Minnesota can plan for the future
First, let’s just state that the Vikings can still make a head coaching change in 2021 even though they are reportedly giving Mike Zimmer a multi-year extension. However, things would likely have to spin out of control for Minnesota this season in order for that to happen.
So assuming that the Vikings continue to remain competitive in 2020, Zimmer can now rest a little easier (whenever he decides to take his daily 45 minutes of sleep) knowing that he has the support of the front office and ownership to take the time he needs to help the team reach their goals.
Zimmer can now sit down with his coaching staff and develop a plan to get Minnesota to a Super Bowl within the next two or three years. He no longer has to put all of his eggs in one basket and potentially take some uncharacteristic risks this season in order to try and prove that he deserves a new contract from the Vikings.
Success in the NFL is rarely instant. Typically, it’s more of a slow process and one that takes years to develop. Guys who are viewed by most as successful like Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, and Andy Reid all failed to lead their team to a Super Bowl victory before their seventh season as a head coach in the NFL.
So with this extension, Zimmer can now continue to work at helping bring a championship to the Twin Cities and maybe even end up having a coaching career like that Belichick guy who’s won a couple rings.