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Zimmer Wins Assistant of the Year Honors


Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer was named the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year this week, adding another trophy to the long list of post-season individual and team awards won by the organization.

As detailed right here when Zimmer was named the Bengals Gab Bill Walsh Award winner, Zimmer did an unbelievable job in his second full season with the team.  

The Bengals finished 2009 fourth in the league in total defense, 6th in passing defense, 7th in rushing defense, and 6th in scoring defense.  They finished 9th in interceptions and 16th in sacks; not bad considering the “scrap heap” defense consisted mostly of cast-offs and guys other teams had called washed up.

Most impressively, Zimmer was able to do all of this despite the shocking death of his wife Vicki during mid-season.  His ability to focus on the team and do his job under such circumstances should not be overlooked in any assessment of his body of work.

Congratulations Coach Zim!

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