Mike Zimmer to be Minnesota Vikings’ next coach 15 Jan 14

The Minnesota Vikings have replaced one defensive-minded head coach with another one. Mike Zimmer, passed over for top coaching jobs for many years, finally has his chance to run a team.

Zimmer, the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator since 2008, was previously the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (2000-06) and Atlanta Falcons (2007).jobs for many years, finally has his chance to run a team.

The longtime assistant previously had interviewed for five coaching jobs and been passed over for many other interviews despite an excellent body of work as a creative defensive mind.

Zimmer replaces Leslie Frazier, a defensive coach who couldn’t solve Minnesota’s offensive issues. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver says to watch out for former Detroit Lions coordinator and St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan as a potential offensive coordinator. Silver notes that Zimmer would target Bengals assistant Paul Gunther as defensive coordinator.

The offensive talent is led by Peterson, left tackle Matt Kalil and wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson, who looks like a future star. Give this franchise a true starting quarterback and an offensive plan and Zimmer could win games soon.