Vikings joined the list of teams who have finally filled their head coach vacancy. They announced today the hiring of Bengals former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
Zimmer has been coaching in the NFL since 1994 where he started as the defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He would work his way up to defensive coordinator for the Cowboys in 2000 where he would remain until 2006. He served one year as the defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 before his five year stint with the Bengals from 2008 to 2013. Vikings will be his first head coaching job.
In his 5 years in Cincinnati the Bengals made the playoffs the last three years. The last three years their defense has been ranked in the top 10. Several teams expressed interest in Zimmer before Vikings hired him.
The Vikings were 31st in total defense last season, and Zimmer’s Bengals defense was third overall. The organization will need to address their quarterback issue and try to resign some of their 21 free agents including defensive end Jared Allen and defensive tackle Kevin Williams so Zimmer will need to get started immediately.