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Vikings players buy into Zimmer's credentials

Mike Zimmer (USA TODAY)

The Vikings are rebuilding their defense with younger players that are eager to prove themselves to head coach Mike Zimmer. His reputation and past successes are big selling points.

Mike Zimmer is both the director and the recruiter. As the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings rebuilds a defense that finished last in points, he wants players that have different characteristics than the previous defense under former head Leslie Frazier. In addition to the money they are getting, two of the biggest signings on defense – nose tackle Linval Joseph and defensive end Everson...

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