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Zimmer to Miami picking up steam

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Although Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin could be available to be hired by the Dolphins fairly soon, there’s increasing chatter in league circles that the Dolphins are presently leaning toward Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

The move would reunite Zimmer and Miami G.M. Jeff Ireland, who spent six seasons together from 2001 through 2006 as employees of the Cowboys.

Zimmer, 55, has spent four seasons with the Bengals.  The organization rallied around Zimmer in 2009, when his wife, Vikki, suddenly died.

The Bengals feared losing both Zimmer and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden after an unlikely playoff berth in 2011.  Gruden has opted to stay.  It would actually hurt a little less for Zimmer to go, given that head coach Marvin Lewis was a defensive coordinator before taking over the team in 2003.

Zimmer also is a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy in Tampa.

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49 Responses to “Zimmer to Miami picking up steam”
  1. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 15, 2012 7:25 PM

    Zimmer deserves a shot.

  2. mcjon22 says: Jan 15, 2012 7:26 PM

    Wow, the Dolphins might actually be making an intelegent move for a change.

  3. FinFan68 says: Jan 15, 2012 7:27 PM

    Good guy but Miami needs an offensive minded coach…as long as they keep Nolan. Or, hire Bowles and keep the continuity

  4. sungateman says: Jan 15, 2012 7:27 PM

    Come on Mike…step aside and let Marvin become GM, and Zim be the Head Coach. Makes sense to me!!!!!!

  5. bungalsfan101 says: Jan 15, 2012 7:30 PM

    zimmer if you leave thanks for the turn-a-round on defense

  6. lbijake says: Jan 15, 2012 7:32 PM

    Remember him from his days at Lockport High. Good player, good coach, better man.

  7. vanmorrissey says: Jan 15, 2012 7:33 PM

    Zimmer would be great, give the man the shot.

  8. kazkal says: Jan 15, 2012 7:35 PM

    If they land Zimmer then Ireland might not be complete Dunce…Zimmer will make a great head coach he is Fiery and Passionate and his players will love him…

    They just need a good OC to go with him,Hue jackson maybe?

  9. push4souls says: Jan 15, 2012 7:37 PM

    This should have been the coach for the Cowboys before Parcells took over…

    Great Coach, was last to coach the 4-3 in Dallas, I believe he took a rag tag group to #1 total defense in the NFL the year before Parcells took over…

    He will be successful.

  10. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jan 15, 2012 7:43 PM

    Congrats Miami. He’s a good coach. Had our defense in the top 10 twice in 4 years. 12th in his first year. Hope we can hire Spags or Del Rio if we lose him.

  11. dolphins4 says: Jan 15, 2012 7:44 PM

    If the Dolphins hire him they’ll be bad 3 more years.If you want to win hire somebody from a winner not the lowly Bungals.This organization used to be one of the NFLs best now they’re the NFLs laughing stock thanks to Ross and Ireland.

  12. cmr123 says: Jan 15, 2012 7:45 PM

    Why hire him and not give Matt Millen a shot.

    He deserves one.

  13. xpensivewinos says: Jan 15, 2012 7:50 PM

    No problem with Zimmer (much rather have him than Fisher), but if they go with a defensive coach, what is it about Nolan that they don’t like? Nolan has been the only consistently decent thing Miami has had for the past couple of years.

    This is Ireland’s guy, so I can’t help but be a bit skeptical…….

  14. paleandpasty says: Jan 15, 2012 7:52 PM

    I dont know much about zimmer but from the reviews i will be happy to have him as a coach.

  15. t8ertot says: Jan 15, 2012 7:53 PM

    Please don’t go Zim!!

  16. kane337 says: Jan 15, 2012 7:58 PM

    Zimmer would be a good hire. Do it Dolphins!

  17. mwcarolina says: Jan 15, 2012 8:00 PM

    If the Dolphins hire him they’ll be bad 3 more years.If you want to win hire somebody from a winner not the lowly Bungals.
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    hate to break this to you, but Zimmer wasnt JUST a Bengals defensive coordinator. Before the Bengals, he was a Cowboy defensive coordinator. he’s a great defensive coach who can run both a 4-3 and a 3-4. i would hire him if i were miami, just get him an OC, Hue Jackson would be a HUGE pickup.

  18. biggiep says: Jan 15, 2012 8:06 PM

    Miami doesn’t have a quarterback, and you want Nolan to be your HC? Coming from a Niners fan in the same situation from 2005-2008 you don’t want that.

  19. gonzolo4 says: Jan 15, 2012 8:11 PM

    I’ll take Zimmer as the coach for MYami Dolphins, I know everyone wants the offensive genius from GB. But with his recent tragedy, will he even have the desire to coach, or will he take a head coaching job to “Keep his mind off of things”. Remember the last offensive guy we took was Cam Cameron (thanks for Ted Ginn Jr.) from SD, how did that turn out again?

