Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as next head coach

AP

The Minnesota Vikings have their next head coach in Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer, who has spent the last two days in Minnesota interviewing with the team, will be hired today, according to Adam Schefter and Jay Glazer.

The 57-year-old Zimmer is getting his first head-coaching position after many years as a respected defensive coordinator. Zimmer has been the defensive coordinator of the Bengals since 2008, and before that was defensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2007 and defensive coordinator in Dallas from 2000 to 2006.

In Minnesota, Zimmer takes over a team that fired head coach Leslie Frazier following a 5-10-1 season and a last-place finish in the NFC North.

190 responses to “Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as next head coach

  1. The Minnesota Vikings impending dynasty will hit the NFL by storm, but don’t say you didn’t hear it here first.

    Talent wise, we have the best team in the NFL and arguably one of the best teams of all time (other than QB).

    Once we draft our franchise QB (and we will) multiple superbowls will be coming to Minneapolis. They are setting themselves up to dominate the NFC for the decade.

    Every team will start trying to emulate the Vikings in every way.
    Every fan will be jealous of Vikings nation.
    Every owner will be jealous they don’t own a historic future dynasty team like the Vikings.
    Every coach will fear traveling to Minneapolis to face this legendary Vikings squad.
    Every other teams players wish they’d have been drafted by the superior Vikings roster.
    Every GM will wish they had the drafting smarts that Rick Spielman has.
    Every blade of grass will wish it would have been grown in the new gorgeous stadium that belongs to Minnesota.

  2. The Minnesota Vikings have now been decided as the symbol of greatness. The Minnesota Vikings are a franchise that has dominated for decades with a .538 overall winning percentage to prove it, ranked #3 in the league worldwide. We also have the most NFC North titles with 18, 7 more than the second closest “rival”. The NFL has recently scammed the Vikings out of multiple Super Bowl rings because they envy our greatness, jealousy like this prevents the Vikings from this, but we will succeed. The impending Vikings dynasty will soon follow, multiple Super Bowl rings will be coming our way and our greatness will be shown worldwide.

    Many of you so called “haters” will say this is not true, but haters are known to envy greatness. Martin Luther King is a great example of a person who resembles the Vikings organization, he changed the world and was hated for it, but people recognize him for greatness

    The Minnesota Vikings are the prototypical franchise. We are the Lambourghini of cars, the iPhones of cellular devices, The Kate Uptons of females, and our presence can be felt worldwide by our profound greatness. We are the boat floating proudly on your favorite teams tears, sailing to multiple championships.

  3. Win, lose, or draw, this should be entertaining at least. Also, won’t be able to complain that I didn’t get what I wanted — exciting times!

  4. The only thing I know about this guy is that all the PFT stories about him have uniformly positive comments. When Gruden and Caldwell were hired, the comments were about 97% negative. This seems like the best hire they could have made this year and I’m glad it worked out.

  5. Time for vike fans to tell us about how this means dynasty for the Vikings and how their future is bright and limitless while Packers are dropping forever into a pit of despair and fecklessness.

  6. Mike Zimmer will lead the Minnesota Vikings to multiple championships and we will officially be the most decorated, historic franchise in the NFL.

    Meanwhile the Packers & Seahawks will never win a Super Bowl.

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 15, 2014 10:56 AM

    Time for vike fans to tell us about how this means dynasty for the Vikings and how their future is bright and limitless while Packers are dropping forever into a pit of despair and fecklessness.

    duece5 says:

    Mike Zimmer is ALREADY better than another Mike in the NFC North!

  8. As much as you need a good defense to win consistently, you can have an elite defense and not win unless your offense can score points. When’s the last time a team with an elite defense won the Super Bowl? The ravens D wasn’t elite last year. The Steelers? But it wasn’t the D that won the Super Bowl for them, it was clutch play by Ben and Holmes. Really, the last time a true elite defense won the Super Bowl was 2003. Mike Zimmer isn’t going to make their D as good as that team. I feel like you’re better off with a great offense and an average defense than a pretty good defense and no offense to speak of. The offense in Minnesota hasn’t been good for years outside of a single year with Brett Favre.

  9. Well deserved. He’s a good dude. I’m not even a fan of teams he’s coached on (Pats fan ) but have followed his career. Lost his wife and had to raise his kids on his own. Great D coordinator.

  10. An improved D could have this team back in the playoff picture, simply because AP can keep them fresh. They do have some playmakers on both sides of the ball, but definitely need to bring in a QB to compete with Cassel.

  11. Yo I really like yall color scheme, and the Vikings is a cool nickname, but I doubt yall will win a Superbowl ANY time soon. Yall are like the poor mans Green Bay, should call yall selves NOtitletown.
    Well yall woulda had that one in 09, but those who dats put a big bag of money on the table! Haha!

