Bengals DC Mike Zimmer in the Mix for the Browns and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer argues with head linesman Kent Payne #79 during an NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Colts won 17-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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As part of what's becoming the Cleveland Browns' extensive search for a head coach, the team plans to bring in Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for an interview, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer—who comments on the news broken by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

This will be the first interview request of the offseason for Zimmer, whose Bengals defense spent much of the year as one of the hottest pass-rushing groups in the league. Zimmer is also just one of a minority of defensive coaches the Browns have approached for their head coaching vacancy.


Baltimore Ravens

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Cincinnati Bengals

According to Geoff Hobson of, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will stay with the team through at least the 2013 season. Gruden had been approached by the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles about interviewing for their head coaching vacancies.

David Campbell of Bleacher Report looks ahead and breaks down each Bengals game and opponent for the 2013 season.


Cleveland Browns

Along with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, the Cleveland Browns will also interview a familiar face for their head coaching vacancy. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the team will meet with current Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator and former Browns OC Rob Chudzinski, who operated in that capacity in 2008 under Romeo Crennel.

Aaron Nagler and the Bleacher Report NFL crew discuss the Browns' biggest 2013 draft needs.


Pittsburgh Steelers

According to Ian Rapoport of and the NFL Network, it looks like the Arizona Cardinals will not get a chance to interview current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley:


#Cardinals requested interview with Todd Haley. Source close to Haley: "He loves Steelers job. He's very happy. No interview with Cards."

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2013


Nick DeWitt of Bleacher Report gives his take on what the Steelers should do with their soon-to-be free-agent players.