In the middle of a recent in-depth look at the culture change taking place with the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer was compared to Satan.
It’s been almost nine months since the Minnesota Vikings decided to move on from Mike Zimmer as the team’s head coach. Since then, we haven’t heard a peep from Zimmer about his tenure with the Vikings. However, plenty of others have taken an opportunity to throw the franchise’s third-winningest head coach under the bus.
People like former Minnesota linebacker Ben Leber, former Vikings safety Paul Krause, and current Minnesota cornerback Kris Boyd have all taken shots at Zimmer and the team’s previous regime during the months after the former head coach was fired.
Now, Zimmer is being compared to Satan. That’s right, Satan. In a recent report published by GoLongTD.com’s Tyler Dunne, a former anonymous Vikings coordinator stated that the team will have success in 2022 “because the devil’s gone. Satan is out of the building.”
We get it, Mike Zimmer was mean during his final years with the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota is now less than two weeks away from taking part in their first regular-season game without Zimmer as their head coach since 2013.
Despite this, people are still taking shots at the former Vikings head coach. It’s very obvious that Zimmer wasn’t liked by everyone in Minnesota (not that he cared) and many of those that he rubbed the wrong way don’t have a problem with bashing him now.
Did he wear out his welcome with the Vikings? Sure, but let’s stop acting like Minnesota didn’t accomplish anything with Zimmer as their head coach.
The Vikings were in the gutter when Zimmer was hired, and he helped transform them into a team that was competitive each and every year. Minnesota is viewed by some as an underrated contender heading into this season, and they wouldn’t be in their current position without the help of Zimmer during the last few years.
So chill out with the comparisons to Satan. He was an old-school coach, and everyone knew it. His style no longer fits in the current mold of the NFL, and that’s okay.
It’s funny how guys like Everson Griffen, Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr, or Linval Joseph are never interviewed for these pieces. Probably because they might actually have something good to say about Zimmer, and we don’t want to hear about that, right?