Mike Zimmer: I’m sorry we didn’t get it done

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On Monday, Mike Zimmer was fired for the first time in his long football career. He spent eight seasons as the Vikings head coach, going 72-56-1 with three postseason appearances.

Zimmer released a statement Monday afternoon.

“We have had great sponsors and met so many great people, including my relationship with Bud Grant and all the people in the offices,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I have given my heart and soul to this organization and to the players. I have had outstanding assistant coaches who have worked tirelessly. I’m sorry we didn’t get it done. The fans make this place truly special. On Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium, it’s an unbelievable atmosphere. I’ll miss coaching the players, some who have been with me for all eight years. I want to thank the players who welcomed me in 2014 and believed in me that I could lead them to be great.”

Zimmer, 65, got the Vikings as close as the NFC Championship Game, but they have missed the playoffs the past two seasons.

Owner and president Mark Wilf said, in announcing the departures of Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman, that the Vikings’ goal is “to consistently contend and win championships.”

44 responses to “Mike Zimmer: I’m sorry we didn’t get it done

  1. Zim is a good dude and an underrated coach. Vikings fans may be in for a little surprise when they find themselves out of the playoff conversation all together and in limbo the next 3-4 years.

  2. Zimmer is an old school coach who couldn’t connect with the players… interviews given by Erik Kendricks and Brian O’Neil are very telling about how toxic his leadership had become.

  3. If Bill Belichick and Sean Payton can’t win without a QB, why would Mike Zimmer be expected to?

  4. It sucks when you have to let a decent coach go, but .500 football will not cut it for long in the pros. He was part of the problem over all, but the main problem, the awful GM is gone now. If your main job is to get the players you and your coach need to be successful and you fail to do so, you deserve to get canned. In the Vikings case, you had a GM for 15+ years that continually couldn’t find a great QB, couldn’t find a serviceable offensive line or linemen, and for cripes sake, FIND A KICKER ALREADY!

  5. Not only did his defenses fall apart the past few years, but nearly every decision on QB since 2016 has been the wrong one. Great guy, blah, blah, blah, but he should’ve been fired a year ago. This season is a carbon copy of 2020, and a waste of the best RB and WR in the NFL.

  6. Look back on the last 6 quarters of the 2017 playoffs when his defense got figured out which was the beginning of the end. His Olines were always weak and being saddled with Cousins huge contract [Spielman] handcuffed the team.

  7. Zimmer is a good coach. He’s not a great coach though. It always seemed like when the pressure was at its highest, the team crumbled. It was time to move on. Getting Speilman fired is well worth it, too.

  8. for cripes sake, FIND A KICKER ALREADY!
    +++++
    The GM found a kicker, drafted him in the 5th round, and that kicker has made 73 of his last 78 field goal attempts. Including 10 of his last 11 from 50+…

    Zimmer had the kicker banished after 2 games because he laughingly felt his team (that ended up 8-7-1) was so close to Super Bowl worthy. That’s on ZIM, not the GM.

  9. Mike Zimmer is a great Defensive Coordinator. He is a good Head Coach. None of that matters when the front office needs to blame someone other than themselves.

  10. Zimmer had a top 10 QB in Cousins and still couldn’t get it done. The game has passed him by.

  11. It’s all good, Mike.
    You provided us all with some good laughs along the way.
    Thank you for those 8 long pointless years.

  12. Mike Zimmer is widely known as a “good coach” but the teams that he has been a part of, either as a DC or HC, have been very below average. 12 losing seasons out of 22, four 9-7 seasons, an 8-8 and 8-7-1 season. That’s 18 seasons out of 22 with below double digit wins. The narrative that he’s a good coach is false.

  13. Perhaps it wasn’t wise to rock the boat after you reached the NFC championship game by acquiring a QB who has never won anything for a ridiculous amount of money. Shockingly, Captain Kirk still hasn’t won anything. Who could’ve seen that coming?!

  14. Thing about Zim is, shiny press-releases are not him. If he said that, he meant it. Refreshing candor and accessible to media was worth something.

  15. When he had competent QB play and his defense wasn’t dismantled by injuries or lost players, they went to the NFC Championship game. I don’t think he’s a great coach, but he certainly is not bad a one.

  16. packerlies says:
    January 10, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    The GM found a kicker, drafted him in the 5th round, and that kicker has made 73 of his last 78 field goal attempts. Including 10 of his last 11 from 50+…

    Zimmer had the kicker banished after 2 games because he laughingly felt his team (that ended up 8-7-1) was so close to Super Bowl worthy. That’s on ZIM, not the GM.

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    and the kicker is going to the playoffs while Zimmer is unemployed. Karma.

  17. charliecharger says:
    January 10, 2022 at 8:18 pm
    If Bill Belichick and Sean Payton can’t win without a QB, why would Mike Zimmer be expected to?
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    Never mind the Vikings conservative play calling and being bottom tier in every defensive category.

