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Florio: Potential new Vikings OC could be the end of Zimmer

So it’s good news?

Closet Vikings fan and national talking head of Pro Football Talk fame recently opined on the soon-to-be vacant Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator position.

What did he say?

“Coach Mike Zimmer will be under pressure to win next year, and a bad season could result in everyone getting fired. That’s a lot of extra pressure on a new offensive coordinator,”

I know that people, especially Vikings fans, don’t exactly… What’s the word? Oh yeah, respect Florio. But a broken clock… and junk.

He’s not wrong, is my point.

If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been making the case for firing Zimmer all week. I can’t imagine what offensive coordinator would want to come here OUTSIDE of the pressure Florio mentions.

Which is really amazing because if you look at the Vikings’ offensive roster? This should be the most attractive gig in the league. But, no one wants to become the next John DeFilippo, and word travels fast betwixt people in the league.

The Vikings offense emulated the Packers’ league leading offense in every way except where it counts most (points/wins), and that’s despite the limitations put in place by Zimmer.

So, I really do believe that Zimmer is a season away from hitting the bricks. He’s too stubborn, apparently aggressively so, to compete in today’s NFL and if not for that 15-pick Draft and the injuries on defense in 2020?

He’d be Brad Childress 2.0.

The new offensive coordinator (which I’d bet dollars to donuts is an internal hire) won’t change that, because Zimmer won’t let him.

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MilesC
MilesC
1 month ago

Your crazy. The offense put up tons of points last year under Kubiak. Cousins over performed really. I don’t know that you could’ve gotten better production from any other coordinator, and I think an internal hire with Kubiaks boy will signal a beginning of the end, as in he’s the future at HC, and Zimmer boy is the future at DC, and that’ll be a good tag team

Mac
Mac
Reply to  MilesC
1 month ago

Are you serious? 11th in points with our weapons isn’t a ton of points. Yards wise yes. 4th in league. But you got to turn yards into points and many of our scores when we were trailing. In other words garbage time. If you seriously want the Zimmer’s and Kubiak’s to continue to lead the on the field product, then I guess mediocre in a good season makes you happy. I want and expect more out of the Vikings. Zimmer’s boy really made a difference for us in 2020. You are delusional.

ryan mastrian
ryan mastrian
1 month ago

Please get rid of this guy. He is a DC not a head coach. Too many misused timeouts, challenges, and poor clock management. Stiff inflexible doofus if you ask me. I would have hired stefanski; for real, a guy that has performed admirably at at position within an organization. Apprenticeships still work. Zimmer ain’t all bad, but he is a below average head coach IMO

ryan mastrian
ryan mastrian
1 month ago

New qb, new coach, new staff. Tricky rick and the cap guy can stay. Rick has had some notable misses drafting, but as a whole done great at finessing deals and acquiring talent late. The cap dude is genius. The coach/an is the main problem. Even with a better o line and more talented D that combo ain’t getting us past the second round of the playoffs.

ryan mastrian
ryan mastrian
1 month ago

Yes nepotism always begets success. Srsyl get rid of this scrap heap of a staff.

Bad Purple
Bad Purple
1 month ago

Unreal take. Zimmers offence has been pretty dang good. Scored really good in the Red Zone ( kicker aside). He has a really good balance between run and pass. I have to question the play calling from time to time. If he can put together a decent defense, he’ll be fine.

Shawn
Reply to  Bad Purple
1 month ago

27th in pass attempts!!!! Are you stupid or just a child? The numbers look ok simply because Cook is so good and garbage time yards. This team is good enough to be a high powered high scoring offense but because of Zimmer and his stuck in the 90’s strategy they will continue to be held back. Results mean nothing to Zimmer lovers. 2 playoff wins in 7 years followed immediately by absolutely pathetic defensive efforts resulting in embarrassing defeats. You people that think that makes zimmer a good coach have to be some of the stupidest people on the planet. So stupid you probably alt think trump has done a good job. You idiots make it embarrassing to be a Vikings fan.

Kelly Mel
Reply to  Shawn
1 month ago

Yes because every team runs the ball during garbage time. You are an idiot and a clown.

Carter
Carter
Reply to  Shawn
1 month ago

Dude are you retarded they don’t pass alot because the offensive line can’t pass block worth a shot. Maybe if they get better guard and center play they would be able to pass 10 to 15 times more a game but the more they pass the more cousins who has zero pocket awareness would get sacked. Last year should have been Zimmer and speilmens last year. Don’t be a retard retard

Jarvin
Jarvin
1 month ago

If he would fix that front line and actually allow his qbs to do what they get paid to do id be okay with Zim. Play calls are always questionable, 3rd and 20, run it. I think kirk under a solid line has potential to take us where we wanna go. I don’t know how he was able to play as well as he did with the constant pressure on him in his face or being sacked. He’s starting to gel with jefferson who racked up crazy yards on a team who was 27th in the league for pass attempts. That’s fricken nuts, imagine if we decided it’s time actually invest in our qb and front line and protect the qb and allow him to do his job properly? I don’t see Aaron Roger’s getting smashed every single goddang play. He would loose his mind. Protect our qb, get our df consistent and let’s go with a more pass heavy team. Just a bit. 60/40

