Mike Zimmer Facing Uphill Battle To Remain Vikings Coach

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The Minnesota Vikings are 0-2, but that’s not necessarily the big issue. A bigger one is the fact that the rumor mill has already started to hit poor coach Mike Zimmer.

Much of the recent talk has been generated by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports — who suggested that those within the organization understand it could be a make-or-break sort of deal for the coaching staff.

Zimmer, 65, is 64-49-1 in Minnesota and has indeed taken some questionable rosters to surprising runs. Heck, the Vikings went 13-3 with Case Keenum at quarterback in 2017.

Zimmer has also been forced to find solutions after former QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford were injured. Now, the Vikings are trying to make due with Kirk Cousins. Not bad, but not exactly Aaron Rodgers.

But per La Canfora, it appears the Vikings will need to make the playoffs — and perhaps actually win a game — for Zimmer to remain.

“Zimmer is Minnesota’s longest-tenured head coach since Dennis Green, who lasted nine seasons in the Twin Cities,” wrote Sam Robinson of Pro Football Rumors. “With the exception of an injury-riddled 2020, Zimmer’s defenses have been upper-echelon units.

“But ownership’s patience appears to be wearing thin, applying some pressure on the hard-edged HC going into a three-game homestand.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. Ironically I’d say Mike Zimmer as coach is an equal of Kirk Cousins as quarterback. Better than many but not top tier. Zimmer has never figured out how to put together a good offensive line or a good kicking game. One or two years of this can be forgiven, but after 5 or 6 years of this let’s give someone else a chance to run the Vikings. Spielman can go, too.

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