Spielman: 2018 might be Mike Zimmer’s ‘best-ever coaching job’

(Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer - Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer - Minnesota Vikings /

Given the number of different obstacles the team has dealt with this season, the Minnesota Vikings general manager has been impressed by his head coach.

It didn’t take very long for something unpredictable to happen to the Minnesota Vikings this year. Before training camp even began, the Vikings were delivered with the news of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano suddenly passing away.

Little did Minnesota know, it was the first of many unexpected happenings that the team has endured during the 2018 season.

Since Sparano’s passing, the Vikings have cut their starting kicker, defensive end Everson Griffen missed a quarter of the season to improve his mental health, the team’s top 2018 draft pick suffered a torn ACL, and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was fired 13 games into his tenure with the franchise.

Despite all of this, Minnesota is currently sitting with an 8-6-1 record and a win away from clinching their second-straight playoff berth.

If not for head coach Mike Zimmer being the guy leading the ship, the Vikings might not even be anywhere close to sniffing a spot in the postseason. The organization has dealt with a lot during the past 12 months and Zimmer has found a way to keep his team heading in the right direction for the majority of the season.

Is this his best head coaching performance since arriving in Minnesota in 2014? Some would say so and one of those people includes Vikings general manager Rick Spielman.

Spielman recently commented on how 2018 might be Zimmer’s, “best-ever coaching job,” due to his team still being in contention despite all of the obstacles they have had to overcome.

It’s hard to disagree with the comments made by the Minnesota general manger. Past Vikings teams have struggled to maintain success when faced with adversity, but this 2018 squad is still right in the thick of things.

Minnesota’s next obstacle this season will be defeating the Chicago Bears on Sunday. With a win, then the Vikings are playoff bound.

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Would Minnesota be in this position without Zimmer being the guy in charge? Signs point to probably not.