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Vikings vs Rams: 16 quotes from head coach Mike Zimmer

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How has Sam Bradford's injury changed your game plan?

The offense is still pretty much the same. Obviously, the quarterback is a little bit different. We anticipate some different things, so we will be working on those. As far as the running game and the things that they do, I don't think that is going to change much.

What has Matt Cassel been like to you, is he an anointed leader because he's the quarterback?

It's hard to anoint people to be leaders. Matt is pretty outgoing, pretty talkative anyway. He's usually the one that kind of takes charge in there. He has good leadership qualities, anyway. I think he's tried to take on that role.

What did you see in Robert Blanton to give him the starting spot?

He probably made less mistakes than anybody. He's got some cover skills. All of those safeties, we probably didn't see them enough because of the injuries or whatever. Robert is a good kid, a smart kid. We'll see how he does, hopefully he'll do well.

What about from Jasper Brinkley?

Jasper's a little bit more of a thumper in the running game. I think this week, they've got a good running game. I think their offensive line does a nice job in run blocking, I think it will be a good match for him.

Is Audie Cole a guy you can use at linebacker in different situations?

Oh yeah, definitely. Just because these guys aren't starting, doesn't mean they won't be playing some packages that we have in the game. We just have to put 11 out there to start with. Audie (Cole) has made a lot of plays, he's doing a lot of different jobs. Sometimes special teams come into play on these decisions, too.

Where is Cordarrelle Patterson compared to when you first got here?

When I first came here he was good. I had heard things about last year, but he's been the same guy since I've been here. He works hard, catches the ball, wants to be good, same personality. Nothing's different for me from when I've been here.

Tavon Austin has a deferent build, but similar skill set, how do you defend guys like that?

There's a lot of different ways. Sometimes you cheat the zone to him, sometimes you double cover him, sometimes you play somebody over the top of them and be physical at the line of scrimmage. I'm not going to tell you how we are going to defend him.

Have you seen any correlation between preseason success and the regular season from your previous teams?

I know a long, long time ago when I was in Dallas, we wanted to win the first half all of the time and usually we did and we were pretty good. I don't know if it makes a lot of correlation, to me, again, it's more about how we've performed. Are the guys trying to use the technique that we play, are the guys using the fundamentals, are we in the right place, are we creating penalties, are we turning the ball over. If we're a sloppy football team, I have not seen that in the preseason. The only thing that I have to judge, I know the score is up there, but in the preseason it's more about are we doing things right, are we playing real hard, are we playing smart and I think to this point we've done that. Every week is different in the NFL, every one of the 16 weeks just hopefully you continue to do those things. If you do those things you always have a chance to win.

Q: Have you decided on captains?

We will have weekly captains.

How different does it feel going into Week 1 as the head coach versus a coordinator?

A: Not much, really. Football is football. The administrative stuff is obviously different. Thinking about the 46-man gameday roster, the communication with the referees, those things are all different. The football part I've been doing a long time.

Is it difficult to answer for everything that goes on with your team?

I've always been very media friendly, I think. I've always tried to be approachable to everything. Being in Dallas, especially, the media is there all of the time, in Cincinnati, I think had a good relationship with all of those people. I would rather be doing football things than talking to you all, but it's just part of the deal.

You mentioned it's a one week deal with starters, is that different with the quarterback position?

That's a good question and that's something you have to consider…I know the fans are excited about Teddy (Bridgewater), I'm excited about Teddy, but we have to do what's best for the football team at this point in time and what's best for the future. I'm always trying to think about, and as you know, coach's futures aren't necessarily very long. I'm always trying to think between the now and the future and what's best for this organization as we go down the road.

What stands out to you about the Rams defense?

Gregg Williams does a great job, number one. They play with great effort, they run around, they've got great speed. Obviously, their defensive line has four first round picks on it. They can really rush the quarterback, linebackers have good speed and they fly around a lot. The corners have had some success. The speed of what they play is pretty impressive

Does that pass rush on the road make you leave extra help to protect the quarterback?

Being on turf and being on the road, the crowd noise, that always becomes a factor. Again, we'll have some ways that we take care of it.

Matt Cassel has been a starter before, how much more ready is he to be a starter now?

He's gone to two playoffs with two different teams, been to the Pro Bowl, I don't know if he's more ready to be a starter now. I just know that he's had some great years in the NFL for a guy that took over for (Tom) Brady and then when he went to Kansas City. He's been in this situation before. Starting the season, starting the ball game all of those things were factors, too. I have a lot of confidence in Matt and he's going to do the right things. I think we've done a great job of coaching him to do the right things.

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