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Throughout his six-year tenure as defensive coordinator for the Bengals, Mike Zimmer was often mentioned as a potential head coaching candidate. Each postseason, he had an interview or two but, for one reason or another, could never land a head coaching job. But, after another season in which his defense ranked in the top 10 in the league, the fourth in the last five years, the 57-year-old’s time has come. Mike Zimmer is finally an NFL head coach, even if it is with the Minnesota Vikings.

Those who have watched the “Hard Knocks” seasons with the Bengals and Cowboys will recognize Zimmer as the gruff and extremely profane coach often screaming at players. Then again, regular viewers of the show know that kind of coach also exists on just about every NFL team. But now the Vikings have one running their team. Should be fun!

Zimmer is also a big fan of bowhunting and keeps a deer head on his office wall. A real shame that the Vikings aren’t expected to hang on to Jared Allen in the postseason. He and Zims would be the best of deer stand buddies.

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