In the wake of a lost season that saw a pre-season Super Bowl favorite fail to make the playoffs, rumors surfaced last night that Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer might resign:
Florio just floated the idea that Mike Zimmer could resign from Vikings. Said it’s “something to keep an eye on.”— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) December 31, 2018
Would be a shocking culmination of the past 11 months.
This morning, those rumors have been shot down by Zim himself:
It marks the end of a brief speculation period of the status of the head coach following a back breaking loss to the Bears, a loss that saw the Vikings eliminated from playoff contention. It’s been a wild five year run for Zimmer as the Vikings head coach, in which he has seen success on the field, but a cornucopia of really weird stuff off of it that makes his 47-32-1 record all the more impressive.
In 2014, the Vikings had to deal with the loss of Adrian Peterson for 15 games due to a child abuse charge, and they played most of the season with rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater.
In 2015, Peterson returned, led the NFL in rushing, and the Vikings won the NFC North on the final game of the season by beating Green Bay in Lambeau. The following week, Blair Walsh missed a 27 yard field goal in the waning seconds, and the Vikings lost their home playoff game to Seattle 10-9.
2016 saw Teddy Bridgewater shred his knee days before the regular season, and GM Rick Spielman made a big trade with Philadelphia for Sam Bradford. That gamble failed, though, as the Vikings fell to 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Along the way, they suffered an historic amount of injuries along the offensive line, and Mike Zimmer nearly lost an eye, needing multiple surgeries to save his vision after he had a detached retina. OC Norv Turner also retired at the midpoint of the season, there were weird stuffed animal stories, and a defensive back mutiny in Green Bay during a season that was just one slog after another.
2017 QB Sam Bradford hurt his knee in week one after lighting up the Saints on Monday Night Football and didn’t play again all year, except for an aborted first half in Chicago. With Teddy Bridgewater not ready to play, the Vikings turned to Case Keenum. Minnesota caught fire with Keenum and won the NFC North again, going 13-3, and advanced to the NFC Championship thanks to the Minneapolis Miracle against the Saints in the divisional round.
In the off-season, the Vikings decided to move on from Bridgewater, Bradford, and Keenum, and signed Kirk Cousins to a 3 year, $84 million, fully guaranteed contract. The Vikings also signed DT Sheldon Richardson, and it seemed all the pieces were in place for a Super Bowl run. Instead, the Vikings never seemed to put things together, struggling to an 8-7-1 record, and lost the sixth seed in the playoffs by losing to the Bears at home on the last week of the season. Things weren’t helped when OL coach and close friend of Mike Zimmer Tony Sparano tragically passed away just a few days before training camp was set to open.
In Zimmer’s five years, he’s had a different starting QB on opening day every season, but he’s still managed to win the NFC North twice and go to the NFC Championship, something the Vikings hadn’t done since 2009. He has also transformed the Vikings defense from one of the worst units in the NFL to one of the best, even though they played poorly yesterday.
So, Mike Zimmer is back, it appears. Do we like the move, or not like it?
Should the Vikings move on from Mike Zimmer?
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