The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly made a decision on the future of head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman.
After missing the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, the Minnesota Vikings are reported to be looking at making some changes to their staff this offseason with the most likely candidates being general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer.
According to a recent report on the CBS Sports website from NFL insider Jason LaCanfora, one of those two individuals has likely spent their last season with the purple and gold while the other seems like they will stick around.
The report says that Minnesota is “expected to move on from head coach Mike Zimmer this week” with Rick Spielman “likely to remain with the organization.”
What would this mean for the Minnesota Vikings?
An old-school coach, Mike Zimmer has tried to win games with the mentality of playing strong defense while controlling the time of possession. This means the team would be extra conservative at times, drawing criticism from fans and analysts despite his 71-56-1 record as a head coach.
The defensive guru has also struggled to put a consistent defense on the field over the course of the last few seasons with the team placing in the bottom of most metrics other than sacks in 2021.
Moving on from Zimmer would allow Minnesota to find a more offensive-minded head coach with a more modern approach to the game. Zimmer’s exit would also likely mean changes to the rest of the coaching staff to find new coaches to support the new head coach.
On the other hand, keeping Rick Spielman in Minnesota lets the team continue working with the talent the team has brought in and keep the same philosophies in place. Spielman has shown to be a master at getting value for his players in trades and enjoys moving around late in drafts to cast a net for underrated talent.
Expect the Minnesota Vikings to start searching for head coaching candidates soon if the team hasn’t started already.