Mike Zimmer: Speculation about his future was “silly”

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By beating the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer undoubtedly has secured his future in 2020, and beyond. Before Sunday, however, there was plenty of chatter that a loss against the Saints could be Zimmer’s last game as head coach of the Vikings.

After the 26-20 overtime win, Zimmer addressed talk that included the possibility of him becoming the next coach of the Cowboys.

“I don’t really want to discuss it, honestly,” Zimmer told reporters. “Quite honestly I think it’s silly that people were talking about it on a 10-win team that’s 60-percent wins, so, I don’t know. Whatever happens, happens.”

Zimmer previously made it clear during his post-game press conference that he wants to stay.

“I love this team, I love the organization,” Zimmer said. “Whatever they decide to do, they decide to do.”

Zimmer’s use of “whatever” on two separate occassions seems to suggest that he was aware of the possibility that change could have come if a win hadn’t on Sunday, especially after Friday’s issuance of a statement that was somewhat short of unequivocal and unconditional. Zimmer continues to be under contract through 2020. An extension will speak far more loudly than any statement ever could.

And there’s still a chance the Cowboys will come calling. If so, Sunday’s win likely means that the price to get him goes up dramatically.

29 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Speculation about his future was “silly”

  1. As for me and the viking fans that I know, we have always loved Mike and what he brings to our program. No big dance yet, but at least knocking on the door or in the vicinity. At least we can have hope!

  2. As a Vikings fan I never wanted Mike to go. His worst season is a 8 win season…his worst! And he has had to overcome a lot of things that have gone wrong that aren’t all his fault. Taking over the worst defense when he started and rebuilding….the Adrian Peterson child abuse situation….Teddy Bridgewater busting his knee, the Offensive Line all getting injured in 2016, Sam Bradford’s knee breaking…..the Everson Griffin situation last year, his eye needing surgery..even after all that his team is competitive and they always have a chance to make the playoffs…before Zimmer showed up the Packers swept us every year, now most years we can beat them…not this year unfortunately. Wanting him to go is so silly and I don’t understand why fans want that. I always thought Rick is the one that needs to go.

  3. Some of us remember what the defense and team was like before he got here. Sure, we want even more, but we have seen much worse.Right now, the biggest problem is keeping OC’s here so the offense can go 2 seasons without major changes.

  4. I wouldn’t sleep on the Vikings next week, but this tone could change immensely if things go badly in CA.

    Cousins against a good pass rush = not good for Minny. If they get after Cousins (and they should, NO didn’t seem to get the memo) it won’t matter if Cook has 200 yards and two TD’s.

  5. Coaching in the NFL is unlike almost any other job. By most measures, Mike Zimmer continues to be very successful. His teams have been competitive every year and have had some postseason success. Over his tenure, he was one of the winningest coaches in the NFL. That said, the ultimate goal is a Super Bowl. If you’re failing to reach the Super Bowl after 5+ years, are you successful? How long do you keep a guy that can win 10 games, but can’t get you to a Super Bowl? I love Zim and want nothing more than for him to win a ring with the Vikings, but tough decisions will have to be made in the coming years unless he can get us to a Super Bowl.

  6. This is the best thing that could happen for the other NFC north teams. Hopefully Cousins plays well enough next week so he gets an extension in Minny as well.

  7. “That said, the ultimate goal is a Super Bowl. If you’re failing to reach the Super Bowl after 5+ years, are you successful? How long do you keep a guy that can win 10 games, but can’t get you to a Super Bowl? I love Zim and want nothing more than for him to win a ring with the Vikings, but tough decisions will have to be made in the coming years unless he can get us to a Super Bowl.”

    Well said,

    You can’t be Marvin Lewis for most teams and stick around that long.

  8. I was wrong! Zim did have them ready to win and he did scheme some new wrinkles on D. He wasn’t predictable. Now comes a more talented opponent but without the playoff experience and hostile environment of NO. If Zim pulls this off the Wilfs need to write up the new deal on the flight home. Interesting to note that Sendejo starts yesterday for MN after being released by the Eagles this yr, and Marcus Epps (a late rd Speilman gem) who he kept most of the yr until releasing him to pick up Sendejo once he was cut by the Eagles, Epps gave up the LONG pass to Metcalf yesterday to clinch the win for Sea. Go figure.

