Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer ‘Underappreciated’ in Energy Rankings

Mike Zimmer


Mike Zimmer was “unappreciated” in a current CBS Sports activities coaches listing.

Though he hasn’t introduced the Minnesota Vikings to a Tremendous Bowl in his tenure as coach, Mike Zimmer is lengthy overdue for some props.

Zimmer was ranked the tenth greatest coach within the NFL by CBS Sports activities on Tuesday — a rating that the listing’s curator admitted undervalued the Vikings coach.

Sean Wagner-McGough cited a middling playoff file as justification for Zimmer’s No. 10 spot on the listing, regardless of him feeling Zimmer “is underappreciated.”

Right here’s Wagner’s rationalization:

“It nonetheless looks like Mike Zimmer is underappreciated. Right here’s what he’s carried out because the Vikings’ coach for the previous six seasons:

He’s gained 59.9 p.c of his video games, ok for a 57-38-1 file. He’s been to the playoffs in half of his six seasons, despite the fact that he’s been caught in the identical division as Aaron Rodgers. He’d be 3-2 as a substitute of 2-Three within the playoffs if Blair Walsh hadn’t gone all Blair Walsh on him. As a defensive-minded coach, he at all times will get probably the most out of the Vikings’ protection. In his six seasons, the Vikings’ protection has ranked within the top-10 in factors allowed 5 instances. The one time they didn’t end within the top-10 got here in his first season in cost, after they ranked 11th.

Zimmer isn’t an ideal coach. He in all probability must win extra playoff video games to get extra respect. However he’s a defensive-minded coach who at all times will get outcomes out of his protection.”

Each coach above Zimmer has made it to the Tremendous Bowl however had consistency at quarterback Zimmer has but to see in his time in Minnesota.

Whereas most have had the identical franchise QB or one change since 2014, 4 totally different quarterbacks have led the Vikings in Zimmer’s six years with the franchise.

Kirk Cousins a Drain or  Saving Grace For Zimmer?

Kirk Cousins

GettyThe signing of Kirk Cousins was meant to convey Zimmer long-needed stability at QB.

Kirk Cousins could have a controversial price ticket, however his signing has given Zimmer wanted stability after constructing a top-tier protection after Teddy Bridgewater didn’t pan out for the Vikings.

Bridgewater was a viable choose in Zimmer’s first 12 months as coach as the previous Louisville product introduced the Vikings to the NFC Wild Card spherical in 2015 — a playoff berth that was foiled by a wide-left Blair Walsh subject objective in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks.

However when Bridgewater suffered his devastating knee damage, the quarterback carousel started to spin.

The Vikings signed Sam Bradford to a two-year deal in 2016 solely to get replaced by Case Keenum a 12 months later. Whereas Keenum had a profitable season and was maestro to the Minneapolis Miracle, the Vikings needed to financial institution on a extra confirmed and longterm answer at quarterback. Zimmer cautioned “{that a} quarterback transfer shouldn’t come on the expense of the remainder of the roster,” the Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling wrote.

Enter Cousins’ historic, three-year $86 million assured deal.

Cousins hasn’t fairly lived as much as his wage with one playoff win in two seasons. The subsequent two seasons left on Cousins’ new contract might be telling of whether or not he’s turn into a drain to Zimmer’s protection or the spinnaker of the ship.

After parting methods with 5 starters on protection — partially resulting from wage cap constraints that have been imminent with or with out Cousins — Zimmer should prepared his gamers on rookie contracts to overtake the protection that bought him this far.

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