Former Vikings head coach lands analyst job with new team

(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /

Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has accepted a role to work with a former student of his as an analyst for the 2022 season.

Mike Zimmer was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2014 through the 2021 NFL season before he and the team parted ways with the purple and gold, opening him up to working with any team he desired.

All was quiet when it came to Zimmer until he was spotted at Bengals practice with his son and former Vikings co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer as well as agreed to be an analyst for an upcoming “football think tank” organization.

According to the official HBCU website, Zimmer has accepted a job with Jackson State University to work with former pupil Deion Sanders as an analyst.

Apparently, this is an offer that has been on the table for Zimmer for quite a while. Now that the opportunity is available at a time when he can actually perform the job, everything lined up well for the former Vikings coach to make the jump.

In classic Mike Zimmer form, he made a nice joke about the difference in pay between this and his past job but added some very kind words about Sanders when talking to Thee Pregame Show in a video on YouTube.

"“He’s asked me about it a few times. The pay’s not good,” Zimmer said with a grin. “But I do love Deion and I’d do anything for him.”"

Whether or not fans have fond memories of Mike Zimmer with the Minnesota Vikings, there is no denying that he has a strong football mind. His old-school style may not work with everyone, but it resulted in some very exciting seasons with the purple and gold and a lot of success with both the Bengals and the Cowboys.

Congratulations to Mike Zimmer on finding a couple of interesting jobs to take advantage of his football IQ this year and The Viking Age would like to wish him nothing but the best at Jackson State University with Deion Sanders.

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