Let’s go further back with Zimmer. He was the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys for six years and went to the playoffs two times. They all ended with early exits as well, so Zimmer has never won a playoff game as a coordinator. In those games, the lowest amount of yards his team gave up was 332, but his defense recorded two turnovers and a sack; but that’s not that impressive when looking at the big picture.
In Zimmer’s five playoff games, his defense has given up 21 or more points in four out of five games, recorded merely four sacks combined, and has only three turnovers. Along with giving up at least 350 yards in three of those five games, and gave up 380 yards or more in two of those three games.
For some reason, this has been ignored by many Bengal fans because of his success during the regular season. Zimmer is an amazing coordinator and has done so much for the Bengals, but he has to do better in the playoffs. This team will go as far as Zimmer’s defense will take them, so they must show up in the playoffs if the Bengals want to hoist that Lombardi trophy.
This year, it appears all the pieces are there; even with major injuries to key players. Zimmer has done extremely well with the circumstances surronding his defense, so there’s a good chance he may finally get his first playoff win as a coordinator.
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