Vikings pick up option on Mike Zimmer’s contract

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The Vikings have picked up the option on Mike Zimmer’s contract, General Manager Rick Spielman told reporters Wednesday.

Zimmer, 62, now is under contract through the 2020 season.

The move prevents Zimmer from going into this season as a lame duck, which would have created questions with Gary Kubiak now an assistant coach on the Vikings’ staff.

The Vikings failed to make the postseason in 2018, raising speculation about his future in Minnesota. But Minnesota is 47-32-1 with Zimmer as its head coach, with two postseason appearances and one trip to the NFC Championship Game in his five seasons at the helm.

35 responses to “Vikings pick up option on Mike Zimmer’s contract

  1. No brainer on this one. He has the right demeanor to lead a team. If anyone should be shown the door it’s Spielman for giving that kind of guaranteed contract to a QB that has never done anything to propel his team. As much as I hate Rodgers, he at least made his players better whereas the receivers that Cousins has had, have padded his individual stats. Cousins is not a game changing QB, and he is not a QB that will lead the league in TD’s and yards, yet they gave him a contract as if he has constantly done that in his career.

    If they don’t take a huge leap forward in 2019, then heads need to roll. You can’t go to the NFC Championship with a journeyman QB one year, then miss out on the playoffs a year later with a supposed “better” QB that takes up most of your cap space. It’s 2019 or bust for my Vikings.

  2. Makes sense. A lot of coaches get weird when working on the last year of their deal, though I am not sure why. Coaches salaries don’t count against the cap. His salary is a drop in the bucket compared to team revenues. Even if they decided to get rid of him at some point, the team will barely sweat paying him.

  3. Should he not have a great 2019 for anything but injury-related issues with the team, they can always buy him out. Mike McCarthy is still lurking out there.

  4. Do good QB’s grow on trees????……uh NO. There are perhaps 10 in the league and 22 other dudes that play the position.

    Do good head coaches grow on trees????……Heck no. see above

  5. Won’t win many games playing defense and doing the bare minimum on offense. They’ve had one above average year on the offensive side of the ball since Zimmer was hired. Zimmer is a very good defensive mind, but hasn’t shown the ability to be a head coach. If they don’t figure out the offense this year, it might be time to clean house.

  6. I like the move. If you’re going to keep Zimmer, don’t let him play out the final year of his contract. Honestly, while Rick Spielman is a first class man, his decisions as GM have left a lot to be desired. I believe the decision to sign Cousins will be seen as a mistake by the Wilfs after this coming season, and that will likely cost Spielman his job.

    Zimmer has built a solid roster, and developed talent better than any Viking head coach in decades, and maybe ever. He’s not perfect, but after watching his predecessors fall short in this area (Frazier, Childress, Tice), you don’t cut loose a coach that productive.

  7. Viking fans have a lot of patience for sure. Last year was supposed to be “the year” and fell flat on their face not even making the playoffs. Packer fans had the same senario and boom McCarthy was gone with good reason. Not sure why Zim is still the head coach but thinking he and the GM will both be gone if it happens again this year. The window is starting to close.

  8. fwippel says:
    February 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Zimmer has built a solid roster, and developed talent better than any Viking head coach in decades, and maybe ever. He’s not perfect, but after watching his predecessors fall short in this area (Frazier, Childress, Tice), you don’t cut loose a coach that productive.

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    Treadwell, Waynes, Bridgewater, and Patterson come to mind as reasons to not agree with you. Especially as well as the Pats are using a much older Patterson.

  9. Zimmer has done damn well as a head coach given the lack of QB support the front office has given him. Defense took a slip last year because they were on the field too long due to Kirk going three and out while cuddling the football like it was a damn teddy bear….

  10. When Lewis retired in Cinci i figured Zimm would try anything to get back there. i guess playing for owners who want to win is important.

  11. The Vikings had to be the most disappointing team last year. Pay a QB $30M with a roster that was suppose to be one of the leagues best and they don’t even make the playoffs. I wouldn’t be picking up any options.

