Report: Adam Zimmer a candidate to become new defensive coordinator in Minnesota

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Football is family. Literally.

Nepotism in the NFL has become commonplace and accepted. Indeed, it’s hard for owners who pass teams from generation to generation to balk at coaches who try to involve family members of their own. Also, for coaches who saw their kids grow up without ever being there to actually see much of it, finding a way to work with a child once the child becomes an adult helps make up for lost years by turning every day of the year into an all-day-and-night father-son picnic.

In Minnesota, that may entail the head coach and the defensive coordinator coming from the same family tree. With George Edwards out, linebackers coach Adam Zimmer (son of head coach Mike Zimmer) is a candidate to take over the defense, according to Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Plenty of business have clear policies against nepotism. NFL teams typically don’t. This past year, Patriots assistant coach Steve Belichick adopted a higher profile, and plenty of people within the league believe that Steve’s father, Bill, would like to eventually pass the baton to Steve.

Of course, the ultra-accountability of the NFL infuses some risk into the process. If the son lacks the chops to get the job done, he potentially puts both men in jeopardy of being out on their ears. In Minnesota, where Mike Zimmer is regarded as the architect and general of the defense, the title means less than it would elsewhere. Still, a promotion of Adam Zimmer will raise eyebrows, and as a practical matter it will put more pressure on Adam to bust his butt and otherwise prove that he deserves to be the recipient of his potential 23-and-me promotion.

21 responses to “Report: Adam Zimmer a candidate to become new defensive coordinator in Minnesota

  1. It would be hard to argue that Adam Zimmer isn’t a good coach. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks are All-Pro caliber and Eric Wilson has been a pleasant surprise. If Zimmer wants to take the next step, he really needs to step outside his father’s shadow no different than Kyle Shanahan did in Cleveland and Atlanta.

  2. Zim’s the D coordinator so no real big deal, but maybe thety could change the team name from Vikings to “Nepotisms”

  3. You fail to mention (purposely) that Adam Zimmer has been the Vikings linebackers coach for 5 years. He has has coached pro bowl linebackers in Barr and Kendricks and is an obvious candidate to replace George Edwards.

  4. I don’t like it, even if it is in name only.Everyone knows Zim is the DC & HC. I think it would be hard to hire a DC that holds a title without the responsibility though.

  5. Wouldn’t it make sense if you combined this piece with the Fritz Pollard piece?! Nepotism and cronyism are partially responsible for the NFL’s lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in leadership positions.

  6. Man, Mike Zimmer promoting his son Adam Zimmer to be a scapegoat for the drop off of a failing and aging Defense that will under perform next year is a harsh move. Mike Z will do anything and throw anyone under a bus to save his own behind.

  7. I can see it now. Zimmer’s son will end up being listed as DC and Kubiak’s son will be listed as OC with both fathers actually calling the shots. The kids will get a big pay raise and the Wilf’s will approve it without question.

  8. This is a great hire! Adam is a great coach, he has been taught for this since he was 8 years old. Zimmer needs a DC that will listen to him, and be willing to allow Mike to oversee the job.
    I am more worried about the OC job when the HC and GM refuse to put any effort into the offensive line. They will Never do anything more than a playoff game every 2-3 years, just enough to keep people in the seats. As much as I hate it the Packers usually have a better grasp on the over all picture, building a team that will win in the Division plus have their backups that better match up with the other NFC contenders every year. Minnesota instead uses the mentality of simply taking the best player available and screw fixing the holes in the team. Sorry because this is going to piss off some Viking fans and be Amusing to Rival teams fans but I’m too damn old to care. I just hope by some lightening strike luck one of the Wilfs hears about or reads this post… yeah right…Love you Vikes but for the rest of this year.. Go Chiefs!!!

  9. Just on a human level it’s much easier to spend time with adult children who are no longer your direct responsibility than it is to be in the house every night raising them from the beginning, so no, the idea that anyone, not just coaches, can adequately make up for lost time in childhood by attempting to bond with children in adulthood is largely a fallacy created to allow folks who weren’t particularly great or present parents assuage some of their guilt about the life choices they made.

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