NFC East: Adam Zimmer

Ex-Cowboys find a home in Cincy

February, 19, 2010
The Bengals are attempting to re-sign former Dallas Cowboys Roy Williams and Tank Johnson, according to the club's Web site. Former Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has done a masterful job with the two players.

Zimmer, who still owns a home in Dallas, knows that Williams functions much better in a 4-3 scheme and he does a nice job of keeping him out of one-on-one coverage situations. Johnson flamed out with the Cowboys, but he's become a mainstay in Zimmer's defense. In Dallas, Johnson tried to freelance too much and gave up big plays in the middle of the field. Plus, it wasn't like he was going to play much behind Pro Bowler Jay Ratliff.

In an unrelated note, I had a chance to visit with Saints defensive assistant Adam Zimmer on Thursday. He's in Dallas celebrating a Super Bowl win with his father. Considering what the Zimmer family has been through this season, they seem to be in remarkably good spirits.

Ex-Cowboys assistant loses wife of 27 years

October, 9, 2009

Posted by's Matt Mosley

Sobering news out of Cincinnati this morning. Vikki Zimmer, the wife of Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, died Thursday. I've known Mike for several years because he was the defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells in Dallas for three seasons and he was with the Cowboys from 1994 to 2005.

"We are stunned and saddened to learn of Vikki’s passing,” said Bengals president Mike Brown in a statement released Friday morning. “She was a warm and popular person in the Bengals family, and our immense respect and affection for Mike makes this especially hard. Our hearts are out to Mike and his family."

Mike's son, Adam, is an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints. Adam was a top-flight defensive back for Trinity (Texas) University and we exchange e-mails on a fairly regular basis. My heart goes out to the entire Zimmer family as they go through this profoundly difficult time.

I know some of you will ask what Mrs. Zimmer died from, so I'll just let you know that I'm not sure at this point.