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Houston Texans: Do the Franchise a Favor - Hire Mike Zimmer as Head Coach

First, meet Mike Zimmer. 

After their 11th consecutive loss (and second of the season to the lowly Jags during primetime), the Texans finally had enough. Consequently, the loss led to the decision of firing Head Coach, Gary Kubiak. The 2012 season was arguably the best season for the young Texans' franchise. They piled up a franchise best 12 wins and J.J Watt was named Defensive Player of the Year. They went on to defeat the Bengals in the Wild Card round for the second consecutive year. After such a promising season, what could have possibly led to such a disaster of a season for the Texans? Inconsistency at the Quarterback position? Arian Foster's injury? Whatever the reasons, that is for another article. This article will focus on what the Texans should do to right the ship and get back the momentum the franchise had in 2012. Consider Mike Zimmer. Who? If you haven't heard of Mike Zimmer by now, it is time you find out. Mike Zimmer has seemingly been a head coaching candidate for openings for a few years now. He interviewed for the Dolphins before they eventually decided on Philbin. Take a look at Zimmer's coaching resume: 

1979–1980

1981–1984

1985–1988

1989-1993

1994-1999

2000–2006

2007

2008–present
University of Missouri
(Defensive Assistant)
Weber State University
(Inside Linebackers Coach)
Weber State University
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Washington State University
(Defensive Coordinator)
Dallas Cowboys
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Dallas Cowboys
(Defensive Coordinator)
Atlanta Falcons
(Defensive Coordinator)
Cincinnati Bengals
(Defensive Coordinator)

Zimmer is a no-nonsense, fiery coach who knows how to get the best out of his players. Mike ZImmer has turned the Bengals' unheralded defense into one of the best defenses in the league since taking the job in 2008. He has taken outcasts such as Adam "Pacman" Jones and Terrence Newman and gave them a shot when nobody else would. He has taken an undrafted Vontaze Burfict and turned him into one of the NFL's best linebackers in only his second season. Burfict currently leads the NFL in tackles and is making a case for Defensive Player of the Year. Geno Atkins was a 4th round pick who is now considered one of the best Defensive Tackles in the League. And guess what? The Bengals lost two of their best defensive players (Geno Atkins and Leon Hall) for the season. Many saw a mid-season collapse coming, but Zimmer runs a "next man in" defense and is still near the top defenses in the league. Zimmer is a tough love coach and his players love playing for him. 

Kubiak was a pretty laid-back coach. Not too many highs or lows. Zimmer is exactly the kind of coach the Texans need to put the fire you know where and get them back to the top. As a Bengals fan, I would hate to lose Zimmer as our DC, but he has not been shy about the fact that he longs for a chance to be a NFL Head Coach, and I would be happy for him. If he could come to Cincy and take a lowly defense and turned them into one the the best in the league, just imagine what he could do with a defense built around J.J Watt. Zimmer deserves his chance, and I would not want to face the team that finally gives him an opportunity.

Also, check out some great behind-the-scenes footage of Zimmer in Hard Knocks here. (Episode 1)

And here. Episode 2. 

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