MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The daughter of Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer issued an impassioned defense of her father on social media this week in response to online criticism over the Vikings’ disappointing performance this season.
“My dad has lost 16 pounds this season because of stress,” Corri Zimmer White wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “[H]e gets to work every day at 4 a.m. and works until 9-10 at night.”
She lambasted “so-called fans” who made fun of her father’s appearance, and judged his every coaching decision.
“If you can’t appreciate and can’t recognize everything he’s done for this team, then you are no fan,” Zimmer White wrote. “These people get behind their keyboards and write heartless comments and I know for a fact that they have never worked as hard as he has ONE day in their life.”
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My dad has lost 16 pounds this season because of stress, he gets to work everyday at 4AM and works until 9-10 at night. A lot of the times he even sleeps at the office and goes straight to the office after a loss. He works his ASS off to find a way to WIN for all these so called 'fans' that tear him apart. I’ve seen it all today to making fun of his appearance to judging every move he makes and it makes me sick to my stomach. If you don’t appreciate and can’t recognize everything he’s done for this team then you are no fan. These people get behind their keyboards and write heartless comments and i know for a fact that they have never worked as hard as he has ONE day in their life. Newsflash: these NFL coaches and players are REAL people and they have real families that read the awful crap you write. This man is one of the greatest COACHES, FATHER, HUSBAND, FRIEND, and PERSON in the world. He is the right leader for this team and he will get it turned around. He NEVER points blame or blames others for a loss. He spends what little free time he has with his family and making an impact in the community honoring his late wife. Think before you comment, think of who could be reading it, and look in the mirror before you judge someone else. Social media can be so evil. Taking a break from it for a while before I end up writing back to every single jerk with a dumb opinion.
Her post came in the wake of the Vikings’ 7-21 loss in Seattle on Monday night.
While insisting that her father never blames anyone but himself for a loss, he did fire the team’s offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, on Tuesday.
The coach said the firing decision was difficult but necessary in order to salvage the rest of the season, especially as the team slouches toward the playoffs.
There’s only three games left in the regular season, and the Vikings’ current record is 6-6-1. Much more was expected of the team, which made it to the NFC Championship game last year and then signed quarterback Kirk Cousins in the hopes of upgrading the squad to a Super Bowl caliber team.
Still, Zimmer White has confidence her in dad in the weeks ahead.
“This man is one of the greatest COACHES, FATHER, HUSBAND, FRIEND, and PERSON in the world,” she wrote. “He is the right leader for this team and he will get it turned around.”
The Vikings play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. In the following weeks they’ll play the Lions and the Bears.