Twenty-five minutes of the final practice of training camp was all Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer needed to see before he pulled the team off the field.
No, Zimmer didn't end the session early because he was pleased. He pulled the plug on practice because he was angry.
According to ESPN, Zimmer hated "everything" about his players' approach to the final day of work in Mankato and punished them by making every player run a lap before berating them in a team meeting on the field.
"They'd better get better quick, or there's going to be a lot of heck going on," Zimmer said, while adding that he'll "lean on my size 10s" to get the team back into gear.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today tweeted the
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It was the maddest Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press has ever seen Zimmer, he tweeted, and it was one of the five angriest versions of Zimmer veteran defensive back Captain Munnerlyn has seen.
Pro Football Talk notes that Matt Asiata was one of many players who vowed to show their support for Zimmer, whose father died Tuesday at the age of 84, by bringing a spirited effort to the practice field. That, per Zimmer's standards, wasn't the case.
Zimmer will coach the Vikings-Buccaneers game Saturday night but will miss Monday's practice at Winter Park in Eden Prairie to be at his father's funeral. He's expected to return to the team on Tuesday.