Vikings: Mike Zimmer is Officially the 9th Head Coach in Franchise History

Updated: 01/17/2014 10:04 AM
Created: 01/15/2014 9:59 AM
By: Jennie Olson

The Minnesota Vikings say Mike Zimmer is officially the ninth head coach in franchise history, according to a tweet from the team Wednesday night.

The Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator and the Vikings have agreed to terms. He even recorded a message to Vikings fans on YouTube saying he is excited and can't wait to get to work.

“We are excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of the Minnesota Vikings,” said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf. “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.”

NFL insider for ESPN Adam Schefter tweeted the news Wednesday morning, citing a league source.
Zimmer traveled to Minnesota on Monday and met with Vikings officials for a second interview on Tuesday. Zimmer was back in Minnesota Wednesday.

The Vikings fired former head coach Leslie Frazier one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season.

Zimmer will be introduced as the team's head coach on Friday in a press conference at Winter Park at 11 a.m.

Five of the seven reported candidates who interviewed for the vacancy had defensive backgrounds: Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Cleveland defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, San Francisco defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and Zimmer. The other two were offensive coordinators: Seattle's Darrell Bevell and San Francisco's Greg Roman.

Click here to learn more about Zimmer's coaching history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

One-on-one interview with Mike Zimmer.
Photo: Minnesota Vikings
Vikings name Mike Zimmer new head coach.
Photo: Minnesota Vikings
In this Jan. 5, 2014 file photo, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer adjusts his head set. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports.
Photo: AP/David Kohl

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