  12. Great fit for the Vikings. And a great fit for Minnesota. Vikings fans don’t care for the the laid-back, quiet, say-nothing-in-press-conferences type coach (Frazier). They want an honest, say what you feel, speak your mind type guy.

    As bad as their QB situation was last year, the defense is what killed them. If games were 59 minutes long, Minnesota wins at least 9 games AND the division. Zimmer will fix the Alan Williams-led last minute collapses.

  13. Aanndd now my Bengals have let their 2 best coaches go, meanwhile keeping their worst one at the helm for another undeserved year.

    Thanks as always Mike Brown!!!!

  14. thepftpoet says: Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings have now been decided as the symbol of greatness. The Minnesota Vikings are a franchise that has dominated for decades with a .538 overall winning percentage…
    ——————————————————

    All that means is you barely won half your games, LMAO.

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jan 15, 2014 10:56 AM

    Time for vike fans to tell us about how this means dynasty for the Vikings and how their future is bright and limitless while Packers are dropping forever into a pit of despair and fecklessness.
    _____

    Why? Isn’t it self-evident?

  16. If we don’t get a decent QB, it won’t matter. Having said that, he seems like the best fit. One way to gauge that is to listen to what the players and fan base of the old team are saying — and they’re all bummed about losing Zimmer. Conversely, it’s been crickets (or shouts of joy) from the Ravens fan base regarding the Lions new head coach.

  17. It’s so funny how teams always go for the opposite of the guy they just got rid of. Leslie Frazier was laid back and calm while this guy is known for being kind of a hothead. I hope people don’t think he’s going to be a good coach just because he yells and screams at people.

  18. The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says:
    Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM
    The Bengals are officially screwed.

    LOL Zimmer didnt pick all the talent on defense Lewis and Tobin did that with huge input from Zimmer… Remember this name Paul Guenther.. and Schwartz is out there who also had 2 top 10 defenses before he took the job in Detroit.. If you all think Cincy is about to fall off due to Mike losing then you all will look silly at end of 2014 especially Steeler fans… 75 people liked his post..lets see if 75 people still believe what he says at the end of 2014

  19. “thepftpoet says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings impending dynasty will hit the NFL by storm, but don’t say you didn’t hear it here first.”

    ————————————————

    I won’t have to say it. It won’t happen.

  20. Wow. Sad day to be a Bengals fan. We love Mike hate to see him go. Mike brown sucks! Let your best coach walk right out the Door to keep a mediocre 90-90-1 head coach who has done absolutely nothing in his tenure here in Cincinnati. Get ready for multiple blackouts next season ucheap bastard!!!

  21. As a Viking fan, Zimmer was my first choice after Frazier was canned. Hopefully, he’ll toughen up that defense, and HOPEFULLY, Spielman will get him the tools he needs to do the job.

    If all four top-rated QBs are gone by the time the Vikings pick at #8, don’t be surprised to see them take Louis Nix with that pick with Zimmer as HC now. Would love to see a return to the days when the Viking DTs were able to stuff the run with the William Wall.

    Zimmer sounds like a first-class guy, with the zeal to win. Hope he’s successful.

  22. as much as this frustrates myself as a bengals fan, Congratulations Coach Zimmer.

    Vikings fans, the last time you hired the bengals def. coordinator what’d it get you, that’s right for those with a short memory Coach Frazier was our last DC does Spielman have a thing for bengals def. coordinators?

    We’ll go back an add thru subtraction again.

  23. Congrats to Mike Zimmer! But can someone explain what the Vikings are doing? They had a defensive coach in Frazier. He’s not loud in your face coach like Zimmer but he’s a defensive mind. I believe you only bring in a Defensive coach when you have your young/old franchise QB in place. Pagano had Luck when he went to Indy, but Luck was a “One in a lifetime QB” and made Pagano better than he is. If the Vikings had a chance at Teddy Bridgewater,then this might would work. But im afraid they’ll reach on Bortles and Carr like they did with Ponder! It might be deja vu in Minnesota again folks.

  24. Patience is key for both Fans and Zimmer. Good things will come with this hire. I hope his wife is looking down with a smile with him on a dream to a championship that is long awaited by Minnesota and Zim as our leader!

  25. Zimmer likely just got sick of getting smoked by the Steelers every year.

    Oh yeah, that thud you hear in the background is the Bengals tumbling down the basement stairs.

  26. I’m glad they found a coach.

    He is a good hire? No idea. I remember when Brad Childress was hired, everyone said he was the guy you had to get that year. The next great NFL head coach. We all know how that ended.

    When it comes to coaching hires and draft picks, we as fans like to pretend we know alot more than we do. Just sit back and enjoy the game.

  27. Great man. Great family. Great coach. We are going to miss you Zim. The man knows how to play defense. Period. Hardnose straightup in your face guy, and the players love him because he made them all better. Makes them work for everything they get. Just look how he turned Pacman and Terrance Newman in the right direction. Just ask them. Bad day for Bengal fans.

