Mike Zimmer has no problem with having no contract beyond 2019

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will coach the team in 2019. Beyond that, who knows?

Zimmer, who reiterated at an end-of-season press conference on Thursday that he’ll neither resign nor retire, acknowledged that he has one year left on his deal.

“Sure, I’ve got no problem with that,” Zimmer said with a smile. “Free agent after that, right?”

Right, but what does the absence of a contract beyond 2019 say? The Vikings have made it clear that Zimmer will return next season. The absence of a contract beyond the next season can be interpreted in various ways, the most common of which being that the team isn’t willing to make a financial commitment for 2020 because the team may want to make that commitment to someone else.

Zimmer wouldn’t be the first coach to coach out his contract. Ravens coach John Harbaugh may be doing it. Others have, too.

Former Vikings coach Mike Tice, the man in charge when Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005, finished that season and abruptly was informed there would be no new contract. But Tice had other issues — and he wasn’t nearly as successful as Zimmer, who is one of the best coaches in the 58-year history of a franchise previously led by the likes of Bud Grant and Dennis Green.

Zimmer has generated a record of 48-34-1, with playoff appearances in two of five seasons. That should be good enough to get another contract, and maybe that will happen before the next season begins.

Still, Zimmer’s short-term contractual status could tempt one of the eight teams currently looking for a new coach to call the Vikings and inquire about a trade. That’s how the chatter about Zimmer possibly making an exit first came up in league circles, given the chatter that Bengals owner Mike Brown could try to bring Zimmer back to Cincinnati.

“I’m not a quitter,” Zimmer said in dismissing speculation that his one-year commitment in Minnesota could morph into zero. But would he be quitting if the Bengals contact the Vikings about potential compensation for hiring Zimmer, if the Bengals and Vikings strike a deal, and if the Bengals then speak directly to Zimmer about a contract that would extend beyond 2019?

That’s the procedure, and it’s hard to call the end result “quitting” if it happens only after the Vikings first say, “Yeah, we’d take a second-round pick if you hire him” (or whatever the compensation would be).

Zimmer may not like the speculation, but the speculation lingers. At least he doesn’t have games for which the speculation could become a distraction; Harbaugh has been dealing with speculation regarding a potential trade for more than two weeks, and he has demonstrated no irritation or frustration with discussion regarding the possibility that, when the season ends, another team will try to Harbaugh him away from Baltimore.

71 responses to “Mike Zimmer has no problem with having no contract beyond 2019

  1. I doubt that there’s anything to this speculation, but if there is, I’d say Zimmer’s status is similar to Jon Gruden’s status in his first stint in Oakland. The Bucs gave up two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and $8 million for Gruden. If the Bengals want him, maybe they’d be willing to give up a first and a second or something like that. I would have settled for a lot less than that after Zimmer threw his challenge flag to challenge a call he had no chance of winning as his team was executing a successful quarterback sneak for a first down last week.

  2. Two truths about Bengals owner Mike Brown may be colliding:

    (1) He likes familiarity with coaches.
    (2) He doesn’t make splashy moves.

    The best football coach with whom Mike Brown is familiar (See truth No. 1 above) is Mike Zimmer. Would Mike Brown abandon truth No. 2 above to make an unprecedented run at Zimmer?

  3. Feels like something is brewing behind the scenes on this one….. I would have thought you were crazy had someone said, in 2019 both the Pack and Vikings would have new HC. How fast the NFL can turn on it’s head. Assuming Vikings fans would be irate to seem Zimm go, but curious to what the local fan base thinks…..

  4. Zimmer is a great Minnesota fit. He needs to fire his special teams coach though, it’s clearly him, not the kickers. He must be getting in their heads because every single one shows up here and begins to fail.

    Would Gruden be interested in trading one of his newly acquired first round picks for Cousins? Cousins is not a Minnesota fit, we don’t like him or want him here.

  5. There are not a lot of good head coaches in the NFL. Zimmer is one of the better ones. The Vikings would be nuts to let him go.

    Fix the offensive line, get the CBs healthy and go into next season loaded for bear.

  6. “Would Mike Brown abandon truth No. 2 above to make an unprecedented run at Zimmer?”

    I don’t think Zimmer would be a splashy move. In fact I think he could be had for very little compensation. Considering the fact that the Vikings are not extending him going into next season, they are considering moving on from him at this point.

