Jul 29, 2012 6:56 PM by Kyle Scott
Mike Zimmer is entering his fifth season as the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator. And it appears he will be in Cincinnati even longer -- Zimmer signed a contract extension through 2014 earlier this week.
Zimmer has fielded a top 15 defense in each of his seasons as defensive coordinator in Cincinnati. The year before he took over the defense (2007), the Bengals ranked 27th in the league.
That type of turnaround and consistency has also put Zimmer's name in head coaching discussions.
"Honestly, I thought I'd be a head coach by now." Zimmer admitted.
He's held the defensive coordinator title since 1994. Zimmer was with the Dallas Cowboys from 1994 to 2006, then spent the 2007 season with the Atlanta Falcons.
"I would like to be one," Zimmer said regarding being a head coach, "I'm not obsessed with it, but I want to be the one holding the Super Bowl trophy."
If nothing else, Zimmer just wants to see if he can do the job. He realizes that not every assistant coach is cut out to be a head coach.
Marvin Lewis was once in Zimmer's shoes. Lewis was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins before coming to Cincinnati. His record as head coach is 69-77-1.
However, the man Lewis replaced didn't do as well. Dick LeBeau was the head coach for three seasons in Cincinnati. His overall record as a head coach is 12-33, which includes a 2-14 season -- worst in franchise history. LeBeau went back to coaching the defense in 2004 and has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers ever since.