Chris Mascaro
Wednesday January 15th, 2014

Mike Zimmer (George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer has been an NFL coach since 1999. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach on Wednesday morning, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Zimmer, who's been the Bengals' defensive coordinator since 2008, began his NFL career as the Cowboys' defensive backs coach in 1994 before becoming the defensive coordinator in Dallas in 2000, a role he served until he took the same job with the Falcons in 2007.

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Zimmer, 57, is Minnesota's fourth head coach since 2005. The Vikings have only one playoff win in that span — 2009 with Brett Favre at quarterback. Zimmer is the ninth head coach in team history.

With the Vikings' hire, only one head coaching job remains open — the Browns.

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The Vikings (5-10-1) allowed the most points in the NFL last season at 31.1 points per game while the Bengals were sixth at 19.2 per game.

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