  7. gbpackersfan12 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    Feels like something is brewing behind the scenes on this one….. I would have thought you were crazy had someone said, in 2019 both the Pack and Vikings would have new HC. How fast the NFL can turn on it’s head. Assuming Vikings fans would be irate to seem Zimm go, but curious to what the local fan base thinks…..

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    I wouldn’t say he’s in the hot seat but a lot of people think if things don’t go well next season his seat will be getting warm. Although I’m not part of them, I think a lot of people would prefer an offensive-minded head coach with the way the NFL is becoming. People want to see the offense spark and put up points week after week (Saints, Chiefs, Chargers, etc.). With as many weapons as we have on offense, I would expect more points on a weekly basis, but personally prefer the defensive minded coach due to being in any game… unless they don’t show up when it matters most of course.

  8. If they let Zimmer go it would be the dumbest personnel move the team has made since the dreaded Herschel Walker trade. But since this team is only capable of fantastic failure, id say look for this move to happen.

  9. “I would have settled for a lot less than that after Zimmer threw his challenge flag to challenge a call he had no chance of winning as his team was executing a successful quarterback sneak for a first down last week.”

    And wasted a desperately needed time out in the process.

  10. Not a good sign and something that will infect the locker room next season if everyone know Zimmer is on his last year.

    I expect that the the team chemistry will devolve to the point that the won loss record will end up taking and Zimmer’s fate will be sealed.

    Maybe the next coach will be Mike Tice’s buddy Dave Wanstedt? That would be close the karmic circle!

  11. Just how bad is your franchise when the highlights of this article are :

    1.) “is one of the best coaches in the 58-year history of a franchise”

    and

    2.) “a record of 48-34-1, with playoff appearances in two of five seasons”

    (forgot to mention that a DB had to fall down to even win a playoff game making his win total of one tying him with my favorite head coaches of the Vikings, Brad “Mr. Problematic” Childress)

    The writing is on the wall, the owners don’t want to pay him so they are basically saying, you are officially a lame duck coach and if you don’t do deep into the playoffs, you are out of here. What happens next is quite predictable, the players didn’t listen to him before when he had a multi-year contract, what chances does Zimmer have now? The answer; about the same as the Vikings winning a Superbowl, in other words, none, nil, nada.

  12. If Zimmer goes, Spielman goes too because the current team has been built by these two.

    Then what?

    Who is both available and of Zimmer’s caliber? Where do you get a GM better than Spielman? (Not to say several don’t exist.)

    A better solution for 2019 is to draft six new O-linemen. Pick the five best.

    Cheaper than an entire overhaul.

  13. atlantablewa28to3lead says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Well, he’s definitely a product of the Marvin Lewis coaching tree….Especially with him being one missed tackle away from having as many playoff wins as Lewis.
    __________

    Or you could say he’s one missed chip shot field goal away from having two playoff wins, but I guess it isn’t as much fun to look at it from that perspective.

  14. I don’t get why people are so hard on Zimmer. He took a historically bad defense and turned it around almost instantly. While there they have had kicker issues and QB issues. He has had Christian Ponder, Matt Cassell, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum. For 3 years everyone has been saying their OL is their biggest weakness and they have continued to neglect it. Last time I checked, Speilman was the GM, not Zimmer. If you think a different coach would have taken this team to the playoffs, you are crazy.

  15. Sorry, but things have to change:

    1) Slick Rick and Mike need to start by drafting O-line. Vikings had an NFL high 228 Pressures and no quarterback can survive. Will Hernandea was available but they took Mike Hughed. Hughes was a luxury, but Zims mindset is (“You can’t ever have enough CBs).

    2) In must win games like the NFC cHAMPIONSHIP and a must win game against the Bears, the defense both times were a no-show.

    I’m not happy with Zim and slick rick right now as the Bears just blew right by us in the division.

  16. “Zimmer has generated a record of 48-34-1, with playoff appearances in two of five seasons. That should be good enough to get another contract”
    I think Zimmer is a great coach but let’s not pump up 2 playoff appearances in 5 seasons as a reason for another contract. If Zimmer misses playoffs next yr that’s 2 of 6 seasons no one would refer to that as a good record, if he makes the playoffs yes then it’s 3 of 6. Let’s be honest and call it what it is, Zimmer is on the fence and next season really determines which side he falls on.

