The Bengals announced today several practice squad changes. They released LB Ben Jacobs and lost center Scott Wedige to the Arizona Cardinals after they signed him from the Bengals’practice squad to their active roster. The team filled those spots with OT Dan Knapp and long-snapper Bryce Davis.
Cincinnati was featured heavily today in Peter King’s weekly Monday Morning Quarterback segment. He predicted the Bengals to overtake the Steelers for the final wild card playoff spot and play at Baltimore against the Ravens in the wild card round.
The Bengals were also able to make King’s Fine Fifteen, his version of NFL power rankings, and he put the Bengals at #11:
11. Cincinnati (6-5). Won three in a row by a combined score of 93-29. At this time of the year, that qualifies as a team worthy of being in the Fine Fifteen.
After three consecutive weeks of the Bengals defense holding it’s oppents to 13 points or less while also allowing just two touchdowns in that same span, defensive coordinator Mike zimmer is suddenly rising in the NFL assistant coaching ranks, and King believes Zimmer is one of the top NFL head coaching candidates right now:
I think these sound like the top 10 NFL assistants who will get sniffs for head coaching jobs in the league next year (in order):
1. Mike McCoy, Denver offensive coordinator
2. Mike Zimmer, Cincinnati defensive coordinator
3. Vic Fangio, San Francisco defensive coordinator
4. Perry Fewell, Giants defensive coordinator
5. Dirk Koetter, Atlanta offensive coordinator
6. Dave Toub, Chicago special teams coordinator
7. Bruce Arians, Indianapolis interim head coach/offensive coordinator
8. Ray Horton, Arizona defensive coordinator
9. Kyle Shanahan, Washington offensive coordinator
10. Clyde Christensen, Indianapolis quarterbacks coach.