Mike Zimmer before taking Vikings job: “I figured I was getting too old.”
New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was very close to removing his name from the list of candidates during the hiring process. He wrestled with the thought of not even showing up for his second interview with the Vikings, even though the team’s interest in him was very high.
“I almost didn’t go [for a second interview in Minnesota], yeah,” Zimmer said, via Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com. “I was so disappointed. It was like, ‘Why even do this?’ It was to that point. I figured I was getting too old . I thought, ‘Forget this.’”
“But I talked to a couple of people who said, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta go. What are you doing?’”
Obviously, Zimmer went and was hired immediately. The Vikings decided to shun the current NFL trend of teams hiring younger, up-and-coming coaches, and went with the experienced guy instead. He was fantastic as the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008-2013, and the Vikings hope he can work his magic with them moving forward.
Zimmer became the 10th head coach in team history when he was hired, and hopes to lead the Vikings back to the playoffs after their most recent appearance in 2012, where they lost in the wild card round to the Green Bay Packers.