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VIkings make hiring of Mike Zimmer official

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The Vikings officially announced the hiring of Mike Zimmer as head coach on Wednesday night.

Zimmer, 57, had been the Bengals’ defensive coordinator the previous six seasons. News of his hire had surfaced earlier on Wednesday.

“We are excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of the Minnesota Vikings,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement issued by the team. “He has a proven track record of success at every stop in the NFL and we look forward to him maintaining that consistency here in Minnesota.”

This is Zimmer’s first head coaching job on the NFL or collegiate level, but his work with Cincinnati’s defense played to rave reviews.

“I’m grateful to the Wilf family, [G.M.] Rick Spielman and the entire Vikings organization for giving me an opportunity to join a franchise with such a strong tradition and an extremely passionate fan base,” Zimmer said, according to the Vikings. “I believe in a disciplined and physical brand of football and I look forward to getting to work on leading a team capable of long-term success.”

The Bengals are expected to promote linebackers coach Paul Guenther to replace Zimmer as defensive coordinator.

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42 Responses to “VIkings make hiring of Mike Zimmer official”
  1. kazkal says: Jan 15, 2014 10:03 PM

    Good Luck Zimmer and you’ll be missed,Vikings became my 2nd favorite team today.

  2. fartweasel says: Jan 15, 2014 10:09 PM

    Solid no nonsense coach. Good hire.

  3. 6kingswest says: Jan 15, 2014 10:10 PM

    Cool!

  4. jbz33 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:10 PM

    Welcome to Minnesota Coach!

  5. straighcashhomie84 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:12 PM

    SUPER BOWLS!

  6. ninefingers9 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    Can you smell what the Rock is cookin?

  7. allpackersdoiscry says: Jan 15, 2014 10:24 PM

    Skol !!!

  8. wallskol86 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:25 PM

    Now fire Bill Musgrave!

  9. sdsmooth says: Jan 15, 2014 10:29 PM

    And the 54th annual rebuilding season has begun in Minnesota.

  10. leatherface2012 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:40 PM

    finally a decent coach, thank you jesus

  11. silvercutlery says: Jan 15, 2014 10:40 PM

    Lions fan here. Great hire. I’m jealous. I like Zimmer a lot. Wish he was in Detroit.

    It’s funny though, you always go the opposite of what you had, don’t you? We just went from Schwartz to the quiet Caldwell (smh) and you guys go from the reserved Frazier to the personable Zimmer.

    Anyway, Vikings now my second fave team in the division. If Detroit doesn’t win it, I hope Zimmer does.

    Good hire.

  12. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Jan 15, 2014 10:43 PM

    good luck brother!

  13. vikes89allday says: Jan 15, 2014 10:45 PM

    Hope the hire of Norv Turner happens

  14. kw93 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:48 PM

    Can’t simmer the Zimmer!!!

  15. thesmartest1 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:56 PM

    Sorry Detroit. You’re not winning anytime soon.

  16. dsjcn3 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:58 PM

    Finally!

  17. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 15, 2014 11:05 PM

    One thing I really like about this hire is that Zimmer has a strong personality and isn’t going to be a yes-man for Rick Spielman. Spielman showed a lot of confidence in himself to hire a guy like that, and Zimmer will show a lot of confidence in himself if he hires an offensive coordinator with head coaching experience such as Norv Turner, Mike Mularkey, or Scott Linehan. If you want your business to succeed more than it currently is, you can’t be afraid to hire someone who might be smarter than you.

  18. jordiway73 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:08 PM

    I wish the Lions would have hired him, congrats to the Vikings for finding the right guy.

  19. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jan 15, 2014 11:18 PM

    Congrats, Vikings. You got yourself a great guy there. And you’ve met your quota for Bengals coordinators. Go pick on someone else next time!

  20. allpackersdoiscry says: Jan 15, 2014 11:31 PM

    Skol

  21. jokendave says: Jan 15, 2014 11:38 PM

    Welcome Coach! Lets ROCK!!!

  22. hardkor07mn says: Jan 15, 2014 11:58 PM

    Welcome sir!

  23. nemova says: Jan 16, 2014 12:12 AM

    Zimmer may have been a good pick but they should’ve wiped the entire slate clean and fired Spielman also.

  24. wadaz says: Jan 16, 2014 12:13 AM

    Welcome aboard Coach. You’ve come to a passionate fan base, some very talented players who will embrace your coaching and guidance, and, as a result, we will win games. Skol!

  25. minhzy says: Jan 16, 2014 12:32 AM

    SKOL VIKINGS!

  26. toeknee2toes says: Jan 16, 2014 12:33 AM

    Good for him he will be missed in cincy

  27. diveleft says: Jan 16, 2014 1:14 AM

    Welcome to Minnesota, Mr. Zimmer. Viking fans are very happy you are here.

  28. citiciti says: Jan 16, 2014 4:00 AM

    The Browns missed the boat one this one.

  29. cincy05 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:08 AM

    Good luck Zim, as a Bengals fan you will be missed

  30. whatjusthapped says: Jan 16, 2014 6:44 AM

    What is Vegas giving on the over/under on Zimmer lasting as long as his contract?

    Take the under, remember, this is the Vikings.

  31. sconnyslovethemsomecousins says: Jan 16, 2014 7:19 AM

    Leslie Frazier he is not, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

  32. pabrownsfan says: Jan 16, 2014 8:25 AM

    It’s about time someone gave him a shot. Good luck to all Viking fans. A great hire in my mind.

  33. rutchaser says: Jan 16, 2014 8:37 AM

    I hate to see Zimmer go but wish him the best of luck. I wish Marvin had his passion and impact on the players. Zimmer is a huge reason for the Bengals small amount of recent success. I bet Zimmer will never giggle after losses like Marvin does.

  34. zinjaboy says: Jan 16, 2014 9:28 AM

    It’ll take more than a new coach the bring this sad franchise up from the depths of the NFC North. Putting AP outside isn’t going to help either.

  35. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 16, 2014 10:36 AM

    I like his fiery personality, reminds me of an older Tim Brewster.

  36. toddc612 says: Jan 16, 2014 2:00 PM

    Now.. to get rid of Musgrave and Ponder.. and pretend the past 3 years never happened.

  37. deltaoracle says: Jan 16, 2014 3:42 PM

    Defense should be better; 7-9 may not be out of reach.

  38. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Jan 16, 2014 3:57 PM

    Just a few tips for these new coaches on coming to MN…
    1. Get some long underwear, it’s flippin cold here
    2. Make the state fair, it’s the best in the country
    3. Buy a boat, our fishing is fantastic
    4. This isn’t Canada and we don’t say “eh?”
    5. Just beat the team to our east and we will love you (because we are so sick of that team and their arrogance).
    Welcome, stay awhile

  39. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 16, 2014 7:03 PM

    The Vikings go their man!

    So what if he was their 5th choice.

  40. adampenning11 says: Jan 16, 2014 11:47 PM

    I’m glad Zimmer got this opportunity. Players love to battle for him, he’s a great motivator n leader of men, and he def knows how to build a great Defense. He’s adding Norv Turner to his staff as OC, which is another great move. Norv is a good OC and this allows Zimmer to focus a lot more on rebuilding the Vikes’ D. Which is much needed.

  41. bonniebengal says: Jan 17, 2014 7:55 AM

    As a Bengals fan, I thank my lucky stars he didn’t go to the Browns. As a Zimmer fan, I’ve picked up the Vikings as my second favorite team. Go Zim.

  42. jtbsteeler says: Jan 17, 2014 10:30 AM

    Bungles are happy with Marvin.

    Steeler fans embrace your sentiments

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