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Mike Zimmer

Team/position: Cincinnati defensive coordinator

Age: 56

Previous NFL head coaching interviews: Zimmer met last January with Miami and Tampa Bay.

Why is Zimmer radar-worthy?: The man knows defense. Cincinnati ranks second in the NFL in sacks with 47 and has 92 over the past two seasons. That total is only eight less than what the Bengals produced in their previous four seasons combined. Zimmer has achieved defensive success largely through the development of draft picks — led by Geno Atkins, whose 12.5 sacks lead all NFL defensive tackles by a wide margin.

Potential fit: Zimmer’s fiery style would serve in stark contrast to that of current head coach Romeo Crennel in Kansas City. It also may help produce better results. The Chiefs (2-13) will clinch the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft with a loss Sunday at Denver.

Trivia note: Coaching is a family affair for the Zimmers. Mike’s son Adam is Kansas City’s assistant linebackers coach.- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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