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.
YouTube: Coach Zimmer's message to Vikings fans
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."
MIKE ZIMMER RESUME
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
NEXT MOVE: Attention turns to offensive coordinator