Zimmer will remain Vikings head coach, but there will be changes
There were many disappointments throughout the 2020 season, but the biggest one may be the job Mike Zimmer did as head coach.
While the Vikings were able to finish with a 7-9 record, Zimmer did a poor job of adapting to his roster, opting to lean on a defense that was missing five starters from a year ago and even more due to injuries.
With an offense that only turned it on when it was behind on the scoreboard, Zimmer’s old-school style seems archaic and needs a change to bring Minnesota into the modern era of football.
For those hoping for a change at the top, they probably won’t get it this offseason. Zimmer’s ability to pull the Vikings out of a 1-5 start and have them in playoff contention will entice ownership to keep him around.
As the third-winningest head coach in franchise history behind Bud Grant and Dennis Green, he also has the track record to suggest he can do so.
What may have to change is some of his coaching staff. While offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak helped lead an offense that ranked fourth in total yardage, they only ranked 11th in points scored.
With Kubiak reportedly leaning toward retirement, Minnesota’s top priority should be finding an offensive coordinator that has a more modern approach to play-calling.