Vikings have “every intent” of Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman remaining in Minnesota

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The team whose G.M. once declared he has “no intent” to trade Percy Harvin has no intent to move on from said G.M., or from the team’s head coach.

In a statement issued Friday, Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf addressed speculation regarding the status of coach Mike Zimmer and G.M. Rick Spielman.

“We value Mike and Rick’s leadership and we have every intent of Mike continuing as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Rick leading our football operations, next year and beyond,” Wilf said.

Both Zimmer and Spielman are under contract through 2020. Absent new contracts, both will be lame ducks next year.

The development comes at a time when some wonder whether Jerry Jones would like to hire Zimmer, a former defensive coordinator in Dallas, to coach the Cowboys. And it’s possible that the message from the Vikings to Jones is this: If you want him, you’re going to have to give back some of the stuff you took from us 30 years ago in the Herschel Walker trade.

Regardless, unless and until new contracts are signed by Zimmer and Spielman, intentions can change. The first factor that could potentially alter intent happens on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET, when the Vikings face the Saints in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

76 responses to “Vikings have “every intent” of Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman remaining in Minnesota

  1. Make a list of all the NFL coaches you think are better than Zimmer. Then make a list of the quarterbacks those coaches have had the majority of their careers. If you can win 60% of your games without ever having a star quarterback, you’re a really good coach.

  2. How about a reverse Herschel Walker deal?

    I love my home town purple, but I’m not sure everything will be “OK” if we go get smoked in the Big Easy. Changes will be afoot if Sunday is ugly, and Sunday could be ugly.

  3. These kind of quotes always make me laugh. “…every intent…”

    I have every intent to show up to work on Monday, but let me hit Powerball and see how quickly that changes. Ha ha.

  4. Dallas can give us their 1st and 2nd rounders this year, and their 1st rounder in 2021 for Zimmer. The Vikings can promote Stephanski to HC, and make Kubiak the Assistant HC and OC.

  5. The team whose G.M. once declared he has “no intent” to trade Percy Harvin has no intent to move on from said G.M., or from the team’s head coach.

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    Can we just drop remarks like this? Gets kind of annoying. When has a team ever been transparent about trading/not trading players. A player won’t be traded only until another team is willing to pay the asking price.

  6. I seen zero indication the Cowboys have ANY interest in Mike Zimmer.

    Florio is the only one pushing this narrative because he wants Zimmer gone. You are stuck with him for 2020 Mike. The Vikings will finally fire Zimmy after next season.

  7. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    I seen zero indication the Cowboys have ANY interest in Mike Zimmer.
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    Except that they’re keeping Garrett swinging in the wind. Probably until Monday. I can totally see him coming back on a 1 year deal in 2020 in case Zimmer stays in Minnie.

  8. Of course, why stop the meltdown now?

    What a fraud organization, just like the Twins!

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    I seen zero indication the Cowboys have ANY interest in Mike Zimmer.

    Florio is the only one pushing this narrative because he wants Zimmer gone. You are stuck with him for 2020 Mike. The Vikings will finally fire Zimmy after next season.

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    They are also stuck with Kirk “Prime time” Cousins. All three (throw in the O-line is not important GM) could be in a lame-duck season for 2020.

  10. Please, Please Oh Please keep the Dynamic Dimwits!

    They are a pair made in heaven.

    The Rest of The NFL Teams

  11. The only people that matter are the wilfs and they arent getting rid of one of the best coaches in football game and thé best gm in football. How stupid are people

  12. Well, none of you are giving them a chance this Sunday, so if the Vikings win I guess that makes them the best GM and HC in history. Contracts for life!

  13. The Vikings have every intent never to go to a Superbowl!

  14. Vikes just need a better O-line (as always). All the other pieces are there. They went 10-6 (would have easily been 11-5 if not for their bye week in week 17), scored a ton of points, and looked unbeatable when Cook and Mattison played. All that with a new OC and playbook.

  15. spikeit2times says:
    January 3, 2020 at 4:59 pm
    Dallas can give us their 1st and 2nd rounders this year, and their 1st rounder in 2021 for Zimmer. The Vikings can promote Stephanski to HC, and make Kubiak the Assistant HC and OC.

