Vikings fire head coach and general manager


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U.S. Bank Stadium has been the home of the Vikings for five years.

Carter Ericson, Staff Writer

On Monday, Jan.12 the Minnesota Vikings announced that they fired head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager, Rick Spielman. This news was to be expected after the Vikings failed to reach the playoffs the past two seasons. 

In Zimmer’s eight-year career as the Vikings head coach, he went 72-56-1 and led them to two NFC North titles, including an NFC Championship game in 2017. Zimmer released a statement on Monday thanking the organization and fans for everything.

“I want to thank you for our support over these eight years,” said Zimmer via “I have grown to love the people of Minnesota, it has become our home. You have been tremendous to my foundation and helping the kids of Minnesota. We have had great sponsors and met so many great people, including my relationship with Bud Grant and all the people in the offices. I have given my heart and soul to this organization and to the players. I have had outstanding assistant coaches who have worked tirelessly. I’m sorry we didn’t get it done. The fans make this place truly special. On Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium, it’s an unbelievable atmosphere. I will miss coaching the players, some who have been with me for all eight years. I want to thank the players who welcomed me in 2014 and believed in me that I could lead them to be great.”

Spielman has been a part of the Vikings organization for 16 years and has spent the past 10 as the acting general manager. Spielman’s final two seasons as the Vikings general manager were pretty rough, finishing below .500 in consecutive years is ultimately what led to his firing. However, during his time with the Vikings, he brought in plenty of talented players who are still a part of the team today.

It will be interesting to see who the Vikings hire for their head coaching and general manager spots this offseason. According to, the Vikings are looking to first hire a general manager, who will then have input on who becomes the head coach.

The Vikings have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL; they will be a very popular destination for coaching and general manager candidates this offseason.