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Zimmer nearly pulled name from Vikings search


Vikings coach Mike Zimmer almost wasn’t Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.  Not because the Vikings didn’t want him; Zimmer recently said he nearly decided he didn’t want the Vikings.  Or any other head-coaching job.

“I almost didn’t go [for a second interview in Minnesota], yeah,” Zimmer said, via Mike Garafolo of  “I was so disappointed.  It was like, ‘Why even do this?’  It was to that point.  I figured I was getting too old . It thought, ‘Forget this.’

“But I talked to a couple of people who said, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta go. What are you doing?'”

Obviously, Zimmer decided to go.  And it worked out.  So far.

Credit the Vikings for going against the trend toward, for the most part, younger coaches.  At 57, Zimmer is older than Bud Grant when Grant retired the first time, after the 1983 season.  (Grant returned for 1985 after the one-year Les Steckel debacle.)

Maybe Zimmer will do for the Vikings something that hasn’t happened since the year Grant turned 50 — a Super Bowl appearance.

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  1. purplengold says: Jun 2, 2014 11:17 PM

    I remember the year Les coached, and let’s not forget his wife Tess.

  2. ridnaway says: Jun 2, 2014 11:18 PM

    He was the best thing that ever happened to the Bengals.

  3. thetooloftools says: Jun 2, 2014 11:19 PM

    I really wish him all the bestest. If these players don’t lay it all out there for him… they have no heart.
    He can lead them to greatness.
    Step up or get stepped on Vikings.
    Your time is NOW.
    Right F-ing NOW

  4. claimersays says: Jun 2, 2014 11:19 PM

    There you go Tech. A reference back to the 1969 Glory days of the purple people eaters and the Original Johnny(Franny) Football. Zimmerman will be a great addition at HC. Skol Bergle!

  5. Goodell's Green Glasses says: Jun 2, 2014 11:19 PM

    The Bengals will take a step back without him.

  6. All-American Voltron says: Jun 2, 2014 11:19 PM

    Time will tell of course, but I think Zimmer will end up as the most successful HC out of the 2014 rookies.

  7. ariani1985 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:20 PM

    And packer coaches are jumping ship!

  8. douge4real says: Jun 2, 2014 11:22 PM

    Zim Job is my guy


  9. chrispin53 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:23 PM

    Vikings got them selves one hell of a head coach. I’m sure pftpoet will Log on and say something absurdly stupid about this article shortly, but in all seriousness I think with Zimmer at the helm this will be the most improved team in football next season.

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 2, 2014 11:23 PM

    That is funny.. Vikings “maybe” in the Super Bowl in the Again. Stop it. I can’t stop laughing and “maybe” Favre will come out of retirement again to tek them there? or “maybe” Bud Grant will have another garage sale and sell all his worthless Viking junk.. Too funny.

  11. ajd4 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:24 PM

    Would have anybody really blamed him for turning the Vikings down? I completely get it.

  12. coachkilla6 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:24 PM

    This surprises no one. With their history of abject failure, even a third-rate coach like Zimmer has monumental doubts. Book a one-and-done coach after a 3-13 campaign for this horrid Viking franchise.



  13. crowdedtrophycase says: Jun 2, 2014 11:24 PM

    It’s just as likely hell will freeze over, or congress will pass meaningful legislation, or Abraham Lincoln will stop by the practice field for a look-see. Ridiculous.

  14. paoconno says: Jun 2, 2014 11:25 PM

    I just finished reading Bud Grant’s autobiography. He says Zygi Wilf contacted him in 2005 and said they were about to fire Mike Tice and wanted him to come back and coach…at age 78!
    It would have spared us the Brad Childress era. Sigh.

  15. f1restarter says: Jun 2, 2014 11:25 PM

    Should have gone with his first instinct. Being coach of the Vikings is something nobody really wants or needs.

  16. deezyny says: Jun 2, 2014 11:26 PM

    “I almost didn’t go [for a second interview in Minnesota], yeah,” Zimmer said, via Mike Garafolo of “I was so disappointed. It was like, ‘Why even do this?’ It was to that point. I figured it was the freakin’ VIKINGS’! I thought, ‘Forget this.’

    “But I talked to a couple of people who said, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta go, those dumbasses will pay you millions anyway. What are you doing?’”

  17. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:28 PM

    i don’t think there is a more loved viking than bud grant.

  18. mashoaf says: Jun 2, 2014 11:28 PM

    He is still younger than Pete Carroll

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 2, 2014 11:28 PM

    Maybe Zimmer will do for the Vikings something that hasn’t happened since the year Grant turned 50 – Lose 4 more Super Bowls again

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 2, 2014 11:28 PM

    I’m still struggling to see what the Vikings see in him as a HC that he can’t contribute while working in a more specific role tailored to his particular strengths. I just think that a HC needs to be highly intelligent and very well versed in all areas from Offense to Defense and he doesn’t strike me as having a very strong profile in a couple of those areas to be a great HC. It sure will be interesting to see how this experiment pans out!

