Mike Zimmer ‘not particularly’ interested in Kellen Mond

Mike Zimmer ‘not particularly’ interested in Kellen Mond

The Minnesota Vikings season, for all intents and purposes, came to an end with Sunday night’s loss at Green Bay.

Naturally, it could be assumed that the Vikings’ Week 18 game against another dead team, the Chicago Bears, could be used to evaluate some young players with the 2022 season in mind.

I mean, third-round QB Kellen Mond, right?

Incorrect. At least when it comes to head coach Mike Zimmer.

When asked after the Week 17 game if Mond could get a broader look at the season finale, Zimmer didn’t mince words.

“Not particularly,” said the coach.

Mond entered the Green Bay game on the Vikings’ penultimate possession after replacement starter Sean Mannion was briefly injured, completing 2 of 3 passes for 5 yards. It was Mond’s first action of the regular season after the Vikings used the 66th overall pick with him in April.

But on the final album, Mannion came out again. They were the only two active quarterbacks, with starter Kirk Cousins ​​on the COVID protocol.

When asked why the Vikings wouldn’t want to see Mond against the Bears anymore, Zimmer offered a pretty damning answer.

“I see it every day (in practice),” he said.

Oh.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer leaves the field after losing to the Green Bay Packers.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer leaves the field after losing to the Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)

This seems to suggest two things:

1. Zimmer wasn’t a fan of the Vikings drafting Mond or he’s clearly resentful of the rookie since joining the team.

2. Most coaches wouldn’t say something so strong about a rookie unless they are extremely adamant about their work situation … or they know they are getting fired.

The latter feels like the big favorite right now. Zimmer’s eight-year record is pretty solid at 71-56-1 (.559 winning percentage), as well as a 2-3 mark in three postseason appearances. He also signed a three-year extension in June 2020, until the 2024 season.

That could lead one to believe that their status could be secure. However, the team has now missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, never getting back on track after a 1-3 start this season. It was at this point that Zimmer indicated that he thought this team had a chance to be pretty good. Eight of his nine losses have been by score; Sunday night was the first blowout loss of the season.

His inability to win close games could cost Zimmer his job a week starting Monday. And based on his clear comments about Mond, it’s safe to assume that the result wouldn’t surprise the coach in the least.

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