Vikings To Stick With Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman

The Vikings won’t be on the hunt for a new head coach or a GM. On Friday, Vikings owner Mark Wilf backed Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman in a press release and ensured their status for 2020: 

We value Mike and Rick’s leadership and we have every intent of Mike continuing as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Rick leading our football operations, next year and beyond.”

The Vikings finished the year 10-6, good enough for a Wild Card spot in the NFC. They enter this weekend’s game against the Saints as underdogs – particularly with a thinned-out secondary to guard Michael Thomas & Co. – but Zimmer and Spielman will return, regardless of the outcome.

It’s worth noting that the contracts for Zimmer and Spielman will expire after the 2020 season. An extension would truly solidify their standing in Minnesota. Otherwise, they’ll be lame ducks heading into next year.

Zimmer, 63, has led the Vikings to three playoff appearances and two divisional crowns over five seasons. In 2017, the Vikings reached the NFC Championship Game where they were stopped by the Eagles. Last year, the Vikings fell short of expectations with a 8-7-1 finish, and they waffled at times in 2019, but they still believe Zimmer is the best man for the job.

Spielman, 57, spent six years as the team’s vice president of player personnel before being promoted to GM in 2012.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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20 comments on “Vikings To Stick With Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman

  1. jjabrony

    What a stupid article. As if they are going to say they are going to start looking for replacements the Friday before the team plays their playoff game.

  2. nentwigs

    Spielman better find the Vikes a Quarterback.
    Cousins is not the answer.
    Neither is Sean Mannion
    Bring Back Kyle Sloter.
    Or bring in just about anybody else.

    • Crycket

      Lol “bring back Kyle Sloter”.
      From…the Cardinals practice squad because he couldn’t make it on a main roster? With some of the backups we have in this league? The Steelers started Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges all season for crying out loud, and Sloter couldn’t even get a roster spot.

      Cousins will get a contract extension before the end of next season. Would almost guarantee it.

    • monymgr

      Sounds like you have it all figured out . ??? No need for anyone else to respond !!!!

    • monymgr

      Sounds like you have it all figured out . ??? No need for anyone else to respond !!!!

      • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

        He has it all figured out. No need for anyone else to respond.

        He has it all figured out. No need for anyone else to respond.

  3. crazylarry

    This was a response for Jerra “ Nose Picker “ Jones and Zimmer being on his radar.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    Have to admit that the Vikings are a pretty well run organization. They generally focus on fixing problems instead of searching for scapegoats.

    • JD396

      Yeah, everybody likes to talk about firing everyone anytime something goes wrong, but successful teams generally have continuity, and lousy teams generally do not. It’s not like Zimmer and Spielman are the greatest in history but they do a good job overall.

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