8 realistic candidates to be the Vikings next head coach

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If the Minnesota Vikings part ways with Mike Zimmer after the 2021 season, who are some of the more realistic candidates to replace him?

Following a loss to the lowly Detroit Lions this past Sunday, the tenure of Mike Zimmer as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings has just about reached the end of the road.

With the Vikings having a 5-7 record after the first 13 weeks of the 2021 campaign, there aren’t many scenarios left that would likely result in Zimmer keeping his job after the season.

Minnesota has had the same head coach since 2014, and while the team has experienced several successful moments during Zimmer’s time with the franchise, the forgettable moments have been more frequent during the last few years.

The chances of the Vikings looking for a new head coach after the season appear to be high and it’s possible that the team’s decision-makers have already begun compiling a list of potential candidates for the job.

There are probably going to be a variety of different names thrown out during the next few weeks of coaches who could potentially replace Zimmer, but not all of them will be very realistic.

So who are a few of the candidates that probably have the most realistic chance to become Minnesota’s next head coach?