Originally written on Three-Way Chili  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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Wanted to toss a quick post up for those who might have missed it: Despite there being a whopping eight head coaching vacancies filled around the NFL, none of said jobs went to Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden or defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. This is absolutely huge because while I think Marvin Lewis is an average head coach at best, this is clearly the best staff he's assembled and I would put the tandem of Gruden/Zimmer up against any offensive/defensive coordinator duo from anywhere else in the NFL. Gruden took some flack for the way the season ended, but it's still highly impressive what he's been able to accomplish with the youngest starting offense in the NFL the last two seasons. And Zimmer's record speaks for itself. His defenses play fast and aggressive, and this makes two concecutive seasons they finished in the top-7 in the NFL in total defense (6th in 2012, 7th in 2011). Not coincidentally, the Bengals made the playoffs both years. In fact, they have made the playoffs in three of the five years Zimmer has been the team's DC. We'll see how things play out this offseason in terms of free agent pickups and the draft, but 2013 is shaping up to be an excellent season for the Bengals.
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