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Notes: Everson Griffen is still fired up

Zimmer thought he had a good relationship with his former good player.

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Earlier in the week, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer tried to compliment Everson Griffen by saying the defensive end was a “good player” in his ten years with the team. The new member of the Detroit Lions defensive front was displeased by the unenthusiastic phrasing of his former coach’s praise. On Friday, Andrew Krammer from the Star Tribune got back to the man in charge of the Vikings to find out what was going on:

Other NFL athletes who Mike Zimmer has considered to be “good players” when asked:

Linebacker Markus Golden on the Giants, in 2019.

Injured guard Pat Elflein, who the Vikings drafted in the third round in 2017.

Linebacker Anthony Barr on the Vikings, in 2018.

Safety Harrison Smith on the Vikings, in 2016.

It’s pretty clear that Zimmer meant well and “good player” is simply a stock phrase he uses for pretty much anyone he wants to compliment, even for obviously superior players like Harrison Smith. The comment unfortunately only managed to crank the motivation dial to 11 for Griffen.

While we don’t yet know whether Griffen will be annihilating opponents on the level of Khalil Mack as a member of the Lions defense, this whole sequence has added a fun new storyline to be interested in. So, thank you coach Zimmer for your “good” relationship with a “good” player; anything to spice up the rest of this season is much appreciated.

Now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • Justin Rogers at the Detroit News wrote about backup quarterback Chase Daniel’s crazy week preparing for the Vikings with starter Matthew Stafford at home away from the team facility.

  • Solid work being done here by the people at the Detroit Lions Podcast - continuing through to Saturday morning:

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