Even as head coach, Vikings' Zimmer still a hands-on teacher

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The public got to know Mike Zimmer as the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator when the team was portrayed on HBO's "Hard Knocks." The way he demanded more from his team with a red-faced, profanity-laced tirade in one episode became Zimmer's persona. To those who only knew him from snippets on "Hard Knocks," Zimmer was a tough, fiery coach. In some ways...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Cut Roster Down to 53

Released: DT-Fred Evans, TE-Allen Reisner, RB-Joe Banyard, G-Jeff Baca, TE-Chase Ford, S-Kurt Coleman, WR-Kain Colter, S-Chris Crocker, DT-Isame Faciane,, WR-Donte Foster, LB-Justin Jackson, CB-Kendall James, C-Zac Kerin, CB-Julian Posey, T-Mike Remmers, DE-Justin Trattou, RB-Dominique Williams, LB-Mike Zimmer, DT-Chase Baker
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Evans, Crocker, Coleman among 19 released by Vikings

The continued transition on defense for new coach Mike Zimmer was evident as the Minnesota Vikings reached the 53-man roster limit on Saturday afternoon. Defensive tackle Fred Evans, who has been with Minnesota since 2007, was released along with 18 other players to get to the regular-season roster limit. The Vikings likely will look to continue to tweak the bottom of the roster...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Crocker, Coleman, Evans among Vikings cuts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have cut veteran safeties Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman and placed Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, leaving them thin at safety as the season opener approaches. The Vikings announced their final cuts Saturday night to get down to the 53-man roster limit. Sanford has spent five seasons with the Vikings and was a starter for the previous...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings still searching for second starter at safety

MANKATO, Minn. --€“ Facing the end of training camp, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer still has unanswered questions about his new team. Near the top of the to-do list is finding a second starting safety to play alongside Harrison Smith. That puzzling question will be a focal point this week as Minnesota plays its second preseason game at home against the Arizona Cardinals....
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Safety valve: Vikings turn to veteran Crocker

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Health problems have piled up in recent weeks for the Minnesota Vikings at strong safety, already one of the iffiest positions on their roster. Harrison Smith has the free safety spot in good hands, but a host of others lacking a standout have been competing to be the starter next to him. Then the Vikings signed Chris Crocker, and the outlook cleared up a bit...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Transformation for Minnesota Vikings defensive backfield continues

One of the biggest problems for the Minnesota Vikings last season was defending against the pass. They allowed more passing touchdowns than any other NFL team and only the Cowboys gave up more yards per game. With an eye on turning that around, head coach Mike Zimmer has aggressively been remaking the Vikings’ defensive backfield. Free agent cornerbacks Derek Cox and Captain Munnerlyn...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Strengthen Secondary, Depth On Defense

The Minnesota Vikings put much of their focus into improving their new-look defense over the offseason. Despite losing valuable All-Pro leadership with the departures of Jared Allen (now in Chicago) and Kevin Williams (now in Seattle), Minnesota managed to overhaul its front seven with the additions of ex-Bears DE Corey Wooton and former Giants DT Linval Joseph via free agency and...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Zimmer, Crocker pleased to reunite with Vikings

MANKATO, Minn. --€“ Chris Crocker was finishing a workout on Sunday when he received the phone call to join the Minnesota Vikings. Crocker, a free agent after playing in 12 games last season with the Cincinnati Bengals, was keeping himself in shape and spending time with his family. The call to continue his NFL career wasn't much of a surprise. In actuality, Crocker probably expected...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings sign DB Crocker, activate Sendejo off PUP list

MANKATO, Minn. -- The competition for the starting safety spot next to Harrison Smith in the Minnesota Vikings defense took an interesting turn on Monday. Minnesota signed veteran defensive back Chris Crocker on Monday and released defensive end Rakim Cox. Crocker played the past six years for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati and also was with Zimmer in Atlanta in 2007. Crocker...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Sign Safety Chris Crocker

Proving the Vikings are still unsettled at the safety position opposite Harrison Smith, Minnesota has signed 34 year old Chris Crocker. Crocker played 6 seasons for the Bengals and will bring a familiarity to Coach Zimmers defense. During Crocker/Zimmers time together the safety has managed to start 70 games, so Zimmer knows what he his getting in the seasoned veteran. Crocker has...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Sign S Chris Crocker & Waive DE Rakim Cox

  The Vikings announced Monday that they have signed S Chris Crocker and placed DE Rakim Cox on waivers. Crocker, 34, spent a number of years with new Vikings HC Mike Zimmer while in Cincinnati, so it’s not surprising to see them bring him in given that they could use some depth at safety. The offseason wasn’t all that kind to Crocker as he hadn’t found any reported...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals add some depth to their secondary

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bengals just added some depth to their secondary. The #Bengals are finalizing a one-year deal with safety Danieal Manning, source said. Back with former #Texans DBs coach Vance Joseph — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2014 Manning was released by the Houston Texans earlier this week after missing ten games with a broken leg last...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Card Catch up Chargers and Bengals

Afternoon Kids. Last of the Wild Card games with the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers. Game is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati has deferred and will kick off, Chargers to start on the 20 yard line. Andy Dalton directing the offense for the Bengals. Philip Rivers for the Chargers **FIRST QUARTER** Chargers 1st series – Phil is  sacked by Chris Crocker of...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to know after Bengals beat Ravens 34-17

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The preliminaries are over for the AFC North champions. The Bengals know their season will be judged almost entirely on what happens in the next game. Fair enough. Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and set a couple of club passing records Sunday in a 34-17 victory that eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things to know after Bengals beat Ravens 34-17

The preliminaries are over for the AFC North champions. The Bengals know their season will be judged almost entirely on what happens in the next game. Fair enough. Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and set a couple of club passing records Sunday in a 34-17 victory that eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals (11-5) have been...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Bengals' title means they've finally made it

More than just a home playoff game. More than some commemorative shirt or cap. The AFC North championship is especially gratifying to a Bengals team that has spent years trying to catch up. Now Baltimore and Pittsburgh and Cleveland are trying to catch them. The Bengals (10-5) clinched their first division title in four years on Sunday. A 42-14 win over Minnesota, combined with...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Gary Payton parodies Chris Crocker in “Leave Kobe Alone” rant

In case you didn’t know already, former Seattle Supersonics star Gary Payton is a lead analyst on Fox Sports Live and yesterday, he decided to put together his most notable moment on the show. In a segment called “Glove Actually”, he decided to pull a Chris Crocker and asked people to leave Kobe Bryant alone for re-signing with the Lakers for approximately 48 million dollars...
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November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Bengals' offense has problems getting started

During a bye week that gave them a chance to sit back and take stock of their shortcomings, the Bengals quickly hit upon the one thing troubling them the most. Somebody needs to wake up their offense before halftime. The Bengals (7-4) have needed big comebacks in each of the last three games, two of them ending in overtime losses. Their offense does next to nothing in the first...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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