Mike Zimmer doesn’t seem too fond of Kellen Mond


Talk about being brutally honest.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had a savage answer when asked about rookie quarterback Kellen Mond after Minnesota was eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, following a 37-10 loss to the Packers.

When asked if he wants to get a look at Mond in next week’s regular season finale against the Bears, Zimmer was quick to answer, “not particularly.”

And when another reporter asked why, he didn’t want to see Mond in Week 18, Zimmer said, “I see him every day.”

It’s unclear if Zimmer was talking in a playful tone, or if he truly has no interest in playing Mond — who the Vikings selected out of Texas A&M with the 66th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Mond briefly replaced starter Sean Mannion in the fourth quarter Sunday when Mannion suffered cramping in his hand — and went 2 for 3 for five yards.

He almost threw an interception on another Vikings three-and-out, and was replaced by Mannion in the next series.

Mannion started in place of Kirk Cousins, who missed the matchup after testing positive for COVID-19. He struggled, finishing 22 of 36 for 189 yards and a touchdown. 

Zimmer could’ve been frustrated due to Sunday’s loss marking the third time in four years the Vikings have failed to reach the postseason.

The coach said he “didn’t want to talk about next week” when asked if Cousins would start if he cleared COVID protocols. 

Mond, meanwhile, has not publicly responded to Zimmer’s comments.

It’s clear the Vikings may face some roster changes once their season is officially finished.

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