Ranking every Minnesota Vikings head coach since 2000

Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer
Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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Best Vikings head coach since 2000:

Mike Zimmer (2014 - 2021)

  • Record: 72-56-1
  • Playoff Appearances: 3
  • Playoff Record: 2-3
  • Division Titles: 2

Yes, the head coach the Vikings just fired in 2022 is the franchise's best head coach since the 2000 season, and it's not even close.

Mike Zimmer was handed a Minnesota team that was down in the dumps in 2013 and he immediately transformed them into a team that wasn't going to ever back down from a fight.

In their first year with Zimmer in 2014, the Vikings improved their win total from three in 2013 to seven and the defense ranked 11th in points allowed, just one season after they allowed the most points in the entire NFL.

During Minnesota's next three seasons with Zimmer as their head coach, the team won 67 percent of their games, they made the playoffs twice, won a pair of NFC North titles, and earned a trip to the NFC Championship game in 2017.

Unfortunately, the Vikings and Zimmer were never able to recapture the success the franchise had in 2017 in his next four seasons as the team's head coach. Minnesota did find themselves back in the playoffs in 2019, but that was the height of their success in the four years after their appearance in the 2017 NFC Championship.


Zimmer's tenure as the head coach of the Vikings was the third-longest in franchise history, and of the coaches that spent at least two seasons with Minnesota, his winning percentage ranks third all-time behind only Dennis Green and Bud Grant.

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