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Vikings Choose Mike Zimmer As New Head Coach


The Vikings have made their decision on who will lead them into the future – and that’s Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer had his second interview with the Vikings on Tuesday, and stayed overnight in Minnesota to work out the details of a deal to become the new Vikings head man

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is involved in the session to make sure that Zimmer is aboard to be the new coach according to ESPN.

Zimmer will be the ninth coach in franchise history. He comes to the team 16 days after the Vikings dismissed Leslie Frazier, after the Vikings missed the postseason.

He was the Bengals defensive coordinator the last five seasons, leading a defense that finished in the top 10 in yards and points allowed in four of the past five seasons.

Reports say that the 57-year-old is talking about bringing Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner to the staff as his new OC.

Also being considered to join the staff are Kyle Shanahan and Mike Mularkey.

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4 Responses to “Vikings Choose Mike Zimmer As New Head Coach”

  1. Fisher says:

    I support this. He molded a top-five defense in Cincinnati, in yards allowed, both running and passing, and in points allowed. Coming off of this year with the Vikings having allowed 30 points per game (the worst in the nfl), hopefully he can assemble and guide a new set of coaching staff to improve things. Nowhere to go but up, right?

  2. purplereign57 says:

    Fisher, I agree that it would appear that Viking management has made a good decision in choosing Zimmer to come on board as our new head coach. He has an excellent resume’, as you have mentioned some of his most recent achievements. Thinking about what sort of team the Bengals USED TO BE not so many seasons ago, and what they bring to the table now, says a lot about the results that are possible with Zimmer on your side.
    There just happens to be ONE HUGE DECISION the Vikings have apparently made that literally is pushing me towards an aneurysm. It looks like they’re bringing in George Edwards from the Dolphin linebacker coaching job to be the new Viking defensive coordinator. I did some research on this guy, because I didn’t know him from Adam. He’s held several different coaching positions,among them, the defensive coordinator for the 2003 Washington Redskins, and the same position with the 2010 and 2011 Buffalo Bills. Take a gander at the defensive stats for those clubs in those years, and you’ll find that they were ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! Those defenses were very near the cellar in almost every defensive category during Edwards’ tenure there. I don’t know who was behind the idea of bringing Edwards in as our defensive coordinator, but it looks to me like they made a huge mistake, if one is judging from those numbers he helped produce in Washington and Buffalo. I guess that one could hope that either Edwards has learned considerably more about being a DC since those past years, OR Zimmer, being an experienced (AND VERY GOOD) now former DC, along with Spielman, have plans to guide Edwards, AND THE VIKING DEFENSE, through his stay in Minnesota.
    We all know how absolutely horrible the Viking defense was in 2013, and that there are holes in it everywhere. I suppose that we fans have no choice but to put our faith in the new coaching staff to be the catalysts that DRASTICALLY improves the players’ performances, (especially the defense), and that management pulls rabbits out of their respective hats, wheeling and dealing in the free agent market, and through the draft, to right this ship and turn it into a legitimate contender. After all, as you say, we’ve nowhere to go but up, right?

  3. Nume says:

    My guess is that it will be more like your 2nd scenario. I fully expect Zimmer to play a big part in the defense, so he probably just wanted to bring someone in that he knows (I believe Edwards was a LB coach under him at one point) so he can guide him to run the defense Zimmer’s way.

  4. purplereign57 says:

    @Nume, I hope that you are correct in your assumption that Zimmer will guide Edwards through the season(s) to come…AS WELL AS STAYING ON HIS ASS, SUPERVISING EVERY SINGLE MOVE EDWARDS MAKES.
    After discovering the dismal performances Edwards had in Washington and Buffalo, the above progression of events is THE ONLY THING(S) I want to see happen. Otherwise, we’re apparently in store for more of the same shameful defensive “performances” that we had the misfortune to witness during the 2013 season. Oh, boy!! Won’t that just be a kick in the head??

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