Report: Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as new head coach


Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has reportedly struck a deal to become the ninth head coach in Minnesota Vikings franchise history.

The Vikings haven't announced the deal yet, which is a bit perplexing considering Viking players have been essentially confirming the reports on Twitter. A.J. Mansour of believes he knows why the Vikings haven't made the report public.

My sources close to the situation have confirmed that the Mike Zimmer portion of the situation is all but an official done deal. The hang up for the time being, is likely surrounding the status of the current assistant coaches and coordinators under employ of the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first to report that Zimmer was close to a deal.

Adam Schefter is reporting the same news.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports says it's a done deal and the decision was made Tuesday night.

Zimmer helped lead the Bengals' defense to finishes in the top five of the NFL in four of the last five seasons. In addition to those impressive statistics, Zimmer's defense in Cincinnati finished as a top three scoring defense in each of the last two seasons.

Zimmer stayed in Minneapolis after interviewing for a second time on Tuesday, and he was spotted back at the team's practice facility in Eden Prairie early this morning.

The Vikings have yet to acknowledge the reports, but that could come in the very near future.

Reports are already flying through social media circles about which coordinators Zimmer will want to bring on-board. Adam Caplan is reporting that Bengals linebackers coach Paul Guenther is one to watch for the defensive coordinator job, and Schefter is reporting that Norv Turner is a candidate to become Minnesota's next offensive coordinator.

Stay tuned as more information is piling in every minute.

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