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Vikings hire Cincy assistant as coach

Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings hired Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to be their new coach, making the announcement via Twitter late Wednesday.

"I'm extremely excited to bring a championship to the state of Minnesota and to the great fan base of the Vikings," Zimmer said in a video posted on the team's Twitter account. "I can't wait to get to work."

Multiple media outlets reported the hiring Wednesday afternoon. However, no announcement was made as a deal was not finalized.

Zimmer, 57, who replaces the fired Leslie Frazier, has been a defensive coordinator for the past 14 seasons, six with the Bengals. This season, Cincinnati was third in the league in total defense and fifth in scoring.

More Vikings: The team got permission to interview Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the same position, espn.com reported.

Browns email: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who fired coach Rob Chudzinski a few hours after the season ended, emailed season-ticket holders asking them to be patient as the team seeks a replacement. "We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach," Haslam wrote. "We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision," Cleveland reportedly has targeted Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, but he declined to interview until after Denver's season ends.

Dungy-Lions: Before talking to Tony Dungy about hiring Jim Caldwell as coach, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew asked about the ex-Bucs coach's interest. "He said, 'I got to start this off. Are you interested at all?' " Dungy said. "And I said, 'No, Martin, I'm not.' And then … we were able to talk about what we needed to talk about." Caldwell worked under and succeeded Dungy in Indianapolis.

Dolphins: Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was hired as offensive coordinator.

Giants: Mike Pope, tight ends coach since 2000, and Jerald Ingram, running backs coach since 2004, were fired.

Lions: Receiver Calvin Johnson had surgeries on his knee and finger last week, the team said. Details weren't disclosed, but the team said he will be ready for offseason workouts.

Redskins: Sean McVay, a holdover from Mike Shanahan's staff, was promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator. But new coach Jay Gruden will call the plays.

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