Vikings Agree to Contract Extension with HC Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9272651bh)

The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly agreed to a multi-year contract extension with head coach Mike Zimmer, which will keep him at the helm of the team for the foreseeable future.

Zimmer, who took over in Minnesota prior to the beginning of the 2014 season, has turned the Vikings’ fortunes from a stretch of mediocrity to a consistent playoff contender.

The 64-year-old Illinois native, whose only losing season with the Vikings was in his first year in 2014, has since made the playoffs three teams and won the NFC North division crown twice.

He has been praised for his steady hand and defensive expertise, keeping the Minnesota franchise stable and competitive despite not having a wealth of star players.

His biggest success with the team so far came in 2017, when the Vikings finished tied for the league’s best record at 13-3. They advanced to the NFC Championship Game before falling short to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Zimmer is the owner of a 57-38-1 record since taking over in 2014, and has managed a 2-3 record in the playoffs.

The veteran coach will now look to build on his prior success as he leads the Vikings forward into the 2020s.