The relationship between the Cincinnati Bengals and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has all the earmarks of coming to a close. Zimmer has not received any offers to become a head coach, but he has been courting other teams.
He flirted with the Miami Dolphins, and who can blame him? The Dolphins have a motivated running back in Reggie Bush, two solid wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess and decent defensive pieces like Karlos Dansby and Vontae Davis that he can mold to his own liking.
Zimmer is still having a casual relationship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after interviewing for their vacant head coaching gig, and now the Colts are on the market and ready to mingle with head coaching candidates.
Even if Zimmer is not hired as a head coach, with all of the coaching regime changes in the NFL, Zimmer could be considered for defensive coordinator positions around the league.
But there are two sides to every relationship. If Zimmer leaves, what’s next for the Bengals? Where do they go after their greatest coaching love affair since Sam Wyche? Match.com?
If Zimmer leaves the Bengals to take a head coaching job, the team will not have much time to weep, wallow in their heartbreak and watch The Notebook; the clock is ticking and the team cannot afford to let all the good ones get taken.
Here are five coaches the Bengals could hire as defensive coordinator if Zimmer leaves the team.