Jun 2, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners former head coach Barry Switzer (center) smiles during the game with the Oklahoma City Thunder playing against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder beat the Spurs 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Barry Switzer endorses Mike Zimmer as Vikings Head Coach

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer continues to be endorsed in NFL head-coaching searches, as the 57-year old has a resume that should have led to multiple jobs as a head-man already. He’s interviewing with the Vikings for the second time today, and he may not make it out of Minnesota if the team falls in love with him in the same way his colleagues have.

Now, he’s receiving endorsements from hall of fame Oklahoma Head Coach Barry Switzer, who won three national championships with the Sooners, as well as a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.

That is where he hired Zimmer as a defensive backs coach in 1994, and so began a career that has seen him coach Pro Bowlers, All-Pros and routine top-10 defenses.

Zimmer remained with the Cowboys for 13 years, and had current head coach Jason Garrett been fired this year, Zimmer was whom many in Cowboys circles wanted to see back in Dallas.

“He has all those attributes (to be a head coach),” said Switzer, via the Pioneer Press. “He’s aggressive. He wasn’t bashful or shy with his convictions about what he believed in and he had the ability and the talent to sell it, and in most cases he was right.

“I saw it every day, on the field and in staff meetings. He was totally immersed in football from the beginning and was recognized right away as a top defensive coach … He had great knowledge and background. Immediately, you knew this guy was a football coach.”

The Vikings talked to Zimmer last Wednesday in Cincinnati, and he quickly emerged as one of the finalists for their head-coaching vacancy after Leslie Frazier was fired this offseason.



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