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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have moved into the home stretch of their search for a head coach and Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer has emerged as a favourite.

John Wooten, the executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said in a phone interview on Monday Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told him last week the team's plan was to contact finalists for the job by today. According to an NFL Network report on Saturday, Zimmer was scheduled to travel to Minnesota on Monday and meet with Vikings officials for a second interview today.

The alliance, based in Washington, is designed to promote candidate development for coaching, front office and scouting jobs in the NFL. The FPA's strategic efforts include advocacy for and marketing of the hiring and promotion of minorities among NFL teams, and one of Wooten's proteges is Arizona defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles, another strong candidate for Minnesota.

Bowles spoke with Spielman in Arizona last week, and Wooten said Spielman told him the interview went well.

"He was thoroughly, thoroughly impressed. That's the way I would describe it," Wooten said.

Wooten said on Monday afternoon that he had not yet heard from Spielman about a second interview for Bowles.

The Vikings began the week one of four teams left without a head coach, joining Cleveland, Detroit and Tennessee.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 14, 2014 C8

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