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Report: Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as new head coach


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Vikings have apparently decided who they will hire for their new head coach.

KARE-TV reports Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer has been hired after meeting with the Vikings for a third time after arriving at Winter Park on Wednesday morning.

Zimmer rode to team headquarters with Vikings' Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell, and was carrying suitcases, presumably so he can leave town right after the session concludes.

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

According to KARE, 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.

By face time alone, Zimmer appears to be the leading candidate for the team's vacant head coaching position. After a long session with team brass Tuesday Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer press that things went well, but said "no, not yet" when asked if the Vikings had made him an official offer.

Insiders were widely reporting that Zimmer and Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles are the team's leading candidates, along with a third person who has not been named.


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