Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman has known defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for a long time.
Drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys, it was Zimmer who was Newman's defensive coordinator for four seasons (2003 through 2006). When Newman joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, at the behest of his former defensive coordinator, he was reunited with Zimmer. In all, the two have spent six seasons together as player and defensive coordinator.
While congratulating Jay Gruden becoming the newest head coach for the Washington Redskins -- the seventh for Daniel Snyder in 14 seasons -- Newman went on to praise Mike Zimmer.
Every coaches dream is to be a head coach. Congrats to Jay Gruden and Hue Jackson becoming Offensive Coordinator of the Bengals.— terence newman (@terencenewman) January 9, 2014
That being said, Mike Zimmer is and always will be the best option to be head coach who is not one. #truth— terence newman (@terencenewman) January 9, 2014