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Mike Zimmer is the Minnesota Vikings New Coach

Mike Zimmer

The Minnesota Vikings finally pulled the trigger on a new head coach. He is former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

This will be Zimmer’s first head coaching job. He’s been with the Bengals since 2008. Prior to that, Zimmer served as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator (2007) and Dallas’ defensive coordinator (2000-2006).

In 2013, the Bengals had the league’s third-ranked defense.

Strangely, the Vikings decided to stick with a defensive guy. Zimmer replaces Leslie Frazier, who was formerly a defensive coordinator himself.

The Lions, meanwhile, went to an offensive guy after canning their coach Jim Schwartz, who had a defensive background. The Lions’ guy was Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.

The Zimmer hire is probably a bit more inspiring than that one.

The Vikings just need to find a quarterback now and maybe they can compete again.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. FITZCORE1252 January 15, 2014

    Actually seems like a solid guy, but I ain’t skeered.

  2. Savage57 January 15, 2014

    Be afraid, be very afraid. This was the last guy I wanted to see get the Vikings job. His last 4 defenses for the Bengals were ranked 4th, 7th, 6th and 3rd in the league.

    The man can coach, but, can he run a day-care center/halfway house?

    1. Abe Frohman January 16, 2014

      with Spielman getting him players to work with, we should be okay.

  3. Skinny January 15, 2014

    Damn, I was hoping Zimmer would become the Packers next DC after this coming season.

  4. GBslacker January 15, 2014

    I’m all for competition.

    If there is none, we’re simply bounced in the Wildcard round — and have a suck draft pick.

  5. Richard January 15, 2014

    This is a better hire for GB than if they had waited for one of SFs coordinators

  6. the real russ letlow January 15, 2014

    we put 30 points on his D this year. We score 30 when we play the pussies, I think we win 9 out of 10 times. It might be 30 – 28, but we still win.

    1. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

      Good point, I feel better now.

      Here’s hoping the ‘Queens draft another subpar QB high in the first round.

  7. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

    Damn, sounds like the Vikings actually have a competent coach for a change, at least they still have an inept GM, and the Leos seemingly blew it again. As Meatloaf once said, “Two outta three ain’t bad.”

  8. E. Wolf January 16, 2014

    It seems they are looking to bring Nurv Turner in as offensive coordinator….