Vikings extend coach Mike Zimmer’s contract

AP

The Vikings are about to move into a shiny new stadium, but they have another important piece of their future secured now as well.

The team announced that head coach Mike Zimmer’s contract has been extended.

They didn’t announce the time frame or the terms, but locking up their coach was a reward after an 11-5 record last year. He’s gone 18-14 in two seasons, and among Vikings coaches, only the late Dennis Green had more wins in his first two seasons (20).

“Mike has instilled a very positive atmosphere over the past three years and our players have thrived under his tutelage and leadership,” owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement. “His focus on helping our players develop and maximize potential, individually and collectively, is critical for our current and future success. We believe the continuity established with Mike leading our football team is a very positive step for our organization.”

Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman have solidified things in Minnesota, laying the groundwork for the future with a solid defense and running game, and an improving quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater who should keep them competitive for the near future.

66 responses to “Vikings extend coach Mike Zimmer’s contract

  1. When the bar is low it is much easier to look good.

    Brad Childress had Brett Favre, who enabled him to win the one playoff game in the last 10 seasons.

    Still I hope that the coach is permitted to stay for all the seasons in the extension.

  2. I think Zim is an awesome coach, but I would have probably waited until after this year to extend. If Teddy doesn’t turn out to be the real deal, I think the Vikes are quite a few years away from being contenders. On the other hand, Zim is the only competent coach we’ve had since Denny Green, so I guess go for it!

  3. This is great. We love coach Zim and are happy to finally have one of the best skippers in the league.

    I’m guzzling purple kool-aid right now but this could come together to be an epic Vikings – Bengals Superbowl!

  4. Even though he’s only been in a head coach role for 2 years, there are *maybe* 10 coaches I’d take to run my team over him right now and several of those are close calls. Last I checked there are 32 teams in the NFL. So locking up a top-12 guy who’s trajectory is upward seems wise to me. Good move.

  5. Remember what happened right after they extended Chilly? I’m sure that won’t happen this time…
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    Horrible comparison Hawt Carl….time to get a job.

  6. “Brad Childress had Brett Favre, who enabled him to win the one playoff game in the last 10 seasons.”

    I am a Packers fan. This is a great move. He is the main reason they have a chance to be good. If they get rid of Norv Turner they might even be great.

    As for the comment above – Packer coach McCarthy has had a HOF-caliber QB for every one of his seasons as Packers coach. Much as Zimmer elevates the Vikings, McCarthy keeps the Packers from being a dominant team. If the coaches were swapped, Green Bay would dominate the league, whereas McCarthy wouldn’t even realize he was coaching another team until 2017.

  7. My Grocery Bags are made of Trees says:

    I think Zim is an awesome coach, but I would have probably waited until after this year to extend. If Teddy doesn’t turn out to be the real deal, I think the Vikes are quite a few years away from being contenders. On the other hand, Zim is the only competent coach we’ve had since Denny Green, so I guess go for it!

    Defense wins Super Bowls. If all you needed was a QB and nothing else my Pack would have won more than 2 in the last 30 years. The Vikings are as complete as the two other NFC teams considered “contenders” Seahawks and Cardinals, as well as any team in the AFC.

  8. The only team over .500 he beat in those 2 years was GB in what many say was a down year for them, in a game they didn’t need to be interested in, as they would play Washington if they lost.

    They have a good young team. They will be in the mix for a playoff birth I feel the wild card. I have been saying it since AP returned from his off season though, the Vikings need to start the changing of the guard, more balance this year and let Theodore work through some issues, or they are going to stunt his growth yet again and with AP at the end of his career he needs good QB play to help maximize his effectiveness.

  9. How long has it been since the Vikings did that for a head coach? It’s a smart move.

    This coming from a lifelong (as in pre-Lombardi days) Packers fan.

  10. skol4life says:
    Jul 28, 2016 1:51 PM
    Just give him a lifetime contract and call it good. Best coach in the league
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    Even though I can’t stand the dude, you’re forgetting about someone in New England.

