Vikings owner shuts down Zimmer rumors to Dallas

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Minnesota Vikings owner Mark Wilf said on Friday that head coach Mike Zimmer will be with the team for the foreseeable future. Zimmer had been mentioned as a candidate for the Dallas Cowboys job.

The Cowboys have not officially parted ways with head coach Jason Garrett. But his contract expires on Jan. 14th and there was a report last night that he was no longer with the organization.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer looks on against the New York Jets
Mike Zimmer looks on against the New York Jets (Getty Images)

“We value Mark and Rick’s leadership and we have every intent of Mike continuing as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Rick leading our football operations, next year and beyond,” Wilf said.

His name is being mentioned because he has one-year left on his contract for the 2020 season. Plus, Zimmer spent more than a decade with the Cowboys.

He was first their defensive backs coach from 1994 through 1999. Zimmer then was Dallas’ defensive coordinator from 2000 through 2006.

The 63-year-old Zimmer has been the Vikings head coach since the 2014 season. He has guided the team to four winning seasons in the last five campaigns.

The lone season that the franchise did not have a winning record came in 2016 when Minnesota went 8-8. Only once during his tenure has the Vikings had a losing record, which came in his first season in 2014 when the franchise went 7-9.

The franchise is in the playoffs for the third-time under Zimmer. However, he is 1-2 in the playoffs.

The Vikings play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. His lone playoff win came over the Saints in dramatic fashion in a 29-24 win at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 96 games as the Vikings head coach, Zimmer is 57-38-1. The lone tie came during the 2018 season.

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