Vikings Hire Mike Zimmer As New Head Coach, Norv Turner To Be Interviewed

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

The Minnesota Vikings have found their guy.

ESPN reported on Wednesday morning that Vikings ownership signed former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to the team as it’s new head coach, ending the hunt for it’s 9th in franchise history.

Zimmer, who has 20 seasons of NFL coaching experience, got his start back in 1994 as a Defensive Backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Zimmer would eventually become the Cowboys defensive coordinator in 2006 after spending 12 years with the franchise.

In 2007, Zimmer would move on to Atlanta as a defensive coordinator before leaving for Cincinnati in 2008, where he had coached until his Wednesday hire.

Zimmer has received high praise from some of the league’s biggest names. Bill Parcells put him in the same boat as Bill Belichik, saying “It’s the Belichicks and Zimmers. They grew up with it, they get it. He got it at a young age”.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis added “Zim does a great job of identifying who to push and when;” touted as a coach who can bring mediocre defenses into the upper-echelon.

Brian Robison was quoted as calling Zimmer an “opposite” of Leslie Frazier.

[3:25pm]

In more breaking news, the Vikings are reportedly after a new offensive coordinator; that of Norv Turner, says national pundit Adam Schefter.

Shefter’s actual statement says the Vikings received permission to interview Turner for the job. He’s currently the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.

Player reactions about rumors of Turner were also upbeat. Jerome Felton added “If he is the OC, I think it would be a good thing”.

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