One of those candidates is Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who has a very good relationship with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland from their time together in Dallas.
Glazer said the Dolphins are expected to ask permission to interview Zimmer, who has spent the past 12 years as an NFL defensive coordinator — seven with Dallas, one with Atlanta and the past four with Cincinnati. His defense ranked 15th last season and seventh this season.
But Zimmer’s defense didn’t play well Saturday in a 31-10 playoff loss to Houston, which was led by rookie quarterback T.J. Yates.
Zimmer has coached under some great NFL minds, including Barry Switzer and Bill Parcels, and has been a successful defensive coordinator since he first earned that duty in Dallas in the year 2000. He’s always been a great motivator and his complex blitz schemes get the most out of his players. In 2009, his Bengals defense ranked in the top-5 of nearly every major defensive category, despite not having a single player named to the Pro Bowl. We wish Zimmer the best of luck in whatever he chooses to do in his coaching career, which is almost certain to continue to be successful.