Busy schedules for Gruden, Zimmer

CINCINNATI -- It's been a busy couple of days on the coaching-candidate circuit for two Cincinnati Bengals assistants.

With the different interviews that have taken place this week, and the interviews that are still to come, it can be easy to lose track of where things currently stand for both Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer.

For now, just know this: Both are still employed by the Bengals.

But of course, at any point -- possibly later Thursday -- that could change.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter and other media outlets have reported, Gruden, currently Cincinnati's offensive coordinator, appears to be the favorite for the head-coaching job in Washington. He first met with Washington team officials Tuesday night and interviewed with them Wednesday. He'll spend Thursday with Vikings officials in Cincinnati. According to Schefter, Gruden was originally scheduled to fly to Minnesota, but the Vikings figured they would make things easier on the coach who has had a busy week with other interviews, in addition to closing out the 2013 season with the Bengals.

The Vikings also may have decided to do the interview in Cincinnati because they already had representatives in town meeting with Zimmer, Cincinnati's current defensive coordinator.

Along with having already met with Minnesota, Zimmer will reportedly spend Thursday with Titans brass in Cincinnati. Gruden spoke with the Titans on Tuesday. According to reports the day of that interview, Gruden felt more comfortable going to Tennessee than he did Washington.

So to recap:

  • Gruden and Zimmer, for now, are still on staff with the Bengals.

  • Gruden has already spoken to: Tennessee (Tuesday) and Washington (Wednesday).

  • Gruden will speak to: Minnesota (Thursday).

  • Gruden appears to be Washington's favorite candidate, and may be closing on a deal with the team.

  • Zimmer has already spoken to: Minnesota (Wednesday).

  • Zimmer will speak to: Tennessee (Thursday).