Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Bill Parcells will take charge of the win rate when replacing Mike Zimmer as coach of the Vikings.

Mike Zimmer has a win rate of .562 over eight seasons, the third highest ever coach in Vikings history. This fact has not escaped the attention of Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells.

Zimmer was fired Monday as head coach of Minnesota along with general manager Rick Spielman. Parcells, Zimmer’s longtime mentor, spoke to him on the phone that day.

“I was just disappointed,” Parcells said in a telephone interview Tuesday about Zimmer’s firing. “The guy had more than 0.500 there. I can take responsibility for the next guy. ”

When asked if that means he expects Minnesota’s next coach to have a lower win rate than Zimmer, Parcells said yes.

Zimmer played 72-56-1 with the Vikings and played three playoffs, but in the past two seasons he only had 15-18 with no playoffs. Only Dennis Green (.621) and Bad Grant (.610) have had the highest win rates in team history.

Parcells didn’t want to say what was being discussed on the phone or what mood Zimmer was in. He said he didn’t know if 65-year-old Zimmer would want to coach again.

“I have no idea what he would like to do,” Parcells said.

After the moves were made on Monday, Spielman reached out to the players and thanked them for their contributions, while Zimmer chose not to speak to the team. Zimmer did not respond to the phone message, but issued a statement, which, in part, said: “I’m sorry we didn’t do this.”

During his time in Minnesota, Zimmer often talked about Parcells being his mentor and conversations with him. Parcells, who won the Super Bowl with the New York Giants after the 1986 and 1990 seasons, was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2003 to 2006, when Zimmer was their defense coordinator.

“Of course I was disappointed, but you know this is football,” Parcells said of Zimmer’s firing from the only head coach position he had. “Here’s what’s going on. … He is my friend first of all. I just hope he is doing well. I really respect and appreciate him. I am really.”

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