Cowboys reportedly expected to hire ex-Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator


DETROIT, MICHIGAN - DECEMBER 05: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 05, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to hire former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer as their defensive coordinator, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.

Zimmer would join the Cowboys after former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left to become the head coach of the Washington Commanders. He would earn the job over former Commanders head coach Ron Rivera and ex-New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, who also reportedly interviewed for the job.

Zimmer, 67, most recently spent eight seasons as the head coach of the Vikings from 2014 to 2021. He’d return to the NFL two years after his dismissal in Minnesota amid an overhaul that included the firing of then-general manager Rick Spielman.

Zimmer coached the Vikings to a 72-56-1 (.562) record that included three playoff appearances. The Vikings went 2-3 in the postseason under Zimmer and advanced to the NFC championship game in 2017 following a 13-3 campaign.

He previously spent 14 seasons in the NFL as a defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and a previous stint with the Cowboys from 2000-06 under Dave Campo and Bill Parcells.

Zimmer would take over one of the NFL’s most talented units that finished fifth overall in yards and points allowed in 2023. The defense faltered, though, in a divisional round playoff loss that saw the Cowboys allow 415 yards and 48 points to the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay’s defense scored one touchdown and set up another with interceptions of Dak Prescott.





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