The Minnesota Vikings made it official, hiring Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their new head coach.
Zimmer will be introduced at a press conference Friday mornign.
“We are excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of the Minnesota Vikings,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. “He has a proven track record of success at every stop in the NFL and we look forward to him maintaining that consistency here in Minnesota.”
Zimmer has been the defensive coordinator for the Bengals for the past six seasons, making the playoffs three years in a row and coaching a defense that has excelled.
“I’m grateful to the Wilf family, Rick Spielman and the entire Vikings organization for giving me an opportunity to join a franchise with such a strong tradition and an extremely passionate fan base,” Zimmer said. “I believe in a disciplined and physical brand of football and I look forward to getting to work on leading a team capable of long-term success.”
Zimmer has previous defensive coordinator stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.
“Fans will appreciate Mike’s intensity on the field and his down-to-earth attitude off the field,” Vikings team president Mark Wilf said. “We strongly believe he will help us compete for division championships each year and lead us to our ultimate goal of bringing a Super Bowl championship to Minnesota.”
“Mike epitomizes the type of football coach with the vision and the values we were looking for to lead us into the future,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. “His history of maximizing players’ potential, along with his football knowledge and passion for the game, will be tremendous assets as we enter a new era of Vikings football.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.