2013 Cincinnati Bengals Season Grades: Special Teams and Coaches

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) hugs defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Coordinator: A

This had to be one of Zimmer’s best performances. Sure, it may have been his most talented group, but he only had that group for 6-7 games. Zimmer’s ability to keep the defense playing at a top 5 level despite losing the top DT in the NFL and their top corner back was impressive.

Every time they lost a player (even Atkins) it seemed like they didn’t even lose a step. That can be attributed to Zimmer and his hard-nosed attitude – and that is what the Bengals will be missing with Zimmer in Minnesota.

Hopefully Guenther can keep this attitude going.


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