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    Sure buddy. Why not share some of that magic dust you’re smoking? Lol

  16. The only NFL team that wears purple and matters is the Ravens. The cowboys are terrible and the vikings are toast this weekend.

  17. Every intent: “Let’s see how you do on Sunday before we get too far ahead of ourselves.”

  18. I have thought since the time he was dismissed that Mike McCarthy would end up in Minnesota. If they clean house after a potential loss to the Saints, I would not bet against it. Keeps him near the GB area and he knows the Packers like the back of his hand.

  19. I can see them trading Zimmer to Dallas for a 4th round pick, which is equitable.Then Spielman will turn around and spend another 4th rounder on a punter. It’s The Viking Way.

  20. This will make Florio and most Viking fans happy. It will also make the other NFC North teams happy.

  21. Think of McCarthy game planning against Rodgers. Also, McCarthy’s wife is from the GB area with deep family ties. Just sayin’–it’s a pretty good fit.

  22. There is no way those guys go anywhere. Here is Jerry’s problem. Who can he replace Garrett with. No a lot of great coaches running around.
    No vikes extend Zimmer and spielman in next few weeks so no one can touch them.

  23. glac1 says:
    January 3, 2020 at 7:20 pm
    It isn’t news until it happens…. Until then it’s all speculation without any facts.
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    Welcome to the website.

  24. Vikings explode and win this game.
    Just like every team that open up their playbook for the playoffs (except the saints); it’ll be a good one (except for the saints).

  25. This overheated speculation is so stupid. Yes there are people that want Zimmer and Spielman fired – these are the same yahoos that always want the Coach and GM fired and are also the people that think the Vikings should have started the season with Kyle Sloter under center – you know the guy that ended up on the practice squad for a team that opened the season with a tie.

    I like Stefanski fine too but he’s wet the bed at least 2X on national TV this season himself and is nowhere near ready for the head coach seat. If they put Zimmer on the street half the teams in the league would likely be clamoring to hire him either as their HC or DC within hours.

    The Vikings have missed their chances to win the big games but they are not one of the perennial bottom half of the league teams – in fact on average they contend more than many.

    It’s good to see the Wilfs come out and say this – the blather forced them to. Cutting Zimmer loose would be stupid beyond belief.

  26. Now after YEARS of having to hear about the aptitude and impending greatness of Teddy Bridgewater (“he and Zim are going to bring back titles”), Vikings trading a first and a fourth for Bradford because “the window is open right now”and there was “no other option” (8-8) and just 4 weeks ago people seriously proposing Cousins belonged in the MVP conversation. SERIOUSLY.

    NOW we are supposed to think Zimmer is a pretty good coach because he hasn’t had a star quarterback?

    Mike Zimmer is like 1-12 in playoff games he has participated in since 2000 (too lazy to double-check it), Zimmer aint a winner so keep him if you want but stop pretending the Vikings are Super Bowl relevant. They are not, and they and have not been. They had a chance with that defense in the Keenum year but that was Zim’s high water mark. Sorry.

  27. nyneal says:
    January 3, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    Good news for the Packers, Lions, and Bears

    @@@@@@@@222

    Since Zimmer took over as HC for the Vikings, NFCN wins

    Packers 58
    Vikings 57
    Lions 46
    Bears 39

    Packer fan showing their ignorance again.

  28. Zimmer is a good coach, and I’m sure Jerry Jones is salivating at the chance of signing him. As much as he is regretting not signing Payton years ago.

    Both are now off the list. Payton signed an extension with New Orleans, Zimmer will sign an extension with Minnesota, no matter what happens this weekend.

    Rivera just signed with Washington, and brought in Del Rio.

    That leaves Jones with . . . Garrett. And another losing season under a failed coach.

    The speculation is that Jones has not extended Garrett’s contract because he doesn’t want him to sign with the Giants. That’s ridiculous. New York would be as much a losing team under Garrett, as Dallas was.

    No credible coach will agree to work under Jerry Jones. Like Jimmy Johnson, any credible coach would demand total control over personnel and football operations. That’s not going to happen, because Jerry is large and in charge. He hasn’t won a divisional playoff game, or a conference championship or a Super Bowl, since 1995.

