Last night, during halftime of the Sunday Night Football contest on NBC, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculated that people were “keeping an eye” on Minnesota as far as the status of head coach Mike Zimmer was concerned.
However, according to Close, Personal Friend of The Daily Norseman Tom Pelissero™, it certainly doesn’t sound like anything is in the offing.
#Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf sat in on the final team meeting today, as they do every season, and both reiterated their belief in coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman, sources tell me and @RapSheet. "There won't be changes here," one source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2018
Mark and Zygi Wilf have reportedly stated that there won’t be any changes in Minnesota this offseason, or at least not changes that involve anyone getting fired. We recently passed along the news that offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is drawing interest from the Cleveland Browns, but if he were to leave it would be his decision, not the team’s.
Honestly, I think this is the right move. I think that Mike Zimmer’s positives far outweigh his negatives, and I think that Rick Spielman has done more good things than bad since becoming the General Manager, too. Yes, this season was a massive disappointment for the Minnesota Vikings and their fans, but not to the point where we need to just start changing things for the sake of change.
As I mentioned in a previous post, both Spielman and Zimmer will have their jobs on the line in 2019, and frankly I think they should get the opportunity to see how things go in 2019. It’s not going to be the answer that some people want, but apparently it’s the answer that’s coming out of Eagan today.
UPDATE: More specific commentary, courtesy of FaceBook.
More on what went wrong in Minnesota, where ownership reaffirmed to players today its belief in coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman. NFL NetworkPosted by Tom Pelissero on Monday, December 31, 2018