Mike Zimmer says Linval Joseph ‘has a chance to be really, really dominant in a lot of areas’

Mike Zimmer says Linval Joseph ‘has a chance to be really, really dominant in a lot of areas’

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is an expert when it comes to defensive linemen, as he’s develop some of the leagues most talented while serving as defensive coordinator for the Bengals before taking over in the Twin City.

Now he’s doing the same thing with the emergence of defensive end Everson Griffin and upstart tackle Linval Joseph.

“I really believe that this guy has a chance to be really, really dominant in a lot of areas,” Zimmer said, via ESPN.com.

“The one area that we’re trying to get him to use his ability more is in the pass rush. There’s times when he shows it, and there’s times where he wants to just hunker down. He loves playing the run, but if he could ever develop that mentality of when it’s time to pass rush, I think he could go to the next level.”

“He’s getting a lot of help, too, from the two ends and B-Rob [Brian Robison],” Zimmer said. “We’re giving him some opportunities to collapse the pocket so that’s helped. I understand guys have sack totals and things like that, but at the end of the day a lot of these are team sacks.”

“He’s a powerful guy,” Zimmer said. “He’s starting to understand a lot more on the pass rush.”