Mike Zimmer is the Minnesota Vikings top candidate... for now

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is being named as the top candidate for the Minnesota Vikings. If that's the case, why isn't he hired yet? We have a theory.

In case you're living far away from society or have absolutely no concept of searching for answers on the internet, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer remains the top candidate for the vacant head coaching position in Minnesota, Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer is reporting on Sunday.

He was mentioned as an emerging finalist last week for the Vikings, and is the only confirmed candidate that will be undergoing a second interview next week. Arizona Cardinals Todd Bowles was reportedly a finalist, but there are no confirmed reports of a second interview.

If that's the case, then why haven't they hired Zimmer by now? They're "still interviewing guys", tweets Jay Glazer.

However, "still interviewing guys" could be translated into waiting for San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. It's believed that the Vikings are extremely interested in Roman, who has had a hand in developing quarterback Colin Kaepernick, helped get Alex Smith on track before his departure for Kansas City and Andrew Luck at Stanford.

Roman interviewed with the Vikings on Saturday.

Out of fear of losing one of their top candidates, the Vikings may pull the trigger on Zimmer during the second interview early next week if the 49ers advance to the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks.

So while it appears that Zimmer is headed to Minnesota, there are a handful of factors that would prevent it from happening.

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