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Minnesota Vikings fire Mike Zimmer as their head coach

Written by Doug Rush

Minnesota Vikings fire Mike Zimmer as their head coach

The end of the Mike Zimmer era came today on NFL’s Black Monday.

The Vikings decided to fire Zimmer as their head coach. They also have fired Rick Spielman as their general manager.

Zimmer’s end as the head coach comes less than 24 hours after the Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 31-17l, which gave Minnesota an 8-9 record on the season.

Zimmer went 72-56-1 as the Vikings head coach over the course of seven seasons and a 2-3 playoff record. Zimmer could get looks as either a head coach or as a defensive coordinator.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.