  11. Another great move by the best organization in football the past two years, and will be the best for the next decade….Packers will be cleaning house within the next couple seasons….

  12. shaggytoodle, The Vikings also beat the Chiefs last year…and had more wins than the packers… And won the division. Don’t bring up the schedule with a flawed argument. … The Vikings are built to be even better this year!

  13. Great Coach and sound business move. Denny had Tony Dungy and Brian Billick both assistants went on to win Super Bowls.

    Coach Zimmer has…the jury is down on Turner but the guy got more out of Bridgewater last season then previous which could be the presence of AP in the backfield, or maturation of Teddy.

    Regardless of Turner or another OC, Zimmer has taken a very young team and got them to over achieve. The problem now is no slump after such a good year last year.

  14. Woot- woot!

    This is awesome. Bud Grant has been my favorite Vikings coach until Zimmer came on board.

    Zim is a little rough around the edges- a little raw and that’s what’s so likable about him. He doesn’t hold anything back- just gives you the facts the way he sees them. Love the way he was going to kick some a** when Teddy took the cheap-shot in the Ram’s game. The Players know Zim has their back and they’ll give him all they’ve got in return. He has this team bonding across the board- their playing as a cohesive unit instead of a bunch of individual players. This team is no doubt heading in the right direction. He’s the best thing to happen to this team in as long as I can remember. Very cool that Zim and Grant do things outside of football too.

    Also- kudos to the Packer fans who have posted nothing but positive things about Zimmer (that’s gotta be tough 😉 ).

  15. footballfan825 says:
    Jul 28, 2016 2:20 PM
    shaggytoodle, The Vikings also beat the Chiefs last year…and had more wins than the packers… And won the division. Don’t bring up the schedule with a flawed argument. … The Vikings are built to be even better this year!
    __________________

    The Chiefs, were 1-4 when the played the Vikings, that is not above .500.

  16. buds4grant says:
    Jul 28, 2016 1:39 PM
    Remember what happened right after they extended Chilly? I’m sure that won’t happen this time…
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    Horrible comparison Hawt Carl….time to get a job.

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    I have a job. I’m a supervisor. Are you?

  17. Shaggytoodle says:

    The Chiefs, were 1-4 when the played the Vikings, that is not above .500.
    _______________________

    And the Packers finished 4-6. It doesn’t matter the order in which the wins come.

    So let’s rephrase; the Vikings beat 2 teams that made the playoffs.

  18. nathanp2013 says:
    Jul 28, 2016 3:57 PM
    Shaggytoodle says:

    The Chiefs, were 1-4 when the played the Vikings, that is not above .500.
    _______________________

    And the Packers finished 4-6. It doesn’t matter the order in which the wins come.

    So let’s rephrase; the Vikings beat 2 teams that made the playoffs.
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    You can phrase whatever you want, but in true Viking fandumb you have to change what someone else says because the FACTS are too much for you to handle, but don’t change what I said because what I said is true. The Packers were the only team over .500 the Vikings beat. a 1-4 team becoming 1-5 doesn’t make them .500

    The Cheifs made the post-season congrats to them, for going on run through beating most marginal and bad teams like the Bills, Browns, Chargers, and Ravens. So now somehow the Vikings deserve more credit for beating 1 win team in early October?

    The Packers beat 4 playoff teams last year…. so whats your point does that make the Packers the better team now?

  19. Since he’s been in Minnesota, the Vikings defense has gone from 32nd before him, to 11th in 2014, to 5th in 2016.

    Meanwhile, since 2013, the passing game improved slightly in 2014 over 2013 and declined in 2015. Clearly, it’s Zimmer and the defense that have determined this team’s fortunes. He’s earned the extension.

    Teddy Bridgewater took a step back last year and this team won 4 more games.

  20. @shaggytoodle

    says:
    Jul 28, 2016 4:22 PM
    nathanp2013 says:
    Jul 28, 2016 3:57 PM
    Shaggytoodle says:

    The Chiefs, were 1-4 when the played the Vikings, that is not above .500.
    _______________________

    And the Packers finished 4-6. It doesn’t matter the order in which the wins come.

