Mike Zimmer says whatever happens with job “I can stand proud”

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Sunday’s season finale between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears could be the last for head coach Mike Zimmer after eight years leading the franchise.

Zimmer said earlier this week that he has yet to hear anything regarding his job status with the team beyond this season.

In an interview with team broadcaster Paul Allen, Zimmer said that if it’s his last time coaching the Vikings he’ll leave the job with his head up.

Regardless of anything that goes on after the season, I can stand proud,’’ Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “When I walk into a stadium like Lambeau (Field) or I walk into U.S. Bank Stadium and I say to myself, ‘A billion people would love to be sitting here right now and doing this job.”’

Zimmer’s teams in Minnesota have been competent and competitive, if mostly unspectacular. They’ve never won fewer than seven games in a season and have made the playoffs three times with two NFC North crowns over that span. But the Vikings haven’t made it to the Super Bowl and have just one playoff appearance in the last four seasons.

Zimmer is a defensive coach and those units have ranked in the bottom third of the league in yards and points in each of the last two seasons. They’ve never had a true top-tier quarterback over that span either despite stretches of solid play from Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum.

It might be time for a change in Minnesota. And if it is, Zimmer will push forward.

“I do think it’s different that people can talk about your job and being let go and things like that and not understanding the effects of all your coaches, effects of all the players, effects of their families and they say it after you lose every week,’’ Zimmer said. “So they don’t go around saying they should fire that doctor or fire that landscape guy or anything like that. So it’s just part of the business, I guess.”

19 responses to “Mike Zimmer says whatever happens with job “I can stand proud”

  1. He can and should. Getting to his position would be a dream of anyone reading this comment. I can and have made lots of comments about the job he has done but no one has bought a ticket for me to program a PC. His time with the Vikings may not have been a success but his life undoubtedly is.

  2. Zimmer seems like a decent guy but his biggest problem is that he’s stubborn and the game has passed him by. He’s still trying to do things the way Bill Parcells did. The NFL has changed and the 80s/90s style of play just doesn’t work in 2022. Time for someone with a fresh perspective and new ideas.

  3. On the sidelines at frigid Lambeau Field on Sunday, Coach Zimmer looked absolutely miserable — like he would rather have been anywhere except there.

  4. Many things here….this year you should be embarrassed, certainly not proud. Your team has underachieved much more than overachieved. You’ve overachieved once, actually. And then got demolished in the NFCCG. If doctors, lawyers, or landscapers did this bad of a job over 8 years, they would have been fired years ago. Oh, and it’s hard to feel sorry for guys doing a poor job while being paid millions of dollars. Yes, I know asst coaches make much less then Zim, but they hitched their caboose to a bad engine.

  5. “I do think it’s different that people can talk about your job and being let go and things like that and not understanding the effects of all your coaches, effects of all the players, effects of their families and they say it after you lose every week,’’ Zimmer said. “So they don’t go around saying they should fire that doctor or fire that landscape guy or anything like that. So it’s just part of the business, I guess.”

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    Actually, they do say things like that about doctors and landscapers…If they dont like the one they have people have other choices and just go to on to another doctor/landscaper for their needs….the difference is that with an NFL coach, you actually have to be fired to accomplish this. Quit crying, its time for a change

  6. Whatever happens with Zimmer I still think he’s a pretty good coach he just didn’t have it come together for him in MN with others around him constantly letting him down or struggling. Signing Kirk Counsins to a fully GTD’d contract was by far the worst move made when he was there. Cousins is a mid tier QB, every time he’s been asked to step up beyond that in his career to earn a division crown or wild card berth he always flat on his face. Cousins just isn’t good enough to compete with the top teams in the league with any consistency. Hopefully for Vikings fans sake MN rectifies their Kirk Cousins problem and brings in someone else at QB who has more talent and potential.

  7. Absolutely. There are hundreds of coaches that have never won a Super Bowl. And there isn’t really a coach that could lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl win. It’s all about expectations. For most teams, it’s winning the Super Bowl. For the Vikings, it’s beating the Packers at least once per year. By that metric, this 8-9 or 7-10 season was a resounding success. They paid the refs just enough to ensure it!

  8. Stand proud of the 31st ranked defense in the league as you tower over the NY Jets according to ESPN.

  9. Zimmerman will be on someone’s team as a defensive coordinator again come July.

  10. Zimmer has been a good coach but his time has passed. He should retire to his beautiful ranch with his Instagram model girlfriend and enjoy life while he gets paid the remainder of his contract.

  11. I believe that Mike Zimmer has been on the cusp of coaching greatness for some time and only needs a few more years to finally push this team over the top.
    Every rose needs time to bloom.

    Stop stunting his growth by threatening his job security.
    Quit slobbering in your plate of lukewarm lutefisk and support your damn coach.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, or even 8 years in East Dakota time.
    Make your voices heard! Save Zimmer’s job today!!!
    Tomorrow may be just too late.

  12. Remember when Cousins unwantedly chest-bumped Zimmer during a game and Zimmer curled his lip and pushed him off? Cousins was in-effect saying; “See, I told you. Mess with me, I’ll mess with you!”

    Zimmer knew then and there he’d never win with that guy.

  13. Why does everyone say that he should just be a defensive coordinator when the defense he built was one of the worst in the whole league?? He just needs to get out of football totally. He’s out of touch how the game is played in 2022.

  14. Firing your doctor or your landscaper is way different than firing a fully guaranteed contracted head coach. They still have to pay out his contract whether he’s coaching or not, so no tears for Zimmer from me. As for his tenure as a head coach, I have a mixed review. He had some very good years with the defense, but also the last two years where well below average. He had some major issues with time clock and game management that cost a few games, but overall I’ll give him a B grade. I would like to see someone like a Doug Pederson or another guy with Superbowl experience come in and turn the ship around quickly. There’s plenty of talent left on the roster, they can re tool in an off season and come back very strong next year.

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