Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Hoping His Eye Issues are in the Past

We’ve already seen around the NFL one coach this past offseason retire due to reported health issues, that being Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who left the team after the 2016 season and has been replaced by Vance Joseph.

The Minnesota Vikings could be in a similar situation at some point in the near future with their head coach, Mike Zimmer, who has sadly had issue after issue with his right eye dating back to last season when he had have surgery on his eye.

The situation with Zimmer has reached a somewhat critical point, having had now a reported eight surgeries on the eye. If you want to Play Real Money Casino on a situation like that, it’s a safe bet that Zimmer’s eye issue needs to get fully corrected in order for the Vikings to avoid distractions to make a run this season.

There is a silver lining recently regarding Zimmer, that being that he’s stated that no matter what he is going to try to continue coaching through the numerous issues with his eye.

“I’ll be back shortly,” Zimmer told reporters, per Jon Krawczynski of the AP. “One eye or two, it doesn’t matter. I’ll be back. We can put that retiring thing to bed quickly.

“I don’t want to go blind in this eye. If that’s what it is, that’s what it is. This will not keep me from coaching.”

Conor Orr of NFL.com stated Sunday that Zimmer will be back in Minnesota next weekend, and hopes to start coaching soon after, which is a huge positive for the Vikings as they get set to challenge in 2017.

Zimmer chatted with the assembled press on Friday , and stated that he has a doctor’s appointment on June 5th, and it’s at that appointment where he hopes to receive a clean bill of health, per the Star Tribune.

Zimmer did recently have the eighth surgery on his damaged right eye, which began troubling him in late October and forced him to miss a game in early December. The coach is currently on a brief leave of absence from the club.

It was last week that ESPN reporter Ben Goessling stated that the latest surgery featured doctors removing an “oil bubble” from the damaged eye to replace it with a “gas bubble.”

It’s part of an ongoing effort to stabilize his eyesight after suffering a detached retina last year, which is when he had the surgery that forced him to miss a game in December.

The Vikings have plenty of questions about this season, and having the stability of Zimmer in control is going to be a key for them to make a push at the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the NFC North.

With the quarterback position in question with the ongoing health issues of Teddy Bridgewater, and also the team looking to re-establish the running back spot with now one their great running backs in Adrian Peterson in New Orleans, it would sure be nice for Zimmer to have a fully clean bill of health and be back on the sidelines for the entire 2017 season.

Zimmer is 26-22 in three seasons as head coach of the Vikings, and last season the team was 8-8, despite not having their starting quarterback for the entire season, and having to go out Sam Bradford before the start of the season from the Philadelphia Eagles.

There is no doubt the Vikings are a better team with him than without him, and the coach can have a clean bill of health and not have to worry about that eye for the entire season, it will be a huge boost to the players, coaching staff and entire organization as well as for Zimmer to not have to worry about having to leave the team like he did in 2016.

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