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Mike Zimmer on Bobby Petrino: He Is a Gutless Coward

It’s good to know that a coach can’t just walk out on his team and players in an embarrassingly unprofessional act and have everyone forget about it. We certainly won’t, and I’m sure Alge Crumpler hasn’t either. Count current Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as someone who won’t ever let go what the slimeball Petrino did.

In case you don’t remember, Bobby Petrino used to be the coach at Louisville from 2003-2006 and he did extremely well. He became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons for the 2007 season, the year Michael Vick wound up going to jail. With Joey Harrington as the team’s starting quarterback, you knew Petrino would be line for a tough season. The team went 3-10 and he quit mid-season, leaving a note in the locker room for the players that he was taking the Arkansas job. Yeah, class act I know.

So what does Mike Zimmer, who was the Falcons’ defensive coordinator at the time say about Petrino? Well, it’s nothing positive:

“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. 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 him and enough fight to stick it out and not quit halfway through the year. It’s cowardly.”

Zimmer added that Petrino told the coaches he’d talk to them all at a later time but nobody has spoken to him since. Bobby Petrino: scared of Texas, scared of his former coaches. Why am I not surprised?


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  • Anonymous

    Get your facts straight. When Petrino took the job he had Michael Vick as a starter. It wasn’t until the season began that Vick was incarcerated. If you’re gonna unload on someone for personal biases atleast have correct facts. Petrino took a job in which he thought he was going to have Vick as a quarterback and that changed. Maybe he decided that he didn’t like the NFL. Who knows? But Petrino had an offer to coach in the SEC and if he had waited until the season was over the offer would not have been there. I don’t blame him, he was doing what is best for his family. This is a business. So get over it.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Good point, but the team hadn’t won more than 8 games in a season in two years with Vick as their QB either.

  • Anonymous

    This is true. I don’t know if Petrino thought he could turn it around or what. But I also remember Dante Hall in Petrino’s face on the sidelines during games and giving the Coach no respect. I don’t think that is what he bargained for and he should of had more control. But maybe he just realized he was better suited to coach college players who he could stop from acting like punks because he has complete control and doesn’t have to listen to an owner or any other authority.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yeah, he had problems with DeAngelo but Hall has had problems with coaches everywhere, not just Petrino. Even if it was a bad decision, the right thing to do is stick it out, or at least meet face to face with the team and coaches if you decide to make a move like he did.

  • Anonymous

    Larry, FWIW, Arkansas told Petrino he had to accept the job then or they were going to offer it to Muschamp, who had not been deemed Texas’s coach in waiting yet and was prepared to take the job. Right or wrong, he wanted the hell out of Atlanta for reasons that most will never know.

  • Anonymous

    The guy is a dirt bag and no amount of excuse making from his suck ups will make this right! It didn’t matter that Vick went to jail. What if Vick got hurt in the preseason and was done for the year? Would it be ok for this jackwagon to quit then? Petrino is a pathetic person and a terrible excuse for a coach. Great example he sets!!!

  • Anonymous

    He’s a scumbag. I work in Louisville although I’m not a U of L fan. I saw how he acted here. He is a premadona. He would go on T.V. and say he wanted to be a Cardinal for life, then get on a plane 20 minutes later and interview for another job. Anyone who takes a head coaching job in the NFL knows what they are getting themselves into. The fact that he left mid season just speaks volumes about his character..or lack of. The reason he went back to coaching in college is he needs to be a big fish in a little pond. He is a complete sleazeball. Arkasas will find out soon enough. Other that for health or family emergencies I don’t ever remember a head coach leaving like he did in Atlanta. That should tell you all you need to know!

  • Anonymous

    You have got to be kidding me. You are really making excuse for a guy that did not respect the people he had working for him enough to actually look them in the eye and tell them why he was leaving? Mike Zimmer has every reason to be made at him since Petrino’s selfishness placed his family’s future at risk. You leave a note telling everyone you’re leaving? If it was such a noble, “I;m doing this for my family” thing you don’t think most men would understand once you explained it to them? No, this was a selfish act made by a selfish individual who was looking out for what was best for Bobby Petrino. He is the only person I can think of that would make Lou Saban look noble. At least he made it through the end of the season before he left. Both are selfish egotist that get to teach the next generation about how life works.