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Mike Zimmer Says, Don't Call Me Dad

The Cincinnati Bengals hired Adam Zimmer on Tuesday, putting him under the tutalage of Mark Carrier and his father Mike Zimmer.

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The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Tuesday that Mike Zimmer's son, Adam, will join the coaching staff this year as the assistant defensive backs coach. My somewhat instant reaction on twitter?

As Jason pointed out on Tuesday, Zimmer The Younger spent four seasons in New Orleans as a defensive assistant and assistant linebackers coach from 2006-2009, coaching on a staff that earned a Super Bowl victory. For three seasons from 2010-12, Zimmer The Younger was an assistant linebackers coach in Kansas City, eventually released when the Chiefs fired head coach Romeo Crennel and his staff.

"Adam is a good young coach with two great experiences already in the NFL," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "He'll assist our defensive backs coach, Mark Carrier, and I'm very confident he will do a fine job."

If you were looking for something like Thom Brennaman calling his father "dad" during idle conversion, think again. One of the conditions for Zimmer The Younger is that he doesn't call call Zimmer The Elder, "dad."

"I'm not going to be 'Dad,' at the office," Mike Zimmer told "It's going to have to be 'Coach,' or 'Zim,' or 'Mike,' or whatever he wants. I told him over dinner last night. He'll be treated just like everyone else and I'll probably be harder on him. My dad was harder on me."

Adam Zimmer, who is only 29 years old, went on to talk about what he expects and hopes to learn in Cincinnati under Mark Carrier and his father Zim.

"Coaching linebackers, you have to learn the front and the defensive backs," Adam Zimmer told "I've got a good feel for how defensive backs play. I played DB in college. It is such a passing league it's a good thing for my future to learn new position groups."