Dan Bailey Decision Makes Mike Zimmer Look Weak

Larry Rupp
Mike Zimmer's decision regarding Dan Bailey makes him look weak as a head coach.
Mike Zimmer's decision regarding Dan Bailey makes him look weak as a head coach. / Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Being a kicker in the NFL is no easy job. However, it is expected of those players to be consistent and make kicks when it matters. That is not what Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey has done lately, but head coach Mike Zimmer is sticking with him.

Bailey struggled just about as much as a kicker can on Sunday, missing three field goals and an extra point attempt in a 26-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In total, he has missed seven kicks over the past two weeks putting his team in really tough positions.

Zimmer remains high on the veteran and repeatedly stated how much he appreciates Bailey's approach to the game of football. The team released their practice squad kicker this week, which leaves Bailey as the only kicker left on the entire roster. Barring something drastically changing, he will have a chance to turn things around in Week 15.

Ultimately, this decision does not make Zimmer look very competent. In fact, it makes him look rather weak. Would a player at another position struggling that much be granted the same treatment? Zimmer needed to at least bring in some competition and make Bailey feel the pressure since the Vikings are fighting to stay alive in the NFC Playoff race. Instead, he didn't really do anything.

Bailey has proven he can be a reliable kicker as he hit 93.1% of his field goals last season, but he can't keep getting away with subpar performances. Zimmer is an old school coach, but it will be very interesting to see what he does next week if Bailey continues to cost the team points.

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