Skip to main content

Praise is mutual between Peyton Manning, Mike Zimmer

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has already offered up compliments for Broncos future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, but Manning is equally aware of Zimmer's impact on the NFL.

According to Ben Goessling of ESPN, Manning said players in the NFL refer to defensive philosophies employed by the Vikings, Bengals, Dolphins and other teams as the "Zimmer defense."

Zimmer is in his second season with the Vikings. The early results of his defense have shown dramatic improvement in the secondary and a scoring defense that ranks third in the league entering Week 4.

Minnesota's run defense ranks 24th in the league, but that's because they let the 49ers and Carlos Hyde gash them for 230 yards in Week 1. They allowed just 38 yards to the Lions and 90 to the Chargers the last two weeks, ESPN notes.

Earlier this week, Zimmer said Manning, despite being 39 years old, doesn't look like he's slowed down at all.

“He’s really tough, he’s really, really tough," Zimmer said, via the Denver Post. "The Hall of Fame quarterbacks are always really tough, it doesn’t matter who it is, but he’s extremely tough to go against, he’s tough to beat, you’ve got to be on top of your game. He’s a great competitor, so it’s a big challenge."

“If you make a mistake, he’s going to find it,” Zimmer added, via

Manning's counterpart, Teddy Bridgewater, compared a game against Manning to a "chess match," the Pioneer Press notes.

Next Up

Blaine VFW video screengrab crop N West Twitter

Authorities now looking into MN lawmaker's report of assault

Video shows Rep. Nolan West being grabbed and pushed out of a public event.

TajPharmaImages WIkimedia Commons ivermectin

COVID treatments: Essentia Health to help test 3 existing meds

The clinical trial includes the much-discussed drug ivermectin.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 3.48.57 PM

Suspect crashes into Minneapolis snow plow, fires shots at plow driver

The plow driver was pulled to the side of the road when the incident happened.

cold Minneapolis

Coldest day of the winter is possible this week in Minnesota

An air temp of -30F isn't out of the question too far from the metro.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

District fires school counselor accused of sexually assaulting student

He's been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct.

Moorhead family

Authorities pinpoint source of CO that killed family of 7

The victims, all members of Hernandez-Pinto family, were found dead in a Moorhead home.

polymet mining

Court issues mixed ruling on PolyMet, orders more analysis on water permit

The court, however, overruled several challenges to the permit.

SPPD Kua person of interest 01-24-2022

Police release images of woman driving stolen Audi that had puppy inside

It's not clear whether she was involved in the vehicle theft.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Fatal hit-and-run driver can avoid prison time with plea deal

He was charged with striking and killing a 56-year-old who was walking her dog.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 11.21.49 AM

Alex Rodriguez: 'I'm not a Packers fan'

He was at Lambeau screaming "Cheese!" and "Let's go!" during the playoff game against the 49ers.