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FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer confirmed Wednesday that Mike Zimmer will be hired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, hours before the team posted a video to their YouTube channel showing him decked out in purple.

"I'm grateful to the Wilf family, Rick Spielman and the entire Vikings organization for giving me an opportunity to join a franchise with such a strong tradition and an extremely passionate fan base," said Zimmer in a release. "I believe in a disciplined and physical brand of football, and I look forward to getting to work on leading a team capable of long-term success."

According to Glazer, the decision to hire Zimmer was made Tuesday night, but the offer needed to come from owners Mark and Zygi Wilf.

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Zimmer has been the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati for six seasons and has given the Bengals stability on the defensive side of the ball and has led them to four straight playoff appearances.

"Fired up about Coach Zimmer!" Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph posted on Twitter. "As a Cincy kid he's been fun to watch there and can't wait to work with him! Welcome to the @Vikings!"

Zimmer will be the 9th head coach in the history of the team. In his 20 seasons with the NFL, Zimmer has made 11 playoff appearances, earned 7 division titles and won a Super Bowl.

"We are excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of the Minnesota Vikings," said Vikings Owner and 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."


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

2014: Head Coach, Minnesota Vikings

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