  12. Not sure how I feel about this. I think he has done good things with the D, but there seems to be something he lacks as a HC. Big games tend to eat him up. No one knows for sure, but what do his players really think of him? As for Speilman, I think he needs to go and go quickly. I have the belief that the defensive players getting drafted under Zimmer are more Zim’s guys than Rick’s guys. So Rick has put together that great offense, traded up for a K last year and out of arrogance drafted a German long shot a couple years ago. His OL picks have been comical the past 5 years, Elflein and O’Neill excluded. And Cousins……mic drop!

  13. BuckyBadger says:
    February 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    The Vikings had to be the most disappointing team last year. Pay a QB $30M with a roster that was suppose to be one of the leagues best and they don’t even make the playoffs. I wouldn’t be picking up any options.
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    Where do you rank your team as far as dissapointment with a QB your fans think is a GOAT winning 6 games. Save the injury excuses – good teams overcome that – i.e. Nick Foles, Case Keenum, or going further back Jeff Hostetler and Tom Brady.

  14. Love Zimmer but the facts are what they are. He needs to make a playoff run with a roster that stacked. They were good enough to make the playoffs as they probably should’ve won at least 3 more game, but they didn’t. That was all on Cousins, if they don’t show enough improvement than 2020 will be the last for Zimmer, Spielman and Cousins and they’ll clean house.

    They need to move on from Barr, Linval, Griffen and Richardson this year and completely redo a major part of the front 7. The pass rush has disappeared the last two seasons when it mattered most.

  15. They need to move on from Barr, Linval, Griffen and Richardson this year and completely redo a major part of the front 7.

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    What? Linval has never been a pass rusher. Richardson was very productive. Griffen has the mental health issues and is a bit of a wild card, would definitely need to restructure. Barr will likely be better off elsewhere where they play to his strengths more than the Vikings do.

  16. I consider Zimmer to be a very good defensive coordinator, but only so-so as a head coach, because his knowledge of the offensive side of the ball is lacking. But, I give Zimmer kudos for recognizing his limitations and understanding that, for the Vikings to excel, he needs an offensive mind who can run the offense and take it to the next level, like Shurmur did in 2017. I hope that Kubiak/Stefanski is that guy moving forward.

  17. ducks4remi says:
    February 27, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Yes!!!! – signed fans of Packers, Bears, and Lions

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    Since Zimmer took over the Vikings, he has a winning record against the NFCN. Know what you’re talking about before you post.

  18. I don’t have a dog in this fight but I really enjoy reading the comments from Packers and Vikings fans. Passionate, knowledgeable, funny and sometimes vulgar. Up until a few years ago I had no idea there was that much animosity. Well done.

  19. With Kubiak running the offense and a new zone blocking scheme to hide the O lineman’s flaws and the offense catered to Cousins and play action passes. The Vikings will be dramatically better on offense.

    Now Zim can concentrate fully on the D. Get rid of Griffen, since hurting his foot he has no push off and is a shell of his former self. Barr can go because he will cost too much. Richardson didn’t grade out much higher than other DT. He played OK. He will want more $ so it may be time for him to go too. They need to trade Rhodes while he has value.

    Zim has too see the writing on the wall, Kubiak will replace him. Kubiak turned Schaub into a pro bowler and payton manning and his rubber band arm to 50 Td passes.

  20. andrwken says:
    February 27, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Treadwell, Waynes, Bridgewater, and Patterson come to mind as reasons to not agree with you. Especially as well as the Pats are using a much older Patterson.

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    Waynes has developed into a top-notch CB, and Bridgewater’s injury can’t be blamed on Zimmer. As evidence of my original suggestion that Zimmer develops talent better than any of his recent predecessors, I would offer Waynes, Rhodes, Kendricks, Hunter, Sendejo and Harris as players Zimmer has maximized. Every team has a few busts, even the Patriots.

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