Why the Vikings should not fire Mike Zimmer before their next game

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Firing Zimmer won’t solve anything

When a head coach gets fired during the middle of the season, it usually has to do with them losing support from the players in their locker room or the team literally has no other choice.

Look at the two head coaches who have already been fired in the NFL this season. The Houston Texans decided to let go of Bill O’Brien after there was a lot of reported turmoil between him and the top players on his roster. The Atlanta Falcons fired Dan Quinn following an 0-5 start after he was given multiple chances to turn the franchise around and get things back on track.

Neither of these scenarios is similar to what Mike Zimmer is currently experiencing with the Vikings. Zimmer was just given a contract extension from Minnesota this summer and the majority of his players would run through a wall for their head coach.

For those who want the Vikings to fire their head coach right now, it needs to be made known that a mid-season firing isn’t going to solve anything for the franchise.

Minnesota isn’t going to get some sort of spark and go on a magical run to defy the odds and make the playoffs. Since 2000, no NFL team has gone on to make the postseason after firing their head coach during the middle of the year.

So at the very least, the Vikings should allow Zimmer to focus on the development of his young players and get them ready to contend in 2021.