The decision to let go both Zimmer and Spielman came following the team’s 31-17 战胜 Chicago Bears. Minnesota finished the 2021 season with an 8-9 记录.
Zimmer had been the head coach of the Vikings since 2014. He came over from the 辛辛那提孟加拉虎 where he was the defensive coordinator from 2008 至 2013. Zimmer’s Vikings teams made the playoffs three times. 他是 2-3 in the playoffs but the team never made it to the Super Bowl.
He wrapped his tenure with the Vikings with a 72-56-1 记录.
Spielman had been the team’s general manager since 2006. He was responsible for bringing in some of the top players like Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, 斯蒂芬·迪格斯, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Erik Kendricks, Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr.
The Vikings now get to start fresh and figure out a new direction with a new regime. The team has only made the playoffs once in the last four seasons and has failed to really be a competitor with the Green Bay Packers in recent years while Aaron Rodgers has dominated the league.