Adam Zimmer Dead at 38

Adam Zimmer
Adam Zimmer
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NFL Week 8 - Adam Zimmer, Cincinnati Bengals offensive analyst and son of former NFL head coach Mike Zimmer, has died, according to an announcement. from his sister Corri. He was 38.

"Our organization has had the privilege of knowing and working with the Zimmer family for 15 years," said Bengals owner Mike Brown in a statement. "We have the highest regard for Mike and Adam, and we are incredibly saddened by this tragic news. Mike and Adam were more than just coaches for us--they were friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zimmer family at this time."

Adam began his coaching career in 2006 as an assistant linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints, serving in the role for four years before continuing the role with the Kansas City Chiefs for three years. Adam finally got to coach under his father, Mike, as a defensive backs coach while Mike was defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. When Mike left to become the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Adam followed, becoming the Vikings linebackers coach.

Under the Zimmers, the Vikings defense reached seventh-best in defensive DVOA in just two years before spending three straight seasons in the top-five, including a league-leading -17.2% in 2017. The continued success was enough for Mike to name Adam and defensive line coach Andre Patterson as co-defensive coordinators in 2020. Upon Mike Zimmer's dismissal at the end of 2021, Adam left the Vikings organization to become an offensive analyst with the Cincinnati Bengals.



6 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2022, 10:45am

#1 by Will Allen // Nov 01, 2022 - 12:25pm

Goddamnit, I hate this. 

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#2 by RevBackjoy // Nov 01, 2022 - 12:26pm

Yet another tragic "sudden death". RIP.

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#3 by Eddo // Nov 01, 2022 - 1:16pm

Why did you put "sudden death" in scare quotes?  Was this death not sudden?  Not a death?

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#5 by herewegobrowni… // Nov 01, 2022 - 5:32pm

I suppose that at least OP didn't take it a step further and imply...something by digging up Mike Z's comment from last year about how "unvaccinated Vikings players/staff would have it harder," as I saw in one reply when the news broke. 

A.Zimmer consistently looked older (to me) than his age in the photos that are going around, which suggests some other long-standing health/stress issues.

RIP. Police in MN (apparently he worked for the Bengals remotely) are treating it as "non-suspicious" as of now.

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#6 by Aaron Brooks G… // Nov 02, 2022 - 10:45am

“Sudden deaths” of youngish guys like this are typically suicides.

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