Why Cincinnati Bengals Won’t Panic Over Loss of Mike Zimmer

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We have had a few days to digest it. Face it Bengals fans, Mike Zimmer is gone. The collective meltdown of a large portion of the fan base was (and still is) sad, yet not unpredictable.

If I hadn’t been a Bengals fan for 32 years, I wouldn’t believe that losing a defensive coordinator could turn an 11-5 team with 3 straight playoff appearances into an 0-16 candidate.

But I have. And I can.

Listening to many Bengals fans the past week – some highly educated, some not – apparently the loss of Mike Zimmer is suddenly going to zap Geno Atkins of his All-Pro abilities.

Vontaze Burfict will come into 2014 resembling the 2004 version of Kevin Hardy. Suddenly Carlos Dunlap is going to morph into Reinard Wilson.

Reggie Nelson is going to do his best Ifeanyi Ohalete impression. Adam Jones, Terrence Newman, Leon Hall and Dre Kirkpatrick will no longer be able to cover you or I. And guys like Domato Peko, James Harrison, Wallace Gilberry, etc will suddenly forget how to play football.

The Bengals just dropped from Super Bowl Contender in 2013 to preparing for the 1st overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Nonsense, and here’s why the Bengals will be fine without Zimmer.

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  • Larry Funderburg

    Great article. Having been a fan since 1968, I too have some of those same “gun shy” feelings of insecurity. no one wants to relive the 90′s and early 00′s.

  • [email protected]

    I have lived with my memory starting at the very end of the Boomer era and beginning the 90′s terror. I have only seen the Super Bowls by video. I only witnessed the 1990 playoff game to remember. I am not in panic mode because these two coordinators know this team and their capabilities. Hue Jackson has a lot of Ravens fans wishing for a second coming and Paul Guenther has the respect from his development of Vincent Rey, Vontaze Burfict, and the possibility of James Harrison making a difference outside of Pittsburgh!