Originally posted on Cincinnati Bengals Blog  |  Last updated 1/13/12

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 15: Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Tennessee Titans looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on August 15, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
The prospects of Mike Zimmer returning for a fifth season as the Bengals defensive coordinator became more muddled on Friday. With Jeff Fisher accepting the Rams opening over the Dolphins, Zimmer has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the Miami opening. Zimmer interviewed for the opening on Tuesday and Wednesday and is one of five who have interviewed. The others are Fisher, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Bears special teams coach Dave Taub and interim head coach Todd Bowles. According to multiple reports, Tampa Bay has also received permission to speak to Zimmer and Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was expected to speak with the Bucs Friday but withdrew from consideration. The Bucs have already interviewed Brad Childress, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Sherman. Should Zimmer leave for a head coach job, secondary coach Kevin Coyle and former Jacksonville head coach Jack Del
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