Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vikings name new coach

MINNEAPOLIS—Mike Zimmer finally is a head coach in the NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings think now is the time for the veteran defensive co-ordinator.

The Vikings announced last night that they had hired Zimmer for their top coaching position.
“I’m extremely excited to bring a championship to the state of Minnesota and to the great fan base of the Vikings,” Zimmer said in a video posted on the team’s Twitter account.
“I can’t wait to get to work.”
Long after reports first surfaced about the hire, the Vikings remained quiet. Their silence was strange, considering a report by ESPN that they already had requested and received permission from Cleveland to interview offensive co-ordinator Norv Turner for the same position in Minnesota.
Finally, the Vikings made the announcement shortly after 9 p.m. (local time).
Zimmer will be the ninth coach in the franchise’s 54 seasons.
“Fans will appreciate Mike’s intensity on the field and his down-to-earth attitude off the field,” said Vikings’ owner Mark Wilf.
“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.”
Tight end Kyle Rudolph, centre John Sullivan, and defensive end Brian Robison were among the players who expressed excitement about the former Bengals’ assistant via their Twitter accounts.
“Fired up about Coach Zimmer! As a Cincy kid, he’s been fun to watch there and can’t wait to work with him!” Rudolph tweeted.
For the Bengals, the news was bittersweet. Zimmer, who has been an NFL defensive co-ordinator for the last 14 seasons, spent six of those with Cincinnati.
“Today is one of the happiest and yet saddest days for me. Happy Coach Zimm finally gets to be a head coach and spread all of his knowledge,” cornerback Terence Newman tweeted.
The Bengals were third in the NFL in yards allowed and fifth in points against this season, though they lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third-straight year.
Zimmer replaces Leslie Frazier, another former Bengals’ defensive co-ordinator, who was fired Dec. 30 after the team finished 5-10-1 this season.

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