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Continued: Zimmer comes from long line of football influences

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 18, 2014 - 12:54 AM

Assembling a staff

Various reports have Zimmer already well on his way toward assembling his coaching staff. But he had no update on the process Friday. He said the staff would be introduced once it was fully assembled. And that included any speculation on whether he would retain any current assistants.

“What I’m going to do is evaluate all the coaches that are here,” he said. “We’re going to continue to evaluate all the coaches on the outside and we’re going to make a decision on all those things collectively. I haven’t made any decision on coaches so far.”

That said, here were some ideas gleaned from his discussion on the process:

• Zimmer said he is looking for teachers, and not necessarily clones of his own personal style: “I want guys that will convey the message that I’m trying to convey. They don’t all have to be like me.”

• Just because he’s a defensive coach, he doesn’t plan on staying away from the offensive side, no matter who is hired as offensive coordinator.

• Obviously Zimmer will be heavily involved in the defense: “It’s always going to be part of my little baby because that’s kind of how I am,” he said. But he didn’t say whether he would actually call the defensive signals on game days. “If need be I will,” he said. “That’ll be a little bit of a transition and I’ll have to work through that.” Zimmer said how things go in preseason games will help determine whether he will call the defense.

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