Have the Vikings already told Mike Zimmer he will be fired?

(Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) Mike Zimmer /

With four games left on their 2021 schedule, have the decision-makers for the Minnesota Vikings already figured out the fate of Mike Zimmer?

When it comes to emotions, no team in the NFL has experienced more of them this season than the Minnesota Vikings. One can only imagine the toll the last few months have taken on the Vikings’ 65-year-old head coach, Mike Zimmer.

Heading into the season, Zimmer likely knew that his future in Minnesota was going to be on the line. So with the Vikings sitting with a 6-7 record after the first 14 weeks, he probably knows that the team’s remaining four games are going to determine whether he returns in 2022 or not.

On Friday, Zimmer sounded more emotional than normal at the start of his virtual press conference. His behavior makes one wonder if Minnesota has already told him about his future with the organization.

Have the Minnesota Vikings already made a decision about Mike Zimmer?

Zimmer’s emotions on Friday could be due to a variety of reasons, including some that have nothing to do with the Vikings.

But with how much Minnesota has dealt with all season long, both on the field and off of the field, it wouldn’t be surprising if his behavior in the presser is related to the team, and possibly his own future with the organization.

Did Zimmer possibly have a meeting with the Vikings’ owners shortly before his presser on Friday? If so, was he presented with the harsh reality that he probably won’t be Minnesota’s head coach in 2022?

At the very least, it wouldn’t be shocking to find out that the Vikings’ decision-makers presented Zimmer with a plan before the current season to let him go if the team fails to make the playoffs for the third time in four years.

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If this is the case, Zimmer knows Minnesota is currently on the brink of making the postseason, which means he’s on the brink of potentially losing his job.