Now that the Cincinnati Bengals have lost Mike Zimmer, a new era begins with Paul Guenther now becoming the defensive coordinator of a unit that’s routinely ranked in the top-10 over the past six years.
Needless to say, many Bengals players were sad and joyful to see Zimmer finally become a head coach after he’d worked so hard for so many years to become one.
Bittersweet best describes how safety George Iloka and many of the Bengals feel right now:
Bitter sweet, bitter sweet….
— George Iloka (@George_iloka) January 15, 2014
Today is one of the happiest and yet saddest days for me. Happy Coach Zimm finally gets to be a head coach and spread all of his knowledge.
— terence newman (@terencenewman) January 15, 2014
Zimmer is very similar to Parcells and will challenge everyone to be the best they can be. I love that guy and he will always be with me. — terence newman (@terencenewman) January 15, 2014
I told you’ll Zimm would be the Head Coach , that was a good move for the Vikings congrats to coach !!! — ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) January 15, 2014
Congrats to Coach Zimmer on his HC position. Great man and a great defensive mind. Good to see him get the opportunity to lead a team. — James Harrison (@jharrison9292) January 15, 2014
Bengals fans would love to see Zimmer back on Hard Knocks this year with the Vikings:
Vikings just got my vote for Hard Knocks this year — Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) January 15, 2014
Oh, and in case you were interested in Mike Zimmer matching-up with his former college and current Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden:
Gruden‘s Redskins play at Zimmer‘s Vikings in 2014. That would make for an interesting early-season primetime game. — Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) January 15, 2014
Congratulations are certainly in order for Zimmer, but so too for Guenther, who becomes a DC at the NFL level for the first time, and he was introduced today to the media:
The Bengals were certainly lucky to keep Guenther after he had offers to go with Mike Zimmer to Minnesota:
Guenther: “Really at the end of the day it comes down to the players and that’s the message I’m going to give to them. It’s up to you guys.” — Joe Reedy (@joereedy) January 16, 2014
Guenther said he had opportunities w/ Redskins, Vikings, one other team. Decided to stay bc of family, loyalty and the players. #Bengals
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) January 16, 2014