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Mike Zimmer named new Vikings coach
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Zimmer has been tabbed as the next head coach of the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.
Zimmer had been the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2008. He replaces Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the 2013 season.
"We are excited to welcome Mike as the new leader of the Minnesota Vikings," team owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said in a statement. "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."
Before joining the Bengals, Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (2000-06) and Atlanta Falcons (2007).
Minnesota's defense gave up the second-most yards and most points in the NFL this past season.
The Bengals' defense has finished in the top 10 in yards and points allowed in four of the last five seasons under Zimmer.
"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," Zimmer said in a statement.
Zimmer started his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 1994 as an assistant. He became the team's defensive coordinator in 2000.
The 57-year-old Zimmer will have the task of turning around a Vikings team that went 5-10-1 in 2013.
01/15 22:12:59 ET