Why the Vikings made the right call to extend Mike Zimmer

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
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Eliminates a distraction this season

If there is one thing Mike Zimmer loves when it comes to being the head coach of the Vikings, it’s the distractions he’s had to constantly deal with. Well, okay maybe he doesn’t exactly love them.

But with his contract extension now taken care of, it’s one less thing some of his favorite Minnesota beat reporters won’t badger him about all season long.

For the most part, Zimmer has proven to do well at keeping the Vikings focused on the football field regardless of whatever commotion is going on outside of the locker room. And even during times where issues have been unavoidable, the Minnesota head coach has normally addressed them as quick as possible and prevented them from growing into a distraction that could derail the team’s season.

So now, at least Zimmer doesn’t have to worry about being asked any questions regarding his future with the Vikings every time he meets with the media during the upcoming season. Someone will likely ask him what his feelings are after getting an extension during one of his first few pressers this summer and that will be it.

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Zimmer can now shift the majority of his focus to his team and how they are going to perform on the actual football field. That is, at least until the next uncontrollable distraction occurs to this snake-bitten franchise that he’s currently in charge of.