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Vikings hire Bengals’ Zimmer as new head coach

Vikings hire Bengals’ Zimmer as new head coach

NEW COACH: Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer watches during warm ups prior to an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 17, in Cincinnati. Photo: Associated Press/David Kohl

Reuters) – The Minnesota Vikings will hire Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their head coach, according to a report on the National Football League’s website on Wednesday.

Zimmer, who has been the defensive coordinator with the Bengals since 2008, will join a Vikings team that allowed a league-worst 480 points during the 2013 NFL season.

He will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired the day after the Vikings finished last in the NFC North division with a 5-10-1 record.

Zimmer, 57, who was previously the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (2000-06) and Atlanta Falcons (2007), has plenty of experience in developing defensive players.

The Bengals are coming off a 11-5 season during which they allowed the equal fifth-fewest points against and won the AFC North Division before losing to the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Julian Linden)

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