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Official Bengals Release On Zimmer Return

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Here is the official release from the Bengals PR department relative to the re-signing of defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer:

Mike Zimmer, Bengals defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, re-signed with the team today. 

In 2008, Zimmer took over a defensive unit that had finished 27th in the 2007 NFL yardage rankings. The defense improved to 12th in his first season, and it ranked fourth in 2009 (at 301.4 yards per game) as the Bengals won the AFC North Division championship. The ranking was the third-highest in franchise history. In scoring defense, the 2009 Bengals finished sixth in the NFL at 18.4, the second-highest ranking in franchise history. 

“I am very excited to have Mike back, coaching our players and directing our defensive staff,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “The continuity factor with what we’ve done and how we plan to keep improving is huge. Mike has the ability to see situations front-to-back, every step and every detail, and he’s tremendous at calling the game on Sundays.” 

The 2010 season will mark Zimmer’s 11th consecutive year as an NFL defensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Bengals, he held the post from 2000-06 with Dallas and in 2007 with Atlanta. 

Zimmer was able to carry on in 2009 despite the sudden death on Oct. 8 of his wife, Vikki. The Zimmers were married for 27 years. 

“I love working with Marvin (Lewis),” Zimmer said today. “He’s a great coach who does a terrific job, and he has been like family to me through all the ordeal our family has gone through.  And I really respect the group of players we have. They have worked exceptionally hard, and I know they join me in knowing we have to keep improving as we move forward.”

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