AP source: Vikings fire GM Rick Spielman, coach Mike Zimmer

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have fired general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Vikings had not yet made the announcement.

The move comes after a second straight absence from the playoffs.

Zimmer went 72-56-1 in eight seasons, plus 2-3 in the playoffs.

The 65-year-old Zimmer had the seventh-longest tenure among NFL head coaches this season.

Spielman was with the team since 2006 and general manager since 2012.

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