  28. “Mike Zimmer is ALREADY better than another Mike in the NFC North!”
    ————————-

    One of them has won 83 games, 6 playoff games, led his team to two NFC Championship games and won a Super Bowl in his 8 year tenure.

    The other has never been a head coach in an NFL game.

    Minnesotans truly do not deserve NFL level football in their state.

  29. And thus the constant “rebuilding project” of the shambolic Vikings and Lions continues. Hiring a career defensive guy to fix a horrible offense. That should work out great.

  30. Great for Minnesota & Zimmer, sucks for the Bengals. He was a great coach and deserving of this long overdue promotion.

    I guess this all evens out, while Zimmer leaving sucks, Gruden leaving was great for the Bengals.
    Looking forward to another 10-6 playoff year and a quick crash and burn right back out of the playoffs

  31. I’m very happy for Zim it’s long overdue for him, as long as he’s a head coach I will pull for that team. ( unless it’s against the bengals of course )

  32. “Minnesotans truly do not deserve NFL level football in their state.”

    ——————–

    WTF are you talking about? People say whatever they want on here…get over it! Haters gonna HATE. SKOL

  33. The Vikings are bad. Period. And this doesn’t change that. Haters can talk all they want about how they are better than the Packers or Bears, but they aren’t, and you all know it. It’s getting past comical and becoming pathetic just how much Vikings’ fans think that they “rule the NFC North” yet have nothing to show for it. Since its inception in 2002 the Packers have won the division 7 times, the Bears 3 times and the Vikes twice. You cant argue with facts. You can say, ” well the Vikes have 18 division wins total”, but what do they have to show for it? No trophies.. Start looking for a quarterback, and stop running your mouths…even if it is the only running they can do in Minnesota…

  34. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 15, 2014 11:18 AM
    Zimmer likely just got sick of getting smoked by the Steelers every year.

    Oh yeah, that thud you hear in the background is the Bengals tumbling down the basement stairs.

    Beat Pitt and sent them home last year without playoffs and beat em again and watched the refs screw you this year… What are you all doing now adays??? the 6 rings are past…Seems you get punched in the mouth regularly by the Bengals now…It will happen again in 2014. PS. Cincy has better talent then the Steelers on defense as well..BRING IT!

  35. As a Bears fan, this guy scares me a lot more than the clown they hired in Detroit.

    The Vikings need a QB… not sure how much Zimmer will help them with that. But one thing you can take to the bank is that the soft, stupid, game-choking Vikings the rest of the division had grown to love are a thing of the past.

  36. I like this choice for the Vikings. I think Munchak would’ve been another good choice for the Vikings.

  37. The Steelers will win the division in 2014. The division is crumbling at our feet.

    The Ravens and Bungles can forget about sniffing a division title for at least 5 years. I love it.

  38. packerbackernj says:

    And thus the constant “rebuilding project” of the shambolic Vikings and Lions continues. Hiring a career defensive guy to fix a horrible offense. That should work out great.

    —–

    Luckily for us, we also have a horrible defense. And offensively, the Vikings are in great shape if they add a QB and a guard or two (you must not watch many Viking games).

  39. Attention: to put all this mindless self-congratulatory blather in perspective –> there’s a reason why they call it the Lombardi Trophy.

  40. Someone finally had the nuggets to swallow their pride and make this guy a HC. He will pull no punches and tell it like it is. The players will know exactly where they stand and he will have the guts to tell management he disagrees with them.

  41. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 15, 2014 11:19 AM

    “Mike Zimmer is ALREADY better than another Mike in the NFC North!”
    ————————-

    One of them has won 83 games, 6 playoff games, led his team to two NFC Championship games and won a Super Bowl in his 8 year tenure.

    The other has never been a head coach in an NFL game.

    Minnesotans truly do not deserve NFL level football in their state.

    ———————–

    Yeah McCarthy is an AMAZING football coach — It would truly be impossible to coach the likes of Favre and Rodgers. Childress won in Minnesota with Farve and was fired the minute he left.

    Put McCarthy on ANY team other than a team with Rodgers, Brees, Manning and Brady and the fat piece of trash is fired within 2 years. Did you see how inept he was without Rodgers this year? McCarthy is in the bottom 5 coaches in the league.

  42. Bad year for teams needing a new HC. These guys all suck. And I can say that since they’re all getting a few million per year and I’m stuck on my 9-5 job complaining about something I only pretend to understand.

  43. A very good choice.

    Always thought he’d be the HC eventually in Dallas. And he has worked under some terrific HCs, too, so he has a lot to draw upon.

    Yes, he could probably run the defense himself. But he oughta hire Wade Phillips to get a solid defense guy there to compliment him.

  44. “thepftpoet says: Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM

    …The Minnesota Vikings are a franchise that has dominated for decades with a .538 overall winning percentage…”

    What kind of trophy did they get for that?

