The Minnesota Vikings hired Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their next head coach, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
Zimmer, a 20-year veteran assistant coach, spent the past five seasons as defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. His name was mentioned often during the past few years in head coaching searches before he finally landed the job with the Vikings.
Zimmer interviewed in Minnesota on Tuesday and stayed overnight as contract negotiations continued, according ESPN.com.
Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the 2013 season.
Before joining the Bengals, Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys from 2000 to 2006 and the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.
Zimmer, 57, who has never been a head coach at any level, becomes the third head coach hired since current owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005.
The Vikings were 31st in total defense last season, and Zimmer's Bengals defense was third overall.
--The Cincinnati Bengals moved quickly to choose a replacement for departed defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
According to multiple reports, the Bengals promoted linebackers coach Paul Guenther to lead the defense.
The Bengals also made the move possibly to prevent other teams from hiring Guenther, according to reports. The Vikings and the Washington Redskins, both now coached by former Bengals coordinators, were reported to be interested at Guenther.
Guenther coached linebackers the past two seasons and has worked on coach Marvin Lewis' staff since 2005.
--The Miami Dolphins named Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator.
Lazor, 41, replaces Mike Sherman, who was fired after two seasons as Miami's offensive coordinator. The Detroit Lions were reported to be close to hiring Lazor for the same position.
"Bill is an accomplished coach and will be a great addition to our coaching staff," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. "Bill has been instrumental in helping players reach their full potential, as players and people, at both the college and professional level. He also has a proven track record of success working with a wide variety of offenses."
The Dolphins also interviewed former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the job.
--The Washington Redskins announced the promotion of former tight ends coach Sean McVay to offensive coordinator on new coach Jay Gruden's staff.
The move was reported nearly a week ago and finally confirmed by the team.
The Redskins also named Brian Baker as outside linebackers coach and Ben Kotwica as special teams coach.
The 27-year-old McVay worked with Gruden while both were on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff in 2008 and also with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL in 2009 when McVay was tight ends coach and Gruden the offensive coordinator.
--New York Giants longtime tight ends coach Mike Pope will not be retained.
Pope joined the team in 2000 and is expected to be a coveted hire for teams seeking to round out their coaching staff.
In addition, running backs coach Jerald Ingram was informed he will not be retained.
The Giants hired Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator on Tuesday. McAdoo was previously tight ends coach with the Green Bay Packers.
--Tom Brady did not practice with the New England Patriots on Wednesday in preparation for the AFC Championship game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos because of illness, according to multiple reports.
ESPNBoston.com reported that Brady will be good to go for the game. He said last week that he had a cold but still took every snap in the Patriots' divisional-round playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.