MINNEAPOLIS – After another lame season, the Minnesota Vikings announced this morning they have fired head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman.
STATEMENT FROM VIKINGS OWNERSHIP GROUP:
This morning we met with Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer to notify them we will be moving in a different direction at the general manager and head coach positions in 2022. We appreciate Rick and Mike’s commitment to the team’s on-field success, their passion for making a positive impact in our community and their dedication to players, coaches and staff. While these decisions are not easy, we believe it is time for new leadership to elevate our team so we can consistently contend for championships. We wish both Rick and Mike and their families only the best. Our comprehensive search for a new general manager and head coach will begin immediately and will be led internally. We are determined to have sustained success and bring Vikings fans the Super Bowl championships they expect and deserve.
The Vikings finished 8-9 on the season, and painfully had to look on as their fiercest rival, the Green Bay Packers, marched to a #1 seed in the NFC. The Vikings’ defense collapsed this season, ranking near the bottom of the league in several key stats, causing the Vikings to lose a number of close games.