The Minnesota Vikings signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension by means of the 2023 season, finalizing a key piece of enterprise Friday earlier than the start of coaching camp.
Zimmer has a 57-38-1 file over six years, the third-best profitable proportion (.599) of the 9 head coaches the franchise has had over 59 seasons. The 64-year-old Zimmer trails Bud Grant (.621) and Dennis Green (.610) on the staff record, and he’s seventh in profitable proportion amongst energetic NFL head coaches with a minimal of 50 video games.
The new deal, which was agreed upon earlier within the week, was hardly a shock for a company that has prided itself on stability since house owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf took over in 2005. Zimmer additionally had his contract prolonged on the graduation of coaching camp in 2016.
Coach Zimmer brings an depth and consistency to the sector that our gamers and followers alike respect. He holds his gamers and employees to a excessive customary and can proceed to information the Vikings to long-term success, Zygi Wilf mentioned in a press release distributed by the staff.
Zimmer is 2-Three within the playoffs, with an look within the NFC championship recreation after a 13-Three end in 2017 season the spotlight of his tenure. The Vikings have gained the NFC North division twice, they usually certified for a wild card spot final yr. Their victory on the highway over New Orleans within the first spherical doubtless secured his standing.
The basis was laid by his work with the protection, directing the staff to top-10 finishes within the league in factors allowed in 5 of his six seasons. Over his complete tenure that started in 2014, the Vikings protection is first within the NFL in third down conversion fee, second in factors allowed per recreation and third in yards allowed per recreation.
Zimmer’s son, linebackers coach Adam Zimmer, will function co-defensive coordinator with defensive position coach Andre Patterson this yr. Training camps are on observe to begin with a gradual rollout subsequent week, after NFL house owners and gamers reached settlement Friday on protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic that restricted offseason work to video convention calls.
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