After the Vikings’ loss to the Cowboys, Adam Thielen says, “You Shouldn’t Be a Coach.”
Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings has had enough.
The devoted Minnesotan is sick of settling for mediocrity. Thielen did not mince words after what was undoubtedly one of the worst-managed games in Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s tenure.
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‘You Shouldn’t Be a Coach,’ says the author.
Following the Vikings’ 20-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Thielen was asked about the team’s displeasure with not reaching its full potential this season.
For context, here’s the whole question and answer:
Q: Is it just a lot of frustration, Adam? You certainly have talent all over the field. This squad has the potential to accomplish more.
Thielen: Yeah, if you’re not frustrated, something’s wrong with you, and you shouldn’t be on this squad. If you’re not frustrated, you shouldn’t be a coach. We want to succeed. We want to make an attempt. We put in the effort week after week, every day at practice, and we have the guys on this team, the quality ones, the good football players, to do it. So there’s something wrong if you’re not frustrated. We must find a solution.
Thielen’s use of a “coach” has sparked debate about whether it’s a direct criticism on Zimmer, who has the last word on many of the game’s most pivotal moments, or a larger generalization across the entire squad.
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Mike Zimmer Retaliates
In his postgame press conference, Zimmer was asked how he handled Thielen’s statement by a member of the media.
“I think we need some time to think about it and figure out what we need to do next,” Zimmer said. “It was a heartbreaking loss tonight.” There was a good turnout. It was deafening. It’s a primetime game at home. We had plenty of chances to win that football game, but we didn’t take advantage of them.”
Despite the rising pressure on this squad to make the playoffs and his job security, Zimmer remained rather composed in the press conference… Nokia News – Quick Recap