Mike Zimmer, not a stranger to valley ranch, brings a quiet, yet strong, resume to the table. Zimmer served the Cowboys from 1994 to 2006. He was the defensive backs coach from 1994 to 1999, and the defensive coordinator from 2000 to 2006.
Mike Zimmer, a champion of the 4-3 defense, would be a major upgrade to the 2013 Dallas defense, who finished with 6,645 yards allowed, third-most in the history of the NFL.
Jerry, bring back a former son.
Zimmer, who turns 58 this June, is a well-respected coach around the league — particularly in Cincinnati where he has served as defensive coordinator since 2008. After the Bengals finished 4th in total defense in 2009, Zimmer received NFL Assistant Coach of the Year honors from Pro Football Weekly, and from CBSSports.com.
Zimmer’s success didn’t stop in his first year at the Bengals. In 2011, Zimmer finished with the 7th best defense in the league, and in 2012, he finished 6th. In 2013, Zimmer allowed 19.1 points per game, 5th best in the NFL.
Is this outstanding luck for Zimmer? In 2003, serving as the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, Zimmer’s squad gave up the fewest yards in the league.
A big supporter of Zimmer is Bill Parcells. Over the years, Zimmer interviewed with the Dolphins, Buccaneers, Browns, Rams, and Chargers. He turned down the head coaching job at Nebraska in 2003.
You can go your own way. The Cowboys need different. Zimmer brings an arsenal of tools to Dallas. Smarts, respect, experience, just to name a few.
Unlike Garrett, hiring Zimmer wouldn’t be classified as an experiment.
You can go your own way. Or, you can sit, and watch Zimmer go his way.