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Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer As Head Coach

By Jeff Wald

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday they hired Mike Zimmer to be the team’s ninth head coach, but it was official Friday morning when he signed his contract.

Zimmer, along with team officials, held his introductory news conference Friday morning at Winter Park in Eden Prairie. He calls […]

Report: Vikings to hire George Edwards as defensive coordinator

By Josh Alper

The Vikings aren’t wasting much time filling out Mike Zimmer’s first staff. Norv Turner is reportedly close to becoming their offensive coordinator and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards is leaving his current job to be the defensive coordinator. A source with knowledge of the […]

VIkings make hiring of Mike Zimmer official

By Mike Wilkening

The Vikings officially announced the hiring of Mike Zimmer as head coach on Wednesday night. Zimmer, 57, had been the Bengals’ defensive coordinator the previous six seasons. News of his hire had surfaced earlier on Wednesday. “We are excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of the Minnesota Vikings,” Vikings […]

Report: Bengals promote Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator

By Josh Alper

When Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins as their head coach last week, the Bengals acted quickly to promote Hue Jackson to replace him as offensive coordinator. They’ve acted just as quickly now that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has taken the Vikings head coaching job. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports […]

The coaching timeline of defensive-minded new head coach Mike Zimmer

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

The Vikings made headlines Wednesday for hiring Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to be the ninth head coach in franchise history.

He’s well-respected as a defensive coordinator but this is his first head coaching job in the NFL. What steps led him to this point?

Mike Zimmer coaching timeline:

Jan. 15, 2014: […]

Buccaneers name Frazier defensive coordinator

By Mike Florio

Former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier could have taken 2014 off, with full pay. Instead, he’s heading to Tampa — where he’ll essentially be working for free. The Buccaneers have named Frazier the team’s new defensive coordinator. He joins offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford as the top two lieutenants on Lovie Smith’s staff. […]

Report: Vikings expected to interview Ray Horton on Tuesday

By Josh Alper

The Browns are looking for a head coach and their defensive coordinator, of the moment anyway, is expected to interview for the Vikings head coaching job on Tuesday. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports, via John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, that Ray Horton will meet with Minnesota […]

Notebook: Coordinators explain the breakdowns

Alan Williams (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY) By Tim Yotter VikingUpdate.com Posted Sep 19, 2013 Share on twitter Share on facebook | More Sharing ServicesMore The Vikings’ 31-30 loss to Chicago is still resonating with the coordinators, who tried to explain the breakdowns in their phases of the game. Vikings coordinators on Thursday each answered questions […]

Def. coordinator Alan Williams sheds light on coach-playcaller relay

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and defensive coordinator Alan Williams were both defensive backs coaches during the Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl season in 2006.

Williams said their history goes a long way in being a cohesive, clearly-communicated unit between a head coach and the defensive play caller.

“The neat […]

Jared Allen left smiling after Browns trade Trent Richardson

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was really the only player to show excitement about their next opponent, the Cleveland Browns, dealing away their biggest offensive playmaker this week.

The Browns dealt running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday for a first-round pick in 2014 after […]