  9. After the Bears beat the Vikings in Chicago I thought the Vikings were done. I also thought the Bears we’re back! Zimmer really should be credited for holding his team together after that loss. I’m happy for Cousins too.

  10. “That said, the ultimate goal is a Super Bowl. If you’re failing to reach the Super Bowl after 5+ years, are you successful? How long do you keep a guy that can win 10 games, but can’t get you to a Super Bowl? I love Zim and want nothing more than for him to win a ring with the Vikings, but tough decisions will have to be made in the coming years unless he can get us to a Super Bowl.”

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    What coach are you going to replace him with? That is the first question that needs to be asked when they mention letting him go. Zimmer is the best coach the Vikings have had since Denny, it’s not even close.

    Most of our entertainment comes from the 17 weeks of football that is played. The Vikings have been pretty dang good during those weeks under Zimmer. Even managed to make the playoffs and compete in those games(minus NFC Champ). Vikings have yet to make a Super Bowl in my lifetime. Having a realistic perspective of it, goes a long ways.

    So I’ll ask again, when Zimmer goes, who are you going to replace him with?

  11. Brilliance in put Griffin and Hunter inside 3 technique against Brees and that offensive line. What will Coach concoct for the 9ers…..stay tune!

  12. Don’t be surprised if Lord Zimmer and Capt Kirk both get their contracts extended. Cousins is young enough and is good enough to keep positive progression going in Minnesota, no different than Brady and Breeze did.

  13. The local sports media should be ashamed to ask Zimmer about his future with the Vikings all week. And then they kept at it even after a playoff win it’s embarrassing. The local sports media in the Twin Cities area is lacking, nothing but trolls. Zimmer has turned the franchise completely around from when he started.

  14. I’m a Bears fan, and the speculation of him being gone, frankly, baffles me. Why, exactly? You fire a coach because the team underachieves. When have they actually underachieved under Zimmer? Let alone done it enough to warrant him losing his job? Makes absolutely zero sense.

  15. What coach are you going to replace him with? That is the first question that needs to be asked when they mention letting him go. Zimmer is the best coach the Vikings have had since Denny, it’s not even close.
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    Even Denny got fired eventually, most do. I would not expect the average fan to give you a short list of the best HC candidates, but there are good coaches out there. It also takes dudes to win! Belichick couldn’t win this year because they lacked dudes on offense. Saban in Ala has dudes, Saban at MSU did not have those dudes. Denny had plenty of talent in 1998 yet couldn’t get the team to the Super Bowl. For those of us that can remember the last Super Bowl they played in, 5 consecutive NFCCG losses have taken their toll on most Viking fans my age. We don’t simply want playoff games every other year, we want to celebrate a Super Bowl.

  16. What coach are you going to replace him with? That is the first question that needs to be asked when they mention letting him go. Zimmer is the best coach the Vikings have had since Denny, it’s not even close.
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    Even Denny got fired eventually, most do. I would not expect the average fan to give you a short list of the best HC candidates, but there are good coaches out there. It also takes dudes to win! Belichick couldn’t win this year because they lacked dudes on offense. Saban in Ala has dudes, Saban at MSU did not have those dudes. Denny had plenty of talent in 1998 yet couldn’t get the team to the Super Bowl. For those of us that can remember the last Super Bowl they played in, 5 consecutive NFCCG losses have taken their toll on most Viking fans my age. We don’t simply want playoff games every other year, we want to celebrate a Super Bowl

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    Bud Grant has zero Super Bowl wins. Holding a Coach to making and winning a Super Bowl is a weird standard to hold for a team thats never won a Super Bowl.

    It takes a lot of variables to win a Super Bowl. A lot of which are not in the coaches hands.

  17. One of my distastes for him is his motivational skills but he had an answer for that. Leaving the Vikings out of the promo seems to have lit a fire under this whole team. Something that they always lack in big games. I think they will use this to propel them. It’s about time the Vikings show some spirit.

  18. MM and GB packers are also the only team in NFL history to go 15-1 and go 1 and done
    in the playoffs packertruth.

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