With Dan Quinn leaving his post to take over the Washington Commanders, the Dallas Cowboys have begun searching for his replacement.
There are several big names linked with the opening, and all of them promise to bolster a talented defense and help the squad make the Super Bowl.
One particular coach is eyeing the position as his chance to return to coaching in the NFL. With the caliber of names already connected to the position, he may have a difficult time landing the job. However, he does have a professional connection with the organization that may give him the advantage.
Mike Zimmer wants to return to the Dallas Cowboys as defensive coordinator
Reid Hanson of Cowboys Wire wrote about the possibility of the coach who built his career as the team’s defensive coordinator 20 years ago returning and bringing the team back to the Super Bowl.
After the Cowboys, he made stops in Atlanta and Cincinnati before bagging the Minnesota Vikings head coaching gig from 2014 until 2021. His defensive prowess helped the Vikings solidify themselves in the NFC North, though they didn’t win the Super Bowl under his guidance.
While it’s been a while since he coached an NFL team, he kept himself busy and built the necessary facilities in his private property to keep himself ready for a coaching gig should he return to the NFL.
Given Zimmer’s reputation and skills, there is a good chance he’ll land the DC role with the Cowboys. However, Hanson wrote that there will be a lot of adjustments he needs to implement should he get the nod.
He detailed the potential issues he would face:
Zimmer, 67, has a desire to coach again in the NFL. The Cowboys are known to like familiar faces with proven track records. There’s an understandable link between the two.
Such a hire wouldn’t be seamless, though. Zimmer plays a lot of zone defense and the Cowboys two best coverage men, Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland, play primarily man coverage. Compromise would have to be found in the secondary – which isn’t impossible – just risky.
He will have steep competition for the post, with the likes of Mike Vrabel and Al Harris also linked to the job. However, his connection with the franchise should give him a bit of an edge.
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