Jul 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer coaches during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Zimmer has been working wonders for the Bengals defense since he came to Cincinnati in 2008, and is very deserving of a head-coaching job somewhere in the NFL. But for whatever reason, Zimmer has repeatedly been passed over and he doesn’t know why:
"Honestly, I don’t listen to that stuff anymore. Honest to God’s truth. I’ve had for so many years have people say, ‘This is your year.’ Then at the end of the year for about three days I’m totally depressed because I see this guy get a job, that guy get a job, that guy get a job. So it’s in my best interest not to think about it, talk about it and just try to do the best job I can because I’m like (everybody else), I get disappointed too.I always thought people wanted coaches that can coach and I think I can coach. Obviously, there’s probably some more that goes into it, but when you say what do you want in a coach? Somebody to get these guys to do what they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it. Play real hard, don’t make mistakes."
As much as I love seeing Zim firing up the defense on the sidelines on gameday, I do wish the man would get his dues and be given a chance to be a head coach in the NFL, something he clearly is striving to become.