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It appears the Minnesota Vikings are about to embrace a full rebuild, firing both Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman on Monday morning.
Black Monday is truly a dark day for the NFL.
The annual death march for head coaches who spent the season on the hot seat comes to an end, which means the loss of employment and the upheaval of families. Sports might be the only industry in which someone losing their job isn’t met with condolences and Twitter-sized letters of recommendations from peers, rather it’s a celebration by fans of whichever team just removed someone from their post.
Suspension of disbelief is a hell of a drug.
That’s what happened on Monday in Minnesota as the Vikings fired both head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman.
Whether Spielman and Zimmer deserved to be fired will be a topic of debate, but the most pressing question on the minds of Vikings fans everywhere is what happens next?
The smart move would be that Minnesota completely rebuilds itself out of the ashes of the Zimmer years, rather than repeat a vicious cycle that has been spinning since the late-90s. It seems that at every opportunity to rebuild the Vikings try to cut corners and apply a band-aid in an attempt to fix things.
Now is the time for the Vikings to take their medicine, as well as a deep breath.