What would a coaching update be without a quick Mike Zimmer update? Here's a quick one. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, there was "no signs" of Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in Mobile, Alabama where practice is taking place for the annual Senior Bowl (make sure you check out Reedy's notes from the North's practice, which includes some Isaiah Pead).
The reason Zimmer isn't Dazed and Confused (think Matthew McConaughey) with the rest of the coaching staff is very simple. He remains a candidate for the vacant head coaching position in Tampa Bay.
+ Speaking of Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers are reportedly going to interview former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman for a second time, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He is one of the final candidates, but that list is currently unknown.
+ Earlier today Jason wrote that Tony Dungy "thinks" that the Colts could hire Jim Tressel -- which would close another door for a potential head coaching position for Zimmer -- though we don't think the Colts' interest in Zimmer is anything serious. However according to Stampede Blue (SB Nation's Colts blog), the Colts are not going to hire Tressel as the head coach.
Even though we think very little of Indianapolis' interest in Zimmer right now, it's still something we're going to monitor. You never know when something can change within an old man's midday nap.
+ In other coaching news. In a move that isn't that surprising, former Miami Dolphins intern head coach Todd Bowles may not be retained by Miami's new head coach Joe Philbin, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Bowles, who spent four seasons with the Dolphins the team's secondary coach, may have been a candidate for Miami's open defensive coordinator position that was vacated by Mike Nolan, who joined the Atlanta Falcons last week. That little bit is interest for Bengals fans, due to the reported interest that the Dolphins may have in Cincinnati's defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle.
+ Chip Kelly, the momentary favorite to become Tampa Bay's newest head coach, quickly declined the opportunity once reports surfaced that both sides were closing in on a deal (to stop the damage recruiting could pose if he decided to stay).
Kelly released a statement on Monday that read:
"I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' organization. I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and general manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon," Kelly said in a statement released by the school.
The sudden change forced Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik to quickly postponed his travel plans for Senior Bowl practices on Monday to "evaluate talent".