Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer returned to the Twin Cities on Tuesday as the Minnesota Vikings continue their search for their 9th head coach in franchise history.
Zimmer arrived at Winter Park late Tuesday morning to meet with Mark and Zygi Wilf. It is his second interview with the Vikings.
MIKE ZIMMER BIO
Zimmer has been an NFL coach for 20 seasons including the past six with Cincinnati as their defensive coordinator. He has given the Bengals stability on the defensive side of the ball and has led them to four straight playoff appearances.
"When there are 32 of these jobs and there's a bunch of coaches in the world and guys that you know, they're looking for something, it may not be me," Zimmer told Bengals.com. "But if it is, they'll get a full day's work and a good football coach."
The last three Vikings head coaches didn't have head coaching experience and Zimmer doesn't either but at 57 he is game to take the reins and lead an NFL franchise.
Zimmer led top 10 defenses in Dallas in both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. His 2003 team led the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game (253.5) and six times during his time in Dallas the Cowboys finished fifth or better in the league in scoring defense.
He won a Super Bowl as secondary coach with the 1995 Cowboys and was the position coach for the MVP of that game Larry Brown who finished the game with two interceptions.
Zimmer has three children. His son Adam is the defensive backs coach for the Bengals and like his father has a Super Bowl ring with the Saints as a defensive assistant/linebackers coach. He also has two daughters Corri and Marki. His wife of 27 years Vikki, passed away suddenly in 2009.
Player and Coach Profile:
1974-76- QB and LB at Illinois State
1979-1980- Assistant coach (AC), Missouri
1981-1982- AC, Weber State
1983-1988- Defensive coordinator, Weber State
1989-1993- Defensive coordinator, Washington State
1994-1999- AC, Dallas Cowboys
2000-2006- Defensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys
2007- Defensive Coordinator, Atlanta Falcons
2008-2013- Defensive Coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals
Who is Mike Zimmer:
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis described Zimmer as knowing "who to push and when", and as a motivator with an ability to help guys "getting them moving in the right direction".