    So let’s rephrase; the Vikings beat 2 teams that made the playoffs.
    __________
    You can phrase whatever you want, but in true Viking fandumb you have to change what someone else says because the FACTS are too much for you to handle, but don’t change what I said because what I said is true. The Packers were the only team over .500 the Vikings beat. a 1-4 team becoming 1-5 doesn’t make them .500

    ————–———————–

    Speaking of knowing the facts.

    The Falcons were 6-4 when the Vikings played and beat them last year.

  21. I love Coach Z, but what’s the rush? He had 3 more years in his deal. He will be 61 when it expires, and it isn’t like he wouldn’t sign an extension after year 4.

    Had he won 2 Super Bows, I could see the deference. But they haven’t won a playoff game yet under him. Which they did under Grant, Burns, Green, Tice and even Chilly.

    I hate to give the trolls ammo, but this is the kind of stuff just-happy-to-be-here organizations do.

  22. Congratulations Coach! You’re definitely our diamond in the rough and our Great White Hope for now and in the future (you’re also pretty good at grating the Parmesan)

  23. Thank the lucky stars!!!!

    Now he can continue to not win playoff games and insure that the Vikings continue their proud tradition of zero championships.

  24. What would it take for our Green Bay Packers to trade for Zimmer? Aaron? And Clay?

  25. The guy wins one NFC North title and zero playoff games with, according to Vikings fans, an elite defense and the best running back in the game, and the Vikings fanbase anoint him as a genius. OK. But Vikings fans would have an absolute field day if the Packers fans talked about their team like that,

  26. The trash talk is so weak here,. The Vikes will win division again and packer fans pray for a miracle. Good luck trying to stay healthy chumps.

  27. Not only were you made to look silly by claiming to know the FACTS better than Viking fans and then got the FACTS wrong as pointed out by a Vikings fan but your silly methodology for determining how good a team was last year yields the Packers with 1 win over a team with a winning record at the time the Packers played them. Which is 1 less than the 2 wins your are criticizing the Vikings for only having.

  28. shaggytoodle says:
    Jul 28, 2016 6:56 PM
    Congrats to the 2015 Vikings for beating 2 teams above .500. Lets see what is in store for the “Encore” next year

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    Just as another point of interest, the Packers only beat ONE team with a winning record at the time they played last season. True, it was Vikings, but 1 is still less than 2.

  29. We love the legion of Zim in Minnesota. The only problem is that we should’ve hired him before childress!

  30. Speaking of knowing the facts.

    The Falcons were 6-4 when the Vikings played and beat them last year.
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    Don’t forget about the Rams too, they were 4-3 when the Vikings beat them

  31. Look out Viking fans holding a grudge cuz a fan doesn’t remember every teams record on a weekly basis? I knew that KC had 1 win then one out after an embarrassing lost to Minnesota causing them to get their act together.

    Maybe the Vikings will be impressive enough to win a Playoff games next year.

  32. shaggytoodle says:
    Jul 28, 2016 1:58 PM

    The only team over .500 he beat in those 2 years was GB in what many say was a down year for them, in a game they didn’t need to be interested in, as they would play Washington if they lost.

    They have a good young team. They will be in the mix for a playoff birth I feel the wild card. I have been saying it since AP returned from his off season though, the Vikings need to start the changing of the guard, more balance this year and let Theodore work through some issues, or they are going to stunt his growth yet again and with AP at the end of his career he needs good QB play to help maximize his effectiveness.
    ………..
    Packers and their fans aren’t interested in winning the Division…..unless they win the Division. Come on man!!

  33. teamnorsecore says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:45 AM
    Packers and their fans aren’t interested in winning the Division…..unless they win the Division. Come on man!!
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    Nobody ever said that. Winning the division is something we are always interested in. It’s just that winning it some years is very important, and other years it isn’t important at all.

    Last year was one of the unimportant years.

  34. shaggytoodle says:

    Maybe the Vikings will be impressive enough to win a Playoff games next year.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Comment from a fan of a team that went 25 full regulations seasons without scoring a TD in a playoff game – much less winning a playoff game.

