The Zimmer File
Born: June 5, 1956, in Peoria, Ill.
Family: Son Adam is a Bengals assistant coach; daughters Corri and Marki. Zimmer’s wife, Vikki, died of natural causes at age 50 in 2009; they had been married for 27 years. His father, Bill, was a standout player at Bradley and signed with the 49ers before a knee injury dashed his hopes. Bill was Mike’s coach in high school and is in the Illinois high school football and wrestling halls of fame.
High school: Lockport Township High School near Chicago, which is also the alma mater of former Twins player Ron Coomer and ex-Timberwolf Alando Tucker.
College: Illinois State. Zimmer played football for the Redbirds until a neck injury ended his career. He was a quarterback but was quickly converted to linebacker. After his injury, he was a student assistant on the coaching staff. He also played baseball for ISU and earned a degree in physical education in 1979.
College coaching: He started his career as an assistant at Missouri (1979-80) and also coached at Weber State (1981-88) and Washington State (1989-93).
NFL coaching: Began as an assistant with Dallas (1994-06), where he was defensive coordinator for seven seasons. Was defensive coordinator for Atlanta in 2007 and with Cincinnati from 2008-2013.
Awards: In 2009, he was named NFL assistant coach of the year by the Pro Football Writers and cbssports.com.
Super Bowl ring: Was secondary coach in 1995 for Dallas under Barry Switzer when the Cowboys beat Pittsburgh 27-17 for their last Super Bowl title.
|LA Clippers||12:00 PM|
|Golden State||5:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||5:30 PM|
|New Orleans||7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||3:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||4:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8:30 PM|
|Oregon State||2:00 PM|
|South Florida||2:00 PM|
|Michigan State||3:00 PM|
|Arizona State||7:30 PM|
|Washington St||8:30 PM|
|Virginia Tech||12:00 PM|
|(8) Louisville||12:00 PM|
|Seton Hall||12:00 PM|
|Coll of Charleston|
|(5) Maryland||12:00 PM|
|Saint Josephs||12:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||12:00 PM|
|Rhode Island||1:00 PM|
|St Bonaventure||1:00 PM|
|George Mason||1:00 PM|
|(22) George Washington|
|(12) Texas A&M||1:00 PM|
|Ole Miss||1:00 PM|
|(11) Miss State|
|Saint Peters||1:00 PM|
|(4) Notre Dame||1:00 PM|
|Stony Brook||1:00 PM|
|William & Mary|
|St Johns||1:00 PM|
|James Madison||1:00 PM|
|Illinois State||2:00 PM|
|Southern Ill||2:00 PM|
|Northern Iowa||2:00 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||2:00 PM|
|(9) Florida State||2:00 PM|
|(10) Arizona State|
|(19) Stanford||3:00 PM|
|Southern Miss||3:00 PM|
|(2) South Carolina||4:00 PM|
|Ohio State||4:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?