1-on-1 with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sat down with KSTP sports director Joe Schmit to preview the 2021 season. The Vikings open their 17-game schedule on Sunday at Cincinnati.

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Zimmer touched on being the 8th longest-tenured coach in the league — the seven in front of him have all won Super Bowls — the lack of depth on this year’s roster, what QB Kirk Cousins needs to do for it to be a successful season, and more.

The pressure is on GM Rick Spielman and Zimmer after a 7-9 finish in 2020. They each received a contract extension last year but have won only two playoff games in seven seasons together. The Vikings are in win-now mode with a $31 million salary cap hit for quarterback Kirk Cousins. They’ve added a whopping 10 veteran free agents to the defense for either starting spots or rotational roles. Defensive tackles Dalvin Tomlinson and Michael Pierce are two of the most prominent newcomers. On the other side, the offensive line remains a question mark.

The Associated Press contributed to this report