  18. Not sure why everyone thinks Cousins was the problem. He’s a high-completion, low-errors QB, and I don’t see him being the reason they couldn’t win. It was that awful defense that only lived up to its potential two out of Zimmer’s eight years. And for a HC that was supposed to be a defensive mastermind, that’s more telling about Zimmer than anyone else — player OR coach.

    Of course, they WAY overpaid for Cousins, but can you blame him for taking all that guaranteed money? He wasn’t worth it, but if they’re gonna offer it… You can’t really say he was a bad QB, but he wasn’t elite, which is what the money offered made him out to be.

  19. Packers would welcome him with open arms as their DC any day, because Rodgers play bad against his defense.

  20. Viking fan agreeing 100% with “packerlies”. Zimmer hamstrung his players. Played Dozier & Breeland too much while not playing Dantzler, Nwangu, Davis & others. Carlson still kicking for the Vikings would’ve been more.close wins. His not playing rookies was a failing. The talent was there but he’s not a good coach just a little above average coach. His record says exactly that.

  21. Christian Ponder, Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Case Keenum, Kirk Cousins and Sean Mannion. But damnit if we could only find a coach that coddles his players more lol

  22. He’ll get another chance. He went to the NFC Championship game with Case Keenum….He beat Drew Brees twice in the playoffs….not a bad resume if you ask me….

  23. I find it interesting that, like in Washington, Minnesota handed Kirk Cousins a mint and despite what looks like great numbers, he just doesn’t win! Also, even though the rookie was being kind, his teammates never take to him. He lacks leadership and teammate skills. But he remains aloof and acts like he’s Joe Montana!

    Also like there, we still feel as though we didn’t have a QB in all the time he was here and we paid him a fortune. He’s unique in this way of spending a lot of time and being really expensive but leaves you with nothing! Not even a good feeling about him!

  24. Gave Aaron Rodgers all he could handle. Thought he ended his career in 2017.

    Much respect for this man.

  25. Disciplinarians like Zimmer only work when you win. When you look at the talent this team had and what he had to work with you wonder just how did he lose? Oh well he is gone now and so is Spielman so it will get interesting from here on.

  26. Mediocrity over time will get any coach fired. It really doesn’t matter if injuries to key players happen year after year. If the head coach doesn’t magically raise the play level of 2nd and 3rd teamers, he will get blamed for the losses. He’ll get blamed if his placekicker misses a chip shot game winner. Life ain’t fair, but that’s the way it goes in pro sports.

  27. No worries, Zim. You weren’t lord of the rings either leaving ringless like every other head coach in Vikings history. No shame in that. There weren’t many embarrassing off-field incidents like there have been under so many others so you can hold your head high.

    Also, he was the best HC of the last 4…

    Mike Tice
    Brad Childress
    Leslie Frazier
    Mike Zimmer

    The bar is low for the replacement. Bud Grant is still out there at 94 years young.

  28. Nostradamus says:
    January 11, 2022 at 8:41 am
    Gute could end up with the Vikings just to spite his diva QB.

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    We could only pray that happens. Wow Gute could screw the vikings for years. Maybe he could get Love to come over too. And possibly Gary the over drafted loser who went missing in games at Mich and is doing same at GB

  29. Well, he’s right about one thing. He is sorry.

    But so is the whole Vikings organization and fan base.

  30. mikefloreo says:
    When he had competent QB play and his defense wasn’t dismantled by injuries or lost players, they went to the NFC Championship game.
    ==

    Those Vikings were one play from being just another in a very long line of one-and-done teams until a Saints rookie corner made one of the NFL’s most boneheaded plays ever, basically gifting Minnesota a miracle and spot in the NFC title game.
    Those things happen, and it wouldn’t have been a mark against the Vikings had they showed up or put up a fight in the title game. When the Eagles annihilated them by 31 points it exposed them as the pretenders they were. A big part of that is on Mike Zimmer for not having his favored team ready to play, and for not making any kinds of adjustments in the second half.
    In the NFL there is an enormous difference between being a coordinator and being a head coach. Like many before him, Zimmer turned out to be very good at one and quite average at the other. You can only use the “injuries and lost players” excuse for so many seasons until it becomes clear they weren’t really the problem after all.

  31. ImaPayne says:
    January 11, 2022 at 10:11

    We could only pray that happens. Wow Gute could screw the vikings for years. Maybe he could get Love to come over too. And possibly Gary the over drafted loser who went missing in games at Mich and is doing same at GB
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    That’s alright, Brian Gutenkunst is just fine in GB.
    He’s built a consistent winner that’s competed for a Championship year in and year out.
    The book hasn’t been written on Jordan Love.
    There are still so many questions about this developmental QB, I wouldn’t even dream to pass judgment on the kid just yet.

    And you couldn’t be more ignorant on Rashan Gary. Loser?
    He just finished the season with 9.5 sacks.
    He also chipped in 81 pressures that ranked 3rd in the NFL among edge rushers, more than T.J. Watt, Nick Bosa and Myles Garrett for a little perspective.
    Right now, Gary is in good company and he’s only going to get better.

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