Tony Sparano's death sent Vikings into 'downward spiral'

Jan 09, 2019 254

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer remembered his friend, the team’s late offensive line coach Tony Sparano, at Thursday’s news conference. Near the start of Mike Zimmer's season-ending news conference Thursday, he was asked about the Vikings' identity problems on offense when he referenced the late Tony Sparano.

"Quite honestly, the death of Tony Sparano really kind of threw things into a little bit of a downward spiral," Zimmer said. "Only because the fact this guy was a type-A personality. He was very innovative in the running game and had a strong voice in that room and a strong voice with me. Yeah, I do feel like we lost a bit of our identity. We're going to get that back."

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