Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wednesday News and Notes

Mike Zimmer to the Redskins?
NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders

* There have been numerous outlets speculating that Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer may be interested in the the Defensive Coordinator position in Washington. The Redskins recently announced that they hired Mike Shanahan as their head coach. Zimmer's contract is set to expire after this season and he has indicated that the Bengals have not approached him to discuss a new deal. I don't expect Zimmer to make a lateral move, if he leaves I expect him to leave to be a head coach. However, if Washington can formulate a deal with a significant pay increase and a possible position for his son, who is a position coach in New Orleans, Zimmer may be enticed to leave. Stay tuned but my gut tells me he will stay in Cincinnati (or is that my heart!?)

Krumrie fired by the Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp

* Tim Krumrie was let go by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 15-year NFL coach joined Kansas City after a three-year stint in the same capacity with Buffalo (2003-05) and eight seasons on the Cincinnati coaching staff (’95-02). It appears that Scott Pioli is taking the team in a new direction and is rumored to be hiring Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator. For those of you who watched the Chiefs season of Hard Knocks you saw how intense Krumrie was on the field. Rather than being sad of Tim, I consider this a happy moment as he no longer has to deal with the misery that is Chiefs football.

Ken Anderson retires as Steelers QB Coach
Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 Headshots

* The former Bengal great Ken Anderson has decided to retire as the Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback coach. Anderson took over the roles as Quarterbacks coach in Pittsburgh in 2007 and earned a Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl XLIII. Anderson has coached in Cincinnati, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh. He served as the Bengals offensive coordinator from 1996-2000. Hopefully one day Anderson will find his way to Canton as a player. But until then I am sure he will enjoy all that retirement has to offer.

Reds sign Josh Anderson to minor league contract

* The Reds have acquired Kentucky native and EKU grad LF Josh Anderson. In 118 games for the Tigers and Royals last season, Anderson hit .240 with one home run, 24 RBIs and 25 steals in 30 attempts. Over three seasons and 179 games with the Astros, Braves, Tigers and Royals, Anderson has a career .272 batting average. Anderson will more than likely be competing for a position in LF with Drew Stubbs, Lance Nix, and Chris Dickerson.

Ohio and Kentucky high school powerhouses will be televised on Wednesday

The defending Kentucky State Champion Holmes Bulldogs will face the Ohio Division 1 runner up Princeton Vikings on Fox 19 beginning at 6:00. Holmes will be showcasing their talented group including Ricardo Johnson, who is headed to Ohio University, Elijah Pittman and Jeremiah Johnson. Princeton is led by Ohio State recruit Jordan Siebert.

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