Year after year, the NFL sees a number of assistants worthy enough to land head coaching jobs when they become available during the offseason. However, the argument can be made that no assistant has been more ready to take over a head coaching position than Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals–which is why the Cleveland Browns appear to be taking advantage of the opportunity to interview the defensive coordinator.
Zimmer has been heavily praised for the way he’s run the defense in Cincinnati over the last couple of years and it seems like only a matter of time before he does in fact receive a head coaching offer from another team in the league. Cleveland is coming off another disappointing season in 2012 after finishing with a 5-11 record–which led to the firing of Pat Shurmur shortly after their regular-season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s still too early to determine where Zimmer stands considering the Browns have a few other candidates they’re interested in bringing on board for the 2013 season, but this would be the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone from Cleveland’s perspective. Not only would they land a great head coach in Zimmer, but this would be the perfect way to stick it to their division rivals as well considering how valuable he’s been to the Bengals’ defense over the last couple of years.
As for the Bengals, this would obviously be the last thing they would want to see happen considering they’re aware of what he’s capable of as a defensive coordinator and would hate to have to face him twice each season as a head coach.
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