EAGAN, Minn. – Good is the great enemy in the world of Everson Griffen.
The new defensive finish has been made for the Detroit Lions exception when his former coach Mike Zimmer called him a “good player” ahead of Minnesota Vikings’ Week 9 confrontation with their NFC North rival.
When asked about Griffen’s return to Minnesota after he spent 10 seasons with Vikings, Zimmer said, “Everson is a good player for us. I wish him well, just not this week.”
The Pro Bowl’s defensive finish seems to be disregarding Zimmer’s remarks for not noting the contributions he has made to Vikings during their six seasons together (2014-19).
“This is the best I̵7;ve felt in a long time, and I was a bit disappointed when I read that comment when Zimmer said,” Oh, Everson is a good player, “Griffen said. “Like, coach Zimmer was not a good coach, he was a great coach for me, so the fact that he called me a good player it hurt me. .
“On Sunday I’m really looking forward to playing with the Viking team and showing them that I’m a great player. I’m excited, ready to play, my mental health is strong, my physical health is strong. I’m strong, my mind is strong, and I’m ready to go out there and dominate. I’m ready to create, adapt and go out there and win. “
Griffen has been named for the Pro Bowl for four seasons in Minnesota (2015-17 and 2019) and is fourth in franchise history with 74.5. The 32-year-old opted out of his deal with Vikings after the 2019 season and became a free agent in March. While the coronavirus pandemic limited Griffen’s activity in the free agency, the defensive ending finally signed with the Dallas Cowboys in August, where he spent the first seven weeks of the season before being moved in. Detroit to be selected for the round six conditional draft in 2021.
Griffen then noted on Twitter that he expected more from Zimmer after he “dedicates everything to that team.”
“I miss the boys,” he said. “I miss Harrison (Smith), I miss Anthony (Barr), I miss EK (Eric Kendricks), I miss Zimmer. So when Zimmer talks about that – I’m a good player – okay we will.” See who’s the best player on Sunday. That’s what I have for him. “
During his nearly 10-minute Zoom call with reporters on Thursday, Griffen repeatedly consulted “good player’s” comments, often not careful. The Vikings tried to clear the defense to return this season with a reduced salary but lost in the sweepstakes draw against Dallas.
“They will respect my name,” said Griffen. “He will respect my name, that’s all I’m saying, like he’s not a good coach to me, he’s a great coach. He helped me out. progress, help me develop.I never speak badly about people, so let him call me a good player, okay, I got something for him on Sunday. “
Griffen arrived in Detroit at a time when the Lions were on a fragile defense. When asked about his thoughts on the Lions scheme, Griffen drew some comparisons to the defense he played from 2010 to 2019.
“How detailed they were here was directed, it reminded me of Coach Zimmer, his great defense we had,” Griffen said. “They’re very detailed oriented here, they’ll give the timing, they’ll be in detail, they want to win, they’ll have all the additional trends for you, they’ll make sure you’re on the right track. direction, they will approach too much like every coach does.
“But you have to enjoy the overtraining, they just want to help you better. But, yes, they’re doing everything right here. I love the system, I love the coaches, I love the players. I’m so excited here I’ll be very happy on Sunday I’m going to go out and become a great player, I’m going to go out and dominate and do it Because I’m just a good player? OK. “