Mike Zimmer to be Minnesota Vikings next coach
By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League Editor
Published: Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:47 a.m.
The Minnesota Vikings have replaced one defensive-minded head coach with another one. Mike Zimmer, passed over for top coaching jobs for many years, finally has his chance to run a team.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Zimmer will be the next coach of the Vikings, according to a source. Zimmer, the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator since 2008, was previously the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (2000-06) and Atlanta Falcons (2007).
Zimmer previously had interviewed for five coaching jobs and been passed over for many other interviews despite an excellent body of work as a creative defensive mind. Anyone who has watched Zimmer during three separate seasons on HBO's "Hard Knocks" knows that he is a man who doesn't pull verbal punches. The style might not be for every owner, but Zimmer has earned this shot. He's been great in his career at maximizing his talent and developing defensive players.
Zimmer replaces Leslie Frazier, a defensive coach who couldn't solve Minnesota's offensive issues. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver says to watch out for former Detroit Lions coordinator and St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan as a potential offensive coordinator. Silver notes that Zimmer would target Bengals assistant Paul Gunther as defensive coordinator.