Mike Zimmer’s 2019 Resolution:
Let the offense do its thing
The deeper the Vikings got into the 2018 season, the more rumblings came from head coach Mike Zimmer.
In retrospect, Zimmer had a right to be upset with his offense’s performance after the bye. In their final seven games, Minnesota averaged 19.8 points and 308 yards per matchup as compared to 24.5 points and 374 yards per contest during the first half of their season.
A lot of that hinged on an internal civil war that eventually used offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as the scapegoat. However, it may present a bigger issue that Zimmer may be getting in the way of letting his offense breathe.
During the head coach’s tenure with the Vikings (five seasons), he’s used four different offensive coordinators and even had one (Norv Turner) randomly walking away from the team. Maybe it’s a random occurrence, but there seems to be plenty of smoke for there not to be a fire.