Mike Zimmer, known as a no-nonsense disciplinarian, is the new coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
A 20-year veteran NFL assistant coach who worked with Hall of Famer Bill Parcells in Dallas before turning the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense around as their defensive coordinator the past six seasons, Zimmer will be named the ninth head coach in the Vikings’ 54-year history today.
Zimmer, a 57-year-old who has never been a head coach at any level, replaces Leslie Frazier, who was fired on Dec. 30, and becomes the third head coach hired since current owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005.
Read the story at the link and you'll know as much as I do about Zimmer. The players he has coached speak highly of him and the local sports media seem to be pleased with the selection, though the latter will turn on him soon enough. They always do.
When the initial lovey-dovey is over, Zimmer and the Vikings need to make some decisions about the offensive and defensive coordinators. There are already rumors that Norv Turner is being allowed to talk to the Vikes about the OC role, but I haven't seen anything official yet about either of the incumbants being let go. The thought of Turner as head coach would have had me gnashing teeth and rending garments and such, but he might be a pretty good OC.
After the staff gets settled the matter of a decent quarterback needs to be addressed. The consensus in NFL mock drafts at this point seems to be that Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel will be gone for sure by the time the Vikings pick #8. I've seen a couple that have the Vikes taking Blake Bortles and more than a few others that say they will draft Derek Carr.
I think the Vikings might try to move up in the draft. The QB situation has got to get settled for the new coach's sake and for the totally frustrated fan base. You can also bet that the Wilfs want to see a QB that can compete at a high level in place and tested by the time they move the team into its new stadium in 2016.
However, all of that doesn't mean they should pay any price to draft a QB this year. If it isn't in the cards this year it isn't in the cards. A move in the free agent market now with an eye to the 2015 draft isn't out of the question.
First things first though, welcome to Minnesota, Mike Zimmer. Good luck, you're gonna need a little.