The Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, according to 2 tweets from Tom Pelissero.
The firings come after another disappointing season, where the Vikings once again missed the playoffs. It also comes as a bit of a surprise, considering earlier reports indicated that the Vikings intended to keep Rick Spielman.
Mike Zimmer was hired as the head coach of the Vikings in 2014. He was hired to build an elite defense and would lead the team to an NFC Championship game after the 2017 season. Since the 2017 season, he would only lead the team to 1 more playoff victory. Zimmer finishes with a regular season record of 72-56-1. He finishes with a playoff record of 2-3, only making the playoffs 3 times in his long tenure as Vikings’ head coach.
Rick Spielman was hired as the general manager in 2012. During his time as general manager, Spielman focused on acquiring draft capital. Spielman will be remembered for drafting a ton of talent during every draft. Unfortunately, Spielman will also be remembered for his offensive lines. During his tenure, the Vikings have had historically bad offensive lines that often performed in the bottom of the league.
The search for a new head coach and general manager begins now for Minnesota. Whoever the Vikings hire will also likely have to make a decision on what to do with Kirk Cousins.
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