The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to bring back Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator, replacing Dan Quinn. Zimmer, who previously served in the same role for Dallas 18 years ago, will be rejoining the team after spending eight years as the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings. The 67-year-old coach has a history with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dating back to 1994.

By the Numbers
  • Mike Zimmer spent 14 years as a defensive coordinator before taking over the Vikings in 2014.
  • He has an overall record of 72-56-1 in the NFL, with four postseason appearances during his tenure with the Bengals and three with the Vikings.
State of Play
  • Mike Zimmer's return to the Cowboys marks his fifth time working for the team under different head coaches.
  • The Cowboys had an opening for the defensive coordinator position after Dan Quinn accepted the head coaching job in Washington.
Bottom Line

The return of Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys brings a wealth of experience and a deep history with the team, highlighting the ongoing trend of coaching reunions in the NFL.