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Mike Zimmer on Bobby Petrino: "He's a gutless bastard"

Let’s just say Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer doesn’t look back fondly on his days coaching under Bobby Petrino in Atlanta.

“He’s a gutless bastard. Quote that. I
don’t give a s—,” Zimmer said Wednesday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

When Zimmer was told that responsible news organization may not be able to use “bastard,” Zimmer responded:

How about this, gutless MF. You can use that.”  (Awesome.  Much appreciated.)

Petrino famously didn’t tell any of his assistants that he was leaving Atlanta for the head coaching job at Arkansas.  On Sunday, Zimmer’s Bengals face a Falcons team that has been almost completely remade since 2007, especially on defense.

Meanwhile, the “gutless bastard” has Arkansas back in the top 25 in college football. 

Woo Pig Sooie!

UPDATE:
More from Zimmer, via Reedy: “[Petrino] is a coward. Put that in quotes. He ruined a bunch of people’s
lives, a bunch of people’s families, kids, because he didn’t have enough
nuts to stay there and finish the job. That’s the truth.”

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74 Responses to “Mike Zimmer on Bobby Petrino: "He's a gutless bastard"”
  1. grendel says: Oct 20, 2010 4:09 PM

    God I hate Petrino… I never hated Arkansas before he went there, but now I root against them every game. Zimmer was much loved in Atlanta though. He did a great job for the Falcons and he’s doing a great job for the Bengals. He’s a real class act.

  2. Slow Joe says: Oct 20, 2010 4:11 PM

    I just became a Mike Zimmer fan.

  3. rbais2 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:11 PM

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!
    I want a coach like him!!!!

  4. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2010 4:12 PM

    Well, he is.

  5. bunker says: Oct 20, 2010 4:13 PM

    I have a man crush on Mike Zimmer.

  6. BENITO says: Oct 20, 2010 4:13 PM

    gotta love Zim!!!

  7. TampaBayBucs7-9 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:14 PM

    wow. don’t hold anything back Zimmer. tell us how you really feel.

  8. SteelTown-6 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:15 PM

    I didn’t know Roger Goodell had an alias?

  9. raybin says: Oct 20, 2010 4:16 PM

    Mike Zimmer = my hero for the week
    There aren’t enough insults in the English language to heap on Petrino. But “gutless” is indeed probably the best of them.

  10. DEMOLITION says: Oct 20, 2010 4:16 PM

    How is this relevant? Like you said the team has been almost completely remade. Not to mention Petrino isn’t even coaching against the Bengals in this game.
    Ggeez.

  11. danyay says: Oct 20, 2010 4:16 PM

    “When Zimmer was told that responsible news organization may not be able to use “bastard,””
    At least you recognize where you stand.

  12. Lufer says: Oct 20, 2010 4:20 PM

    Nice job here GG. Very humorous take.

  13. poonhok says: Oct 20, 2010 4:21 PM

    Petrino was wise to leave the Falcons organization.
    When he was hired, the organization was in total disarray, still being poisoned from the inside by thugs and guys who just wanted a paycheck….

  14. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 20, 2010 4:22 PM

    Best correction line since “OK, my Mick Kraut friend…”

  15. edgy1957 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:24 PM

    “Woo Pie Sooie!”
    *********************
    There’s pie? :)

  16. hotchick says: Oct 20, 2010 4:26 PM

    Yes it is too bad Petrino can coach college ball. (Top 25)
    Even more disappointing is, that regardless of that, he can get a job in football.
    But I guess the reality is the game is littered with bastards of many types.
    But he does stand out in a crowd of MFers.

  17. edgy1957 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:27 PM

    BTW, Gregg, I didn’t point that out to embarrass you but so I could use an obscure 2 1/2 Men quote from Jake. :)

  18. TheVillain112 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:29 PM

    The new head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Mike Zimmer

  19. TheSleepness says: Oct 20, 2010 4:31 PM

    why can’t ‘responsible news organizations’ print the word “bastard”?! the coddeling needs to stop.

