Vikings issue statement of support for Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman
A new report has put the Minnesota Vikings’ braintrust under some pressure, but ownership is making it clear that the organization has no intention of letting them go.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora said GM Rick Spielman is being viewed by some within the Washington Redskins’ organization as a possible candidate for a team president role, with La Canfora stating the Vikings “could be headed for a shakeup” with an early playoff exit. In the same report, La Canfora said he would be “surprised” if coach Mike Zimmer kept his job if the Vikings are blown out by the New Orleans Saints, also noting that the Dallas Cowboys could be interested in him.
Vikings owner Mark Wilf disputed these reports on Friday, stating that they intended to keep Spielman and Zimmer in charge “next year and beyond.”
Statement from Vikings owner Mark Wilf on Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman: “We value Mike and Rick’s leadership and we have every intent of Mike continuing as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Rick leading our football operations, next year and beyond.”
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 3, 2020
This could be the dreaded vote of confidence, but it seems more likely that the Vikings are trying to assure Spielman and Zimmer that they’re not working for their jobs ahead of an important playoff game. Zimmer has certainly been operating like it’s business as usual, and that appears to be exactly that the Vikings want.