    Why would any coach agree to come in and clean up this mess? Knowing that he’d be hamstrung by the owner/general mismanager.

  29. Zimmer, Spielman and Cousins all have contracts that expire after next year. I doubt this is a coincidence. Make or break year in 2020. If we do well, all three get extended, if we bomb, all three are gone and we rebuild from scratch.

  30. McCarthy? People want McCarthy? I get it. MN is built on Green Bay cast offs but this idea is silly.

  31. It will be Kubiak HC/OC & Wade Phillips as DC. Zim lost his motivational skills the year prior to the NFCCG his players were ignoring his defensive play calls. He never praises the team only reminds them how they are lucky to be in the playoffs. He’s too negative & coaches like Parcells who is a coach who’s heyday of the late 70’s to early 90’s is when you could motivate through put downs and ego bashing. Doesn’t work like that anymore. Zim is like Don Nelson, great coach but could never get past the championship round. Didn’t know how to motivate. In comes Popovich and wins 5 championships with the same exact players. Gruden in Tampa with Dungy’s team. Dungy in Indy with Jim Mora’s players. Happens all the time. If Zim can’t win this year with this team they built specifically for the playoffs with power running and defense then how will he next year? He won’t. This is it.

    vavikingfan says:
    January 3, 2020 at 7:34 pm
    For all of you fellow Vikings fans screaming for Zimmers and Spielmans scalps : who are you going to get that’s better?

  32. “Every intent” can be read in many ways. That was a very well thought out response dependent on their next playoff game. Will be fun to watch and see how this all pans out. Vikings play well and/or win they stay … get demolished and it’s a whole new ball game.

  33. I’m not a Viking’s fan, but I admire a front office that takes accountability for it’s
    mistakes and actions.

    Zimmmer didn’t dump Keenum, make the decision that Cousins was an upgrade and give him a 100% guaranteed contract!

    Zimmmer didn’t make the decision not to keep Keenum; who we now know would have been fine if they had added someone in the draft like say, Minishew, for a low draft pick and the franchise would have had a better future at the position and had ample money to shore up other positions that fans are whining about here like the offensive line!

    Stop and appreciate, for a second, that the organization is smart enough not to jettison a very good coach admit it’s mistakes and try to right it!

    Sometimes, you should understand that people make mistakes, but the best of them don’t follow it up with knee-jerk reactions but find a way out of it.

    I’m a Redskin’s fan! Appreciate what you have, even when it’s not 100% perfect, Minnesota!

    You could be us!

  34. Go ahead and do something smart. Hire Mccarthy. It will definitely add to one of my favorite riddles. “What do you call a Viking with a Super Bowl ring? A former Packer.”

  35. If the Wilfs have no intention to fire Zimmer, why did they hire Kubiak and his minions?

    Say bye bye Zim. It’s been a nice ride for the most part. One and done.

    SKOL VIKINGS

  36. Let’s see how they feel after they lose to the Saints. The Vikings are going nowhere and will continue to go nowhere.

    I don’t think there is a team in the NFL with less history and pride as the Vikings. Even the SKOL chant was stolen from a college team.

  37. I honestly am relatively indifferent about the Vikes game this weekend. I honestly believe NO will win big and continue to do so for the rest of the post-season. The Packers need it to be really cold at Lambeau to win, and it doesn’t look like that’s happening any time soon. All I know is that tomorrow I will be walking by an empty US Bank stadium (which the Wilfs have yet to thank me for) from my condo to my favorite Packer bar in downtown Minneapolis.

  38. If I were Zimmer……..the thought of having Jerrah and Boy Jones dictate everything about personnel, management, draft, who gets the best stewardess on the Lear jet….shucks… you guys get my point.

