Vikings fire GM Rick Spielman, coach Mike Zimmer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have started fresh, firing general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer on Monday after a second straight absence from the playoffs for a 61-year-old franchise still seeking a title.

The move came one day after the 45th anniversary of Minnesota’s last Super Bowl appearance, after owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf met with each of the top two leaders.

“We appreciate Rick and Mike’s commitment to the team’s on-field success, their passion for making a positive impact in our community and their dedication to players, coaches and staff,” the owners said in a statement distributed . . .

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