The Minnesota Vikings on Monday fired coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman after eight seasons, making the moves a day after a season-ending 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears. At the time of their firings, Zimmer and Spielman had two years remaining on their respective deals, which run through 2023.
While the Vikings will begin their search for a new general manager and head coach, in that order, immediately, ownership does not believe Minnesota is far from being a competitive team and doesn’t view the organization’s change in direction as a rebuild. “
Spielman, 59, had been with the Vikings since 2006, first as the team’s vice president of player personnel and then as Minnesota’s general manager, a role he had held since 2012. “
In eight seasons with the Vikings, Zimmer compiled a 72-56-1 record, which averages out to 9.1 wins per season, and made three trips to the postseason with two playoff wins.