Vikings’ Adam Thielen Addresses Frustration After Cowboys Loss

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Getty Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen spoke out on his frustration with the team's lackluster season so far.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has had it.

The faithful Minnesota native is tired of floundering in mediocrity.

And after arguably one of the most poorly managed games in his stead with his home state Vikings, Thielen did not mince words.

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Thielen: ‘You Shouldn’t Be a Coach If You Aren’t Frustrated’

Following the Vikings’ 20-16 loss on Sunday Night Football to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8, Thielen was asked about the team’s frustration due to not fulfilling its potential this season.

Here’s his response with the question asked verbatim for context:

Q: Is there just high frustration, Adam? You have talent, obviously, all around the field. The potential is there for this group to do more.

Thielen: Yeah, I would say if you aren’t frustrated, there’s something wrong with you and you shouldn’t be on this team. You shouldn’t be a coach if you aren’t frustrated. We want to win. We want to put in the effort. We do put the effort in week-to-week, every single day at practice, we have the guys, the quality guys, the good football players on this team to do it. So if you’re not frustrated there’s something wrong. We have to find a way.

There has been speculation surrounding the target of Thielen’s mention of a “coach” and whether it’s a direct attack on Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has been relatively calm in his postgame press conferences after developing a reputation as a surly interviewee. However, Thielen’s comments could be a broader generalization across the entire team.
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Zimmer Responds

A media member shared Thielen’s statement with Zimmer in his postgame press conference, asking how to handle that frustration.

“I think there needs to be some time to think about it, kind of figure out what we need to do from here,” Zimmer said. “This was a tough loss tonight. We had a good crowd. It was loud. Home primetime game. We had plenty of opportunities to win that football game and we didn’t do it.”

Zimmer appeared relatively poised in the press conference despite the mounting pressure for this team to make the playoffs and his job security in question.

While many of the Vikings’ poor decisions on Sunday could be passed down the line, there was one instance Zimmer had to own. Zimmer tried to call back-to-back timeouts that led to a delay of game penalty late in the fourth quarter. The penalty turned a third-and-16 into a third-and-11 that the Cowboys converted. They later scored the game-winning touchdown on that same drive.

“I screwed up,” Zimmer said. “I forgot that I called one. I knew the play that they were running, it was really the same play they hit down the middle against us for a long touchdown. And somebody said, ‘Call timeout,’ and I did. The official wasn’t supposed to grant it. It’s not his fault.”

Star Tribune sports journalist Jim Souhan wrote following Week 8 that whether Zimmer is fired or not, the team will “limp through the rest of the season,” adding that “it is an indictment of his coaching staff” — built on “nepotism” rather than talent, Souhan argued — “that there is no in-house replacement who would bring a measure of hope.”
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Joseph Murphy
Joseph Murphy
29 days ago

I can appreciate Adam’s hard work. Small school, college free agent, practice squad player. Adam has worked his ass off his entire career to be where he’s at now. And he expects ever player to work as hard as he does.
And every player expects the same level of commitment out of the coaches. Making the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff a family affair maybe to much. The OC/DC are Kubiak and Zimmers kids. Zimmer kid has failed. Zimmer has lost control of the team. Right now the Viking players are playing for themselves to get good play on tape for other teams or to keep there job in Minnesota. It’s time Minnesota went and got either Byron Leftwitch or Todd Bowels. Both from Tampa Bay.
Minnesota owners need to fire Zimmer now. And regardless of the win loss record of the interim head coach he has to go at the end of the year. And go
Get one of Tampa’s coordinators.

Last edited 29 days ago by Joseph Murphy
John Ryder
John Ryder
1 month ago

a COACH WHO MAKE SO SIMPLE MISTAKES SHOULD NEVER BE A Coach , in the NFL ,THE VIKINGS ARE CONSTANTLY MAKING EXCUSE AFTER EXCUSE ,CUISONS IS CRAP UNDER PRESSURE HUGE DOWNFALL ,ZERO SCRAMBLE NATURAL TALENT ,THIS TEAM IS HORRIBLE DEFENSIVE BACKS TOO THEY NEVER LOOK BACK AND INTERCEPT WHEN ITS AVAILABE DURING EVERY PASS ,THEY NEED TO PRACTISE LOOKING BACK AND GOING FOR PICKS THESE CLOWNS DONT EVEN PRATISE THIS ITS OBVIOUS DUE TO GAME DAY ALL U SEE IS THE BACK OF THERE HELMET ALL DAY LONG

Christopher Ford
Christopher Ford
1 month ago

This team went to waste the moment they chose Kirk Cousins over Stephon Diggs. I mean has anyone seen what Buffalo is doing all thanks to Minnesota?!? 😂😂. And then if you’re gonna get rid of a WR get rid of Thelien not Diggs. But Kirk has to go or he’s gonna continue ruining the Minnesota Vikings and that’s the absolute TRUTH.

Joseph Murphy
Joseph Murphy
29 days ago

The QB isn’t the problem. Kirk’s playing really good football.
Want to place the blame put it where it belongs.
Head coach not leading the team. Players not responding.
Offense and Defense of coordinators are lost. They are being out coached. Because they are very predictable and plain.
Diggs or Thelien? Adam Thelien
everyday. One of the reasons Diggs is doing so well is he is on a lot better team. If it wasn’t for Kirk and Adam Delvin the Vikings would be fighting with Detroit.

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