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Mike Zimmer: Justin Jefferson was “frustrated” when he spoke after Sunday’s loss

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“Hey, we’re all frustrated when we don’t win the game. We all get frustrated. We all say things 10 minutes after the game that we wish we wouldn’t have…. In my opinion, he just wants to win. And part of that is he wants to get the ball if he can. And I don’t think he’s calling out anybody. That’s not the type of person he is.”

But why does someone have to be a certain “Type of person” to speak the truth? Zimmer isn’t afraid to speak him mind.

As to the play calling issues, Jefferson said on Sunday, “I think we should be more aggressive when we get down there , as soon as we get down there. But I’m not the one calling the plays. I’m just here to do my job and do what’s told to me.” Jefferson also said that the Vikings “Came out way too slow” and “Didn’t have the energy [in] the first quarter.”

“I addressed the energy level pregame and tried to make sure they were getting going and ready to go out and play,” Zimmer said Monday, via Tomasson. “We just didn’t start well, but we came back and the energy level got up.”

The fact that Zimmer actually addressed the energy level before the game doesn’t make it any better, because whatever he did didn’t work. Given the tendency of the team to coast when leading late in the game, it’s clear that energy lapses aren’t some new and foreign challenge.

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