The Bengals defense didn’t know what hit them last Sunday when the Patriots put up 17 points before Cincinnati could settle down.
“The whole thing was my fault. The whole fiasco was my fault,” defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer
said. “I know better than what I did. I’ve got big enough shoulders to
This isn’t just a case of a coach taking the blame because that’s what coaches do. After the game, Bengals players said they were tentative, overwhelmed.
“We were worried about so many different things we weren’t playing fast,” defensive tackle Domata Peko told Geoff Hobson of the team’s website.
Zimmer says he will simplify things this week against the Ravens as Cincinnati tries to avoid an 0-2 start.
“This week it’s on them. This is the last time I take it,” Zimmer said. “They played hard the other day. I
had them [thinking about] too many things. Paralysis by analysis on a
lot of things . . . We forgot to play football. My fault . . . I thought we were
the ’85 Bears.”
Zimmer will happily take the ’09 Bengals defense this week.