  17. atlantablewa28to3lead says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    Well, he’s definitely a product of the Marvin Lewis coaching tree….Especially with him being one missed tackle away from having as many playoff wins as Lewis.
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    One could also say he’s a missed FG from ONLY 27 yds away from a win too…..Too bad records don’t have asterisks next to them.

    Having said that, I think Zim needs to give up the Defensive reins. He’s too conservative in his game plans, relying mainly on the talent of his players to make the plays. Look back at his D Coord days in Cincy. They never won a playoff game and HIS D’s gave up over 100 yds rushing every game!! They had talent too….just called a conservative game. Here’s a comparison from last week. Balt facing Cleve. Time running out Cleve at Balt 39 just trying to get a last sec FG. Balt blitzes 4 plays in a row! They don’t gain a yard, granted with a TO they should have run on 1st or 2nd down too. Zim would NEVER gamble like that…not in his DNA. I really think Zim lacks the “it” factor of great coaches or “big game” coaches.

  18. No coach should have a problem with being on the last year of a contract. When a single year’s work pays you enough so you’d never have to work another day in your life if you didn’t want to, there should be no issue ever.

  19. red says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    is he happy with his 86 million fully guaranteed QB though?
    *****
    Did you just give Cousins a $2 million raise? He’s signed for $84 mil.

  20. The Vikings typically don’t extend contracts during the season — its not at all surprising there is no contract extension — yet.

    Not a single player has trashed him this season — even the ones he didn’t play (Iloka), all of whom that were asked said they wanted him back. It’s not like they were rolling their eyes at t him in the huddle and changing 80% of the plays or anything).

    If you want to trash Zim, who cares about a misguided challenge flag — rip him for a top 5 defense that allowed the Bears to methodically drive 80 yards in the 4th quarter during a 13-10 must-win game. The concern is the defense being outwitted by good coaching.

    The team did well in 2017 with an experienced O-coordinator (that recognized the benefit of play-action) and two average OGs (Easton and Berger). If they repeat that formula, Zim will likely be in line for another contract.

  21. Some people are made out just to be great Coordinators, and there is nothing wrong with that, the part that gets me was I expected the Vikings to be able to get better value out of their draft picks. He is a great Defensive coach, but then constatnly using all the high picks on that side of the ball, while its important to get great talent when you can, you think he would be able to take a 3rd or 4th round LB or DL and coach them into an effective starter, allowing the team to rebuild on that OL.

  22. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    The Bucs gave up two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and $8 million for Gruden. If the Bengals want him, maybe they’d be willing to give up a first and a second or something like that. I would have settled for a lot less than that after Zimmer threw his challenge flag to challenge a call he had no chance of winning as his team was executing a successful quarterback sneak for a first down last week.
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    Why would an average team give up key draft picks this year for Zimmer? He couldn’t even get to the playoffs with an $84 million dollar quarterback and the best wr duo in the NFL.

  23. whatjusthapped

    Vikes are 5th most with playoff appearances…not bad. Sure we have crap luck in the postseason….but historically we have faired better than most.

  24. Only Barneys would so openly embrace the mediocre malaise that Zimmer has provided their team over the last 5 seasons, while always mocking Mike McCarthy’s success over his tenure.
    The most clueless fan base across the NFL.

  25. I’m not happy with the Vikings players or coaches right now. Fortunately I dont pay their salaries. Zimmer is a top 10 coach & Cousins is a top 10 qb. Spielman is a top 5 GM. Once the frustration subsides they will make better moves. The media creates stories & makes mountains out of mole hills. The Vikings will be better than most again next year. We just want them to be the best. The O line is terrible & it doesn’t matter whose fault it is. I believe the people in charge will correct it. Go Vikings!

  26. If anyone watched his news conference everything he said at it was correct. There was no fight, with the loss of Tony Sparano, the team never got to what they were from past years. Hopefully, Zimmer and Spielman will correct the offensive line as it is their weakest link. Plus get the fight back and get back to the old ways this football team has been lacking.

  27. whatjusthapped says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    Just how bad is your franchise when the highlights of this article are :

    2.) “a record of 48-34-1, with playoff appearances in two of five seasons

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Dan Devine
    Bart Starr
    Forrest Gregg
    Lindy Infante

    Record 79-180 with playoff appearances in 3 of 20 seasons.

  28. Things don’t seem right with the Vikings and Zimmer. The Bengals would take Zimmer back in a heartbeat but they’re not giving up to draft choices for him. How about John Ross to the Vikings for Zimmer?

