Kellen Mond’s NFL career got off to a tough start for multiple reasons in Minnesota, and now his father is explaining some of the behind-the-scenes developments.

Mond’s father, Kevin, shared his thoughts with Chris Tomasson, who covers the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The problem was former coach Mike Zimmer didn’t want to draft Mond, or a quarterback in general, and then COVID-19 caused a second problem.

Ultimately, Mond was caught in the middle of a disagreement between Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, and both were eventually fired in January.

Zimmer in January had snarky comments about Mond, which he later clarified about giving Mond playing time in the season finale.

“I just meant [Mond] is the third-team quarterback,” Zimmer said, via Vikings Wire. “I mean, he’s improved. He’s improved throughout the year. He’s got a chance to be a good player, but he’s third on the depth chart. So I kind of knew that. …You guys ask me those questions 10 minutes after the game, too. So that’s part of it as well.”