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USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is shown in an undated file photos. Greenway, the team’s leading tackler the last six years, says the team is picking up on new head coach Mike Zimmer’s defensive schemes.

NFL: Greenway, Vikings adjusting to Zimmer’s ways


MANKATO — About 15 minutes into a light walkthrough practice on a breezy Monday morning, first-year Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer changed the tone of his defensive teaching.

Instead of verbalizing the call for the next defensive play, only hand signals were used from the coaches on the sidelines to the players on the field. The team’s work was in preparation for playing in a loud stadium or if the players’ in-helmet earpieces fail during a game.

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