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Report: Mike Zimmer staying night in Minnesota, hasn’t been offered job

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The Minnesota Vikings began their second round of interviews for their open head coaching position with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Tuesday.

Zimmer had interviewed a second time with the Tennessee Titans on Monday before they announced they had hired Ken Whisenhunt as their next head coach.

According to Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Zimmer said Tuesday night he has not been offered the job with the Vikings. However, he is expected to remain in Minnesota overnight into Wednesday.

The Vikings have cast a wide net looking for candidates to fill the job vacated by the firing of Leslie Frazier at season’s end. However, many candidates for the job remain tied up with coaching duties this postseason. Denver coordinators Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio, Seattle coordinators Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula remain as targets for the vacancy. However, the Vikings will have to wait a bit longer on those candidates if they want to hire one of them.

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton have also interviewed for the position.

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29 Responses to “Report: Mike Zimmer staying night in Minnesota, hasn’t been offered job”
  1. smartanis says: Jan 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    Zimmer landing a head coaching gig is well overdue. Here’s hoping the man finally gets the shot he earned years ago.

  2. minnesnowda says: Jan 15, 2014 12:05 AM


  3. natijim235 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:06 AM

    if they put him up at the Red Roof in he may not be getting the job

  4. nwfisch says: Jan 15, 2014 12:10 AM

    I thank God my Redskins hired Jay Gruden to coach RG3SBs

    #Bestteamever #HTTR

  5. firerogergoodell says: Jan 15, 2014 12:13 AM

    Leave it to Rick Spielman to mess up a sure thing like Zimmer…

    The same genius that hired Dave Wannstedt and Dick Jauron. We’ll probably end up with that D-line coach from SF.

    Free mustache rides.

  6. elliottcovert says: Jan 15, 2014 12:22 AM

    Based on the endorsement from Bill Parcels and the uniformly positive comments from Bengals fans on this site, I say just hire the guy already!

  7. khmer379 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:25 AM

    Translation… He will Be they’re koach Wednesday

  8. elliottcovert says: Jan 15, 2014 12:26 AM

    I can somewhat understand why the Vikings are taking their time. All of the other head coaching vacancies have been filled, so it’s down to them and the Browns. The Browns sent a MAJORLY bad signal to potential head coaches by firing Chud after one season on the job. Spielman said he wanted to have a coach in place before the Senior Bowl, but beyond that time really isn’t an issue.

    Maybe they’re trying to convince him to get rid of Musgrave.

  9. billybone says: Jan 15, 2014 1:04 AM

    He stayed the night….WHUUUT? Where, with Lavender Larry?

  10. tjacks7 says: Jan 15, 2014 1:04 AM

    Just offer him the job already.

  11. coltzfan166 says: Jan 15, 2014 1:07 AM

    Zimmerman is probably the front runner, but I feel like Minnesota needs an offensive-minded head coach.

  12. indycheezhed says: Jan 15, 2014 1:23 AM

    It’s a done deal.

  13. vikes89allday says: Jan 15, 2014 1:47 AM

    The Vikings need to get a deal done with Mike Zimmer before they miss out!

  14. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 15, 2014 1:48 AM

    They just HAVE to hire this guy….”Zimmer” is just such a Minnesota kind of name.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 15, 2014 3:09 AM

    Luckily he found a hostel at a very reasonable price.

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 15, 2014 4:38 AM

    Ziggy loves Zimmer because his name starts with the letter Z.

  17. bonniebengal says: Jan 15, 2014 5:06 AM

    I’m beginning to think they are not going to hire him after all. Silver lining is he is beloved in Cincinnati and a lot of Bengal fans will breathe a sigh of relief if he stays.

  18. 49er33 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:12 AM

    All these coordinators I would take above Jim Caldwell and Whiz, Del Rio did what many couldn’t/can’t do in JAX. Gase Im not sure but Manning pushed for him to be his guy in DEN (not Caldwell).

    Not sure about Bevell nor Quinn, but better than retreads that proved they can’t without a franchise QB already in place. Horton and Bowles defenses are great I’ve seen their schemes, Horton would’ve been great for DET with a good offensive coord.

    GRo I think would be a great fit if I were the Vikings, he’ll play to the teams strengths as an offensive mind. Seeing AP get less then 20 carries in some games is mind boggling especially when they had leads. And Tomsula is not a bad choice either but may be able to land him as a DC if you take GRo.

    Just my two cents.

  19. watchfullhose says: Jan 15, 2014 6:09 AM

    Yea he stayed the night, his flight leaves at 7:00 am on Thursday.

  20. brent4liberty says: Jan 15, 2014 6:18 AM

    Zimmer has been interviewed numerous times and never hired as a head coach before, is he just a bad interviewee or what, I wonder?

  21. 92nick182govikings says: Jan 15, 2014 7:04 AM

    I havent even thought about this but why has no one mentioned mike singeltary as our next head coach. He is already our linebackers coach so maybe he would be a good fit. He should atleast be our defensive coordinater. Alan williams is not fit as our defensive cooridnater.

  22. ravenswhat says: Jan 15, 2014 7:17 AM

    You’re blowing it Vikings. Hire Zimmer.

  23. diveleft says: Jan 15, 2014 9:07 AM

    Stop procrastinating Spielman, hire Zimmer before it’s too late!

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 15, 2014 9:23 AM

    The Vikings are having trouble finding anyone to coach that mess.

  25. toddc612 says: Jan 15, 2014 9:44 AM

    The sticky point with Zimmer with me is that in the media this week, they were stating that he would keep Musgrave.. which, is pretty much inexcusable with the fanbase here in MN. Musgrave ran the most predictable and vanilla offense in Viking’s history.

  26. titlelessincincy says: Jan 15, 2014 9:44 AM

    They way they are dragging him out it seems he is a fallback option. For Cincy sake I hope this is true and he comes home.

    I have heard that Zim is a bad interview, speaks his mind, along with the truth and holds nothing back. “Ziggy your organization is a mess.”

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 15, 2014 9:46 AM

    Good fit for Minnesota. He has a ton of experience with inept QB play that puts his defense in huge holes.

  28. khmer379 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:58 AM

    I told ya so who ever thumb me down doesn’t know zip about football

  29. Ferdinand says: Jan 15, 2014 7:12 PM

    Don’t read much into that – there was a large snowstorm going through overnight. Flying would be risky.

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