In this week’s installment of Opposition Research, we talked to the (Minnesota) Star Tribune’s Mark Craig. We discussed Sam Bradford’s return to Philadelphia, a key matchup and who will win, among several other topics. Read more »
Sam Bradford spent nearly nine months with Doug Pederson as his head coach learning the playbook and even longer with his teammates learning their tendencies, but that time won’t give Minnesota a notable advantage in Philadelphia this week, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say we asked him stuff, but honestly, I think that stuff’s all overrated. People have left stuff in locker rooms when they’ve played us before and I’ve looked at it and I can’t even decipher it,” Zimmer said. “He wasn’t there all that long [under Pederson]. I just think you go off the tape and you go do the best you can.” Read more »
Howie Roseman surfaced briefly Wednesday to talk about the coaching search.
No, he did not tip his hand, but did speak in generic terms to the team’s website about the process, which is now in its second week.
Is this taking longer than anticipated? “Jeffrey has been very adamant with us that the key is getting the right guy,” said Roseman. “The key isn’t getting the right guy as quickly as possible. So that’s what we’re going to do.”
What do you talk about in a meeting that lasts upwards of nine hours? “Everything. Every aspect of the organization,” said Roseman. “It’s how they run meetings, it’s how they run training camp, what they’re looking for in players, what they’re looking for in coaches. Getting an overall picture. Being a head coach in the National Football League is a big job, and you’re a CEO, so you have to have a plan and know what you’re doing in every area. You would be surprised at how detailed these people are, when it comes to strength and conditioning or training staff or equipment or video, they have the answers. It’s very interesting to hear.”
What kind of feedback are you getting about the Eagles? “They know we have a great owner who is going to give us as many resources as possible to make sure we succeed. They know that we have just supported a coach for 14 years so we are built that way,” said Roseman. “All they have to do is call Andy Reid to know that’s he we do it. We’ve developed a family here.”
Many (including some Eagles fans) have been waiting for Mike Zimmer‘s name to emerge as a candidate for one of the openings around the league. Finally, it has.
Browns are bringing in Bengals DC Mike Zimmer for an interview later today for their head coach opening.Really like this fit for them.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 9, 2013
Chargers have expressed interest in Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. No interview set yet.
— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) January 9, 2013
The Eagles and Browns have shown similar taste when it comes to candidates so far. As of Wednesday morning, though, I did not get the sense that Zimmer was in the Eagles’ immediate plans. Jay Gruden is the only Bengals assistant they are publicly tied to at the moment. The Bengals had the sixth-ranked defense in the NFL this season under the guidance of the 56-year-old Zimmer. In the second half of 2012, Cincinnati allowed just 12.8 points per game.
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