Today's mandatory post reminding the Bengals to do everything in their power to keep Zimmer comes courtesy of Joe Reedy's tweets. Says Joe:
Zimmer said he has not talked to Shanahan or the Redskins and that his future in Cincinnati depends on the bengals
Assuming that Zimmer is telling the truth, I would have a f***ing aneurysm if the Bengals didn't find a way to keep him. Why?
If you had to explain what little success the Bengals have had in 20 years under Mike Brown it would basically come down to two things:
- Carson Palmer
- Mike Zimmer
The Bengals wisely paid up to keep Palmer. You don't have to pay Zimmer as much to stay and there are no salary cap implications for money paid to coaches.
I have not written more about Zimmer and there has been no Project Mayhem Task focused on keeping him because of the following:
- If he wants to leave to be close to family after his wife's death then that's out of the Bengals hands and there is no need to stir up a commotion in the midst of a personal family tragedy
- If he gets a head coaching offer then there is little the Bengals can do to keep him, even monetarily