The Minnesota Vikings conducted their second interview with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Tuesday.
No job offer has been issued yet, but Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Zimmer will remain in Minnesota through Wednesday.
Spoke to Mike Zimmer briefly. Asked if he was offered the HC position, he said no. …He’s expected to remain in town Wednesday #Vikings
— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterStrib) January 15, 2014
In terms of area of expertise, Zimmer and Frazier overlap. They are both defensive minded guys. Zimmer built one of the best defenses in the NFL in Cincinnati, despite the loss of Geno Atkins and other key players. As for Frazier, he dealt with some injuries himself, namely Harrison Smith in the secondary. Unfortunately for him, that is not enough to justify the Vikings’ decline to the bottom of the entire NFL in total defense.
In terms of disposition, the two could not be more different. Zimmer is known for his fire and his willingness to get in somebody’s face if the situation warrants as much. Frazier, on the other hand, is known for being robotic and showing no emotions on the sidelines.
That may or may not have anything to do with the Vikings’ interest in Zimmer, who has been a hot head coach candidate for some time now. Nevertheless, the Vikings might be closing in on Zimmer as their next head coach.
Up here in snowy, windy Minnesota, “Zimmer watch” is on.