Aaron Rodgers says it’s “absolutely crazy” if Mike Zimmer is on the hot seat

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been squaring off with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer for years, and Rodgers says that’s a tough challenge.

So when Rodgers was asked about talk that Zimmer could be fired as a result of the Vikings’ highly disappointing 2020 season, he was surprised.

Rodgers told reporters today that he thinks it’s “absolutely crazy” that anyone could think Zimmer might be out of work soon. Rodgers said he considers Zimmer one of the best coaches in the NFL.

In his seventh season with the Vikings, Zimmer is 58-43-1 in the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs. But he’s 1-5 this year, and if things do not improve over the course of this season, he may not be back next season. Whether Rodgers thinks that is “absolutely crazy” or not.

46 responses to “Aaron Rodgers says it’s “absolutely crazy” if Mike Zimmer is on the hot seat

  1. Sometimes a coach makes a little difference, but not that much. Just look at New England and Tampa Bay. Did Bruce Arians suddenly become the goat, and Bill Belichick suddenly forget how to coach? I just ain’t buying the bridge.

  2. Nobody wants Mike Zimmer to remain the Vikings’ head coach more than Aaron Rodgers. Except maybe Matt LeFleur.

  3. It’s nice that Rodgers sticks up for Zimmer – even after his own players and Viking fans have quit on him.

  4. When Zim was DC in Cincy, they had very good years. He made Dalton look good. I had hoped he took over for Lewis. I agree with Rodgers. He was a defensive mastermind in the AFC NORTH. And that’s hard to do.

  5. Of course he wants him to stay, he kicks the Vikings butt every year. Zimmer Cousins combo will take this team to the cellar in the NFC North.

  6. Zimmer shouldn’t be on the hot seat however the GM has to go. He may have his issues but is still a pretty good coach and there’s nobody out there that looks qualified besides maybe Eric B. And if the Vikings don’t get him well…the fans could get exactly what they asked for and then some.

  7. It could be true that Zimmer is a good coach and also that the Vikings need to move on. At a certain point, players stop responding to specific coaches with very few exceptions. I can’t imagine Zimmer being a players coach.

  8. Anyone who thinks this years problems are because of Zimmer is crazy. Now Speilman on the other hand…

  9. Lol he says that so he can keep destroying him. There’s no such thing as a genuine compliment from Aaron Rodgers. Only back handed compliments that are insults

  10. When your defensive unit gets gutted like a fish it tends to have an ill affect on the season. They’ll be down to about their 5th string corners on Sunday. I’m sure Rodgers is all sorts of giddy.

  11. So Aaron Rodgers sticks up for the Vikings head coach, but the Vikings players won’t? They really are a mess.

  12. I didn’t really think Zimmer was a cousins guy to begin with. Would love to jettison Speilman and cousins way before losing Zimmer

  13. I’m sure he thinks it’s absolutely crazy if the Vikings were looking for Kirk Cousins’ replacement, too. As a Bills fan, I’d like to add that it would be absolutely crazy for the Jets to fire Adam Gase

  14. This could be a little nudge to the HC that if Zimm does get let go to go after him as the DC. Pettine has not really improved this defense against competent offenses or strong run offenses.

  15. No one except Dru Samia should be on a hot seat in Minnesota. The Vikings have won 2 playoff games in the last 3 years. Only maybe 4 teams have done better. Just look at the Patriots, Chargers, Cowboys & Texans. All teams that have been playoff teams in the last 2 years. Every team has a down year.

  16. The Vikings have a successful group of people only knee jerk fools would mess that up. How long before you change again & again. Look at all the time given Matt Patricia & Adam Gase. Two coaches that haven’t even gotten to .500.

  17. Eric Bieniemy starter his pro career with the Vikes.

    I hope he doesn’t find his way back there…

  18. As a Vikes fan, I completely agree with Aaron Rodgers. Zimmer is not the problem. I also happen to like Rick Spielman because he’s been pretty solid in early rounds and has solid strategy in terms of draft movement and re-signing key vets. The one criticism I really have is they need to continue to build the OL up (they finally started doing that a couple years ago and there’s been incremental improvement) and even more importantly, I’m waiting on Spielman to hit on a top notch QB. That’s my biggest knock on Spielman. With that said, I don’t really have many other complaints about him.

