Almost exactly eight years ago, the Vikings introduced Mike Zimmer as their new head coach.
He was brought in to fix a team that had lost double-digit games three of the previous four seasons, with defensive lapses telling much of that story. Zimmer did that, and after his first four years he looked to be on a trajectory that could keep him here for the very long term.
But now here we are: The Vikings are starting over again after firing Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman on Monday. And again, the defense is the thing that probably needs the most fixing.
How we got to this point is layered and complicated. But in the aftermath of Monday’s news, five things that were said stood out as explanations (or at least hints) about what went wrong and what is yet to come.
I talked about all of them with Chip Scoggins on Wednesday’s Daily Delivery podcast, but let’s get into them in some detail now:
Vikings owner Mark Wilf: “Listen, the results speak for themselves. We’re not satisfied. It’s not where we want to be. … We’re really committed as owners to providing the resources to make sure we can keep competing year in and year out at the highest levels and try to get championships.”
What it means: This one doesn’t require much reading between the lines. The Vikings missed the playoffs three of the last four years, and…