Latest Mike Zimmer News

Jaguars beat Vikings 14-10 in defense-dominated exhibition

Aug. 18, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota and Jacksonville had the top two defenses in the NFL last season, a major reason why the Vikings and Jaguars reached their respective conference championship games. Two joint practices and one exhibition game produced yet more evidence of the exceptional skill and sound scheme...

Defenses steal the show in Jaguars-Vikings practices

Aug. 16, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Jacksonville and Minnesota each fell one game short of the Super Bowl last season, and they had another important trait in common, too. Dominant defense. The Vikings finished first in the NFL last season with both the fewest yards and points allowed, and that didn't go unnoticed by the...

Keep it clean: Jaguars, Vikings convene for joint practices

Aug. 15, 2018 9:01 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After the coaching staffs for Jacksonville and Minnesota met the night before, a group of 12 trusted players from both the Jaguars and Vikings convened before the two teams took the field for their first joint practice. The goal of the gatherings could be boiled down to this: No...

Vikings, Diggs reach deal on 5-year extension

Jul. 31, 2018 8:58 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have secured yet another core player with a long-term contract, signing wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a five-year extension and moving the star of the "Minneapolis Miracle" pass into the NFL's top 10 highest-paid players at his position. Diggs has yet to post a...

Vikings o-linemen vow to carry Sparano's legacy forward

Jul. 28, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As the Minnesota Vikings conducted their first full-team practice of training camp, the offensive linemen, once again, found themselves in the spotlight. The center of attention is precisely where these players would prefer not to be, and their position coach's sudden death was about...

Saddened Vikings start camp, with Sparano dearly missed

Jul. 25, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The football field was Tony Sparano's element, just like the coaching peers he left behind. Walking in the freshly cut, bright green grass on Wednesday while directing the Minnesota Vikings through their first practice of training camp was, naturally, the best place for Mike Zimmer to...

Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano dies at 56

Jul. 22, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tony Sparano once beat Bill Belichick with the single wing, but wasn't as old as that made him sound. Sparano was only 56 when he died unexpectedly Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings announced his death in a statement that did not provide a cause. He had been the Vikings' offensive line coach since...

Vikings agree on contract extension with DE Danielle Hunter

Jun. 27, 2018 4:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with Danielle Hunter, making him one of the top 10 highest-paid defensive ends in the NFL while securing another core player before he could reach free agency. The deal, which was done on Wednesday, is worth up...