  45. Wait a second, did the cheeser above criticize the Vikings for hiring a defensive coach to fix a defense, when that coach’s history demonstrates his expertise? What were they supposed to hire — a running backs coach to fix the D? Are you into the PBR a bit early today?

    And by the way, the only reason Mike McCarthy is still around is because the Pack GMs acquired Favre and drafted Rodgers. Great QBs = stable coaching.

  46. And thus the constant “rebuilding project” of the shambolic Vikings and Lions continues. Hiring a career defensive guy to fix a horrible offense. That should work out great.
    ____________

    Horrrible offense? Ah, check your stats buddy, the vikes actually had a fairly decent ranking on offense this year, even without a QB. Didn’t that same horrible offense play your packers to a tie in their last matchup this year?

    By the way, how is that Packers offense doing in the playoffs? Oh wait, they are all at home (some place other than Wisconsin), watching the playoffs on the tele, just like the horrible vikes team.

    Haha, packer fans are funny.

  47. Sports talk radio here in the Twin Cities has had a couple of Cincinnati sports people on and they are saying that this is a great hire for the Vikings and they are really going to miss him in Cincinnati.

  48. Congratulations to the Vikings, this is a good hire.

    As for Mike Brown, how cheap do you have to be to let both your OC & DC go, only to keep Marvin the loser Lewis?

    The Bungles are doomed until this tightwad is finally gone, forever.

  49. The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says:
    Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM
    The Bengals are officially screwed.

    Sorry Bengals fans…we know what it feels like to lose coaches that deserved take over for the current head coach they were working under (see T. Dungy and M. Tomlin). Viking fans are truly excited to have Zim come in and lead our team!

  50. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jan 15, 2014 11:20 AM

    Defense wins championships.

    ———

    Frazier was a defense-minded coach as well. Doesn’t matter how good our defense is, if we can’t find a QB, Zim will be gone in 3-4 years just like Frazier.

  51. You know what folks? The HC coach job is more about how well a football guy can become essentially a manager, mentor, teacher, strategist, politician, communicator and a host of other things that he probably never had to do before unless he was a HC somewhere. And the BALANCING of them is the part many former coordinators seem to be struggle with sometimes.

    Success as a coordinator is not an indicator of future success as a HC.

    As a Viking fan, I have NO idea if Zimmer is in fact Head Coaching material. Only time will tell. But I’ll tell you this.. just because he was a good defensive coach doesn’t tell me ANYTHING about how he’s gonna fare as a HC.

    And one more thing… the Rah-Rah, in your face, vitriolic, profanity laced tirades are not befitting of a leader. So, he better consider that aspect of his personality or he will lose credibility VERY quickly with his players. It’s OK to be passionate and fiery, but if he is demeaning to his players, he will lose that Locker room faster than you can say “great hire”…

  52. Benglas fans, I’m sorry that he won’t be a part of your organization anymore, you all seemed nothing but positive things to say about him.

    On the other hand, SKOL! His combination of shouting and swear words will impel my team to victory!

  53. thepftpoet | Jan 15, 2014, 7:56 AM PST
    Mike Zimmer will lead the Minnesota Vikings to multiple championships and we will officially be the most decorated, historic franchise in the NFL.

    Meanwhile the Packers & Seahawks will never win a Super Bowl.

    Still obsessed with the Packers and Seahawks…kinda creepy.

  54. Childress got them to the NFC playoff game. With real officiating he gets them to the superbowl with a great chance to win it.
    Not to be scoffed at.

  55. I love zim and the way he coached and demanded respect without actually having to demand respect, the players and the fans loved him, this is well deserved, hopefully he has success up in minny, if for some reason it falls apart zim i’m sure there is still a place here in cincy for you good luck!

  56. thepftpoet says:Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM
    “We are the boat floating proudly on your favorite teams tears, sailing to multiple championships.”

    Other teams are the lake in which the Vikings boat sinks.

  57. jhawk21 says:
    Jan 15, 2014 11:35 AM
    ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 15, 2014 11:19 AM

    “Mike Zimmer is ALREADY better than another Mike in the NFC North!”
    ————————-

    One of them has won 83 games, 6 playoff games, led his team to two NFC Championship games and won a Super Bowl in his 8 year tenure.

    The other has never been a head coach in an NFL game.

    Minnesotans truly do not deserve NFL level football in their state.

    ———————–

    Yeah McCarthy is an AMAZING football coach — It would truly be impossible to coach the likes of Favre and Rodgers. Childress won in Minnesota with Farve and was fired the minute he left.

    Put McCarthy on ANY team other than a team with Rodgers, Brees, Manning and Brady and the fat piece of trash is fired within 2 years. Did you see how inept he was without Rodgers this year? McCarthy is in the bottom 5 coaches in the league.

    —–

    You mean the same Mike McCarthy that won the division without the team’s MVP for half the year?

    Great point! You sure know your stuff!