  29. Seriously, how is this even a consideration?? The guy brought the team to the NFC Championship game last season with Case freakin’ Keenum. I’d say that by itself gives him a pass for at least a couple of down years.

    If for some reason he gets canned, we’ll take him in GB. He leads the hated rival to the west now, but I can at least respect that he’s actually a good coach.

  30. If Vikings start out 5-1 there will be an effort to extend the contract. Zimmer will or won’t pursue that opportunity while media will shill for him if his agent sends a nice Xmas gift to the various power media members. Nothing new here.

  31. No worries!!!

    If he doesn’t win in 2019, he won’t have any contract to worry about.

    And his daughter won’t have to worry any more about the weight he will be losing.

  32. kapptocousins says:

    Record 79-180 with playoff appearances in 3 of 20 seasons.
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    this is the definition of Cherry picking. Notice that I picked “one of the best coaches” of the Vikings. Now if you want to pick and compare one of the best of the Packer coaches, then fine. I give you Vince Lombardi, Mike Holgrem and McCarthy to choose from. The one thing they all have in common is winning a Superbowl, something that Vikings can’t claim in the last 58 years. And next year isn’t looking too good either.

  33. qckappa says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm
    I’m not happy with the Vikings players or coaches right now. Fortunately I dont pay their salaries. Zimmer is a top 10 coach & Cousins is a top 10 QB Spielman is a top 5 GM.
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    Cousins MIGHT be a top 10 QB what he isn’t is an 85 Mil fully gur. QB. I don’t think that Spielman is a top 5 GM, because of his inability to FIX that oline thathas been an issue for SEVERAL seasons, like Theodore’s Rookie season maybe even before that, and signing a QB for much more than he should.

  34. Mike Zimmer has been a DC or a HC for each of the last 19 NFL Seasons. The “Minnesota Miracle” is the only playoff victory he has coached in, and that should have been a loss.

    4 OC in 2 years. 4 starting QBs in 3 years. The Stefanski interview denials. The AP debacle. The Terrance Newman led mutiny. All the drama for years in Cincy. The Bobby Petrino fiasco.

    Maybe not all of it is his fault but at some point you have to ask who the common denominator is and why he is constantly in the middle of all these s&&&storms. And is a 63 yr old old school defensive coach who has never actually won anything actually the right guy to lead you to a Super Bowl in 2019???

  35. kapptocousins says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:06 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    Just how bad is your franchise when the highlights of this article are :

    2.) “a record of 48-34-1, with playoff appearances in two of five seasons

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Dan Devine
    Bart Starr
    Forrest Gregg
    Lindy Infante

    Record 79-180 with playoff appearances in 3 of 20 seasons.
    ______________

    And your point is???
    I honestly don’t think you’ll find a single Packer fan stumping positively about any of these former coaches.
    They were all quite terrible and were rightfully fired.

    Since those days, they’ve added playoff spots to make it even easier to qualify for the postseason.
    And it still doesn’t explain the amount of Barneys, with their heads stuck firmly in the sand, chanting, “In Zimmer we trust!”

  36. billzbubb says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    There are not a lot of good head coaches in the NFL. Zimmer is one of the better ones. The Vikings would be nuts to let him go.

    Fix the offensive line, get the CBs healthy and go into next season loaded for bear.

    \\\\\

    Based on his regular season record? I thought this was a championship caliber team based on talent?

    Worse than Mccarthy in the post season. Look what that got him when he had 2 seasons with no playoffs.

    Is Minnesota settling if the guy bows out next year?

  37. whatjusthapped says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    The one thing they all have in common is winning a Superbowl, something that Vikings can’t claim in the last 58 years. And next year isn’t looking too good either.
    _________

    I’m facing east and it isn’t looking too good over there, either.

  38. magnusthe1st says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    Seriously, how is this even a consideration?? The guy brought the team to the NFC Championship game last season with Case freakin’ Keenum. I’d say that by itself gives him a pass for at least a couple of down years.

    If for some reason he gets canned, we’ll take him in GB. He leads the hated rival to the west now, but I can at least respect that he’s actually a good coach.

    \\\\\

    A hail Mary to get in the NFCCG and then a complete implosion against the Eagles, followed up the next year by bowing out of the playoffs when your nemesis is not even competitive?

    I wouldn’t beat my chest to those results. Especially not to the guy who needs to extend my deal…..