  35. kmossg says:

    Speaking of knowing the facts.

    The Falcons were 6-4 when the Vikings played and beat them last year.
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    Don’t forget about the Rams too, they were 4-3 when the Vikings beat them
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    And let’s not forget shaggy claimed that it included the 2014 season too – when the Vikings beat the Falcons who had a winning record at the time of the game…

  36. shaggytoodle says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:33 AM
    Look out Viking fans holding a grudge cuz a fan doesn’t remember every teams record on a weekly basis? I knew that KC had 1 win then one out after an embarrassing lost to Minnesota causing them to get their act together.

    Maybe the Vikings will be impressive enough to win a Playoff games next year.

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    Thank you for reminding me why I rarely post here and even more rarely engage trolls.

    So, let’s get the sequence of events straight. You enter a thread which has nothing to do with your favorite team. You start talking trash to that teams fans, essentially calling them ignorant (using the term fan dumb) and claiming the FACTS (emphasis in the original) were what you were claiming.

    You get called out for having your facts wrong, having it pointed out that the Vikings beat the Falcons and the Rams when both teams were over 500, and also being educated to the inconvenient fact that the Packers only beat one team with a winning record last year.

    So now you are attempting to spin this as an Internet game of not picking gotcha. Well, you’re the one that started the game and we are simply playing by the rules you established.

    If you don’t like it, then don’t post incorrect, trolling comments. But since that’s what trolls do, I guess it’s too much to ask.

  37. shaggytoodle says:

    Look out Viking fans holding a grudge cuz a fan doesn’t remember every teams record on a weekly basis? I knew that KC had 1 win then one out after an embarrassing lost to Minnesota causing them to get their act together.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This is why intelligent people look at the records at the end of a season to determine “winning record”.

    Because records in the early part of the season are pretty meaningless.

    The Packers started the season 6 – 0, but not one of the teams they played had a winning record.

    One of the teams was the Seattle Seahawks.

    The Seahawks made it to the Divisional round of the playoffs.

    I’m willing to concede that beating the Seahawks in the second week of the season is a quality win.

    What I will point out to you is the games Green Bay lost that they should have won.

    If you want to claim superiority for your team, there is no excuse for losing to the Lions and the Bears at home last year.

    Those two losses cost you the NFC North title last year.

    The Vikings blew week 1 when they were embarrassed on the road against the 49ers (who by the way were “unbeaten” at the time – using your perverse logic).

    But every other team that beat them last year was in the playoffs – including all 4 teams that made to their respective conference championship games.

    After the season opening debacle, the Vikings only lost to quality opponents.

    Your Packers – well they can’t make that claim.

  38. This isn’t really news, in fact, it sounds very very familiar. They did the same exact thing with Childress for the same short-sighted reasons when they incorrectly surmised he could walk on water too.

    It’s kinda funny……Vikings management runs around like brain-numbed kids at a birthday party when they smell the slightest hint of legitimacy……exactly as their fans do! They think one relatively decent season means instant and sustained future success. Good luck with that. It can only work if the expressed and hopeful wishful thinking for the demise of Rodgers and the “downward spiral” of the Packers actually takes place, as their fans like to predict…….and which everyone knows in their heart isn’t likely.

    History has a way of repeating itself, especially for the inexperienced and uninitiated.

    Where’s Childress these days?

  39. gtodriver says:
    Jul 29, 2016 7:05 AM
    After the season opening debacle, the Vikings only lost to quality opponents. Your Packers – well they can’t make that claim.
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    You got that right……..including the season ending debacle.

  40. stellarperformance says:

    It’s kinda funny……Vikings management runs around like brain-numbed kids at a birthday party when they smell the slightest hint of legitimacy……exactly as their fans do! They think one relatively decent season means instant and sustained future success.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    It doesn’t guarantee future success, but….

    Bud Grant started coaching the Vikings in 1967 and had a non winning season. Just like Zimmer.

    In year two, he led the team to the first of 4 consecutive playoff appearances and 1 Super Bowl appearance.

