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.