    And no thanks in GB. This guy is less clutch than Mccarthy.

  39. Awful coach. Doesn’t know anything about an offense game plan or playcalling. He changes qbs every year,fires offense coordinators every year. The gm should have fired him a few years ago. And the gm should fire himself for making him head coach in the first place. He doesn’t know how to prepare an offense. He never make second half adjustments. He’s an ordinary defense coordinator. That’s it. Only a dumb franchise would make him a headcoach. Vikings will never win with clueless coach like Zimmer. Thanks to keenum , Zimmer had one good season. Keenum leaves and it’s back to mediocrity. Keenum had the same oline same defense. Vikings make up so many excuses and ignore the main problem which is Zimmer. He makes the Dallas headcoach look like a hall of famer. Atleast the Dallas headcoach was a qb and knows how to coach an offense, playcalling, second half adjustments and game planning regardless of what the lame duck haters be quacking. Dallas is in the playoffs. Where’s Zimmer and the vikings at?

  40. shaggytoodle says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Some people are made out just to be great Coordinators, and there is nothing wrong with that, the part that gets me was I expected the Vikings to be able to get better value out of their draft picks. He is a great Defensive coach, but then constatnly using all the high picks on that side of the ball, while its important to get great talent when you can, you think he would be able to take a 3rd or 4th round LB or DL and coach them into an effective starter, allowing the team to rebuild on that OL.
    ___________

    In 2014 and 2015, the Vikings took Anthony Barr and Trae Waynes with their first-round picks. They also traded up to take Teddy Bridgewater in the first round in 2014. I don’t think too many people would argue with drafting for defense after having the worst defense in team history in 2013. In 2016, they drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round. In 2017, they didn’t have a first-round pick but took Dalvin Cook in the second round. In 2018, they took Mike Hughes. That’s three defensive players and three offensive players. It’s a myth that they spend all their top picks on defense. The problem is that they haven’t been able to develop offensive linemen, other than Brian O’Neil, who they took in the second round last year and developed more quickly than expected.

  41. qckappa says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm
    I’m not happy with the Vikings players or coaches right now. Fortunately I dont pay their salaries. Zimmer is a top 10 coach & Cousins is a top 10 qb. Spielman is a top 5 GM.
    ==================================================================================
    How can Zimmer be a Top 10 coach when he has a Top 5 GM providing him with talent and he misses the playoffs and doesn’t even win the division in 2 of the last 3 years?

  42. Zimmer in review
    Year 1
    Took over bad defensive unit turns them from dead last in pts to the 10th/11th range. Adrian Petersen was suspended & 2 key injuries to starting OL.

    Year 2
    Both units improved: defense improved from 11th to 5th in points allowed. The offense improved from 20th to 16th. Team wins the division & loses its playoff game on a chip shot field goal.

    Year 3
    Injury to starting QB Teddy Bridgwater, few OL & then Adrian Peterson. 5-0 start & then an 8-8 Finish. Replaced OC Norv Turner for Pat Shurmer.

    Year 4
    Another QB injury. But, defense improved again & offense played better, despite the changes (attributed to Pat Shurmer & Case Keenum pocket elusiveness). Win the NFC North & #2 seed, Mpls Miricle & embarrassing NFC Championship game.

    Year 5
    Team has talent across skill positions, but both Defense & Offense regressed. Played well in stints, but overall, feeling that team under achieved…..both sides of the ball….when it mattered most.

    Intelligent fans in MN often like Zimmer’s style, but there are questions on whether he has what it takes to “go for the throat” & win the big game. There is a trend that has started with his teams coming out flat, getting out-coached & making mistakes on challenges.

    The Division Win is remembered for the Minneapolis Miracle, but the 2nd half of that game, the Vikes played scared & the 3rd/4th quarter while the Saints played focused, the Vikes played Martyball. For last years NFC Championship game, it appeared that the Vikes D thought that Foles could not go more than 15yards down the field…..but when they got torched deep, instead of making adjustments (like the Eagles did when the Vikes went down & scored 1st)…..Defensive players seemed to gamble for Pick 6’s & instead of making things happen, another big play would crush them.

    Then, there is the wonder that maybe Zimmer needs to choose whether he wants to be Defensive Coordinator or if he can raise his Head Coaching game & let someone else call the defense.

    Either way, the really need OL help & a OC that can help them leverage what they have on the Offensive side of the ball.

