Vikings coach Mike Zimmer almost wasn’t Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Not because the Vikings didn’t want him; Zimmer recently said he nearly decided he didn’t want the Vikings. Or any other head-coaching job.
“I almost didn’t go [for a second interview in Minnesota], yeah,” Zimmer said, via Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com. “I was so disappointed. It was like, ‘Why even do this?’ It was to that point. I figured I was getting too old . It thought, ‘Forget this.’
“But I talked to a couple of people who said, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta go. What are you doing?'”
Obviously, Zimmer decided to go. And it worked out. So far.
Credit the Vikings for going against the trend toward, for the most part, younger coaches. At 57, Zimmer is older than Bud Grant when Grant retired the first time, after the 1983 season. (Grant returned for 1985 after the one-year Les Steckel debacle.)
Maybe Zimmer will do for the Vikings something that hasn’t happened since the year Grant turned 50 — a Super Bowl appearance.