Report: Minnesota Vikings fire head coach Zimmer, general manager Spielman
The Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman.
KSTP’s Darren Wolfson has confirmed with a high-ranking team official that both have been fired.
The news comes after the Vikings topped the Chicago Bears during Sunday’s game 31-17. The Vikings finished the season 8-9, and are not advancing to the playoffs.
Zimmer went 72-56-1 in eight seasons, plus 2-3 in the playoffs.
Zimmer was hired as the ninth head coach in Vikings history in 2014, according to the team. Spielman was with the team since 2006 and general manager since 2012.
The Vikings ownership group released the following statement Monday morning:
"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."
This is breaking news. KSTP is working to get more details and will post updates as more information becomes available.