  21. jimmysee says: Jun 2, 2014 11:29 PM

    He’s got a lot of work to do up there.

    No one hires a new head coach because they’re a good team.

  22. vikingsftw says: Jun 2, 2014 11:29 PM

    Only the Bengals fans can appreciate what they lost. Introducing the next Super Bowl Champion head coach for the Minnestoa Vikings…ladies and gentleman..please welcome Mr…..Mike…………….Zimmer!!!!!!! Gold and Purple Confetti is BLINDING!

  23. amanistumor says: Jun 2, 2014 11:34 PM

    So he almost turned them down? If he wasn’t all in from the get go I’m not too sure I’d like to hear that if I was a Viking fan.

  24. casurferho says: Jun 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    Best decision for both the franchise & Zimmer. Competent coaching with the new infusion of talent will make this a contender in 2-3 years!!! Exciting times in MN with new stadium

  25. oakraid says: Jun 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    Its the Vikings, who cares?

  26. vikefan284296 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    Cue the Packer trolls. This was a “Wow, I’ll never be hired due to my age thing.” Packer trolls will say, “Oh, he knew the Vikings sucked. Lol 13 championships.”

  27. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 2, 2014 11:37 PM

    I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind not getting cold feet before considering that job…

  28. minnesotablizzard says: Jun 2, 2014 11:40 PM

    I have a really good feeling about Zimmer in Minnesota. He seems to fit right in here, we prefer the Zimmer types to the Frazier types. Maybe its part of being from the North. His straight shooter, no nonsense, tell it like it is, is a breathe of fresh air to the tundra.

  29. staffordsyear says: Jun 2, 2014 11:42 PM

    Give it 1 season and you’ll be running out of there with arms flailing.

  30. conwaytwittyfan says: Jun 2, 2014 11:53 PM

    He should have gone with his initial instinct…

  31. sumkat says: Jun 2, 2014 11:53 PM

    Always amazed me that Norv Turner was continually allowed to fail as a head coach, just to go back to a coordinator position he never should of left, but it took this guy this long to get his shot

  32. sportsbastard says: Jun 2, 2014 11:55 PM

    It’s almost like Florio is baiting the Viking trolls

  33. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 3, 2014 12:02 AM

    And thus began a beautiful relationship.

  34. 4thandlonger says: Jun 3, 2014 12:08 AM

    He could’ve stayed at the Bengals, likely co-ordinated more top 5 or top 10 defenses until Lewis gets sacked in which case he maybe takes over or is incredibly highly sought after and can pick a strong team to rebuild the defense.

    That’s probably his thinking.

    But good on him for making a brave call and having a go. I think with time he can build a really good defense at the Vikings but wonder if he’ll find the QB and the offense to make playoff runs.

  35. thepftpoethasneverkissedagirl says: Jun 3, 2014 12:12 AM

    he has no chance of winning there
    if he was smart he would of saved his reputation and not gone to the worst franchise in the nfl.

  36. jaggedmark says: Jun 3, 2014 12:14 AM

    Zimmer should have gotten a shot the last few years. Understandably, he got disgruntled about the process. Maybe the Vikings hit a home run.

  37. seatownballers says: Jun 3, 2014 12:29 AM


    He’ll be gone in two years

  38. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 3, 2014 12:29 AM

    You make it sound like he was disappointed he got a second interview in Minnesota. He was actually disappointed that he didn’t get another interview for the Tennessee job and was thinking he would never get a head coach gig. Turned out it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

  39. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 3, 2014 12:40 AM

    Lots of candidates pull their names from Vikings searches. But technically it still counts as a NFL head coaching opportunity. Sorta.

  40. joshnyc1 says: Jun 3, 2014 12:43 AM

    cue the pftpoet…

  41. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 3, 2014 12:52 AM

    I can appreciate his many reasons for not wanting to go to the vikings.

    On the bright side, there is no pressure to win. Nobody expects much from the vikings. If he can somehow motivate the vikings to squeeze out 6 wins, it will be a 20% improvement and he will be liked locally.

    He doesn’t have the pressure of being on national television.

    Additionally, he is now paid as a head coach. He can expect to be employed as long as Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier were employed and then retire.

    It has been 38 seasons since the vikings did more than win their division. Coach Zimmer is under zero pressure.

  42. sportzpig says: Jun 3, 2014 12:53 AM

    Dude has to be looking in the mirror every morning thinking “What did I get myself into?”

    Oh, and Super Bowl appearance? You need a QB first!

