Finish with a losing record
If the Vikings go out and lay a turd in 2020 and end up with a losing record, Mike Zimmer will all but be done. In fact, if Minnesota enters the last few games with no chance of making the playoffs the team could just cut ties with him and promote Gary Kubiak to interim head coach.
The Vikings have come up short of a championship in every season Zimmer has been in charge. Sure, they made the playoffs a few times and even got to the NFC Championship once. The goal has always been to reach the Super Bowl, and if the team doesn’t come close to achieving that, there’s no reason to keep Zimmer around.
The Vikings do have a daunting schedule that is full of tough games on the road. However, if Zimmer has his team properly prepared, those games shouldn’t matter and the best team should come out on top.
No matter how you shake it, if the Vikings are 7-9 or worse, Zimmer will likely no longer be the head coach of the team following this season.