  58. He seems kind of old for today’s NFL. There might be a reason he hasn’t been called up previously. Good luck under any condition.

  59. “Childress got them to the NFC playoff game. With real officiating he gets them to the superbowl with a great chance to win it.

    Not to be scoffed at.

    Then why hasn’t he gotten another HC gig?!

  60. SKOL Vikings! Finally going back to our roots (DEFENSE), and bringing bacjk the vaunted Purple People eaters. Now bring in Norv as OC and get Ray Horton as DC (young Zimmer isn’t ready yet). Don’t do anything stupid by trading up to get a QB, we can get one in Round 2 or 3. Stabilize the defensive side of the ball (it will be very young/raw, and will need time to learn and grow into Zimm’s system). Totally stoked with this hire!

  61. tokyosandblaster says:
    Jan 15, 2014 10:57 AM
    Ahahahahahahahahaha

    Good luck, dude. A fast track team in an outdoor stadium? You’ll be lucky to win 5 games the next two years (none of which will be vs the division).
    —-
    Its actually funny seeing Packer fans make comments on this. See, they are irrelevant now that they are out of the playoffs because truth be told Green Bay itself is only relevant during the football season. Packer fans are trying to maintain their visibility in the most annoying way possible. Sorry Packer fans but you are back to being an irrelevant fanbase of a team located in flyover country.

  62. jhawk21 says:
    Jan 15, 2014 11:35 AM

    Yeah McCarthy is an AMAZING football coach — It would truly be impossible to coach the likes of Favre and Rodgers. Childress won in Minnesota with Farve and was fired the minute he left.

    Put McCarthy on ANY team other than a team with Rodgers, Brees, Manning and Brady and the fat piece of trash is fired within 2 years. Did you see how inept he was without Rodgers this year? McCarthy is in the bottom 5 coaches in the league.

    ————————————————–

    Hey genius,

    Who do you think taught Rodgers everything he knows about playing quarterback?

    Hint: It wasn’t Brett Favre.

  63. At the end of the day you still have Ponder, Cassell and Freeman.
    ————————————————-
    I’d take any one of them over Dalton in a heatbeat. We’ve seen what Dalton can(‘t) do. At least those 3 have potential.

  64. schneidz007 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:18 AM

    as much as this frustrates myself as a bengals fan, Congratulations Coach Zimmer.

    Vikings fans, the last time you hired the bengals def. coordinator what’d it get you, that’s right for those with a short memory Coach Frazier was our last DC does Spielman have a thing for bengals def. coordinators?

    We’ll go back an add thru subtraction again.

    duece5 says:

    Spielman had nothing if anything to do of bringing Frazier in. Childress was coach in 2007, as he had to replace Mike Tomlin, who became HC of the Steelers obviously.

    Frazier was promoted by the Wilfs before the 2010 season ended as Childress was shown the door with 6 games remaining.

    Frazier guided them to a 3-3 record, and he was named our HC.

    In 2012, Spileman became the official GM of the Vikings and now controls all football operations, including hiring/firing/promoting with the aid of the HC.

    I know you aren’t a Viking fan, but Spielman had zero to do with Frazier.

  65. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jan 15, 2014 12:16 PM
    Another new year.

    Another new Viking coach.

    Same ole hapless.

    Same ole tasteless.
    —-
    What time do the packers play this weekend?

  66. southpaw2k says:

    Hey genius,
    Who do you think taught Rodgers everything he knows about playing quarterback?
    —————————————————-
    There’s some great irony for you. OK genius, please name me the 1 person that taught him everything he knows about playing QB. How in the world did he even get drafted? Sheesh.

  67. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    jhawk21 says:
    Jan 15, 2014 11:35 AM
    ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 15, 2014 11:19 AM

    “Mike Zimmer is ALREADY better than another Mike in the NFC North!”
    ————————-

    One of them has won 83 games, 6 playoff games, led his team to two NFC Championship games and won a Super Bowl in his 8 year tenure.

    The other has never been a head coach in an NFL game.

    Minnesotans truly do not deserve NFL level football in their state.

    ———————–

    Yeah McCarthy is an AMAZING football coach — It would truly be impossible to coach the likes of Favre and Rodgers. Childress won in Minnesota with Farve and was fired the minute he left.

    Put McCarthy on ANY team other than a team with Rodgers, Brees, Manning and Brady and the fat piece of trash is fired within 2 years. Did you see how inept he was without Rodgers this year? McCarthy is in the bottom 5 coaches in the league.

    —–

    You mean the same Mike McCarthy that won the division without the team’s MVP for half the year?

    Great point! You sure know your stuff!

