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Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (62) / 6/6/1956

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (eye) has been cleared to return to the practice field.
Zimmer sat out the beginning of OTAs to rest his right eye, which has undergone eight surgeries since November. Zimmer has vowed to continue coaching despite the issues. "One eye or two, it really doesn’t matter. I’m going to be back," he said at the end of May. Hopefully the coach can put these issues behind him in the near future. Mon, Jun 5, 2017 10:10:00 AM

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he has no plans to stop coaching despite ongoing eye concerns.

"One eye or two, it really doesn’t matter. I’m going to be back," he said. "So we can put the retiring thing or whatever to bed quickly." Zimmer has undergone eight eye surgeries and is still recovering from his most recent procedure, which took place on May 17. He's resting at his home in Kentucky but will return to Minnesota during the first week in June and is hoping to resume his coaching responsibilities shortly after that. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer served as interim coach when Zimmer missed Week 13 against Dallas last year.
Fri, May 26, 2017 01:33:00 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (eye surgery) will not attend OTAs.

Zimmer recently underwent the eighth surgery on his right eye. "Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health," the Vikings said in a statement. "We all agree Mike's health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in his best interest for the long term." The Vikings expect Zimmer to return "in a few weeks."
Mon, May 22, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer underwent another surgery on his right eye Monday.

It is the fifth procedure on the eye in the last six months, and he will be headed for a sixth at some point this summer. While the surgery will force him to miss some of the voluntary portions of the offseason program, he should be good to go when things really pick up in about a month.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 09:19:00 AM

Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reports the Vikings have fired QBs coach Scott Turner.

Turner had been with the Vikings since 2014. The Vikings generated the second-fewest passing yards in the league a year ago but actually improved to 18th this season while the running game dried up in Adrian Peterson's absence. Turner's firing was probably inevitable after the Vikings replaced his father Norv (who resigned prior to Week 9) with Pat Shurmur at offensive coordinator. Head coach Mike Zimmer has hinted that Sam Bradford will open next year as the starting quarterback, even if Teddy Bridgewater (torn ACL) is healthy.
Mon, Jan 9, 2017 08:41:00 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (eye surgery) returned to work Monday and will travel with the team to Jacksonville for Sunday's game.

Zimmer underwent emergency surgery to repair a detached retina last Wednesday and was forced to miss Thursday night's game against the Cowboys. There was some concern he would not be cleared to fly in time to travel with the team for Week 14, but that no longer appears to be a concern. He should be back on the sidelines against the Jaguars.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:20:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to return next week.

Zimmer had a follow-up surgery Friday, but it shouldn't keep him out another game. Barring any setbacks, he'll resume coaching next week. Zimmer will look to get Minnesota back on track after losing in six of the last seven weeks. The Vikings have a must-win game with Jacksonville in Week 14.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 09:09:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will miss Thursday night's game against the Cowboys after having emergency surgery to repair a detached retina on Wednesday.

GM Rick Spielman said Zimmer sitting out this week was "for the best interest of his health." Like the Broncos did earlier this season, the Vikings will have special teams coordinator Mike Priefer fill in as the interim head coach as to not disturb the offensive or defensive routines. Zimmer had planned to have this surgery on Friday, so it is likely he will be ready in time to coach Week 14 against the Jaguars.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will undergo emergency eye surgery and is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys.

He has a torn retina and will have the surgery on the day of tomorrow's game. Ultimately, it would be surprising if Zimmer coached against Dallas. GM Rick Spielman said Wednesday night that the Vikings have a "contingency plan in place," which likely involves using OL coach Tony Sparano as their interim head coach, and keeping Pat Shurmur in his offensive coordinator role. "They said if you don't take care of those things that you have a possibility of going blind," Zimmer said in a statement on the Vikings' website.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Vikings extended coach Mike Zimmer's contract.

The terms were not announced. "There is no doubt Zimmer is going to be our coach for a long time," GM Rick Spielman said. It's a bit unusual for a third-year coach with zero playoff victories to already be getting an extension, but Zimmer has done an undeniably excellent job through two seasons. He's settled the defense and helped set a tone on offense. Zimmer is known for being fiery, but has been surprisingly calm and levelheaded as a head man. He's a born head coach.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 01:06:00 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer underwent a "minor procedure" on Friday but is expected to rejoin the Vikings on Saturday.

No surgery is "minor," especially to the one undergoing the operation, but it doesn't sound serious. Zimmer expects to roam the sideline Sunday vs. the Bills.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as head coach.

After the Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt as head coach Monday, Zimmer emerged as the clear favorite to land the Minnesota job. Tennessee was also vying for his services. There never really were any other candidates for the Vikings. Zimmer was the only one to receive a second interview, which took place on Tuesday. Vikings brass was mulling over whether to bring in more candidates for second looks but decided to offer the job to the much-deserved Zimmer. He'll bring a completely different personality to the Vikings than previous coach Leslie Frazier. Frazier was calm and relatively quiet, while Zimmer is on the fiery side. He'll keep Minnesota's 4-3 defense in place and reportedly has interest in bringing in Norv Turner to run the offense. The Vikings certainly upgraded on Wednesday.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 10:56:00 AM

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer will remain in Minnesota through Wednesday, but tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he's yet to be offered the Vikings' head-coaching job.

Zimmer was in town for his second interview on Tuesday. It's unclear if his interview, and not just his stay, is extending through Wednesday. Per the Tribune, a resolution is expected within the next 24 hours. Zimmer is the only candidate the Vikings have brought back for a second talk. He remains the favorite to replace Leslie Frazier.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 11:22:00 PM

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer is in Minnesota Tuesday for a second interview with the Vikings.

Zimmer remains the front-runner for the Vikings' head-coaching vacancy, as the only other candidate thought to be getting a second interview is Cardinals DC Todd Bowles. The 57-year-old Zimmer has a firm edge in experience and has led the Bengals' defense to top-seven finishes in each of the last three years. He also runs a 4-3, a system the Vikings already have the personnel in place for. Bowles ran a 3-4 in the desert this season.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 08:38:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Vikings will give Bengals DC Mike Zimmer a second interview for their head-coaching vacancy early next week.

Zimmer emerged as the favorite to succeed Leslie Frazier this past week. Some unconfirmed rumors have claimed Zimmer would tab Scott Linehan to run his offense, though we'll find out for sure soon enough. Zimmer would keep Minnesota's 4-3 defense in place, perhaps using Sharrif Floyd in a Geno Atkins-type role.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 03:23:00 PM

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