Another coach from Romeo Crennel’s coaching staff has found a new gig. This time it’s Mike Zimmer, who worked in Kansas City since 2010 and was the assistant linebackers coach last season.
Working with an impressive batch of linebackers — Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson — would be enough to get him a job, but he had a bit of advantage when interviewing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Zimmer’s father, Mike, is the Bengals defensive coordinator and now Adam’s boss. Though the elder Zimmer told the team’s official site he’ll only hold one title away from home.
“I’m not going to be ‘Dad’ at the office,” Mike Zimmer said. “It’s going to have to be ‘Coach’ or ‘Zim’ or ‘Mike,’ or whatever he wants. I told him over dinner last night. He’ll be treated just like everyone else and I’ll probably be harder on him. My dad was harder on me.”
As far as Adam is concerned, he’s just happy to be on the same staff as a guy that should be next in line for a head coaching gig in the NFL.
“I’m looking forward to working for the best in the business,” Adam Zimmer said. “I’m sure he’s going to be as hard on me as he is on everybody else. To get to work for him and learn from him is something I want to do.”
Obviously it’s not a shock that Adam landed with his father in Cincinnati, but it is a surprise that Mike is still a coordinator. It’s good for the Bengals, but still a head scratcher considering what he’s been able to do with that defense.