Mike Zimmer is not a patient man.
He has chewed up more offensive co-ordinators than
, frequently ripped a journeyman quarterback who went 11-3 as starter and accosted his first-ever draft pick for ‘coasting’.
Zim hiding the dip in the seeds bag? 😂 pic.twitter.com/NLelAvsFdf— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) August 19, 2019
So how long can Kirk Cousins dodge Zimmer’s acid tongue?
Kirk Cousins continued to flatter to deceive in Green Bay, his latest no-show for the Vikings
Norv Turner and John DeFillipo were regularly berated for their offensive schemes, both leaving mid-season. Linebacker Anthony Barr was blasted for a lack of effort during a rough second season.
That Barr opted to rejoin the Vikings last March after being offered more money by the New York Jets speaks volumes about the environment Zimmer has created in Minnesota.
But after the season of his life, Case Keenum, the Minneapolis Miracle man who steered the Vikings to within a game of a home Super Bowl appearance, never received Zimmer’s public backing.
Keenum’s contract expired in March 2018 and Zimmer was asked if the Vikings would re-sign him. He snarled: ‘Is he the guy that played for the Rams or is he the guy that played for us?’
Zimmer may have been justified in letting Keenum go: he has since gone 6-12 in spells at Denver and Washington. But his replacement Cousins - his $84million guaranteed replacement Cousins - has gone 9-8-1. And that’s on a far superior team.
Cousins, whose lamentable record in big games continued in the 21-16 defeat in Green Bay, once again showed all the hallmarks of his career.
Mike Zimmer has so far steered away from being critical of Cousins, but how long will that last?
He is now 5-26 against teams with a winning record, 6-13 in Prime Time and is yet to conjure a game-winning drive for the Vikings.
And then there are the turnovers. After overcoming a 21-0 deficit, the Vikings scored 16 unanswered points at a febrile Lambeau Field, mostly thanks to