Out with the old and in with the new, the Minnesota Vikings have moved on from the placid ways of fired head coach Leslie Frazier and replaced him with the fiery Mike Zimmer, the former defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, who becomes the ninth head coach in team history.
Zimmer takes over a floundering franchise that has played five games under .500 over the last decade, highlighted by the 12-win Brett Favre season of 2009 and low-lighted by three- and five-win seasons in three years under Frazier.
Zimmer comes to Minnesota as a highly regarded leader with a brilliant defensive mind, which is obviously needed for a team that gave up the most points in the NFL.
Minnesota's offense needs fixing as well, but it certainly has more pieces in place than the defense. The offense's struggles can be directly traced to the quarterback position; the Vikings passing offense has ranked an average of 27th in the league over the past four seasons.
With Zimmer being a defensive specialist, it will be incumbent on him to hire an offensive coordinator who can develop a young quarterback quickly. Minnesota has enough good players on offense to turn things around quickly, but without a quality quarterback, that won't happen.
While Zimmer comes to Minnesota as a highly respected coach who can light a fire under his team, a coach is usually only as good as his players.
Here, we look at the 10 players on the Minnesota Vikings who will have the biggest impact for the team moving forward in the Mike Zimmer era. We're obviously considering age and position as we evaluate impact. More players will be added to the mix through free agency and the draft, but we can only talk about the players who are on hand now.