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Bengals: The Zimmer Touch

Published by on May 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Before becoming the Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis made a name for himself as one of the best defensive minds in the NFL.

Yet during his first five years in Cincinnati the team’s defense has struggled, finishing in the bottom half of the league in both points and yards allowed each season. In need of some help before starting his sixth season at the helm in 2008, Lewis turned to an old friend that he helped once before, Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer became the third defensive coordinator to serve under Lewis after the team fired predecessor Chuck Bresenhan following the 2007 campaign. Zimmer, who had spent the previous season in the same capacity with the Atlanta Falcons, made his mark serving as the d...

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