Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was asked after Sunday’s win over the Dolphins about HC Mike Zimmer’s status and replied “you shouldn’t even ask that question” before offering strong support for the head coach.
“We’re very happy with the coach and the entire coaching staff,” Wilf said, via the Pioneer Press. “It’s great to be in this position in December, that’s for sure. I’m very proud we stepped up and answered any questions about who we were as a team. I think we showed we were one of the best and can beat anyone on any given day.”
- According to Jason La Canfora, Vikings interim OC Kevin Stefanski was already considered to be a rising coach for possible head-coaching openings before being promoted as John DeFilippo’s replacement last week.
- La Canfora reports that multiple NFL teams are conducting preliminary research on Stefanski and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a playoff push could thrust him into a position to interview for head-coaching openings after the season.
- Adam Schefter reports that former Vikings OC John DeFilippo has gone from being a “front-line head-coaching candidate” to no longer being considered for such openings after being fired by Minnesota last week.
- Schefter says that DeFilippo will now have to settle for an assistant’s job and work his way back up to the level he was viewed as prior to being fired.