Minnesota Vikings: All-time head coach power rankings
4. Jerry Burns
Regular Season Record: 52-43 (.547) | Playoff Record: 3-3 | One Division Title
“Uncle Bernsie” had a decent run as head coach with the Minnesota Vikings. In six years he led the Vikings to the playoffs three times to include a NFC title loss in 1987 to the Redskins (nice hands Nelson!).
His career before becoming head coach is rather impressive as well. He was an assistant coach to Vince Lombardi during Super Bowl I and II followed by being Bud Grant’s Offensive Coordinator from 1968-1985.
Jerry Burns may very well be most known for one of the most epic post game coaching meltdowns of all time. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this amazing, profanity-filled clip, make sure you watch it till the end for the best press conference walk-off of all time.
3. Mike Zimmer
Regular Season Record:18-14 (.563) | Playoff Record: 0-1 | One Division Title
After two seasons I believe it’s fine to place coach Zimmer on this list. This seems like a perfect spot based off the current small sampling. Ideally he’ll move ahead of the top two on this list should all go as planned.
Zimmer brought back respected toughness to the head coaching spot. Often referred to as the true successor to Bud Grant, Zimmer expects 100% effort in practice, game day, and off the field demeanor.
In two seasons Zimmer has done a 180 with this defense. The Vikings were ranked dead last in scoring defense in 2013 (30 points per game). Last year they were fifth best, holding teams to 18.9 points per game.
Along with a shiny new stadium, coach Zimmer has restored hope in the Vikings faithful and I have a feeling he may be the one to take us to the promised land.
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