Prisco: Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer Could Soon be a Head Coach

Head coaches in the NFL know that they're never safe. Even guys like Bill Belichick know that they could be on the street if they stop having success for an extended period of time. The position of head coach in the NFL is more of a revolving door than any other.

Because of that, Owners and general managers are always on a constant lookout for talent around the league and from outside the league. CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco has 10 potential candidates of possible future NFL head coaches, and on that list is Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Mike Zimmer, defensive coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals: At some point, he will get his chance to be a head coach. Zimmer has been close, but never quite got the job. He is one of the better defensive coaches in the league. There was some talk that he was the Cowboys coach in waiting, but that turned out to be Jason Garrett. The Bengals were fourth in total defense in 2009, but slipped to 15th last season in part because of injuries. Zimmer should get them back on track this season. If he does, he will get in the mix again.

Zimmer signed a three-year contract extension with the Bengals that keeps him on the staff through 2012. Many thought that Zimmer would be in line to be the Bengals next head coach before it was announced that Marvin Lewis would be coming back.

In his three years with the Bengals, his defense has averaged a tenth ranked defense, his best year being 2009 when they were ranked at No. 4 and his worst year was 2010 when they were ranked at No. 15.

If Marvin Lewis can't bring the Bengals back to where Mike Brown wants them, he could be shown the door within the next season or two and Zimmer could be handed the reins. Zimmer could also be lured by another team who has decided that they want a new head coach. Either way, I believe it's a safe assumption that he won't be the Bengals defensive coordinator forever. Coaches like that don't stay in a assistant role for long.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker