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Vikings fire GM Rick Spielman, coach Mike Zimmer

[FILE] New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, left, talks with general manager Rick...
[FILE] New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, left, talks with general manager Rick Spielman, right, at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Zimmer is the ninth head coach in the Vikings franchise history.(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)(Ann Heisenfelt | AP)
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 9:34 AM CST
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have fired general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer.

The moves come after a second straight absence from the playoffs.

Zimmer went 72-56-1 in eight seasons, plus 2-3 in the playoffs. The 65-year-old Zimmer had the seventh-longest tenure among NFL head coaches this season. Spielman was with the team since 2006 and general manager since 2012.

In a statement, the Minnesota Vikings’ ownership group said that they appreciated the efforts of Zimmer and Spielman and that they would begin a search for their replacements immediately.

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