Mike Zimmer has always been as up-front and honest of a coach as you’ll find in the NFL, and at times, his blunt honesty has hurt his chances to get a head-coaching job.
For once, that actually helped him, or so it seems in getting hired b the Minnesota Vikings. He’s already envisioning holding the Lombardi Trophy after leading his team a victory in the Super Bowl:
“I can’t wait to stand on the podium with Zygi (Wilf) and Mark (Wilf) and Jonathan (Wilf),” said Zimmer, referring to team owners. “And we’re standing on the podium and we look up and the confetti is falling on top of us and the commissioner, (Roger) Goodell, comes over and he hands the Super Bowl trophy to (Zygi) Wilf and tells him we’re world champions. So that is my goal and my drive.”
The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl and Zimmer has yet to win his first game as an NFL head coach, but that’s the kind of vision and optimism that makes players want to play for him.
But that doesn’t mean new Bengals DC Paul Guenther isn’t loved and respected by his players, and cornerback Leon Hall believes he’ll get the same respect form the defense that Zimmer got:
“(Guenther) does a good job of translating everything he knows to language that is easy for you to understand,” said cornerback Leon Hall, which is a Zimmer trait. “The personality is different. He’s more happy-go-lucky than Zimmer. (But) every time he comes up and speaks in front of us, everyone pays attention. There’s no dip as far as the amount of respect we have for him compared to some of the other coaches.”
That’s good to here from one of the defense’s’s best players and leaders, and it’s just one more reason to believe the defense will be fine going into next season.