  20. thejotapee says: Jan 15, 2012 8:12 PM

    Would love to have him as our HC. I’m sure he’ll be able to put a quality staff together. If he can get an offensive coordinator like Todd Haley or Hue Jackson then we’re set. Now all we need is a Quarterback!

  21. cantonbound13 says: Jan 15, 2012 8:24 PM

    A coach is only as good as his players & unfortunately Zimmer has Ireland picking his players.

  22. robdolphins says: Jan 15, 2012 8:29 PM

    Lets not put Zimmer in Miami just yet…Not that this great site has ever been wrong, but just saying…..

  23. spfripp says: Jan 15, 2012 9:09 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Jan 15, 2012 7:27 PM

    Good guy but Miami needs an offensive minded coach…as long as they keep Nolan. Or, hire Bowles and keep the continuity

    ___________________________________

    I disagree. For one Miami will likely lose Mike Nolan. The other thing is that just because someone was a OC or a DC it will translate to the team he becomes a HC for. Dungy was a DC and Indy was always know for their offense, Lovie Smith was an OC and the Bears are better know for their Defense.

  24. dolphinsfan69 says: Jan 15, 2012 9:16 PM

    I think Mike Zimmer would be a great head coach for us! But Miami would have to get a good OC like Todd Haley or Hue Jackson.. I would prefer Haley… But even tho Zimmer is a defensive coach I would still bring in a guy like Spags or Del Rio or even keep Nolan to help steer the D… But I will still miss coach Sparano I think he should still be our coach and the players played hard for him and loved him! Ireland did him wrong..

  25. johnnyb1976 says: Jan 15, 2012 9:22 PM

    Dolphins4

    Lowly bengals? Just what have the fish done since Marino left? I’ll answer it NOTHING. When your team goes to the playoffs with a QB other than Marino then you can actually post on here again…. IDIOT!!!!!

  26. hiddeneye13 says: Jan 15, 2012 9:24 PM

    I like Zimmer but again the Dallas connection. Ross wants a young Don Shula how about just hiring Don Shula.

  27. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 15, 2012 9:24 PM

    Don’t worry Bengals and Dolphins….

    The Bucs are more likely to higher Dom Zimmer than someone capable like Mike.

  28. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 15, 2012 9:26 PM

    gonzolo4 says: Jan 15, 2012 8:11 PM

    I’ll take Zimmer as the coach for MYami Dolphins, I know everyone wants the offensive genius from GB. But with his recent tragedy, will he even have the desire to coach, or will he take a head coaching job to “Keep his mind off of things”.

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    Well….Dungy won a Super Bowl 2 years after his son killed himself so…..maybe that’s not a great argument against the guy.

  29. demoderbyme says: Jan 15, 2012 9:31 PM

    Hate to see zimmer go but he definitely deserves it he gets the most out of everybody on defense I imagine he would get the most out of an entire team.

  30. beeronthefridge says: Jan 15, 2012 10:05 PM

    Zimmer, who was associated with Parcells, is another boring 3 yards and a cloud of boredom coach.

    Furthermore, at 55 he is too old.

    Dolphins cannot get out of the quicksand!

  31. 1fast84 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:36 PM

    I think zimmer is the only reason the bengals defense is as good as it has been. I fear If bengals lose him we may see the real defense which will probably be horrible

  32. gonzolo4 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:47 PM

    Jan 15, 2012 9:26 PM
    gonzolo4 says: Jan 15, 2012 8:11 PM

    I’ll take Zimmer as the coach for MYami Dolphins, I know everyone wants the offensive genius from GB. But with his recent tragedy, will he even have the desire to coach, or will he take a head coaching job to “Keep his mind off of things”.

    —————————————-

    Well….Dungy won a Super Bowl 2 years after his son killed himself so…..maybe that’s not a great argument against the guy.

    Dungy also had Manning at QB, elite WR’s, and was playing against Rex Grossman. All much favorable compared to what Miami has going for itself. Besides, as a parent I think it would a bit easier to come to terms with a suicide as oppose to a murder of a child. With the killer or killers still at large without any convictions.

  33. wfbbogota1975 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:49 PM

    Ireland has it in his contract – he can only pick up Dallas free agents, hire former Dallas coaches and even only ask stupid questions to draftees that end up going to Dallas (Dez Bryant). THIS GUY LOVES THE COWBOYS!!

  34. dolphincult says: Jan 15, 2012 11:51 PM

    zimmer aint hired yet. lets not get carried away.I like the idea………….

  35. nardointhenati says: Jan 15, 2012 11:54 PM

    Mike Brown, keep Zimmer at all costs!!!!!

  36. mrnickles says: Jan 15, 2012 11:58 PM

    mcjon22 says: Jan 15, 2012 7:26 PM

    Wow, the Dolphins might actually be making an intelegent move for a change.

    _____________________________

    Speaking of “intelligent moves”

  37. sclazo says: Jan 16, 2012 12:25 AM

    johnnyb1976 says:Jan 15, 2012 9:22 PM

    Dolphins4

    Lowly bengals? Just what have the fish done since Marino left? I’ll answer it NOTHING. When your team goes to the playoffs with a QB other than Marino then you can actually post on here again…. IDIOT!!!!!

