Mike Zimmer on his future: 'Whatever happens, happens'

Zimmer is under contract with the Vikings through 2020.
Author:
Publish date:

It didn't take long after the Vikings' upset win over the Saints Sunday for head coach Mike Zimmer to have to start answering questions about his future in Minnesota. 

“I don’t really want to discuss it, honestly,” Zimmer said Sunday. “Quite honestly I think it’s silly that people were talking about it on a 10-win team that’s 60-percent wins, so, I don’t know. Whatever happens, happens.”

On Thursday, owners Zygi and Mark Wilf issued a statement supporting Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, saying they expect both to be back in 2020 "and beyond." 

Prior to Sunday's victory, Zimmer had just one playoff victory as coach of the Vikings, so there was certainly pressure on the 63-year-old to win. Not only that, Zimmer has been the center of speculation that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who fired coach Jason Garrett, could contact the Vikings about trading for Zimmer. 

Zimmer was a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator with the Cowboys from 1990-2006, but as Pro Football Talk notes, the win over the Saints "likely means that the price to get him goes up dramatically."

“Whatever they decide to do, they decide to do," said Zimmer, who is under contract through 2020. 

The Vikings face the 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round Saturday at 3:35 p.m. 

Next Up

Cam Talbot

Wild improve to 4-1 with victory over Dubnyk, Sharks

The 4-1 win gives the Wild four victories in five games to start the season.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice, Allina Health CEO found dead in Iowa

The 21-year-old was found dead in the parking lot of a sorority, according to police.

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.

coronavirus, masks, covid-19

Wisconsin Republicans aim to end governor's mask mandate

They've introduced a resolution to remove the governor's emergency powers.

Ted Schweich

Community group hopes to install billboard to get neighbor a kidney

A group called "Team Ted" aims to raise $5,000 to find their friend a kidney donor.

Andrew Palmer

Charges: Coach raped teenage girl on Minnesota basketball team

The 33-year-old head coach has been charged in connection to the alleged crimes.

radio station, microphone

WCCO Radio's program director leaves the company

It's not clear why John Hanson and the station parted ways.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis a step closer to banning facial recognition technology

There are concerns about it leading to a surveillance state, and that it could harm disadvantaged communities.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 22

Nearly 50,000 Minnesotans have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Related

Report: Vikings owners sticking with head coach Mike Zimmer

Zimmer is under contract through the 2019 season.

Mike Zimmer

Report: Mike Zimmer 'irked' by contract situation with Vikings

Zimmer is entering the final year of his contract.

Mike Zimmer

Zimmer mentioned in report as possible Cowboys coaching target

Zimmer is under contract with the Vikings through next season.

Mike Zimmer

Bad luck or failure to adapt? Vikings must decide Mike Zimmer's future

2020 has been a rough year for the Vikings, but Zimmer's flaws go beyond some bad luck.

Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer provided Bears with bulletin board material

Here's one the coach might want to have back, as harmless as it seemed.

Vikings give head coach Mike Zimmer contract extension

Zimmer is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Vikings.

Kirk Cousins

Zimmer 'not a fan' of Cousins' apology to Thielen

Zimmer might not be a fan of Cousins' podcast.