The Vikings Have Started To Fire People: See Who They Just Got Rid Of
By Jason Hall
January 10, 2022
The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly made two major moves hours after the conclusion of the 2021 NFL season.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Vikings fired head coach Mike Zimmer Monday (January 10) morning and general manager Rick Spielman.
Spielman had worked within the Vikings' front office since 2006, initially joining as vice president of player personnel before being promoted to general manager in 2012.
Zimmer took over as the Vikings' head coach in 2014 after decades as an NFL defensive assistant, which included working as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive backs coach during their Super Bowl XXX victory.
The 65-year-old coach led the Vikings to a 72-56-1 record during eight seasons, which included three playoff berths.
Minnesota finished the 2017 season with a 13-3 record and NFC Championship appearance, however, only made the playoffs one additional time during the next four seasons.
The Vikings finished the 2021 season with an 8-9 record, finishing with a losing record for the second consecutive season.
Minnesota had 14 of its 17 games decided on the final possession in 2021, which included eight losses in one score games, falling one game shy of setting an NFL record.
Zimmer and Spielman both received three-year extensions prior to the 2020 season and had two years remaining on their respective deals, which were set to expire in 2023.