It has been a rough couple years for Mike Zimmer. The veteran coach couldn’t get his defense to accomplish over these past few seasons, largely contributing to his team’s incapacity to get into the playoffs. Since staying fired, there has been all types of criticism from former players. Just lately, Paul Krause also articulated some Zim criticism.
Krause notes that he attempted to supply some wisdom to the Minnesota HC:
Basically, the very last pair decades the Vikings protection acquired defeat deep. And very a number of moments. I told Zimmer, I states, ‘you acquired the ideal solid security in football (Harrison Smith), go away him there and let him enjoy sturdy security and then locate any person that can’t get defeat deep.’
Krause is definitely onto anything. Finding roasted deep is a recipe for catastrophe for any protection, and there ended up several situations when the secondary couldn’t corral deep threats.
In fairness, it’s entirely plausible that Zim was inquiring for greater personnel on protection but was not getting it. There was obviously a disconnect among mentor and GM. However, Zimmer really should have been able to create a far better secondary, specifically considering the fact that it’s his location of knowledge. In other words, Paul Krause is suitable when he attracts consideration to the defense’s concerns.
The Hall-of-Fame basic safety then notes that Zimmer “being a defensive guru does not do everything for me” and that he’d have welcomed the chance to share his know-how: “I’d like to speak to him since I’ll tell you a thing, I was out there performing it and none of these guys have not finished it.”
Paul Krause performed in the NFL for 16 seasons, 12 of which came in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. He completed his profession with a amazing 81 interceptions. He received a dozen as a rookie for Washington in 1964. He received to 10 interceptions with the Vikings in 1975.
Harrison Smith, Camryn Bynum, and Lewis Cine form an spectacular team of safeties. If the latter two come anywhere shut to Krause, they’ll have experienced remarkable success. Smith, meanwhile, has distinguished himself as the ideal security of his era. He’ll be remembered together with Krause as one of the franchise’s good gamers.