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Vikings back Zimmer and Spielman ahead of NFL playoffs

Published 04 Jan 2020, 09:14 IST
04 Jan 2020, 09:14 IST
Mike Zimmer - cropped
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings president Mark Wilf affirmed his support for head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman leading into Wild Card Weekend.

The Vikings, runners-up in the NFC North, will attempt to secure just their second postseason win in six years under Zimmer when they face the highly fancied New Orleans Saints (13-3) on Sunday.

There have been suggestions that a loss would place pressure on Zimmer and Spielman, who are both contracted for the 2020 campaign.

But president and co-owner Wilf gave the pair his backing in a statement released on Friday.

"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," Wilf said.

Zimmer has been linked with a return to the Dallas Cowboys, where he worked first as a defensive backs coach and then as the defensive coordinator from 1994 to 2006.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is reportedly set to lose his job after failing to lead the team to the playoffs.

Minnesota, meanwhile, will be without cornerbacks Mike Hughes (neck) and Mackensie Alexander (knee) for Sunday's game, although running back Dalvin Cook is expected to play after overcoming a shoulder problem.

Modified 04 Jan 2020, 09:14 IST
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