Zimmer on Short List of Candidates

Cowboys defensive coordinator is on a short list of potential head coaching candidates for another team in the NFC.

With five head coaches in the NFL losing their job within the last 48 hours, it comes as little surprise that several well-known assistants around the league are already being mentioned as possible candidates to replace them.

One of those candidates, TheRanchReport.com has learned, is Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer is one of several names being tossed around in St. Louis, where the recently fired Mike Martz was given his pink slip less than a day after the Rams' 20-10 win over Dallas in the season finale for both teams.

The Rams are reportedly looking for a defensive-minded coach and will likely interview Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, Zimmer and possibly Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is also being coveted by the Rams.

Zimmer helped lead the Cowboys to NFL's top ranked defense in 2003, the last year the Cowboys made the playoffs.

Zimmer's defense surrendered an NFL best 253.5 yards-per-game that year - the sixth best single season performance in club history. The Cowboys also led the NFL in pass defense, and closed the season third in rush defense. The end result helped return Dallas to the playoffs after a three-year absence.

In 2005, Dallas finished 10th in the league in total defense, giving up 300 yards per game.

Oddly enough, Zimmer's future with Dallas could hinge on the future of head coach Bill Parcells, who has publicly declined to comment on his future with the team.

Zimmer just concluded his 12th year with the Cowboys. Seven times in his 12 seasons, the Dallas defense finished the year ranked in the top 10 in total defense, and seven times the club ranked in the top 10 in pass defense.

Zimmer assumed the Cowboys defensive coordinator position on Feb. 1, 2000 after directing a Cowboys secondary that was one of the league's best throughout the second half of the 1990s. Zimmer has been a part of six teams that qualified for postseason play, four NFC Eastern Division winners and the Super Bowl XXX champions.

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