You know what you need in today’s NFL?
Stones. Huevos. Testicular fortitude. You need the guts to look a prima donna who’s bigger and richer than you in the face and yell at him. You need exactly what Mike Zimmer has.
Zimmer went off on his former head coach Bobby Petrino in a Wednesday news conference.
“When a coach quits in the middle of the year and ruins a bunch of people’s families and doesn’t have enough guts to finish out the year, I’m not a part of it,” Zimmer told Bengals.com. “And you can put that in the Arkansas News Gazette. I don’t really give a (bleep). He’s a coward, he ruined a bunch of people’s lives, a bunch of families, kids, because he didn’t have enough (guts) to stay there and finish the job. And that’s the truth. Most people in football have enough courage about (them) and enough fight to stick it out and not quit halfway through the year. It’s cowardly.”
“He came in and said he resigned, (said) he’d talk to us all at a later date, walked out of the office and no one has talked to him since,” Zimmer said. “Not that anybody wanted to. He’s a gutless (bleep). You can quote that.”
In today’s world of tight-lipped coaches and sanitized sound bytes, Zimmer’s candor – and more specifically, his guts – are refreshing. The fire in his belly hasn’t been extinguished all these years later. And that’s precisely the reason he’d make a perfect coach for the Bengals.
You think Cincinnati would be about fifth in penalties with that fire-breathing dragon as a head coach? You think he’d be afraid to keep Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens on a short leash? Here’s a hint, re-read his quote.
By all accounts, Marvin Lewis is a great guy. He’s had a lot of success working with the constraints – and perhaps restraints – placed on him by Mike Brown. But if Cincinnati can’t make the playoffs and advance, I think it’s time to clean house.
And I think Zimmer should be the maid. He’s not afraid to kick (bleep) and take names.