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Mike Zimmer: “I’m not retiring or resigning. Period”

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings looks on in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 23, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Perhaps no team in the NFL fell shorter of expectations than the Vikings, who took a title-contending team and added an $84 million quarterback.

So as they watch the playoffs from the comfort of home, it’s reasonable to wonder if changes are coming.

But Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network that he wasn’t walking away on his own.

I’m not retiring or resigning. Period,” Zimmer said.

Of course, that leaves one option that Zimmer didn’t cover, if the Vikings don’t want him to return.

The 62-year-old Zimmer is under contract for next season, and is 47-31-1 in five seasons with the Vikings. If they didn’t want him, someone else surely would.