Michael Rand started RandBall with hopes that he could convince the world to love jumpsuits as much as he does. So far, he's only succeeded in using the word "redacted" a lot. He welcomes suggestions, news tips, links of pure genius, and pictures of pets in Halloween costumes here, though he already knows he will regret that last part.

Follow Randball on Twitter

Instant reaction: What's not to like about the Vikings' Mike Zimmer hire?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: January 15, 2014 - 10:44 AM

For all of the pain and misery that can accompany a coaching search, the Vikings' process seemed quite orderly and predictable -- in a good way.

Rick Spielman said the organization was going to cast a wide net, and by all accounts the Vikings did. He said they would be patient, and they were the second-to-last team to decide on a coach. Once news of finalists started to emerge last week, it was presumed a coach could be named around the middle of this week.

And here we are, on Wednesday, with news that Mike Zimmer will be the ninth head coach in franchise history.

Much has already been written about Zimmer, who seemed to be a front-runner for the job almost from the start. He's fiery. He's had defensive success. He's dealt with personal tragedy in a very human way.

Is there risk with this hire? Of course. He's 57 and he's never been a head coach. Nobody really knows how he will react when he gets into the top spot.

That said, we certainly see it as risk-reward. Zimmer appears to have the framework that will make him a successful head coach. Now he needs to hire a great offensive coordinator. Then the Vikings need to find a quarterback of the future.

Those are next steps. This is the first step, and it sure looks like a good one.

ADVERTISEMENT

San Diego - J. Lane 11:10 AM
Atlanta - E. Santana
Washington - J. Zimmermann 6:10 PM
Miami - N. Eovaldi
Philadelphia - A. Burnett 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi
Toronto - R. Dickey 6:10 PM
Boston - C. Buchholz
Arizona - C. Anderson 6:10 PM
Cincinnati - H. Bailey
Colorado - Y. Flande 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada
NY Yankees - D. Phelps 7:05 PM
Texas - Y. Darvish
Oakland - J. Chavez 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Oberholtzer
Pittsburgh - V. Worley 9:15 PM
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Seattle
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 23 FINAL
Brt Columbia 6
Ottawa 23 FINAL
Hamilton 33
Toronto 9 FINAL
Saskatchewan 37
Indiana 9:30 PM
Los Angeles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Should the Twins replace Ron Gardenhire?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT