Adam Zimmer
Assistant Defensive Backs


Adam Zimmer, an eighth-year veteran in NFL coaching, joins the Bengals for 2013 as assistant defensive backs coach, working with DBs coach Mark Carrier with the team’s largest position group.
Adam Zimmer, an eighth-year veteran in NFL coaching, joins the Bengals for 2013 as assistant defensive backs coach, working with DBs coach Mark Carrier with the team’s largest position group.

Zimmer has coached previously with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, serving both teams as a defensive assistant and assistant linebackers coach. He has coached on three NFL playoff teams, including 2009 with the Sean Payton coaching staff that led New Orleans to the NFL championship with a 31-17 victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV.

“Adam is a good young coach with two great experiences already in the NFL,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He has worked with some fine coaches and will do a great job for us.”

Zimmer was with Kansas City from 2010-12. Last season, Zimmer’s work assisting LBs coach Gary Gibbs helped the Chiefs place three LBs in the Pro Bowl. OLB Tamba Hali was an AFC starter in the game, while OLB Justin Houston and ILB Derrick Johnson also played.

It was the first instance of three Chiefs LBs making the Pro Bowl. Hali and Johnson also made the Pro Bowl in 2011 while working under Zimmer and Gibbs. The Chiefs had not previously had more than one LB in a Pro Bowl since 1972.

Johnson led the Chiefs last season in tackles (125) and had 2.0 sacks. Houston was third in tackles (66) and led the team with 10.0 sacks. Hali tied for fifth in tackles (51) and was second in sacks with 9.0.

In 2010, his first year with Kansas City, Zimmer was part of a division championship team. Kansas City won the AFC West title with a 10-6 record while improving its rushing defense by 46.2 yards per game over 2009.  

In Kansas City, Zimmer also worked in producing scouting reports and studying opponent tendencies.

In his four seasons with New Orleans, Zimmer worked on opponent breakdowns, self-scouting and the playbook as well as working with linebackers. The 2009 Saints NFL championship team ranked second in the league in takeaways (39) and tied for the league lead in most points off turnovers (141), and Zimmer helped coach LB Jonathan Vilma to a Pro Bowl season in ’09. In 2006, Zimmer’s first season in the NFL, the Saints won the NFC South title and advanced to the NFC Championship game.

Zimmer played defensive back in college, lettering for four seasons (2002-05) at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He earned a B.S. degree from Trinity in 2006.

Zimmer is the son of Mike Zimmer, Bengals defensive coordinator since 2008. Adam was born Jan. 13, 1984 in Ogden, Utah, during his father’s term as an assistant coach at Weber State University.

PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY: 2002-05  – Played DB at Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas). 2006-09 – Assistant coach (AC), New Orleans Saints. 2010-12 – AC, Kansas City Chiefs. 2013 – AC, Bengals.

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