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Vikings asked permission to interview Bengals' Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer

by Derek Wetmore, 1500ESPN.com Updated 21 months ago | 4524 reads

The Vikings apparently wasted no time after the Bengals lost Sunday. As part of an 'extensive' coaching search, the Vikings reportedly are one of four teams that asked permission to interview Cincinnati's offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Other outlets later confirmed the CBS report, including 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson.




The Vikings also have reached out to Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.


Many felt when Leslie Frazier was fired that the Vikings would look for his opposite. With Frazier's defensive background, that meant a coach with an offensive pedigree. Several coaches or coordinators with defensive backgrounds are also being considered, as part of general manager Rick Spielman's edict to have an exhaustive search.

Does Gruden interested you, Vikings fans? How about Zimmer? Is it imperative that the Vikings hire an offensive-minded coach?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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