Alright, let's look at Mike Zimmer under the microscope. Loads of experience here and 10 years with his nose to the grindstone as a Defensive Coordinator in the NFL. Does Zimmer have the right stuff though that Richardson might pull the trigger on? Hmmm...
Served as DC for the Dallas Cowboys form 2000-2006. Taking a look at the league ranking for points allowed we see his defenses ranked 22, 20, 13, 2, 27, 12 and 20. Not exactly a great start.
Then, one year with the Falcons and his defense ranked 29th in points allowed.
Finally his current gig in Cincinnati starting in 2008 to the present. His defenses ranked 19th and 6th. Currently in 2010 the Bengal defense ranks 17th.
This is certainly a less than stellar resume serving under some very fine head coaches in Dave Campo, Bill Parcells, and Marvin Lewis.
When you look at the organizations Zimmer has served under it seems unlikely Zimmer would get a chance in Carolina especially when you look at the results on the field his defenses produced.
Dave Campo and Marvin Lewis are "fine head coaches"? :confused:
Good defensive minds, I'll give you. But "fine head coaches"? Can't really buy into that one.
Anyway, the NFL's benchmark stat for ranking "Total Defense" is actually yards
allowed, not points. The rationale behind this, as I understand it, is that sometimes defenses get put in a bad spot by an offensive turnover so yards make for a truer measuring stick. Argue the validity of that if you want, but it's what the NFL uses.
Going by the NFL method, Zimmer's Cowboy defenses from were ranked 19th, 4th, 18th, 1st, 16th, 10th, 13th. The Falcon defense was 29th, but given the colossal mess the year under Petrino was, I don't know how much you can put on Zimmer (or any assistant coach for that matter).
As to his current team, the year prior to Zimmer taking over the Bengals, they were ranked 27th. Keeping many of the same personnel, Zimmer moved them to 12th in 2008, 4th in 2009. Points per game in this two year period went down from 24.1 to 18.2 (essentially a touchdown less). And keep in mind, this is the Bengals
we're talking about.
And I'll add that if you want to go by points allowed as a measuring stick, here's something to consider...
From 2003 to 2008, the Panther defenses coordinated by Mike Trgovac averaged 19.63 points per game (an average ranking of 10.83). During that same period, the Philiadelphia Eagles defenses led by the late Jim Johnson averaged giving up 19.29 points per game (an average ranking of 10.67).
Thus, using the criteria you set up, I can provide evidence to show that Mike Trgovac was just as good a defensive coordinator as Jim Johnson :sosp:
Anybody wanna defend that idea?(this is why they say stats don't tell the whole story)
Me? I don't put a whole lot of stock in rankings when it comes to players, coaches, units, whatever. It's not like the team that wins the Super Bowl every year is always ranked number one in one category or the other. Guys can either get the job done or they can't. Right now, the Panthers can't. Whether they'll be able to under new leadership...we'll see.
Edited by Mr Scot, 15 October 2010 - 02:46 AM.