Call me crazy, but I’m starting to look at defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in the same way a parent looks at their child before they leave home for college. You don’t want to see them go, but you know they have to leave in order to move on up in the world and in their career field, and Zimmer is facing the same issue. He’s been an integral part in helping the Bengals get to the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, and losing him could be devastating to the future success of a franchise that’s made the postseason just four times in the past two decades.
But he deserves as much as anyone currently associated with the NFL to become a head coach. Yet year after year, he’s been passed over and denied his dream of being the head honcho of an NFL club.