Vikings: Three players are as good or better than Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman firing

October 11, 2020; Seattle (WA), USA; Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer is seen with Kirk Cousins (8), during a fourth-quarter timeout against Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson – USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings cleaned house on ‘Black Monday’, a day in which coaches and front office executives are unceremoniously shown the door.

The VikingsThey failed to achieve their ultimate goal and these are the results. Due to the Vikings’ failure to reach the playoffs, Mike Zimmer, Minnesota’s general manager, and Rick Spielman were both fired.

The Vikings had the talent to be a playoff-level team. Spielman provided that talent, but only a few key components or depth pieces. Zimmer did not coach them. Regardless, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf doesn’t have time to play with.

What’s next for the Vikings with Spielman and Zimmer in Minnesota? Culture change is underway, and the Vikings may part ways from some of their familiar faces.

Everson Griffen, one of three Vikings players, is next in line to the door

Griffen was a key player on the Vikings’ defensive front-seven until he left for the Dallas Cowboys. He failed to prove his independence from Minnesota in Dallas after just one season.

The 34-year old took his talents back where they all started. He’s a stalwart in the locker room and around the team facility, but Griffen has no place in the Vikings’ future.

Griffen ended the season with five sacks. This production should be easily replaced in the long-term, either through free agency or the draft. The value of selecting a younger defensive end with potential in the first few rounds is greater than keeping Griffen around. Griffen, at this stage, has more name recognition than an actual impact player.