With Tampa Bay looking way outside the box and selecting Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to lead the Bucs, it looks like Mike Zimmer will be in Cincinnati for the 2012 season.
All together now: Whewh!
Sure the Raiders are still without a coach, but the chances that Zimmer gets that one are few, especially since he hasn’t interviewed. As much as I think we all would have felt happy for Zim had he got a chance to lead a franchise, having him return for a 5th season in Cincinnati is happy and welcomed news. The things Zimmer has been able to do with this defense are just short of miraculous, and the continuity gained in terms of scheme and leadership should serve the team well in 2012.
That said, it appears there will be some turnover on the staff. PFT reports that secondary coach Kevin Coyle is close to landing the defensive coordinator gig in Miami, working for old friend Joe Philbin. Coyle spent a decade coaching the Bengal DB’s, and the Bengals apparently granted the Dolphins permission despite turning down the same request from Philadelphia last year. Assuming Coyle gets the job, and all the tea leaves seem to suggest it, Marvin Lewis will be looking for a new secondary coach.
But that’s not all.
News around the campfires is also that linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald’s contract will not be renewed. Last year at this time word got out the Fitz wouldn’t be back, but it turned out he was brought back. This time, his departure seems more certain, especially with Lewis stating that he has one opening on his staff currently.
It will be interesting to see who Lewis brings in to fill these jobs. One name I’ll just throw out there as wild speculation is Rod Woodson. Woodson played for Lewis in Baltimore and they seem to have a mutual admiration. Woodson interned with the Bengals in 2010 and spent the 2011 season coaching the Oakland cornerbacks.