Mike Zimmer enters his 7th season as Vikings Head Coach in 2020. Zimmer has notched 59 wins including playoffs in his 6 seasons leading the team with a pair of NFC North titles and three playoff appearances.
Zimmer was hired as the 9th head coach in Vikings history on Jan. 15, 2014. A veteran defensive coordinator, Zimmer is in his 26th season on an NFL sideline in 2019. In his NFL tenure, Zimmer has been a part of 13 playoff teams and teams that have won 9 Division titles. He coached the Cowboys DBs when Dallas won Super Bowl XXX over Pittsburgh after the 1995 season.
In 2019, the Vikings used a new offensive scheme with a renewed emphasis on balance and a strong ground game to return to the playoffs with a 10-6 mark, earning a Wild Card win at New Orleans and advancing to face #1 seed San Francisco in the Divisional Round. The Vikings offense featured a 1,000-yard rusher (Dalvin Cook- 1,135) a 1,000-yard receiver (Stefon Diggs- 1,130) and 3,000-yard passer (Kirk Cousins- 3,603) for the 1st time since 2009 and the team climbed from #30 in NFL rushing in 2018 to #6 in 2019. Cook joined S Harrison Smith and DE Danielle Hunter as Pro Bowlers while LB Eric Kendricks led the team in tackles for the 5th straight season and earned 1st-Team Associated Press honors for the first time in his career. The team advanced to the playoffs for the 3rd time in the past 5 seasons under Zimmer and notched a road win in overtime at New Orleans in the Wild Card round and advancing to face #1 seed San Francisco in the Divisional Round. Vikings players earned NFC Player of the Week honors 6 times during the season, 3 on special teams by K Dan Bailey, 2 on defense by S Anthony Harris and Hunter and Cook earned offensive honors once. Cousins, Kendricks, DE Everson Griffen and FB C.J. Ham were named to Pro Bowl following the NFC Championship Game.