Leave it to Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to put it all in some perspective. After losing his wife Vikki earlier this season, no one in the Bengals organization is more qualified to speak in the aftermath of Chris Henry’s untimely death.
“I don’t think anyone knows how to deal with it. Like I told somebody, the world’s not going to stop. That’s how it was with me,” he said. “That’s the one thing I learned from this whole deal. The world ain’t stopping. People still get up and go to work. Everyone’s got to deal with different issues and unfortunately we’re dealing with this
The Bengals head to San Diego this weekend, coming off an embarrassingly sloppy loss to the Minnesota Vikings. What they needed most this week was to build focus and consistency in order to overcome the stupid penalties that killed them against the Vikings.
Obviously, that’s not going to happen — Henry’s death ends any hope of a focused week. Now, the question is, can the Bengals channel the emotion into action, and do what they did earlier this year when they responded to tragedy with a victory at Baltimore? Yeah, I know: football talk, now? But we have no choice. The world doesn’t stop. As much as I’d like it to.