EAGAN, Minn. – Vikings Ownership is expressing confidence in General Manager Rick Spielman and Head Coach Mike Zimmer.
Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf released the following statement Friday afternoon:
We value Mike 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.
Spielman and Zimmer both are under contract through the 2020 season.
Spielman originally joined the Vikings as Vice President of Player Personnel on May 30, 2006, and directed scouting, free agency and draft preparations for the club before taking on general manager duties for the 2012 season. He has held his current role since.
Zimmer took the Vikings helm in 2014.
He is 57-38-1 through six regular seasons and 1-2 so far in the playoffs.
Zimmer and Hall of Famer Bud Grant are the only two (out of nine) head coaches in franchise history to lead the Vikings to 10 or more wins in three of their first six seasons.
Here are the Vikings combined rankings in several categories since Zimmer, a longtime defensive coordinator, was hired by Minnesota:
Yards allowed per game: 321.8 (3rd in NFL)
Pass yards allowed/game: 214.7 (3rd)
Rush yards allowed/game: 107.1 (12th)
Sacks: 260 (3rd)
Offensive points allowed: 1,766 (2nd)
Offensive touchdowns allowed: 180 (2nd)
Rush touchdowns allowed: 57 (2nd)
Pass touchdowns allowed: 123 (3rd)