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.