    —————————————–

    Without Rodgers:
    Lost to the Eagles
    Lost to the Giants (not in the playoffs) – pwahahahaha
    Tied the Vikes (not in the playoffs) – pwahahahahaha
    Lost to the Lions 40-10 – Um DOHkay nice showing
    Beat the Falcons (one of the worst 3 teams in the league)22-21 at home when the Falcons are trying to lose
    Beat the Cowboys 37-36 thanks to Romo’itis
    Lost to the Steelers (not in the playoffs)

    Yeah he did a great job of coaching while Rodgers was hurt.

    In terms of the other moron that commented on who taught Rodgers everything he knows — Well first it started with Tedford at Cal and then Im guessing Favre had more to do with Rodgers grooming than McCarthy. McCarthy didnt give two sh!ts about Rodgers til Favre was gone.

  68. Great hire. He will tell them the truth and I doubt any of the recent team has gotten much of that over the past few years. Good or bad, Zimmer will tell them the truth.

  69. They just need to hit on their QB pick (assuming that’s their plan). The pieces are there and I think Zimmer can turn them into contenders in two seasons.

  70. Will SOMEONE anyone tell me EXACTLY why everyone THINKS this dude is a GREAT Hire/GREAT FIT.. What’s his Resume? And where are The Super Bowl Appearances as a coach of ANY KIND?! Yet Jim Calwell has Been to 3 Won 2 over the Last 5 years! Yet gets more Negative POST than any! And Zim on ther other hand gets a Standing Ovation and has been a Career Loser. Like Wisenhunt yet they are praised. Color Maybe!!!

  71. lol, ok genius!

    McCarthy still got his team into the playoffs, which is more than any other coach did in the NFC North.

    And more than 20 other teams can say.

    But, yeah, terrible.

    Only you are right about this!

    This must be another contra account. No one else is that stupid.

  72. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jan 15, 2014 12:16 PM
    Another new year.

    Another new Viking coach.

    Same ole hapless.

    Same ole tasteless.
    —–
    You and your posts as tokyo as so concerned about the Vikings. Why? What is it about them that worries you to the point of constantly commenting? If the packers are better than the vikings then there is no need for concern, right?

  73. @purplehaze
    That joke would work…if lambeau was a dome…idk if u saw the wild card game but it was very much out side.

    I don’t understand why the Vikings waited til now to hire, maybe make sure no one wanted him more?

    If you wait this long what’s a few more weeks to do it after the SB.

  74. The good share of you Viking fans guys are pathetic….I was about to give kudos on a good hire. Instead, you Twinks sit and relish about some impending dynasty, just like you have since the inception of this website.

    Until there’s a QB on that team better than my Aunt Betsy…..that team is still garbage.

    Back to your jig poles and tip-ups.

  75. thepftpoet says: Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM

    We also have the most NFC North titles with 18, 7 more than the second closest “rival”.

    ___________________________________

    The Vikings have only won 2 NFC North Titles.

  76. Way to Cleveland let another good coach slip past u. Basically your going to hire a puppet so the two idiots in the front office can tell him what to do when to do it and how to do it. FIRE those jack offs in the front office

  77. Losing both coordinators Bengals will be stuck bragging about last season division title.

    Vikings will have issues for a few more years. Zim may help the defense but the QB is as big, if not bigger, issue.

    I remember when the Ravens fired Cam and hired Caldwell. They were stoked and credited him for Flacco doing better. After the egg he laid this past season they blame Caldwell. Seriously the only person to blame in Baltimore is Joe. The Lions will have an uphill battle in the NFCN.

    Bears defense is in shambles, Cutler under performs, and they have a rebuilding process to go thru.

    The Packers defense is still bad, the loss of Rodgers displayed that.

    At this point any team can win the NFCN. It’s still the Packers to lose tho. As far as the fan who brought up the Vikes having the most division titles, big deal no SBs to show for it.

  78. BTW, for those of you who only casually post, Contra has about 15 screen names. He even admitted it to a fellow viking fan, who has since outed him. Now he likes to say that everyone else has multiple screen names, so as to distract from this very tragic truth: Contra has no life.

  79. Zimmer will be a good hire based on his ability to instill work ethic and discipline while managing personalities.

    A perfect example of this is his work with Burfict. The kid, despite all the talent he has, was considered too great a risk. He was “lazy”, made too many mental errors, and wasn’t able to control himself on the field. Zimmer was able to turn him into a top flight linebacker and one of the top playmakers on their defense. Same thing with the Adam “Pacman” Jones reclaimation project.

    This team is going to have a lot of young players moving through the roster of the next few seasons and Zimmer will be a great person to make sure that they come in and maximize their potential.

  80. As a Cowboy’s fan I couldn’t be happier for Zim! Well deserved and way overdue! Best of luck….

  81. kproffo says:
    Jan 15, 2014 12:46 PM
    thepftpoet says: Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM

    We also have the most NFC North titles with 18, 7 more than the second closest “rival”.

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    The Vikings have only won 2 NFC North Titles.

