By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 26, 2016 at 11:29 am EST
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it was veteran corner back Terence Newman, who defied Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s orders on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Initially it was believed to be Xavier Rhodes and Zimmer thought they did this the entire second half.
Rapoport says through sources that Newman felt he could cover Nelson and instructed Rhodes to stick to his side of the field. Rhodes, who heeded Newman’s advice, relented to the plan, Rapoport adds.
In his post-game interview, Rhodes tried to cover it up for Newman. The veteran previously worked with Zimmer with the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Newman has had a good season, his 14th in the National Football League. He was brought to Minnesota by Zimmer to work with their young secondary.
With this happening now, the 38-year-old will likely be looking for a new job next season. But teams may not be willing to sign him because of his age and he decided to go against his head coaches orders.
The Vikings lost to the Packers when Nelson caught a long receptions. Then, Mason Crosby made a game-winning field goal.