Loses control of the team
If Mike Zimmer can’t control his team and if players begin to do things on their own, he’ll be let go before the season is over. There’s no reason to believe this will happen. Despite losing some longtime veterans in Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Stefon Diggs, and Everson Griffen, the team still has plenty of veteran leadership.
Players like Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith, and Eric Kendricks are all consummate professionals. If a bad egg shows up and starts making noise in the media, they will surely shut them down. They can also keep the ship sailing comfortably in the roughest waters with their leadership ability and positivity.
Still, there is a chance things could go very south. If the team is losing and players start to get frustrated, fingers could be pointed. What could really drive a divide in the team is if one facet of the team is doing well but the other isn’t living up to their end of the bargain.
If the offense is the strength, and Zimmer’s defense falters, players could start siding with Gary Kubiak. This could cause Zimmer to lose control of the team, and that would result in him losing his job.