The end of an era could be fast approaching for the Minnesota Vikings. There remains rampant speculation that the organization is preparing for life without head coach Mike Zimmer, who’s enjoyed a fantastic stint in the role despite not ever reaching a Super Bowl.
Father time waits for no man. And in some respects, the game might have passed an old head like Zimmer by over the last two seasons.
Injuries and COVID-19 haven’t helped Zimmer’s cause, but every team in the league is dealing with the same issues, and perhaps the best thing for both parties is to go their separate ways this offseason.
Zimmer is beloved in Minnesota, and if he is removed from the role, he can look back on his accomplishments with an enormous sense of pride. However, one could also argue that the Vikings should have made more noise with the talent at their disposal, and failings such as this normally fall on coaching.
Whether any team could tempt Zimmer to start afresh after everything he’s given throughout his career is up for debate. But this might be a great time to take stock and focus more on spending time with family and enjoying later life.
There will be more than a tinge of sadness if and when the Vikings announce Zimmer’s departure. Someone who brought pride back to Minnesota and provided fans with some memorable moments along the way.