CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer argues with head linesman Kent Payne #79 during an NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Colts won 17-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Who didn't see this coming?
According to ProFootballTalk.com, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is one of the candidates to be the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, who fired Tony Sparano in early December. They originally contacted former head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Jeff Fisher, but it appears that Fisher is going to take the St. Louis Rams job.
Now that the Dolphins believe that Fisher is off the market, they are turning to other candidates.
Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Dolphins, sensing Fisher will pick the Rams, are now moving on to other candidates. Per Glazer, the candidates include Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey (pictured), Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and Packers offensive coorinator Joe Philbin.
There are already rumor circling that Jay Gruden, the Bengals offensive coordinator, may interview for the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach position and there appears to be a chance that Cincinnati could lose both coordinators after they went to the playoffs in 2011.
This will be something that we'll be keeping our eye on so stay tuned for updates.