Wednesday, January 15, 2014
No deal between Mike Zimmer, Vikings yet
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings spent most of the day Tuesday interviewing Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, but at the end of the night, there was no resolution to the team's coaching search.
Zimmer had not been named head coach, and told a Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter he had not been offered the job as of Tuesday night. It's unclear at this point if the Vikings will make Zimmer an offer on Wednesday, or if they would turn to other candidates.
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who has also been named a finalist for the job, had not been told if he would come to Minnesota for a second interview as of Tuesday night, according to a NFL source. It is believed the Vikings would only bring Bowles in for a second interview if they did not offer the job to Zimmer.
General manager Rick Spielman had said he planned to be deliberate in his job search, bringing two or three finalists to ownership after an initial round of interviews. Zimmer was the first finalist to interview in Minnesota after meeting with the Vikings in Cincinnati last Wednesday.
If the Vikings were to name Zimmer their head coach, it would seem unlikely they'd have him return to Cincinnati before making a move official. If Zimmer leaves town on Wednesday it could be an indicator of whether or not the Vikings plan to offer him the job.