    There are a number of Head coaches that call plays on Offense, but the sense in MN is that there are some aspects of overall effort & game management things that need focus on.

  43. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:55 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    The one thing they all have in common is winning a Superbowl, something that Vikings can’t claim in the last 58 years. And next year isn’t looking too good either.
    _________

    I’m facing east and it isn’t looking too good over there, either.

    \\\\

    No but A new coach and 2nd year gm is more hopeful than Zimmer’s comments and lack of accountability.

  44. The entire roster is built the way Zimmer and his scheme works. If they changed coaches it would turn into a major rebuilding project that wouldn’t work. Half the team is making $6m/year and in the prime of their career. A new coach makes zero sense, not going to happen. Vikings just need to fix the OL and 90% other their issues are solved. People are way over reacting to this season.

    The issue is RG Mike Remmers, LG Tom Compton, and the poor play this year of C Pat Elflien. The middle of our OL was a sieve. RT Brian O’Neill could develop into a better than average RT. He needs to continue to get stronger, but did not give up a sack all year, although if you get pushed into your QB and he can’t throw the ball, it might not go down as a sack, but the result is similar. Rieff has been the lone bright spot on the OL and he is just average. Realistically they need to upgrade every single OL position and the guys who started are your backups.

  45. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    In 2014 and 2015, the Vikings took Anthony Barr and Trae Waynes with their first-round picks. They also traded up to take Teddy Bridgewater in the first round in 2014. I don’t think too many people would argue with drafting for defense after having the worst defense in team history in 2013. In 2016, they drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round. In 2017, they didn’t have a first-round pick but took Dalvin Cook in the second round. In 2018, they took Mike Hughes. That’s three defensive players and three offensive players. It’s a myth that they spend all their top picks on defense. The problem is that they haven’t been able to develop offensive linemen, other than Brian O’Neil, who they took in the second round last year and developed more quickly than expected.
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    They took Mike Hughess, after having Rhodes, Waynes, on the roster AND Mackenzie Alexander the year before, and also drafted Barr’s teammated Kendrick out of UCLA.

    Its MUCH more than just a first round, its A LOT Of high picks while ignorning the OL, maybe they could DEVELOP the OL, if they were to invest some actual draft picks in it, instead of making sure Zimmer gets a “shiny new toy” on defense every hear with one of the first two picks.

    During that same time span they used only TWO of their picks in the over the course ONE second rounder and ONE 3rd round pick on OL. Thats why its tough to “develop” yet you have whats argued as on of the best defensive minded coaches in the NFL, yet it appears he has trouble coaching players to reach their full potential outside of Rhodes, you mentioned Barr hes likely gone soon, cuz he hasn’t been able to develop like many thought. Which I thought Zim was GUARANTEED to get the best out of him.

  46. I can see it now. Vikings will be so awful in 2019 and 2020 they’ll have the top pick in the 2021 draft. Cousins will finally be gone, the vikings will free up $30 million in cap space, and they will draft trevor lawrence. that is a future i can look forward to, until then (2021), this team is garbage.

  47. Who’s to blame for the O-Line? Zimmer or the the Front Office? Coaches end up getting canned for mistakes they didn’t make.

  48. Well hes lost sight in 1 eye and 15 lbs over the course of 2 years as HC of the Vikings so he might want to reconsider that resignation.

  49. andrwken says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:55 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    The one thing they all have in common is winning a Superbowl, something that Vikings can’t claim in the last 58 years. And next year isn’t looking too good either.
    _________

    I’m facing east and it isn’t looking too good over there, either.

    \\\\

    No but A new coach and 2nd year gm is more hopeful than Zimmer’s comments and lack of accountability.
    __________

    Remember how hopeful you were last year when you finally got rid of Capers and Thompson?

  50. kapptocousins says:
    January 3, 2019 at 4:06 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    January 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    Just how bad is your franchise when the highlights of this article are :
    2.) “a record of 48-34-1, with playoff appearances in two of five seasons
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
    Dan Devine
    Bart Starr
    Forrest Gregg
    Lindy Infante
    Record 79-180 with playoff appearances in 3 of 20 seasons.
    ——————————————————————————————————————-

    I’ll raise you one Les Steckle. Both clubs can go back and for with who won what, or loss. Bottom line is it doesn’t matter if you finish second – third – or fourth in the division when you don’t make the playoffs because it is a failed season for everyone.

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