From: girona, catalonia...in exile
quote:What is Lame Duck Coach?
ORIGINAL: Bill Jandro
Mike Zimmer on the #Vikings releasing QB Kyle Sloter:
“Well it was basically we felt like Sean Mannion did a nice job in the preseason. Part of its about the quarterback room - about being able to do the things that the backup quarterback needs to do - so that was it.”
Mannion was better at stroking Kirk Cousins (ego) in the QB room?
It came down to keeping Kirk comfy without a back up QB in background that fans were starting to voice their like for. Zimm hated all the questions and media hype Sloter was generating...
No one wants to see Mannion play, no matter how badly Kirk wilts or flames out in big games... Sloter was becoming an annoyance for Zimm and he stopped it all before it became an issue in season... Problem solved Zimms way... - so that was it...
I think there is truth in that Sloter might not have been able to do the small nuances that are very important in the grand scheme.
I also think there is some truth to your theory regarding Zim and the media regarding Sloter.
I will totally buy that Sloter was raw talent and had much to learn and develop as he matured at his position. That is why we invested the money and time we did into him and we all saw in his brief preseason play flashes of what he possessed...
Zimm is a lame duck coach with is entire future tied to where Kirk Cousins can take this team. There was no long term benefits to grooming Sloter for Zimm, only the headache of percieved media and fans clamoring for what a very raw a QB could do in a time where only thing the HC is worried about is getting returns out of Cousins to save his ass...
Sloter was expendable in Zimms system but was that the best move for future of the Vikings as a franchise?
I don't think "lame duck" means what you think it means.
A term used to describe a head coach who is in the last year of their contract, or nearing the end of a season that will likely result in them not being re-signed. Lame duck coaches generally know their tenure is coming to an end and their firing rarely comes as a surprise.
at this point in time, that is not mike zimmer....
the journey...is paradise.