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Mike Zimmer nearly withdrew name from Vikings' job

Mike Zimmer waited a long time to get his first NFL head-coaching opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings.

After he lost out on yet another job in early January, Zimmer almost walked away from the entire coaching-search process.

"I almost didn't go (on the second interview with Minnesota), yeah. I was so disappointed," Zimmer told Fox Sports at Saturday's NFL career-development symposium. "It was like, 'Why even do this?' It was to that point. I figured I was getting too old. I thought, 'Forget this.' "

Zimmer didn't reveal which organization passed on him, but it was likely the Titans' hiring of Ken Whisenhunt that sent him into a temporary malaise. As one of the NFL's top assistants for the past decade and a half, Zimmer had grown understandably bitter after a half-dozen turns as a coaching bridesmaid.

Closing in on age 60, and established as one of the game's brightest defensive minds, Zimmer's Minnesota fate is resting on the shoulders of a 21-year-old quarterback.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" breaks down the news and examines developments from the first week of OTAs.

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