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Updated: July 31st, 2014 6:25pm
NFL Network in a video offers peek at Mike Zimmer's coaching style

NFL Network in a video offers peek at Mike Zimmer's coaching style

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The second episode of 1500 ESPN’s Purple Podcast with Andrew Krammer, Derek Wetmore, Judd Zulgad and Phil Mackey. It includes an Adam Thielen interview, including telling him that he’s the early leader in the clubhouse for #MrMankato. He’s got a decent shot to earn a spot on the Vikings roster as a wide receiver and special teams player, after spending time on the practice squad last season. He played college in Mankato and now is hoping to earn his stripes in training camp on the same fields. --- Before the interview, Andrew was asked about his observations during practices and walk-throughs: How is the linebacker situation playing out? Is Chad Greenway really in consideration for the middle linebacker position? Or is he a better candidate for the weakside? How will Jasper Brinkley fit? Is he the starting MLB? How does Anthony Barr fit and what do you envision will be his role? --- We’ve seen a strange package with Harrison Smith this weekend at practice—what do you read into that? How does Everson Griffen fit in? An observation about Griffen going head-to-head with Matt Kalil. --- Norv Turner on Saturday brought up Matt Asiata as one of the most impressive players he’s seen in the early part of camp. Should we read into that? What do the coaches think of Jerick McKinnon? How will he fit on the team?
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by Derek Wetmore

Heads up. Out-of-context quote coming at ya.

"A**holes and elbows, that's what I want to see!" Mike Zimmer shouted during Vikings training camp at Winter Park.

That's one of the lines in the video posted on the Vikings website following the head coach with a microphone as he coaches his players.

Follow this link for the video.

Another interesting quote to Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway: "I'd hate for my expectations to be higher than yours," Zimmer said to Greenway. "[We] just want to look at you [at middle linebacker]. The more you can do, the longer you can stay, right?"

This week Zimmer said Greenway will stop playing the middle for now, but he said that's to get a look at other players. So for what it's worth, this isn't a conversation that began or ended with training camp.

My personal favorite quote from the video? 

"We got any corners that can cover? I can find a cover-2 corner anywhere, I'm tellin' ya. We [can] go down to 7-Eleven in Bloomington and get one," Zimmer said.

Quick fact-check. I grew up in Bloomington and can confirm that there are in fact no 7-Elevens in the city. A Sonic drive-thru opened recently on American Boulevard in Bloomington, but I'm not sure you could find cover-2 corners there. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
In this story: Chad Greenway