Report: Mike Zimmer to be named Vikings' new head coach

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Updated: 1/15 7:42 pm

(SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Zimmer will be the next head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL.com.

Zimmer had been the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals since 2008. He replaces Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the 2013 season.

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.

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.

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