Mike Zimmer Hired As Coach Of Minnesota VikingsBy: Tobias Roth - January 15, 2014
The NFL teams that struggled over the 2013 season continue to search for new coaches, and the Minnesota Vikings have already found someone to lead their team in 2014.
The Vikings struggled throughout the past season, and finished in last place in the NFC North, with a record of 5-10-1.
Whether they will be able to improve at all in 2014 is unclear, but they could be on the right track after hiring Mike Zimmer as their new head coach.
It can be hard for any team to start the rebuilding stage, and the Minnesota Vikings are certainly in need of rebuilding with Adrian Peterson being virtually their only strength on offense.
Another team in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions, also hired a new coach yesterday with Jim Caldwell, who was currently serving as the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.
Unlike the Vikings, the Lions have several talented players, but were unable to work with the current staff, and as a result, Jim Schwartz was fired after being put on the hot seat.
In other NFL coaching news, Ken Whisenhunt was also hired as the coach of the Tennessee Titans yesterday, preventing the Lions from continuing to pursue him, and hire Caldwell instead.
If anyone is able to turn around the Vikings franchise, and get them to be a powerhouse in the NFC again, then Mike Zimmer might be the guy to do it. He is a longtime defensive coordinator for the Cinncinatti Bengals, and is also one of the more respected assistants in the NFL.
Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who led the Vikings to another disappointing season, and what the Vikings truly need is a franchise quarterback who is able to lead them. Frazier was fired along with Jim Schwartz and a handful of other coaches during the black Monday firings.
Mike Zimmer is also the son of Bill Zimmer, a former defensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. Before joining the Bengals, he had led the defense of the Dallas Cowboys from 2000 through 2006 after spending 1994 through 1999 as the team’s defensive backs coach.
As coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer will be forced to rebuild the team on both sides of the ball, and work to recruit a quarterback that the team can trust in a division, and league that is continually relying on the quarterback to control the team.
Coming in as a defensive coordinator, he will also need to improve the defense of the Vikings, after being the defense that gave up more points than other team in the NFL last season.
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