  43. dino2997 says: Jun 3, 2014 12:55 AM

    Zimmer was a quitter before he even started. Sounds like a perfect fit for the Vikings.

  44. rhodesclosed29 says: Jun 3, 2014 12:57 AM

    Nice, more motivation for the coach and team. ill say by 2016 the vikes will be the in the top 3 of the NFC .


  45. dellis2008 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:04 AM

    That’s doesn’t sound to good..either u wanted the job or u didn’t.. That’s something u never want to hear a first time head coach say.. Doesn’t send a confident message to the team. So your saying because people convince you to that’s why your there.4-12 or worst. In way over his head and he knows it

  46. magicmtndan says: Jun 3, 2014 1:33 AM

    Leave it to highly paid NFL coaches to give up on trying for a new, even higher paying job.

    In the real world, a working stiff would never give up on a great job opportunity.

    Well, assuming he is OK with moving to purgatory err Minnesota.

  47. deezyny says: Jun 3, 2014 1:46 AM

    “I almost didn’t go [for a second interview in Minnesota], yeah,” Zimmer said, via Mike Garafolo of “I was so disappointed. It was like, ‘Why even do this?’ It was to that point. I figured it was the freakin’ VIKINGS’! I thought, ‘Forget this.’

    “But I talked to a couple of people who said, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta go, those dumbasses will pay you millions anyway. What are you doing?’”

  48. vancouversportsbro says: Jun 3, 2014 2:54 AM

    Why would he even admit that?

  49. bengalskuta82 says: Jun 3, 2014 2:56 AM

    I believe him. After a few teams passed on him, I remember him saying the same thing. He probably got tired of interviewing and getting the job. Glad for him it worked out this time

  50. uglydingo says: Jun 3, 2014 4:10 AM

    Zim will improve the Defense, but it’s still doubtful whether the Vikings have found a QB. If you haven’t got a QB, you’re not in the game.

  51. firerogergoodell says: Jun 3, 2014 5:40 AM

    So glad he changed his mind! Or the Vikings head coach would be Todd Bowles right now.

  52. daburgher says: Jun 3, 2014 6:34 AM

    57 is not old. Zimmer is a great coach. As a steelers fan, I’m glad this guy left Cincinnati

  53. allhailkingflacco says: Jun 3, 2014 6:42 AM

    “…and then I thought, 4 mil a year ? I’ll take it !”

  54. sterling7 says: Jun 3, 2014 6:44 AM

    He is a damn good coach and the Vikings will definitely surprise an awful lot this year. You’ll have your detractors and smart mouths but teams will not like facing a Mike Zimmer coached up team from both an offense as well as defensive standpoint. I don’t predict records but the Vikings will be kicking lotsa butt!

  55. gbfanforever says: Jun 3, 2014 6:46 AM

    Well at least it’s clear that his heart’s really in it;)

  56. stellarperformance says: Jun 3, 2014 7:09 AM

    The Vikings went against the trend for younger coaches. This is evident by the re-introduction of the “flying wedge,” and the “drop kick” into their play book. Zimmer was heard to say, “If it was good enough for Halas and Lambeau, it’s good enough for the Minnesota Vikings. Let’s win one for the Gipper.”

  57. chris1cat says: Jun 3, 2014 7:09 AM

    Great things happen for a reason. The Vikings best coaching move since Denny Green. And he has a shot at being a bigger legend than Bud Grant if he brings that first ever Superbowl trophy(should never ever never ever never ever be called the Lombardi, what a joke.) to Minny!
    ZIMZAM ain’t gonna take no flim flam!
    Rock N’ Skol!

  58. ravenswhat says: Jun 3, 2014 7:12 AM

    God couldn’t even coach this team to 9 wins.

  59. camcameronsucks says: Jun 3, 2014 7:20 AM

    That doesn’t sound like a very good sign.

    A head coach who said “Why even do this?”

    I mean i can’t blame him, it’s the Vikings, but still he should have more ambition to be a head coach than that, right?

  60. beerbratscheese says: Jun 3, 2014 7:43 AM

    A head coach that can’t even keep himself motivated. Interesting.

  61. cguy7 says: Jun 3, 2014 7:46 AM

    Can’t blame him… Hall of Fame running back on his last legs, no QB, horrible offensive line, no defense, horrible weather, and playing at a college stadium for a couple of years… Sounds like hell to me too…

  62. ragnarthegreat says: Jun 3, 2014 8:06 AM

    there are a very small number of head coaching jobs in the NFL. If you want to be a head coach, you don’t walk away unless you are young and expect another opportunity to come along. The Vikings have a better roster than many losing teams. A head coach who demands excellence and holds people accountable usually gets a big improvement the first year. I expect them over 500. The real test will be year 2 and 3. Personally I think having no stadium is such a disadvantage that even given his age, I am surprised Zimmer didn’t walk away.