    If there’s one thing that the NFL teaches us, it’s that having a franchise QB is the best job security a coach can have: Examples: Bill Belicheck had a terrible record with the Browns, then comes to the Patriots, gets great QB play, and is now considered by most to be the best coach ever. Mike McCarthy, absolutely terrible coach (always thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room) was propped up by Rodgers for how many years? Then he gets a job with the Cowboys, Dak is playing top notch and goes down with injury, Andy Dalton takes over and is terrible, and now there’s calls for his job. It’s rare when an elite QB has his head coach replaced.

  19. mike123 says:
    October 28, 2020 at 4:44 pm
    It could be true that Zimmer is a good coach and also that the Vikings need to move on
    _______

    This is 1000000% right, at some point it comes to move on, but for whatever reason when that time came in GB with MM, rival fans wanted to crucify Rodgers over it, as it was his fault.

  20. Every coach one day is on the hot seat, that is football; of course some writers and TV people fall in love with certain coach’s and they coach the Rams, Seahawks etc because they are good sound bites. I have followed pro football since 1958 and one thing has never changed, if you do not have the players you can coach all you want and you will get fired.

  21. Yeah, Aaron is right, it’d be “absolutely crazy” to fire Zimmer. But worse crazy things have been done.

  22. At this point I think its more on Rick Spielman what has gone wrong. Zimmer never wanted to sign Cousins, they could have kept core intact and made do with a Bridgewater or Keenum. Spielman’s made some good deals, but that will always be what he is judged by.

  23. For additional clarification, Zimmer’s Vikings are 5-5-1 against the Packers. Thats with 4 different qbs against a team with a sure fire HOF qb. Thats pretty good considering what happened with Bridgewater.

  24. He’s earned one more year, and more competent decisions from Spielman.
    You tied yourself to Cousins though when we all wanted Keenum, half the price and about the same productivity.

  25. I think Zimmer has lost the team. There have been small signs of a problem in the past but the mass exodus of veterans and the lack if effort must mean something. I think he has lost the locker room.

  26. The head coach is in charge of the coaching staff and how it is organized. Instead of one defensive coordinator you have 4 people involved. Two Zimmers, Patterson and Capers. AND the defense sucks. Does this seem like sound organization?

  27. Zimmer is a good coach, but he’s passed the point of “Why are we listening to this guy that hasn’t won a superbowl in 7 years?”. Even if he’s practicing and preaching the same things as Belichick, Lombardi, Landry… if you don’t have the rings to hold over your team for accountability purposes, what will get them to listen day after day?

  28. Correct. Zimmer is the best coach they’ve had since Denny Green, minus the thin skin.

    ____

    Maybe so, but its not hard to be better than Tice, Frazier, or Childress

  29. Zim and Rick already has permission from Ziggy to go get Trevor Lawrence. They just have to look competitive in some games so it isn’t a completely obvious tank.

  30. qckappa says:
    October 29, 2020 at 5:27 am

    For additional clarification, Zimmer’s Vikings are 5-5-1 against the Packers.
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    For correct clarification the Vikings are actually 5-7-1 over the last 6 plus years, Zimmer’s tenure.

    And honestly, whether your team was playing a future Hall of Fame QB is beside the point.
    It’s a QB your fan base routinely insists is overrated or in steep decline.
    Not to mention all the times I’ve heard that the Vikings roster is just superior to Green Bay’s.

    If any, or all of that is true, Mike Zimmer must be a pretty lousy coach to post such a disappointing mark.

  31. There are many intangibles that go into this 1-5 record the Vikings currently find themselves in.

    1. Key Departures on Defense

    2. Rookie CBs – Vikes fans you knew this coming into the season so quit crying about it

    3. 6th Youngest roster in the league

    4. No Preseason or OTAs to get new guys and rooks up to speed in a live environment – everything was basically virtual.

    5. Injuries and inexperience on defense

    Zim has the highest winning percentage of all the NFC North coaches and some are calling for his head after his worst start in his tenure. Foolish to even consider that.

    This is a bad year but keep in mind if Zim does get the axe. That means 2-3 years of rebuilding at least. New scheme on offense and defense will need to be installed and current players will have to learn it and the nuances of it. Then in 3 years if it doesn’t pan out you fire that coach, hire a new one and the coaching carousel has begun and the whole process begins again.