    After a one year layoff, he led the Vikings to 6 more consective playoff appearances, 3 more Super Bowls and 4 more NFC Championship games.

    I see a lot of Bud Grant in Zimmer.

  41. stellarperformance says:

    You got that right……..including the season ending debacle.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    And your season ending debacle…

    Remind me again how a 33 year old receiver ran through your entire defense. You know, that defense that “statistically” (if you use the wrong stats) was almost as good as the Vikings.

    Our defense gave up 12 points and 226 yards in the first round of the playoffs to Seahawks.

    Your defense gave up 18 points and 354 yards to the Redskins in the first round.

    Using your preferred statistic (YPG) – the Seahawks were the #4 offense and the Redskins were #17.

    Your playoff win was over a marginally qualified playoff opponent.

    I’m happy for you…

  42. gtodriver says:
    Jul 29, 2016 9:17 AM
    Our defense gave up 12 points and 226 yards in the first round of the playoffs to Seahawks.
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    The weather did that.

  43. The weather had a lot to do with that game. Just a few weeks earlier on the same field, the Seahawks torched the Viking defense for 38 points.

  44. gtodriver says:
    Jul 29, 2016 9:17 AM
    stellarperformance says:

    You got that right……..including the season ending debacle.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    And your season ending debacle…

    Remind me again how a 33 year old receiver ran through your entire defense. You know, that defense that “statistically” (if you use the wrong stats) was almost as good as the Vikings.

    Our defense gave up 12 points and 226 yards in the first round of the playoffs to Seahawks.

    Your defense gave up 18 points and 354 yards to the Redskins in the first round.

    Using your preferred statistic (YPG) – the Seahawks were the #4 offense and the Redskins were #17.

    Your playoff win was over a marginally qualified playoff opponent.

    I’m happy for you…

    ———————————-

    I’m sure, in his (or her) mind, the Packers had no interest in winning that game either. He (or she) thinks the Packers had no interest in beating the Vikings, so that they could face an easier opponent in the playoffs. That’s a total loser’s mentality. He (or she) obviously thinks like that, but any team that thinks like that is a band of losers. Any owner, that knew what they were doing, would fire any coach, GM or player who thought like that.

  45. My favorite thing about coach Zimmer is his career .250 record against Mike McCarthy’s Packers. Its good to see they still reward sub-mediocrity in MN.

  46. gtodriver says:
    Jul 29, 2016 9:17 AM
    Using your preferred statistic (YPG) – the Seahawks were the #4 offense and the Redskins were #17.
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    OK, I will school you on this subject one more time, but please write it down this time.

    The YPG statistic is the preferred statistic of NFL. com. Not mine, theirs. Look it up and learn something. Every time you go to their site, that is the statistic that is highlighted. Every time.

    Got it?

  47. frank booth says:
    Jul 29, 2016 10:06 AM
    The weather had a lot to do with that game. Just a few weeks earlier on the same field, the Seahawks torched the Viking defense for 38 points.
    ——————
    When it comes to Bridgewater’s play in that game you call out Bridgewater yet when someone brings up the Viking D play in that game you bring up the weather. Sounds about right from the impartiality you usually post with on this site’s comment section.

  48. The weather definitely had an impact on the game.

    Bridgewater’s quarterbacking? I don’t know if the weather impacted his game. The week before against Green Bay for the division title he completed passes at a clip of 53% for 99 yds, no TD’s and an INT. In the same weather, the other team’s QB threw for 291 yards at 64%

    Were talking about a QB who threw 14 TD passes all season, and 8 of those were in 4 games against the Bears and Lions. I’m sure the weather affected him in some way, but he’s not the guy who impacts this team.

  49. Remember last year when Zimmer had those cute little “Beat Green Bay” t-shirts printed up before their loss to the Packers?

    He sure likes to advertise who is in his head.

  50. fecal

    The fact that the default statistic is yards does not make it the most important.

    Your predilection for using yards as the defining measurement for determining defensive performance is hilarious.

    If it was, in fact, the most important stat, then that is what would be used to determine the winner.

    It’s not.

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