Despite doing a great job over the past two seasons with the Cincinnati defense, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has yet to generate significant buzz as a potential head-coaching candidate for the upcoming carousel of vacancies.
But with his contract in Cincinnati set to expire after the current season, Zimmer could be in line for a lateral move — and also a healthy raise.
We’re told that Mike Shanahan has targeted Zimmer as the first choice to run the defense, if/when Shanahan resurfaces as head coach of the Redskins.
On Friday night, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora indicated that one of Mike Shanahan’s first items of business will be to hire former Broncos defensive coordinator Bob Slowik. As La Canfora explained it, Slowik has been working with Shanahan at Denver-area office space. And we’re hearing that Slowik will be a member of the Shanahan’s staff even if Shanahan lands Zimmer.
If shouldn’t be hard for the Redskins to succeed, given that owner Daniel Snyder previously has paid big money to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. In early 2006, Williams inked a three-year, $8 million extension to remain with the Redskins.
So it might be a good idea for the Bengals to redouble their efforts to get Zimmer signed for 2010 and beyond. In November, Zimmer told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com that the team has approached Zimmer regarding a contract extension, but that “nothing came to fruition.”
Possible translation? “I got lowballed.”
That’s a term that doesn’t exist in the Redskins’ official dictionary. And one thing of which we’re certain is that, if Mike Shanahan is the head coach of the Redskins, he’ll have a virtually unlimited budget to hire the lieutenants he desires.