Mike Zimmer continues to be floated as option for former team

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /

Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer could be in the running to take over as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator if Dan Quinn leaves.

Despite the struggles that the Minnesota Vikings displayed out on the field during the last two seasons, former head coach Mike Zimmer is still viewed as a top defensive mind around the NFL.

So it’s no surprise that his name continues to be brought up when there is a discussion about a possible defensive coordinator opening.

One team, in particular, keeps being mentioned as a potential landing spot for Zimmer this year if he still has an interest in coaching in the league next season.

Could the Dallas Cowboys be interested in former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer?

For several of the current head-coaching openings around the NFL, current Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has been brought in for an interview. In fact, the Vikings conducted their own interview with Quinn on Wednesday.

Many are expecting Quinn to land one of the multiple head-coaching jobs that he has interviewed for, and if he does, then the Cowboys are going to need a new defensive coordinator for the 2022 season.

Unsurprisingly, Zimmer is someone that people think could take over as the Dallas defensive coordinator if Quinn leaves, including ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Archer cited “a long history with the [Jones family],” and the fact that current Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has “long respected,” the work Zimmer has been able to do during his coaching career.

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