Until recently Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was probably the most talented assistant coach in the NFL to be consistently overlooked for a head coach position. Unfortunately for Bengals fans, that has changed rather quickly as yesterday the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers both showed interest in bringing Zimmer on board.
First came the news that Mike Zimmer would be interviewing in Cleveland for the Browns opening, and then just yesterday Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune indicated the San Diego Chargers are interested as well.
Mike Zimmer has led the Cincinnati Bengals defense since 2008 with significant success. In the 2011 regular season the Bengals total defense ranked seventh overall in the NFL and in this past year, it moved up a spot to sixth overall. While the Bengals offense has seen some bright spots, there have been some dismal games as well. It has been the Zimmer led Bengals’ defense that has consistently stepped up and regularly put points on the board when the offense has faltered.
The thought of losing Mike Zimmer is upsetting to fans of the Cincinnati Bengals as they are well aware of the advantage they have with him on the sideline. However considering the success he has brought to the team, it seems only fair that his name is in the mix for a promotion. Mike Zimmer is a coach who knows how to get players do what needs to be done.