At least one report following the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 17 loss to the Bears indicated that head coach Mike Zimmer was contemplating retirement.
We now know that said report was not substantiated after the Vikings decided to focus more on replacing recently-fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
In talking about said report, Zimmer himself had an absolutely great take.
“No, I can’t believe somebody even threw that out there,” the 62-year-old coach said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “No, it was totally 100 percent, what do they call it? Hashtag-fake news or something? I’m not a quitter.”
Sure Zimmer and the Vikings suffered through a disappointing eight-win 2018 season after winning 13 games in 2017. But there’s no real way Zimmer was going to jump ship after the season.
Minnesota’s head coach since 2014, Zimmer is entering the final year of his contract. There’s no word yet on whether the powers to be in Minneapolis are open to offering him an extension.
He’s led the Vikings 47-32-1 record en route to two playoff appearances in five seasons. Zimmer knows full well that’s not acceptable.