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Continued: Mike Zimmer: The right fit for the Vikings

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 19, 2014 - 6:26 PM

“All of us felt the same way Mike did, but you have to be careful,” Jackson said. “He and I talked about things that happened when I was head coach with the Raiders. There are just things you don’t need to say.”

Advice from Parcells

Zimmer worked as defensive coordinator under Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells for four seasons in Dallas. Parcells was a mentor who was always telling Zimmer to “take out a pen and write this down.” Zimmer said he’ll be visiting with Parcells soon to seek more advice.

“I wasn’t trying to shape his personality to mine because I don’t believe in that,” Parcells said. “I did, however, try to make him aware of things I knew he was going to have to deal with that he probably hadn’t thought about.

“As for [the Petrino incident], I have no thoughts on that. But Mike is forthright, candid guy. That’s good. But you occasionally have to pick your spots because that can cause problems. But if I know Mike, he won’t have any problems doing the right thing.”

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