Lions' Griffen hurt by Zimmer's 'good' comment

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EAGAN, Minn. — Good is the enemy of great in Everson Griffen‘s world.

The newly acquired defensive end for the Detroit Lions took exception to his former coach, Mike Zimmer, calling him a “good player” ahead of the Minnesota Vikings‘ Week 9 showdown with their NFC North opponent.

Asked about Griffen’s return to Minnesota after he spent 10 seasons with the Vikings, Zimmer said, “Everson was a good player for us. I wish him well, just not this week.”

The Pro Bowl defensive end appeared to take Zimmer’s comment as a slight for not noting the contributions he made for the Vikings throughout their six seasons together (2014-19).

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“This is the best I’ve felt in a long time, and I got a little frustrated when I read that comment what Zimmer said, ‘Oh, Everson was a good player,'” Griffen said. “Like, Coach Zimmer just wasn’t a good coach, he was a great coach to me, so for him to call me a good player, that kind of hurts my feelings.

“On Sunday I’m really looking forward to playing the Vikings and showing them that I am a great player. I’m excited, I’m ready

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