There may be a light bit of hope that the Bengals will be able to keep Zimmer. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Vikings may be hesitant to hire in Zimmer because of his lack of an offensive coordinator candidate for him to bring alongside him, as well as his general lack of an offensive background:
Mike Zimmer, in the past with interviews, has not been aligned with a top offensive coordinator which has hurt his chances of landing jobs (this year his top choice was Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson, who has since been promoted to offensive coordinator in Cincinnati).
Zimmer is also one of several potential head coaches who are very high on Bengals assistant coach Paul Guenther, who would be the top choice to replace Zimmer as defensive coordinator in Cincinnati and would also be Zimmer’s choice as his defensive coordinator.
That’s one of the factors that have ultimately cost Zimmer head-coaching jobs over the years to the likes of Rob Chudzinski, Joe Philbin and even his colleague Jay Gruden.
The Vikings, like many bottom-feeding franchises, can’t seem to find that franchise quarterback, and with the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft this year, it’s not going to be easy to find one.
Do the Vikings want to bet on Mike Zimmer being able to do so?
The Vikings will likely wait another week at least before deciding on who their next head coach could be. They, unlike some teams (Redskins…Jay Gruden) like to take time to evaluate all of their options and make the best hire possible.
If that holds true, it’s hard to see them not hiring Zimmer,