Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer

Super Bowl Champion Coach

Mike Zimmer is a former NFL Head Coach with the Minnesota Vikings (2014-2021), taking the team to the playoffs three times, including the 2017 NFC Championship game.

He also served as the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals prior to becoming a head coach. He won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys as a defensive backs coach, and was voted NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009 with Cincinnati.

Zimmer began coaching in football as a defensive assistant at the University of Missouri from 1979-1980. He then worked at Weber State and Washington State before joining the Cowboys as assistant coach of the nickel defense in 1994. Zimmer was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2000, later was defensive coordinator for the Falcons and Bengals.

With the Vikings, Zimmer had a .562 winning percentage as head coach. He led the Vikings to one of the greatest seasons in franchise history in 2017 when they finished 13-3. In the playoffs that season the Vikings beat the Saints in the divisional round thanks to the “Minneapolis Miracle,” a last-second touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs. Zimmer had a 2-3 playoff record with the Vikings.

A multi-sport athlete in high school, Zimmer earned all-conference honors in football, baseball, and wrestling at Lockport Township High School in Illinois. He enrolled at Illinois State University, but injuries plagued his playing career. 

One of Zimmer’s sons, Adam, was an assistant linebackers coach with the New Orleans Saints during their Super Bowl-winning season in 2009. 

Zimmer currently owns a hunting lodge in Northern Kentucky.


All Three Phases Matter: Examining Chiefs’ Win Over Bengals

Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer dive into the Xs and Os of the Chiefs’ win against the Bengals. Zimmer explains how the Bengals’ defensive versatility allowed them to slow Patrick Mahomes down. But penalties helped Kansas City secure the win. Even though Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins made explosive plays, the Bengals made […]


NFC Championship a Defensive Chess Match Between Eagles, 49ers

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense might just be the one to force a bad day out of 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, and the 49ers’ defense faces the challenge of slowing the Eagles’ cadre of pass-catchers. Mike Zimmer and Marvin Lewis break down the NFC Championship, and how the two teams and their talented defenses will […]


AFC Championship is Bengals’ to Lose With Ailing Mahomes

The Bengals’ pass-rush strategy is due to change because of Patrick Mahomes‘ ankle injury, and the team has had Mahomes’ and Kansas City’s number when they’ve met recently. Those are just two of the angles Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer explore during their preview of the AFC Championship Game.


Can Cowboys Ride Road Warrior Mentality to Victory over 49ers?

Former NFL head coaches Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer preview the Cowboys vs. 49ers Divisional Round matchup. Dallas is playing their fourth straight road game, and it is coming against the best scoring defense in the NFL. The 49ers will look to knock Dak Prescott back off of his game. However, the Cowboys offense, which […]


Cowboys’ Parsons Can Wreck Any Game Plan, Even Tom Brady’s

Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer discuss Micah Parsons and the impact he can have on a football game for the Cowboys, who have positioned him more on the line recently. Parsons will have his hands full with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Monday, but expect Parsons to make his presence felt.


Young, High-Powered Lions Could Be Ready to Overtake Packers

While the Green Bay Packers are a more experienced team, the Detroit Lions are young and fresh on the primetime scene. Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer wonder if hardcore coach Dan Campbell will be able to keep his young Lions players loose and able to stay in the moment.

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