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Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (58) / 6/6/1956
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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. Oct 17 - 12:36 PM

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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.
Jan 15 - 10:56 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.
Jan 14 - 11:22 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.
Jan 14 - 8:38 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.
Jan 11 - 3:23 PM

The Titans interviewed Bengals DC Mike Zimmer for their head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

The news was first reported on Monday, and confirmed by the Titans on Thursday. A hot commodity after his defense's latest strong showing in 2013, Zimmer is considered the "favorite" for the Vikings' opening. Zimmer is going to sport a good defense wherever he lands, but may not be the best fit for Tennessee, who has far more questions on the offensive side of the ball.
Jan 9 - 6:01 PM

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer has reportedly emerged as the favorite for the Vikings' head-coaching vacancy.

Marvin Lewis could be losing both his coordinators, as Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins Thursday. The abrasive and fiery Zimmer's style would be in stark contrast to mild-mannered, player-friendly coach Leslie Frazier. It's a bit surprising the Vikings wouldn't favor an offensive mind, but Zimmer would make a fine choice. He's been the Bengals' defensive coordinator since 2008, consistently getting the most out of UDFAs and leading his unit to a No. 3 ranking in 2013 despite season-ending injuries to Geno Atkins and Leon Hall.
Jan 9 - 9:59 AM

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer will interview for the Titans and Vikings' head-coaching openings this week.

Zimmer should be an attractive candidate in both locales. The longtime NFL coordinator has struggled to find head-coaching jobs due to his oft-abrasive style and unwillingness to brown nose owners, but he's ready to make the leap. Should Zimmer land in Minnesota or Tennessee, those teams should hope he brings RBs coach Hue Jackson along with him to coordinate offense. The Vikings interview is Wednesday and the Titans interview is Thursday.
Jan 6 - 4:52 PM

The Redskins have requested permission to interview Bengals coordinators Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden.

With Cincy getting dumped out of the playoffs Sunday, it's open season on their coaches. Zimmer, who has been seeking his first head-coaching chance for years now, oversaw a defense that finished third in the NFL despite losing All-Pro DT Geno Atkins and top CB Leon Hall to year-ending injuries. If Zimmer is ever going to shed his strict coordinator label, this looks like the offseason to do it. However, the Redskins may want an offensive mind at the helm to mold franchise player Robert Griffin III. Enter Gruden, the younger brother of Spider 2 Y Banana, who is reportedly at or near the top of GM Bruce Allen's wish list.
Jan 6 - 10:25 AM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Vikings, Redskins, and Lions all have "interest" in Bengals DC Mike Zimmer.

Per Garafolo, Zimmer could interview for all three head-coaching vacancies as early as next week. The Vikings have been linked to both Bengals coordinators, also OC Jay Gruden, while Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is considered the tentative favorite to land the Detroit job. Zimmer has been waiting so long for a head-coaching gig that he may actually be willing to work for Dan Snyder in D.C. He'd whip that Redskins roster into shape, right quick.
Jan 3 - 7:17 PM

The Vikings are reportedly interested in both Bengals coordinators for their head coaching vacancy.

The Vikes won't be able to talk to Mike Zimmer or Jay Gruden until after the Bengals' playoff run. Gruden is an especially intriguing candidate as the Vikings try to get their offense out of the mud and he shares an agent with GM Rick Spielman. Adam Gase, Jack Del Rio, Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles and Darrell Bevell are all expected to get a look from Minnesota as well.
Jan 2 - 12:43 PM

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