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Mike Zimmer won’t be watching scoreboard during Vikings game

The Minnesota Vikings can still clinch a spot in the postseason even with a loss to the Chicago Bears at home Sunday, but don’t expect Mike Zimmer to being paying attention to anything occurring outside of U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings control their own destiny, as a victory Sunday slots them in the NFC playoff picture as a wild card. A Philadelphia Eagles’ loss or tie against the Washington Redskins would also punch Minnesota’s postseason ticket.

Both games are scheduled in the late-afternoon slot of Sunday’s NFL action, so the potential is there for some scoreboard-watching at the Vikings’ home stadium to monitor what’s playing out in at FedExField. (It merits noting the Bears have some interest in the Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco 49ers showdown due to playoff-seeding purposes as well.)

It just won’t be Zimmer doing it, though.

“I don’t care. What they show on the scoreboard is up to the scoreboard people,” Zimmer said Thursday, via the Star Tribune. “I don’t get into all that. [General Manager] Rick [Spielman] and I have talked about those things, but they ask me, ‘Is it OK if we have the doors open this week?’ I don’t care. Let’s just go play football.”

Zimmer is as old-school as NFL coaches come, and his somewhat surly-comments about scoreboard-watching is not the first time he’s showcased some grouchiness this week.

Zimmer bristled at the notion that Eagles head coach Doug Pederson conceivably could have reached out to Bears head coach Matt Nagy, an old friend, to compare notes on how to beat the Vikings.

The curmudgeonly coach also got riled up this week over how the Vikings have significantly upgraded their draft room, saying spending $750K on multiple high-tech screens and such “just so we don’t have to use (expletive) magnets” was a waste of money.

So, yeah, to say Zimmer is a bit keyed up and cranky this week heading into the biggest game of the Vikings’ season might be a huge understatement.