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    Don’t make fun of the mentally challenged…

  82. ebrownwareagle says:Jan 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    Will SOMEONE anyone tell me EXACTLY why everyone THINKS this dude is a GREAT Hire/GREAT FIT.. What’s his Resume? And where are The Super Bowl Appearances as a coach of ANY KIND?! Yet Jim Calwell has Been to 3 Won 2 over the Last 5 years! Yet gets more Negative POST than any! And Zim on ther other hand gets a Standing Ovation and has been a Career Loser. Like Wisenhunt yet they are praised. Color Maybe!!!
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    He won a Super Bowl with Dallas in 1995. And I think people are down on Caldwell because he went 2-14 as soon as his quarterback went down. He’s a lot like Mike McCarthy that way, except not as big a fan of donuts.

  83. tokyosandblaster says:Jan 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    lol, ok genius!

    McCarthy still got his team into the playoffs, which is more than any other coach did in the NFC North.

    And more than 20 other teams can say.

    But, yeah, terrible.
    _____

    Remember when Packer fans would say the season was a failure if they didn’t win the Super Bowl? Now they’re bragging about 8-7-1. McCarthy was 2-5-1 without Rodgers, with the two wins by one point over terrible teams. I guess if that’s your definition of great coaching, you should be very happy with how your team does in the future.

  84. I am very excited about this hire. From what I am reading/hearing, this is the type of coach we have needed since good ol’ Bud Grant graced us with his presence.

    OC and DC are next. I like either Linehan or Turner for OC. Don’t know much about the DB coach from the Bengals folks have mentioned. Any additional information would be appreciated.

    SKOL VIKINGS!

  85. The Vikings have lost 40 games the past 4 seasons.

    So I am guessing Zimmer can’t do much worse.

    No wonder those Vikings fans are so excited they might be .500 next season.

  86. TWC dork-“So you think Marvin Lewis will fired next Black Monday.”
    Bill Cowher-“Ya, but how did you know?”
    TWC dork-“Because I am psychic.”

  87. The Vikings also have 1 NFL Championship to their name.

    I don’t jump into dynasty mode like my fellow Viking fans, but I’m good with this hire, now to see who they get for OC.

  88. Wasn’t Frazier DC for Bengals when he was hired to be HC of Vikings??

    Zimmer harder to replace than Gruden.

  89. “McCarthy still got his team into the playoffs, which is more than any other coach did in the NFC North. ”

    The Packers went to the playoffs only because the Bears and Lions refused to go.

    The Packers new mantra is One and Done!

  90. Love how the Vikings were going to “take their time”. Meanwhile there are 4 teams that are playing for 2 super bowl spots with coaches that the Browns will be interviewing.

  91. Packers fans all over this thread, underlying the true concern for them.

    They KNOW Zimmer is a find.

    They KNOW McCarthy has serious issues, especially coming to light sans Rodgers, sans a defense, sans an oline.

    Time is ticking on Rodgers’ career…..time is ticking even more for MM and TT.

    The Vikings had the best 2nd half of the season, and we had INEPT coaching, inept defense, and inept QB situations! We were 4-3-1…..best record in the North….DESPITE the OBVIOUS issues!! What did McCarthy do????? They were 3-4-1……please……keep MM…..dude looked more lost than Frazier without his wooby Erin!!

    With Zimmer, the ceiling is high, sky is the limit.

    Spielman, YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!

    Now, since your job depends on it, Spielman, move up to #2-swap a pick with STL, offer our 1st rounder for 2015 to move up….and grab Manziel.

    Can almost smell it!!!!!!

  92. Funny how people are saying this is the end of the Bengals. Yeah I was hoping Bengals would can Marvin and hire Zimmer. But we all know Mike Brown doesn’t fire coaches before their contract is up. Now, as far as OC goes, we upgraded there in my opinion. Hue Jackson will bring out the strengths in our offense rather than making a game plan for Tom Brady and giving it to Andy Dalton. Hue will focus on the run and keep Andy around 25 or so passes. Not 51 like Jay did. Now for Zim. He deserves this shot. Yeah we’re gonna miss him but Guenther is a up and coming coach. He’s the one who has made many undrafted guys into very good LB’s. Guenther has been a huge part of this defense and even Zimmer and Gruden wanted to hire him as DC and DC assistant accordingly. So he must be good. So don’t count the Bengals out already. We are getting good coaches.

  93. Have to say the Bengals fans have me liking the hire. Is Mike Brown awake or just stubborn?

    Time will tell but let’s hope the Defense can make a turn. The only thing worse than the QB play in MN has been the defense.

    Welcome to the Vikes Zimmer. If you have 3 or4 D Backs, a MLB and a fat tackle you can bring with you it will help your chances.

  94. Remember Dave Wannstedt? He was the hot coaching candidate that everyone wanted in 1993- a much hotter property than what Zimmer is today.

    That didn’t go so well.

    The NFC North has only been around since 2002, so the Vikings couldn’t have won 18 division titles given the fact it’s only been around for 12 years. The Queens have won the division twice in that time frame- a far cry from the Vikings of the NFC Central.

