Vikings fire Mike Zimmer as head coach, GM Rick Spielman

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings fired Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer on Monday.

Minnesota announced its departures later.

Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf, Vikings owners, stated that they appreciate Rick and Mike’s dedication to the team’s on-field success, as well as their passion for making an impact in their community and their dedication towards players, coaches, and staff. We believe that while these are difficult decisions, it is time for new leadership in order to improve our team’s chances of winning championships. We wish Rick, Mike, and their families all the best.

“Our extensive search for a new general manger and head coach will immediately begin and will be managed internally. We want to continue our success and deliver the Super Bowl titles that Vikings fans deserve and desire.

It was believed that Zimmer would leave the Vikings after eight years. The Wilfs decided to fire Spielman, who had been living in Minnesota for 16 year, because they wanted a fresh start after another disappointing season.

Zimmer was fired after the Vikings produced consecutive sub-.500 seasons, the first since his hiring in 2014. Zimmer also had the longest tenure as a coach among all 32 NFL clubs. He went 72-56-1 during his time in Minnesota.

The coach overcame some disastrous situations in Minnesota, including Teddy Bridgewater’s catastrophic injury and navigating the end of Adrian Peterson’s tenure with the Vikings.

2017 was the Zimmer era’s highlight. The NFL’s No. With the NFL’s No. 1 defense, the Vikings posted a 13-3 record and Case Keenum as backup quarterback. This earned them the No. 2 seed. The “Minnesota Miracle”, a game that Keenum hit Stefon Diggers with a touchdown pass from 61 yards in the final seconds of the Divisional Round, will be forever etched in Vikings legend. Zimmer’s remarkable run was ended in the NFC Championship Game by a 38-7 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles, who went on to win Super Bowl LII.

The Vikings are still reeling, having only won one playoff match since the Miracle and losing back-toback seasons for the first-time in their coach’s tenure. After Zimmer turned around the league’s worst defense in his first season as Vikings head coach, it is fitting that he will end his tenure in 2021 with one of the most woeful defenses in the NFL.

The Zimmer era will always be remembered for being good but not great enough.

The departure from Spielman is less surprising than Zimmer being fired. The GM is well known in NFL circles, and has seen some dynamite draftings. It is not surprising that Spielman will be moving to another front office in this season’s NFL, perhaps in Detroit, where he has a brother, Chris.

The Vikings chose not to go half-way. They’re instead instigating a whole new era for Vikings football.

“I want to thank Zygi & Mark Wilf and the entire Wilf family for believing in me and consistently providing the resources for us to be successful as a football operations staff,” Spielman said in a statement. It is rare for the NFL to remain in this position for so long. This shows how the ownership group supports stability and their leaders. 

The new brass will begin by addressing the big question of Kirk Cousins. The 35 million dollars owed to the veteran passer in 2022 is his final year on his contract. There is also a $45million cap.