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January 11
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer shook hands with linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) before the Oct. 10 game against the Lions.

Kendricks alludes to 'fear-based organization' under Zimmer, Spielman

Veterans Eric Kendricks and Brian O'Neill talked about what players thought was missing under former coach Mike Zimmer — and what needs to change.
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January 11

Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf: 'We just feel a change of direction was needed here'

Minnesota Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf spoke to the press on Monday afternoon about the firing of head coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman.
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January 11
 Zygi Wilf, left, and Mark Wilf, right, with Mike Zimmer at Zimmer’s introductory news conference in 2014.

Vikings' coaching moves under the Wilfs' ownership

Zygi and Mark Wilf have hired three head coaches since buying the team in 2005.
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January 10
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer sat on the team bench before the Dec. 26 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Vikings sack Zimmer, Spielman; replacement search starting now

Coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman had two years remaining on their contracts. But a day after the Vikings finished 8-9 and missed the playoffs, owners Zygi and Mark Wilf opted for a total reset.
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January 10
Injured Vikings receiver Adam Thielen needed to use a scooter to get around field before Sunday’s season finale at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings' Adam Thielen back on his feet after ankle surgery

The receiver said his surgery was 'pretty easy" and that he is a few weeks away from a full recovery.
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January 10
Vikings head coaching candidates include (clockwise from top left) Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Dallas offensive coordinator Kelle

Next Vikings coach? Here are 12 contenders to replace Zimmer

Will the Vikings replace Mike Zimmer, a defensive guru, with an offensive mind? Several NFL offensive coordinators might be in the mix, in addition to a batch of former head coaches.
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January 10
Thomas Dimitroff was a star on the rise when he helped the Falcons  reach Super Bowl LI in 2017.

Who's got next at general manager? Nine who could run Vikings

A list of contenders ranges from young but experienced Eliot Wolf with his Packers and Patriots lineage to Joe Hortiz, who has helped the Ravens pick players since 1998.
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January 10
Mark Wilf, left, and Zygi Wilf, co-owners of the Minnesota Vikings, watched warm-ups from the sidelines before the team’s game against Pittsburgh on

Scoggins: With franchise going stale, Wilfs had to change course

The Vikings owners made the correct call after eight years with Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman had the team no closer to a championship.
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January 10
Rick Spielman

Best and worst of Rick Spielman's years with the Vikings

Spielman ran drafts for the Vikings as vice president of personnel prior to becoming the general manager in 2012.
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January 10
From left, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, quarterback Kirk Cousins, general manager Rick Spielman and co-owner Mark Wilf at the Vikings TCO

Zimmer era boils down to four years before and after Kirk Cousins

It's an even four-year split, with more success coming before Cousins than after Cousins — and a 2018 Scouting Combine quote that still haunts.
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January 10
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer watched the afternoon practice.       ] CARLOS GONZALEZ  cgonzalez@startrib

Reusse on the Vikings' big failures— and the necessary changes

The firings of head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman had to be done. Columnist Patrick Reusse joins Michael Rand on the Daily Delivery podcast to break down what happened.
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January 10
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer celebrated their win with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) at Ford Field.] Jerry Holt • Jerry

Goessling on what's ahead for Cousins and the search for new leadership

Starting over at coach and GM will create a seismic shift for the Vikings and impact their direction for years to come. Writer Ben Goessling joins host Michael Rand for a special Daily Delivery on today's news.
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January 10
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer raised his arms in triumph after his team beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the NFC divisional playoff game. Before t

Highs and lows of Mike Zimmer's years with the Vikings

Zimmer arrived in 2014 to fix the Vikings defense and was fired after two seasons in which the unit plummeted.
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January 10
The Bears’ Damien Williams tries to get around Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler.

Five extra points: Defense hits historic two-year low, penalties a problem all year

If Mike Zimmer is fired, the performance of his defense in the past two seasons will be noted on his pink slip among other unflattering details about this season.
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January 10
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson was brought down after catching a pass from Kirk Cousins in the second quarter Sunday.

Scoggins: 'I don't care about records.' Zimmer didn't help Jefferson chance to set one

A fitting end: The coach who likely will be fired denied the best and most popular player on the team an opportunity to break a record held by an all-time great.
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January 10
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) was tackled by Chicago Bears safety Deon Bush (26) in the fourth quarter.

Neal: Let's celebrate one bright spot for Vikings' future: the pass catchers

Whoever is coaching the team next season will have a blast scheming and throwing to the group of receivers that he should inherit.
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January 10
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn (17) celebrated a touchdown with quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) in t

Beginning of the end? Vikings await big decisions after beating Bears

Kirk Cousins dropped to a knee on the final play as fans booed the decision not to give Justin Jefferson a shot at a team receiving record. Bigger decisions await the team.
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January 10
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, right, with his son Adam, the team’s co-defensive coordinator, after Sunday’s 31-17 victory over the Bears.

Souhan: Now the awkward conversations begin for Vikings, Zimmer

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn't want to talk about his future after Sunday's 31-17 victory over the Bears. "Not my choice. Not my decision," he said.
Vikings
January 9
Patrick Peterson (7), one of only two healthy cornerbacks available to the Vikings against the Bears on Sunday, ran back an interception 66 yards for

Despite depleted secondary, Vikings' Peterson supplies pick-six

It was Patrick Peterson's first interception of the season, and the second TD runback of a pickoff in the career.
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January 9
Podcast: Vikings close season, and perhaps Mike Zimmer era, with few fireworks

Podcast: Vikings close season, and perhaps Mike Zimmer era, with few fireworks

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Jim Souhan discuss Zimmer not caring about Justin Jefferson's shot at history, what comes next for the franchise, and what might've been Anthony Barr's last Vikings game.