    Not every draftee is gonna pan out, its a gamble. Look Zim and staff took a gamble on Jefferson. Jefferson is a top 10 WR as a ROOK! Zim and staff are just fine bad year grind it out get some good draft choices and come back next year. Danztler, Gladney, Jefferson and Cleveland will all be much improved.

  32. rodgersgobucyourself says:
    October 29, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Zim has the highest winning percentage of all the NFC North coaches and some are calling for his head after his worst start in his tenure. Foolish to even consider that.
    _________

    Umm……huh?

    1: Matt LaFleur (Packers) 18-4, .818

    2: Matt Nagy (Bears) 25-14, .641

    3: Mike Zimmer (Vikings) 58-43-1, .574

    4: Matt Patricia (Lions) 12-25-1, .329

    Congratulation, in 7 seasons Zimmer been able to win 2 postseason games, one being a missed tackle miracle, and he’s accumulated a better winning percentage than Matt Patricia, when’s the parade?

  33. I think Zimmer is a good coach but it may best for both sides to move on. It feels like the Vikings might be heading to a rebuild, Kirk ain’t taking them to the big game.

  34. Wafflestomp says:
    October 29, 2020 at 12:20 pm
    rodgersgobucyourself says:
    October 29, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Zim has the highest winning percentage of all the NFC North coaches and some are calling for his head after his worst start in his tenure. Foolish to even consider that.
    _________

    Umm……huh?

    1: Matt LaFleur (Packers) 18-4, .818

    2: Matt Nagy (Bears) 25-14, .641

    3: Mike Zimmer (Vikings) 58-43-1, .574

    4: Matt Patricia (Lions) 12-25-1, .329

    Congratulation, in 7 seasons Zimmer been able to win 2 postseason games, one being a missed tackle miracle, and he’s accumulated a better winning percentage than Matt Patricia, when’s the parade

    ——————

    That should have been “hasnt had”. No parade and the will be no parade in Green Bay either.

  35. @wafferstump

    Thats really not a good sample size to be honest. Considering Zim has coached 102 games where as Lafleur has only coached 32 games and Im sure his record was helped by a 13-3 season just as much as Zim was after his 13-3 season. Zim didn’t have the luxury of inheriting a future Hall of fame QB either. Its skewd very badly in favor of coaches who have coached fewer than 50 games. Maybe you could research just last season plus the pla off games that would be more indicative and more realistic to the trend. You just can’t base it off one season vs seven years too many factors and intangibles.

    Vike are going to the play offs this year, so I dont know why you’re so concerned with them.

  36. rodgersgobucyourself says:
    October 29, 2020 at 11:11 am

    This is a bad year but keep in mind if Zim does get the axe. That means 2-3 years of rebuilding at least.

    +++++

    The reduced cap space in 2021 means Minny won’t be able to solve their O-line issues through free agency, and Kirk Cousins has another year of silly money before the Vikes can realistically move on from his contract.

    Then the new QB needs to learn the system. It’s going to be 2-3 years of rebuilding if Zimmer doesn’t get the axe. Too.

  37. Danica,
    First of all, I never brought up NFC North coaching records or winning percentages, one of your fellow Barneys did.
    I was simply correcting this individual’s misinformation.
    Providing a friendly service, if you will.

    Alright, if I’m not allowed to use Matt LaFleur’s coaching record, may I use Mike McCarythy’s?
    Mike McCarthy coached in Green Bay for 13 seasons posting a 125-77-2, .618 record.
    Heck, even milk toast Mike Sherman’s .594 winning percentage is better than Mike Zimmer, but I suppose his 96 games don’t count either.

    Success is success, whether it’s in one year or many.
    McCarthy had already won a Super Bowl in 5 years, and that was after he dismissed one Hall of Fame QB and developed another.
    A Hall of Fame QB your fan base routinely refers to as overrated anyway.

    You were eventually right about one thing though, the Vikings definitely aren’t going to the playoffs this year.
    And if Matt LaFleur coaches GB to just 1 win in January, he’ll have matched in just 2 seasons, all of Mike Zimmer’s postseason success of 7 long years.
    The writing’s on the wall, I’m just trying to point it out to you.

  38. The only people that may want Zimmer gone are the Saints…Even Saints haters want him to stay, he might just play spoiler on Christmas this year!

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