The Wilf brothers Zygi and Mark, owners of the Vikings, have been longtime fans of Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. In fact, there were rumors a few years back that the Vikings were interested in hiring Parcells as coach.

So the Wilfs should be happy that Parcells and new coach Mike Zimmer remain close after he worked for Parcells for four years as his defensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys.

In fact, a couple of days ago Parcells sent Zimmer a text message saying to trust his own eyes; to make sure that everyone knows he is the head coach; and to be fair but firm.

“I guess that was it,” Zimmer said. “I learned a lot about football from him, a lot about life. He really taught me a lot of things about being a head coach. Every day [in Dallas] he would walk into my office and say, ‘Write this down. When you’re a head coach remember this.’ I really respect him.”

How nice is it to have a coach like Parcells as a confidant?

“He’s a great adviser,” Zimmer said. “I’ve talked to him several times over the course since I’ve got the job, and obviously prior. Any time I have a question, I’ll call him.”