Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s closest friends spoke out on eroding culture inside the Vikings organization.
NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, who Zimmer coached during the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl dynasty in the early ’90s, revealed before Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman were fired, the Vikings brain trust’s relationship had already started to dissolve.
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‘Spielman & Zimmer Hadn’t Spoken in Months
In a recent airing of Barstool Sports’ Pro Football Show, Sanders revealed that Zimmer and Spielman hadn’t spoken in months before being fired on Monday.
Deion saying Zimmer & Spielman hadn’t talked for months before firing.
1) Could explain Zimmer’s vendetta vs Rick’s rookies (Mond, Davis, Surratt, Jones)
2) Could explain Spielman’s FU signing of Sloter late in the season (Zim notoriously didn’t have time for Sloter House) pic.twitter.com/LzkOY8qq76
— Purple FTW! Podcast (@PurpleForTheWin) January 15, 2022
“Yeah, we talked,” Sanders said of Zimmer following the end of his eight-year tenure with the Vikings. “He and their GM hadn’t spoken in months. It was just a downward spiral.”
Sanders added a comment on quarterback play in the same breathe as Zimmer’s firing.
“When you look back on this, look at the commonality of the guys that got fired. Look at all the guys that got fired, and look at the quarterback play. There’s a common thread to each and every darn one of them,” Sanders said.
SKOR North’s Phil Mackey saw the comment as a slight toward Cousins.
“The ‘QB play’ comment from Deion was framed as his opinion — but it came in the same breath as him detailing his conversation with Mike Zimmer, who was never fond of Kirk Cousins to begin with.”
The “QB play” comment from Deion was framed as his opinion — but it came in the same breath as him detailing his conversation with Mike Zimmer, who was never fond of Kirk Cousins to begin with.
— Phil Mackey 🎙 (@PhilMackey) January 15, 2022
This isn’t the first time Sanders has critiqued Cousins.
Last offseason, Sanders, on a segment of Verzuz with Justin Jefferson, said he wasn’t crazy about Cousins, taking a shot at the Vikings quarterback.
“Justin, I know you were good. I didn’t know you were going to put in that kind of work …read more