Mike Zimmer is in Minnesota Tuesday interviewing the Vikings, and with rampant speculation the team could hire him within 24 hours, the Cincinnati Bengals are certainly bracing for the reality of losing their best coordinator in the Marvin Lewis-era.
But according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Vikings are still planning on taking their time and probably won’t hire Zimmer today in order to give themselves a chance to carefully examine all of their options, which may last until Super Bowl week:
Per a league source, the Vikings still have no timetable for filling the job. The team is taking a methodical approach, considering multiple qualified candidates.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s name has gained momentum in recent days, especially in light of the decision to give him a second interview. But the Vikings also could be intent on taking a closer look at Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Because Minnesota interviewed both of them during the wild-card bye week, the Vikings can interview either or both for a second time next week, if the Seahawks qualify for the Super Bowl.
There’s a small chance the Bengals will be able to keep Zimmer, as CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported last week 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.
Not having a coordinator in mind could at least delay the Vikings from hiring him, giving them time to interview other candidates.
Regardless, if Super Bowl week comes and goes and Zimmer is still in Cincinnati, it will be a minor miracle.