Alwalt
Alwalt
Reply to  Jarvin
1 month ago

Fire the BUM

Shawn
1 month ago

The fans on here praising Zimmer are so dumb and annoying. Plus there’s so many of them that it literally makes being a Viking fan even more difficult. They talk about how good the offense was while ignoring what actually happens during the games. Do you people even understand that the goal is to win a Super Bowl before yet another entire generation of fans has to die without seeing them win one. They also completely ignore the fact that Zimmer has 2 playoff wins in 7 fu#%ing years & both those wins took the offense completely bailing out the defense and also overcoming Zimmers stupid game plans. How anyone can think Zimmer is anything but a fool is insane. 7 years and what coaching area has he improved in? Clock management? Hell NO! Timeout usage? Hell NO! Game planning? Hell NO! Accepting responsibility? Hell NO! Has he learned scoring is the most important thing in today’s game? Hell NO! He’s still just a dinosaur that can’t understand that the NFL has literally changed rules to give offenses every advantage possible. He literally still wishes he had Teddy Bridgwater. No matter how good of a regular season they ever have they will always lose the second they go against a team knows how important offense is now. Imagine if Dalvin would’ve gotten hurt, because of Zimmers stupidity and refusal to adapt or evolve they would’ve been the worst team in the league. Jefferson could’ve had another 3 hundred yards if Zimmer new what putting teams away meant. But he doesn’t so the second they get even a one point lead they shut it down and hand it to Dalvin and then the other team inevitably takes the lead back and the offense can’t just turn it on because they are to used to not even trying to score. Wake the F up people

Last edited 1 month ago by Shawn
Lincoln
Lincoln
Reply to  Shawn
1 month ago

110% right!!!!

Eckman84
Eckman84
Reply to  Shawn
1 month ago

Zimmer not problem
Get rid of Speilman
Get rid of cousins
Draft my boy t.lance

Eckman84
Eckman84
Reply to  Shawn
1 month ago

Speilman been here since before Favre era same voice in same room with no results…hmmm…sounds like Speilman a problem…we get rid of Zimmer when we draft a quarterback in the first round and decide to get rid of worthless cousins…in bout 2 to 3 years…bottom line Zimmer is NOT the problem in purple land right now

Nate Lindall
Nate Lindall
1 month ago

I have been a Vikings fan my whole life. We have only had a handful of successful coaches. Zimmer is looking for a yes man. He’ll promote his son to defensive coordinator. 3 years of college safety experience, that she qualify him to be a defensive coordinator. The. Kubiaks son will be the offensive coordinator. He can double his salary and raise their allowances. Pathetic.

Porter652002
Porter652002
1 month ago

Johnson is nothing but a phony & a hack. He mentions he’s been making the case for firing Zimmer all week!?! He’s wanted to fire him for at least 2 years!! He posts nothing but BS… All he really wants is to generate clicks and traffic to these websites to increase revenue. He is no fan!

Vikingssince97’
Vikingssince97’
1 month ago

THIS “opinion—er, article” IS A JOKE! We all agree Zimmer calls the defensive plays since 2014, cool. Lookup The 5-years prior to Zimmer’s hire.. The team made playoffs only twice, once (2012)was AP’s 2,000 yard rushing season… Zimmer has created a no-excuses, working culture that’s made playoffs 3 of last 5 years, narrowly missing playoffs this year which would have been 4 out of 5 years.

I wonder if this guy secretly wants the Vikings to tank— lookup the Vikings defensive rankings in 2013(31st) if you need more. Or maybe Joe Johnson thinks his friend Mike Tice will do better— so that all us LOYAL Vikings fans can relieve the “Loveboat Scandal” or “Tice Scalping Tickets” type of coaching— with ZERO playoffs….Boycott these type of articles.

BLAH
BLAH
1 month ago

This is a shameful post looking to spark readers. Mike Zimmer may be the best HC we have had. His defense has always been lights out with the exception to this year. May I mention the lack of veterans and abundance of rookies? He should and will remain the HC for years to come. If he is fired, I’m not sure what more you expect from a HC. A new HC probably means a team rebuild which takes time. Not a good idea.

Eckman84
Eckman84
1 month ago

You idiots

Aundrea Kolhoff-George
Aundrea Kolhoff-George
1 month ago

I have been a zim reaper supporter for every year of his tenure up until this season.

Why?

Every game nearly at 2 minute drillscore before rhalf time has been a laughable joke. timeout usage a circus act, 3rd and long situation hilarious to watch, this reserved game play with zero charisma and innovation. It feels like viking fans are stuck watching time Warner classics while the opponent gets to indulge in Netflix.

Watching the packers :30 seconds on the clock before half time at their own 25 and putting up points verses our 1:30 on the clock and running the clock out essentially is causing quite a jealousy factor as us vike fans get to watch all the other kids at school get pizza and we are stuck eating a cheese sandwich.

Brock David Huisman
Brock David Huisman
1 month ago

I been a fan my whole 43 yrs. I really liked Zimmer, and defended him for along time. However when the story broke about Zimm sabotaging his offence “IN PRACTICE” to make his D look better that kinda completed my flip to team “Fire Zimm”. How Dba have we taken in 1st round, even though every year since Frazier was coach everyone could see how bad we need O-line. Still need O-line. Can’t get a offensive coordinator to stay on more than 1 season. More Turner didn’t even make it to the end of the season. If Zimm is sabotaging offence practice, well then your kinda screwed. Donr blame them for quiting.

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