    The Minnesota inferiority complex will continue.

    The Vikings should enjoy their new hire now, at least until next season, when their hopes are crushed. At the rate the Vikings go through coaches, he should be gone by the time the new stadium opens. Hopefully they can sell out the bandbox they are playing in for the next two years.

  95. The embarrassing Vikings have lost 4 straight season series to the Packers, and that required Rick Spieldope to find a fall guy.

    Today, Mike Zimmer is the new fall guy.

  96. Mike Zimmer and Johhny Manziel/Blake Bortles or David Carr, this is going be fun.

    Meanwhile Paker fans continue to embarrass themselves with commenting on Viking threads. Funny thing is if not for Rodgers, McFatty would’ve been fired years ago along with Thompson for having a terrible roster and continualy missing on high draft choices while also keeping Capers as thier D-coordinator. How’d you guys do with stopping the team from California in your elements during the playoffs?? Lost again, huh? Go figure.

    Ponder and Freeman won’t be on the roster next year.

  97. If Zimmer is such a “find” as I saw one Vikings fan put it……how come he’s been interviewing for head coaching jobs for YEARS now, yet has never been hired until now? He’s been seen as a “hot head coach prospect” for at least half a decade now, yet hadn’t found a job.

    Do you guys honestly think he was turning down all these teams, just waiting for an opportunity to coach the Vikings? With that awful defense, no QB, and now playing outdoors in frigid Minneapolis? Is that what you honestly believe?

    Seems to me all those other teams that interviewed him saw something they didn’t like. Lots of teams have hired some no-name, mediocre coaches instead of offering the job to Zimmer.

    Not saying he’s going to be a bad head coach, because no one can know how he’ll be until he actually is a head coach. Just saying that the Vikings fans acting like they’re “starting the dynasty,” after getting a coach that every team with a coaching vacancy over the past 4+ years has passed on, is pretty hilarious. About what we’ve come to expect from the delusional fans in Minnesota.

  98. Coach Zimmer planned on starting his introductory press conference with a stirring motivational speech on tradition.

    Then the Viking PR lady had to remind him that “tradition” is a bit of a sore subject in MN.

  99. All that means is you barely won half your games, LMAO.

    youre right, this sounds horrible

    Since the team’s first season in 1961, the Vikings have had one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL.[8] They are also one of only six NFL teams to win at least 15 games during the regular season. The Vikings have won one NFL Championship, in 1969, prior to the league’s merger with the American Football League (AFL). Since the merger, they have qualified for the playoffs 25 times, third-most in the league

  100. Quick question…has there ever been a Vikings HC that went on to be a successful NFL HC somewhere else? Anyone…anyone…Bueller? Bueller? (crickets)

  101. Not sure about this guy. As a Vikings fan I would have felt better about Caldwell at least the guy has a good HC resume

  102. This team will never achieve anything close to greatness until the GM is fired. He even admits he has made serious draft mistakes. Signing a free agent QB with questionable personal habits, play him 1 week and then sit, at a cap cost of something like $8 million ? How the Wilfs allowed him to stay and Frazier ended up the scapegoat tells me one thing, they haven’t a clue how to operate a successful NFL team.
    And I’m not even a Vikings fan. Just a knowledgeable football fan.

  103. The Vikings need a QB and by the time they maybe get an offense in place, Peterson will be gone. The window is closing fast and they are not ready at all.

  104. I think Zimmer will do good given a couple years. Hell of a coach and honestly I was thrilled to be looking at someone other than that d bag in Detroit, just not as thrilled vikes scored Zimmer.

  105. Zimms was great move. The Vikes needed some one that would hold them accountable!! I’m not a big fan of Norv Turner but sounds like thats the way thier leaning. I’m hoping they give Jim Swartz a look for defense coordinator they do need to draft a Qb to develop, So resigning Cassel would be a smart move!! The Vikes have some major holes to fill!! De, Nt, Db,Lb, And guard. Speilman has been reluctant to take players via free agency, building through the draft is a great way to stay young, But getting a couple of veterans to fill some holes helps get the young guys some much needed experience!! I know it sounds cliché but taking the best player available in the draft isn’t a bad idea!! Most of the franchise Qb’s went in the later rounds

  106. This is a turn around for the Vikings.
    – They have finally picked up some very good coaches in Mike Zimmer, and Norv Turner.
    – They have a talent rich team, and are building through the draft. A proven way to be successful.
    – The ugly, cheap Metrodome which has been a plague on the team since it was built, is now going down. They are building a new beautiful, billion dollar stadium, and that area of Minneapolis will be just beautiful as well.
    This all leads to a rebirth for the Vikes. So much is new for this team, and the change looks really good. This is a team to watch.
    – I’m a Packer fan (Family is from Wisconsin) that lives in Minnesota. –

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