  63. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 3, 2014 8:07 AM

    Semi-professional isn’t terrible, mikey! If you do an adequate job with the Vikes you may get hired as a defensive coordinator for a true NFL team, and someday, maybe even coach a real NFL team. Just do your best with these scrubs, learn how to be a truly great franchise by watching the Packers twice a year, and keep improving.


  64. whatjusthapped says: Jun 3, 2014 8:16 AM

    His instincts were right, his ability to make the correct decision is suspect.

    But put yourself in his shoes, he’s 57, he’s interviewed unsuccessfully in the past so he didn’t know if his chance would finally come and when it does, its on the fringes of the NFL, a last place team with a history of failure that is second to none in the NFL.

    So he inherits a team of misfits without a QB and a GM who has a long history of never finding a QB, good luck to him.

  65. golforepar says: Jun 3, 2014 8:48 AM

    Great coaching and this team will still find a way to take last place in the NFC North AGAIN!

  66. ajgreenhof says: Jun 3, 2014 8:54 AM

    He will take over the weak NFC North.

  67. gbmickey says: Jun 3, 2014 8:55 AM

    Let’s face it it’s a huge job to start a franchise over and remove the losing mentality, for many of the players that’s all they have known and have been accustomed to. It’s the culture of the vikings and the fans. For any coach to sign up for a 5 yr rebuilding process both mentally and physically it will take a toll. That’s the reason for the age comment. After further consideration and advisement why not fleece the franchise for a few years like so many coaches and players have done.

  68. ariani1985 says: Jun 3, 2014 9:23 AM

    Lets face it, with the bears and Turd Bays absolute garbage defenses, this will be an easy division to win!!!!!

  69. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Jun 3, 2014 9:36 AM

    Ignore the naysayers Viking fans. Chip Kelly initially turned down the Eagles and it’s worked out great. I think Zimmer was the right choice and the only thing this story proves is that he is human.

  70. natijim235 says: Jun 3, 2014 10:11 AM

    not a viking fan but a huge zim fan – he will be a successful hc but if not come back to cincy!

  71. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 3, 2014 11:00 AM

    Zim Zala Bim he’s the defensive magician! SKOL!!!

  72. stoptrippn says: Jun 3, 2014 11:26 AM

    He’s way overrated. He will be fired 2016.

  73. bridgeh2o says: Jun 3, 2014 12:04 PM

    I love it…….with all the cowboys fans and Bengals fans that can personally attest to Zimmer’s coaching abilities over a 20 year period, the Packer fans continue to bash, even though they have McBlubber looking lost without his wooby , Erin last year.

    Let’s see…..Zimmer versus Caldwell…….not even close.

    Zimmer versus Trestman…….edge to Zimmer.

    Zimmer versus McBlubber…..I can’t stop laughing!

    SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!

  74. ilikemychances says: Jun 3, 2014 12:43 PM

    Do people need to bash opposing teams and their fans to fulfill their shallow lives?
    A little lesson for Packer fans, In the history of the Green Bay Packers, they have had 15 head coaches, only 5 of them have ever had a winning percentage over .500 Funny how you all forget the 70’s and 80’s…
    P.S. Objects in your mirror, maybe closer than they appear

  75. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:17 PM

    he almost didn’t want to go, then watched tape of the packers offensive line and couldn’t stop laughing! have fun leading a defense that puts aaron rodgers on injured reserve every year.

  76. golforepar says: Jun 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    LAST place is why Zimmer went to the Vikes, you can’t do worse than last place!

  77. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 3, 2014 2:10 PM

    Wow. I wonder if he knows he said that out loud…

  78. stellarperformance says: Jun 3, 2014 2:50 PM

    He watched tape of the GB offensive line?

    If he did he saw the Vikings, Seahawks, and Packers O-line statistics in a dead heat at Nos. 22, 23, and 24, respectively.

    He also saw the number of QB hits; Seattle at 94, Vikings at 84, and Packers at 75.

    He also saw First Downs Rushing; Vikings 31 and Packers 55.

    He’s laughing alright, but he’s laughing to keep from crying.

  79. Satanic Hell Creature says: Jun 3, 2014 11:25 PM

    LAST place is why Zimmer went to the Vikes, you can’t do worse than last place!

    –He could have to live in Green Bay, that’s worse than just about anything…ANYTHING!!!

  80. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 3, 2014 11:48 PM

    Why try, Stellar?

    Vikings fans think they won the Super Bowl last year, had the best offense AND defense in the league, and that their relations with their siblings are A-OK.

  81. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 4, 2014 8:52 AM

    Who knows. If he does well in MN, maybe he can get a job as an NFL head coach.

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