmer: Yep. Pretty easy.

Reporter: What went into the decision today to let Daniel Carlson?

Zimmer: Did you see the game?

Reporter: Was it an easy decision?

Zimmer: Yep. Pretty easy.

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After a history of bad luck at the position during Zimmer’s tenure, he has changed his philosophy with kickers and now offers a much looser leash.


Vikings Kicking Problems

The Vikings have the NFL’s seventh-worst field goal percentage, making only 80 percent of their kicks since Zimmer took over as head coach in 2014. According to the Star Tribune, they only made 9% of their kicks in regular season and playoff games. It gets worse.

The Vikings have the second-worst field-goal percentage in the NFL, at 50%, on field-goal attempts to tie or take the lead in the final two minutes of regulation. According to the Star Tribune, they’re 5-for-10 on those kicks and 2-for-4 in overtime. In less than seven years as the team’s head coach, Zimmer has gone through five kickers. There are few tangible reasons for the difficulties at the position, leaving Joseph to bear the brunt of the blame.

Joseph’s 53-yard field goal against the Bengals in Week 1 sent the Vikings into overtime, and many fans were relieved that their woes at the position would be over with Joseph.

Joseph’s failure to make a potential game-winning field goal and an extra point on Sunday has dampened the fan base’s enthusiasm. However, he has remained steadfast, going 3-for-4 on field goals and 6-for-7 on extra points. In a Monday press conference, Joseph said, “Making some of those longer kicks showed me and everyone that I’m capable of making the shorter ones as well.” “Next time, I’ll just have to do a better job of executing.” ”

Zimmer showed Joseph some grace, recognizing his previous success this season. “This kid kicks well..”

“We didn’t lose this game because he missed a couple of shots this week,” Zimmer said. Clean Bowled News



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