Report: Mike Zimmer is the next head coach of the Vikings
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The Vikings' coaching search may finally be completed.
The Vikings have hired former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, according to one report.
Vikings are hiring Mike Zimmer as their HC, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2014
Zimmer interviewd Tuesday for the job and was back at Winter Park on Wednesday.
Who might be his coordinators? Schefter suggests that Norv Turner is a candidate to become Zimmer's offensive coordinator.
One candidate Vikings HC Mike Zimmer is considering as his offensive coordinator is Browns OC Norv Turner, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that Bengals linebackers coach Paul Guenther might join Zimmer with the Vikings.
#Bengals LB coach Paul Guenther is still deciding if he wants to join Mike Zimmer in Minnesota or stay in Cincy as DC. Has a Skins offer too— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2014
General manager Rick Spielman interviewed at least seven candidates for the job including Zimmer, who spent Tuesday at Vikings headquarters. Zimmer has been an NFL defensive coordinator for the last 14 seasons, six with the Bengals. He has 20 years as an NFL assistant on his resume.
Zimmer also interviewed for the vacancy in Tennessee, which went to Ken Whisenhunt. He has been a candidate for the top job several times in the past, too, including with Cleveland, Miami and Tampa Bay.
Zimmer has a fiery personality, as evidenced by his profanity-laced appearances on HBO's "Hard Knocks," which featured the Bengals in 2009 and 2013.
That overt intensity is a contrast to Frazier, who went 21-33-1 in three-plus seasons with one appearance in the playoffs. Frazier was a popular figure in the locker room and throughout the organization, but as a former defensive coordinator his area of expertise became the team's biggest downfall. Despite a carousel at quarterback, the aged, injury-depleted defense was mostly responsible for the sorry showing this season. The Vikings allowed an average of 30 points per game, the most in the league, and 397.8 yards per game, the second-most.
We'll update with more information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, Vikings fans, do you like the hire?
The Associated Press contributed to this report