NFL coaching changes: Dolphins’ Brian Flores, Vikings’ Mike Zimmer, Bears’ Matt Nagy are fired

One day after the NFL regular season ended, several clubs are making changes to their coaching staffs.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was fired, along with general manager Rick Spielman, after Minnesota finished out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year with an 8-9 record.  Zimmer, the third-winningest coach in Vikings history, compiled a 72-56-1 record over eight seasons, including two division titles and three playoff appearances.  Vikings owners Zigi and Mark Wilf said in a statement:“While these decisions are not easy, we believe it is time for new leadership to elevate our team so we can consistently contend for championships.” 

The Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores after three seasons with Miami, the team announced Monday morning. In his third season with Miami, the Flores led the Dolphins to a 33-24 victory over the New England Patriots to finish the season with a winning record.

The Bears Matt Nagy’s exit was expected; the fourth-year coach saw his team struggling, ending the season with a 6-11 record. Both Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace were fired on Monday. Nagy was voted NFL Coach of the Year in 2018 when he led the Bears to a 12-4 record and an NFC North title.

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