The NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting that in the wake of Jeff Fisher taking the St. Louis Rams' head coaching position, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has moved to the top of their list.
Zimmer interviewed with Miami last week and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have requested permission to interview him for their vacancy. He has a connection in Miami with general manager Jeff Ireland with whom he worked in Dallas.
Miami has also interviewed several other candidates including Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. It is believed though, with Green Bay still alive in the playoffs and with the death of Philbin's son in Wisconsin, he may no longer be in the running. Other reports have indicated Miami owner Stephen Ross still wants to bring in Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Zimmer has been quite successful with the Bengals defense since coming to Cincinnati in 2008. If he were to leave, the favorite from inside the Bengals organization would be secondary coach Kevin Coyle who has been in the organization for 11 years. Another name mentioned is recently ousted Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio. He was linebackers coach in Baltimore under Marvin Lewis when Lewis was the Ravens' defensive coordinator.
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