Reusse: Coaching staff will speak volumes about Zimmer's path with Vikings

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 12:48 AM

A new sheriff has arrived. Again.

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WaterBunkerJan. 17, 14 9:04 PM

Head football coaches must be strong managers. What successful managers do is hire good people, establish objectives and monitor performance. Judging talent iin direct reports and staff(including players) is essential. I hope Zimmer is a superior manager. He has little experience so the jury is out. Strategy, scheme, defenses, etc. Is secondary. I hope he gets the management piece.

crunch1240Jan. 17, 14 9:33 PM

When I first heard of the hiring of Mike Zimmer I thought--at first--is this gonna be another Brad Childress hiring--a coordinator given a promotion because he stayed around long enough. Not fair--cynical look, I know. I read about this persons work ethic--his passion for the game and his team--and his commitment to each project he is assigned to. And the reactions from those who have worked with him, under him, and around him. I gotta tell ya--I think Mike Zimmer will give full consideration to EVERY assistant coach who will help make him successful. Think he knows who's out there--and will be an asset to his staff? Darn right he does.

kennyrogersJan. 17, 14 9:48 PM

I listened to Zimmer about five minutes and realized he forgot more about football than anybody here ever knew, including the sportswriters.

BallFourJan. 17, 1410:30 PM

Once again, Reusse tells us all that we need to know. No need to waste time reading all,the others. Happy to have you here, Pat.

jeffstJan. 17, 1411:30 PM

Will players be allowed to wear gloves outdoors in late fall at TCF Bank Stadium? Welcome aboard Zimmer. Bud Grant had a great coaching staff, too.

jplamp9Jan. 18, 14 5:58 AM

Billick said 'The only guy in the group that Denny didn’t have some type of previous relationship with was Burns.' Head coaches bring in coaches they know and trust. Hopefully Zimmer will bring in a fresh staff who bear likenesses to him. The main reason most promotions fail is that the person who received the promotion just tries to do more of what led the the promotion without adjusting for new realities and responsibilities. Zimmer will be fine, he was bred for this job and has been preparing his whole life.

zzfan3Jan. 18, 14 7:18 AM

Man, if this new staff can make any kind of half-time adjustments we'll be light years ahead.

matthewJamesJan. 18, 14 7:25 AM

Billick is so right. Here is hoping that Zimmer gets it right too.

wewon1937Jan. 18, 14 8:33 AM

Nice story - by Brian Billick. You forgot to add the fact that you did your best to throw Denny under the bus, out of town, anywhere you could... Why?

vikson64Jan. 18, 14 9:34 AM

Norv Tunrer has succeeded every time he has been an O.C.. Unfortunately each time he was rewarded with a head job at which he has failed every time. Hopefully he has finally wised up and realized not every great coordinator should be a head coach. Will this also be Zimmer's fate? obviously you don;t know ahead of time. Many forget though that Bill Belicheck was considered a failure in his first head job at Cleveland.


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