Minnesota Vikings president and co-owner Mark Wilf affirmed his support for head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman leading into wild-card weekend.
The Vikings (10-6), runners-up in the NFC North, will attempt to secure just their second postseason win in six years under Zimmer when they face the highly favored New Orleans Saints (13-3) on Sunday.
There have been suggestions that a loss would place pressure on Zimmer and Spielman, who are both under contract for the 2020 campaign, but Wilf gave the pair his backing in a statement Friday.
Zimmer has been linked with a return to the Dallas Cowboys, where he worked first as a defensive backs coach and then as the defensive coordinator from 1994-2006.
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Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett’s contract is due to expire on Jan. 14, and it’s unclear whether he’ll return after failing to lead the team to the playoffs in 2019.
Minnesota, meanwhile, will be without cornerbacks Mike Hughes (neck) and Mackensie Alexander (knee) for Sunday’s game, although running back Dalvin Cook is expected to play after overcoming a shoulder problem.