Talk about being ruthlessly honest.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer responded wildly when asked about rookie midfielder Kellen Mond after he was knocked out of the Minnesota Playoffs on Sunday after losing 37-10 to the Packers.
Asked if he would like to see Mond in next season’s final against the Bears next week, Zimmer replied “not particularly”.
And when another reporter asked why, he didn’t want to see Mond at 18 weeks, Zimmer said, “I see him every day.”
Whether Zimmer spoke in a playful tone or he wasn’t really interested in playing Mond – it’s unclear who the Vikings chose in the 2021 NFL Draft with the 66th overall pick from Texas A&M.
When Mond had a cramp in Mannion’s arm in the fourth quarter on Sunday, the starter replaced Sean Mannion for a short time – and went 2 to 3 for five yards.
He almost stopped one of the other Vikings three-and-out, and the next series was replaced by Mannion.
Mannion started to replace Kirk Cousins, who missed the game after a positive test for COVID-19. He struggled, finishing 22 of 36 for 189 yards and scoring.
Zimmer could have been upset by Sunday’s defeat, which meant the Vikings couldn’t make it to the post-season for the third time in four years.
Asked if the cousins would start if he cleared the COVID protocols, the coach said he “didn’t want to talk about next week.”
Mond did not explicitly respond to Zimmer’s comments.
Once the season officially ends, it is clear that the Vikings will face some changes in their roster.