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Mike Zimmer finds his head-coaching job with the Minnesota Vikings

 Defensive Coach Mike Zimmer, foreground, and Headh Coach Bill Parcells of the Dallas Cowboys watch play from the sideline during their game against the Detroit Lions on November 20, 2005 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 2
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Sources have confirmed that the Minnesota Vikings will hire Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their next head coach replacing former coach Leslie Frazier. In a report by CBS Sports on Jan. 15, the hiring was expected and players of the Vikings are fired up.

Zimmer has been a front-runner for multiple jobs over the last few years, primarily because of his work as a defensive coordinator with Cincinnati. He was the top choice targeted by the Vikings and also interviewed for the head-coaching job in Tennessee. With the Titans turning to Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach, Zimmer became available for the Vikings, a team looking for a quick turnaround after a disappointing season.

Most importantly for the Vikings, Mike Zimmer is a coach who players seem to love wherever he has coached.

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is already excited about the hire. He tweeted:

“Fired up about Coach Zimmer! As a Cincy kid he’s been fun to watch there and can’t wait to work with him! Welcome to the @Vikings!”

There is a renewed energy in Minnesota, but Mike Zimmer will have some work to do to improve a 31st-ranked defensive. His success as a defensive coordinator will quickly be challenged but it is a challenge that Zimmer is up for. He has finally found his head-coaching job in the NFL.