Mike Zimmer, the defensive coordinator who has an HBO vocabulary to go along with a Best of NFL Films résumé, is making his third appearance on the Emmy Award-winning Hard Knocks.
HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Cincinnati Bengals team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE CINCINNATI BENGALS debuts in August.
Cincinnati's NBC television affiliate, WLWT (Channel 5), will have local broadcast rights for all four Bengals prime-time games in 2013.
Maybe it was fitting the final Bengals practice before next month's training camp came on a Thursday morning where thunder and lightning slow-danced above Paul Brown Stadium.
"Food, Football, Fun. That's what tonight's all about," were the opening words from Bengals radio analyst and co-emcee of the Taste of the NFL, Dave Lapham.
The defense always looks good in shorts, especially a back-to-back-top-seven defense, and such was the case again in Wednesday's second workout of Bengals minicamp when Mike Zimmer's men batted down more leather than Armani.