    Fiedler and Pennington. Two in fact so who is the idiot now?

  38. txfinfan says: Jan 16, 2012 12:40 AM

    If Ireland hires Zimmer I might take back SOME of the things I said about him. Only way I’d say go with Philbin is if it somehows works towards getting Flynn to come along with him. I have a horrible feeling that if Ireland drafts another lineman in the first round something “terrible” is going to happen…just saying

  39. brenenostler says: Jan 16, 2012 12:52 AM

    Zimmer will get the job. I’m calling it.

  40. cornersss says: Jan 16, 2012 2:15 AM

    “Had our defense in the top 10 twice in 4 years”

    Miami already did this with nolan, the last 2 seasons. In fact we were #3 in rushing defense in nfl.

  41. cornersss says: Jan 16, 2012 2:16 AM

    im just not sure why we would go with a def minded coach. We just spent the last decade and a half under mostly def minded coaches. Points on offense is the problem,points in clutch,winning 4th quarter games

  42. ruggerlad says: Jan 16, 2012 2:17 AM

    The D is set don’t fix what aint broke! Nolan needs to lead this 3-4 D. 5 years after starting to change the roster to siut the 3-4 Zimmer will want to go 4-3. Leave Bowles or get Philbin and Flynn or get Chip Kelly and Robert Griffin. But keep Nolan!
    Why have the Phins not been trying to retain Nolan?

  43. finsmakemecry says: Jan 16, 2012 7:19 AM

    All this preference for offensive background for the next coach is overrated IMO.

    Doesn’t it matter as much, if not more who the OC is? A good HC manages the whole game and delegates coordinating and play calling to his coordinators. I also think it will matter who they get as the QB coach since Matt Moore has shown enough to get the start in 2012, barring signing Flynn or some other FA QB. The QB coach will also be responsible to helping whatever QB is drafted (their better be one).

    I only know what I’ve read, but Zimmer seems like a solid choice. Maybe not sexy, but Mike McCarthy and Mike Tomlin were not sexy picks either.

  44. bunjy96 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:14 AM

    spfripp says: Jan 15, 2012 9:09 PM

    I disagree. For one Miami will likely lose Mike Nolan. The other thing is that just because someone was a OC or a DC it will translate to the team he becomes a HC for. Dungy was a DC and Indy was always know for their offense, Lovie Smith was an OC and the Bears are better know for their Defense.

    ***

    Where was Lovie Smith ever connected to the offense?

    Didn’t Dungy have someone named Manning?

  45. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 16, 2012 8:17 AM

    Zimmer is a good move, better option than Fisher IMO.

  46. miamike says: Jan 16, 2012 9:15 AM

    YAY!!!!!! Another Dallas connection!!!!!!!! (sarcasm)

  47. finsmakemecry says: Jan 16, 2012 11:16 AM

    Yes, Zimmer and Ireland were in Dallas at some point together, but Zimmer was there before Parcells and was successful DC. He then adapted to 3-4 b/c that’s what Parcells wanted, and he made it work.

    Zimmer appears to be a coach with self made credentials, and if he were to get the job in Miami, he would have earned it on what he has done in this league, not who he knows.

    Where I believe the Ireland connection helps is that each man would know what they are getting themselves into with the hire. Ireland knows what Zimmer is like in the locker room and how he motivates players, and Zimmer knows what Ireland likes in players and what type of players he drafts. What we don’t know is whether Ireland prefers to draft 3-4 talent, or he just did that b/c that’s what his mentor Parcells wanted.

  48. spfripp says: Jan 16, 2012 1:48 PM

    bunjy96 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 8:14 AM
    spfripp says: Jan 15, 2012 9:09 PM

    I disagree. For one Miami will likely lose Mike Nolan. The other thing is that just because someone was a OC or a DC it will translate to the team he becomes a HC for. Dungy was a DC and Indy was always know for their offense, Lovie Smith was an OC and the Bears are better know for their Defense.

    ***

    Where was Lovie Smith ever connected to the offense?

    Didn’t Dungy have someone named Manning?

    _________________________________

    Lovie Smith was the OC for the Rams back when they were “the greatest show on earth” and as for Dungy, that is exactly my point. Dungy was a DC yet the Colts defense was never really top notch. Anyone that knows the Colts knows that that defense thrived when the Colts were ahead and the other team was placed in predictable situations. So if Miami should hire an OC there is nothing that says he is going to help Miami’s offense get better. It is like how you pointed out with Manning that it is where the talent is. Miami should hire the best coach available.

  49. bengalblogger says: Jan 16, 2012 2:20 PM

    No, Mike Martz was the OC of the “Greatest Show on Turf.” Smith was an assistant in Tampa who became the Rams DEFENSIVE Coordinator before moving on to coach the Bears.

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