Current Vikings Coach Blasts Mike Zimmer for Toxic Culture

Larry Rupp
A current Minnesota Vikings coach blasted Mike Zimmer for a toxic culture.
A current Minnesota Vikings coach blasted Mike Zimmer for a toxic culture. / AP Photos/Stacy Bengs

It's safe to say that the Mike Zimmer era in Minnesota did not go as planned. The Vikings posted a winning record in only four of their eight seasons under his guidance and won two playoff games. One current coach even blasted Zimmer for creating a toxic culture driven by constant pressure.

Minnesota Vikings News's Tyler Dunne recently wrote a piece that focused on how new head coach Kevin O'Connell is shifting the culture in Minnesota. In that piece, defensive backs coach Terence Newman didn't hold back in his criticism of Zimmer's ways. He explained the bad energy inside the facilities.

"I think he felt the pressure and he put so much pressure on everybody else around him that there was no way we could succeed. We couldn't win."

Terence Newman on Mike Zimmer

Newman mentioned that players know the NFL is a business and that getting replaced can happen to anyone on the roster on any given day. Zimmer couldn't look past the idea of getting fired, though. He thought every little mistake could be the end for him and that created problems in the locker room.

The example Newman provided of one of those problems simply lays it all out. He said that Zimmer would never come to work "in a good mood", which is confusing because there was usually no reason to be upset. Meanwhile, players fighting through tough injuries just to play football are in great spirits.

Vikings fans are long over Zimmer's antics by now and looking forward to seeing if O'Connell can turn things around this fall, instead. Minnesota has odds set at -110 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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