The Cincinnati Bengals were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round, for the third straight time. After a season where they showed great potential, the Bengals still failed to reach the second round. Many fans may consider that the biggest disappointment.
Not quite the biggest though. Given that Cincinnati lost their offensive and defensive coordinators already this offseason, that has to be the team’s biggest disappointment.
Former Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden, is now head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gruden was one of the key factors in the developement of quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver AJ Green. Marvin Lewis relied on Gruden heavily, as Lewis is a more defensive minded coach.
Mike Zimmer, who was the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati, is now at the helm of the Minnesota Vikings. Zimmer is respected as one of the best in the NFL at defensive schemes. As well as developing young defenders. Zimmer lead a defense that ranked top five across the board. He also coached All-Pro linebacker, Vontaze Burfict into a dominant defensive force.
Needless to say, both of the coaches will be missed heavy. They were valuable pieces to Cincinnati’s recent success. It has to be a huge disappointment for Bengals fans to see them go.