  39. vavikingfan says:
    January 3, 2020 at 7:34 pm
    For all of you fellow Vikings fans screaming for Zimmers and Spielmans scalps : who are you going to get that’s better?
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    First, if a fan can solve this problem than the Vikes organization has bigger issues on hand. Second, don’t act like the quota of qualified HC’s and GM’s has been met. There are very qualified guys out there, they just need a chance. Sometimes, much like the Bears and the Packers, a new voice, perhaps a younger voice with a fresh message, is all it takes to re-energize the team (see the 2019 MN Twins). My last point is this, don’t think for a minute that these players go home and don’t have discussions with each other, their families and friends about things that will never go public. Maybe topics such as; why can’t Cousins win a big game? What has happened to Rhodes and Waynes? do the players even like Zimmer anymore because he seems like an ornery cuss and he’s never won a thing, how often does he admit they got outcoached versus saying they were outplayed? and there is this one, why does your Oline suck so bad every year? These players are humans and these conversations take place in private with people they know and trust. DOUBT…has crept into their minds about their coach, their QB and their GM. The only way to fix that is with change. That is why I favor removing Zim and the GM if they lose this game tomorrow, Cousins would not be re-signed. If they win, they can change the narrative. Something is missing the past 2 seasons though.

  40. Anyone who has ever asked a team about their “intent” to trade a player that’s currently on their roster, would be extremely naïve if they expected a true answer. Any G.M. that was honest about their intent to trade a player who is currently on their roster is probably an ex-G.M. Any poker player that tells the other people sitting across the table what cards he’s holding, probably lost all his money. I guess there’s a definition of “common sense” that I’m not aware of, or I’m on the wrong planet or something.

  41. If Dallas would trade for Zimmer it would most likely mean Zimmer would want to be the head coach of the Cowboys. If that’s the case why would Dallas trade for him? They could just wait one more season and get him without trading anything… Garrett is “campaigning” for his job so they at least have one option to make it through next season.

  42. It’s a little baffling that people don’t see that the Saints give up a ton of points. But suddenly it’s; “the saints will win by 28 points on Sunday”? They had 10 games where the margin was 11 or less. That’s a ball bouncing, a missed tackle, 2 bad plays. Yes, it is better to have won most of those, but how about those games wherein the Saints gave up 3+ TD’s? Half their games. Just saying, these two teams just may go toe to toe on Sunday, with the outcome coming down to turnovers, or whoever has the ball last.

  43. Everyone just thinks in short-term gimme-now concepts now. Zimmer and Spielman have built really good teams and Zim has a winning record. How is anyone supposed to be successful if you only give them 5-6 years and then they’re out? The Vikings have never won a superbowl in nearly 60 years, you’d think fans would have more patience. Mike Zimmer is a good coach! I can’t stand these people that complain every year. Zimmer took a 3-13 waste dump of a team and made it a perennial contender. We haven’t had good luck drafting a QB this millennia. Teddy looks like a winner too but a freak accident changed the Vikings’ future and they let him go unsure he would ever be able to start again.

    People just need to have more patience and be happy that we have a winning head coach installed rather than a coaching carousel like poor teams like Tampa Bay or Miami or Jacksonville or Washington or Oakland or Cleveland or BOTH New York teams, etc. Appreciate what you’ve got and give him time to get better as a head coach.

  44. Guys

    You realize that Zimmer is 57-38-1 as a head coach with only one losing season, right? Most teams would kill for that kind of success. If he gets fired it would be the biggest mistake that the Vikings have ever made.

  45. Guys

    You realize that Zimmer is 57-38-1 as a head coach with only one losing season, right? Most teams would kill for that kind of success. If he gets fired it would be the biggest mistake that the Vikings have ever made

    He also led the Vikings to their second-highest win total EVER, second to the fluke ’98 vikes.

  46. “If he gets fired it would be the biggest mistake that the Vikings have ever made.”

    Where have you been all your life? Walker trade? Troy Williamson, Ponder, Kalil? Basically every Spielman first round pick?

  47. Zim has done a fantastic job! The Wilfs are very loyal to not only coaching personnel but players as well. Most of the negativity is from Packer rubes disguised as Vikings fans. They dont wanna see Zim back, because they dont wanna see Zim expose the Packers HC for the fraudulent
    Coach he is. Make no mistake Rodgers runs that team and organization not the HC.

    Doubt the Vikes all you want, they aint going away anytime soon.

  48. At least 80% of Vikings fans are just fine with Zim and don’t want him fired. Unless you’re like 10 years old you remember the horrific defense before Zim got here. It’s a game of inches. Cousins has played great. Cook has played great. The defense has played great. Special teams have played great. Just not always at the same time in the same game. Vikings can beat any team with a complete game.

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