4 reasons why Mike Zimmer is close to being done in Minnesota

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Zimmer hasn’t accomplished his goal

Back in January of 2014 when Mike Zimmer was introduced as the Vikings’ new head coach, he said that he was “determined to bring a championship to Minnesota.”

Well, the Vikings didn’t win a Super Bowl during his first seven seasons with the team, and they certainly don’t seem to be on the path to a Vince Lombardi trophy this year.

During the history of the NFL, it’s taken some of the best head coaches the sport has ever seen more than a handful of seasons to lead a team to a Super Bowl win for the first time in their career.

Guys like Andy Reid, Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick, Bill Cowher, and Tom Coughlin all failed to lead their respective teams to Super Bowl victories during their first five years as NFL head coaches.

So yes, consistency and patience at the top are sometimes the keys to a team winning a championship. But that patience is also earned by a head coach frequently getting their team somewhat close to competing for a Super Bowl.

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With Minnesota currently heading towards the possibility of missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons, patience from team ownership is not something Zimmer has earned during his last few years with the team.