  20. Falcon in NE says: Oct 20, 2010 4:34 PM

    In the wake of the Vick scandal, I didn’t think Falcons football could get worse. Petrino proved us all wrong. I constantly root for his failure. Even if he wins in football, he’s failed in life. Way to go Zimmer!

  21. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Oct 20, 2010 4:36 PM

    Same hate goes out to Nick Satan.
    Can’t stand that A-hole.

  22. weswelkerspornstash says: Oct 20, 2010 4:37 PM

    I just added Zimmer to my WolfPack

  23. Phil says: Oct 20, 2010 4:38 PM

    Thank you, Mike…….I couldn’t have put it any better, or in a nicer way…….

  24. Cincyboy says: Oct 20, 2010 4:38 PM

    Love when Zim gets fired up! He is absolutely 100% correct about Petrino. Here’s more of Zimmers quote:
    “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 said. “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 him and enough fight to stick it out and not quit halfway through the year. It’s cowardly.”

  25. VikingMatador says: Oct 20, 2010 4:39 PM

    hahahaha

  26. Citizen Strange says: Oct 20, 2010 4:39 PM

    Kevin from Philly says:
    October 20, 2010 4:22 PM
    Best correction line since “OK, my Mick Kraut friend…”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Nice.

  27. raybin says: Oct 20, 2010 4:39 PM

    The one thing that seems to unite all fanbases is agreement that Bobby Petrino is a sackless douchebag.

  28. GaryClark says: Oct 20, 2010 4:40 PM

    Waaaaaiiiiiitttt just a damn minute…I’m tired of this guy mincing his words. What the hell does he really think? For once, just say it!

  29. Chitown says: Oct 20, 2010 4:41 PM

    Ryan Malette fans beware.

  30. BBB82 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:41 PM

    Sounds about right to me.

  31. Hauschild says: Oct 20, 2010 4:42 PM

    Zimmer’s logic doesn’t make sense. What happens if Petrino were fired during or after the season in which he decided to bolt? That’s right – the same coaches would have lost their jobs anyway.
    Any coach – much less a low-level coach – in the NFL that believes he’s guaranteed 30 years non-stop employment is an idiot.
    Probably best to be thought a coward rather than an idiot.

  32. SackExchange says: Oct 20, 2010 4:42 PM

    Zimmer for Prez

  33. WhoDeySood5 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:44 PM

    Mike Zimmer is the only good coach we have…..and he better keep running our defense next year after Marvin walks.

  34. JoeSchmoe says: Oct 20, 2010 4:45 PM

    Mike Effing Zimmer everyone!
    A man’s man, and a good man. The guy flat out rules!

  35. GreenAsGrass says: Oct 20, 2010 4:45 PM

    Zimmer come over to the place where you TRULY belong – with Sexy Rexy and the NY Jets! Clearly you have the stones to say what you want which is a job requirement.

  36. FireJerryJones says: Oct 20, 2010 4:45 PM

    Got to love this guy.

  37. Spungy says: Oct 20, 2010 4:46 PM

    I wonder if Zim would feel the same if Lewis up and quit.

  38. RIP__21 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:47 PM

    Good line Kevin From Philly. That movie is definitely one of the G.O.A.T.

  39. bengal4life07 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:50 PM

    “I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.” …
    Booker T. Washington

  40. PatricktheDookie says: Oct 20, 2010 4:58 PM

    +1

  41. mr_snrub says: Oct 20, 2010 4:59 PM

    Funny, but not very enlightening. I assume any objective Arkansas fan would tell you the same thing about Petrino.

  42. Bengal Dave says: Oct 20, 2010 5:02 PM

    Thats the Bengals next head coach :)

  43. gameday says: Oct 20, 2010 5:02 PM

    Bobby Petrino is the best COLLEGE coach, hands down.
    Just because he is a sleazey, two faced liar, and a coward doesn’t mean he isn’t a damn good coach.
    Look at Rich Rod, Lil Napolean, and Urban. None of those three can be labeled as ethical, loyal, honest, or devoted.
    Leave Petrino alone!!
    He embraces the hate!!!

  44. Mikey says: Oct 20, 2010 5:03 PM

    Amen, Mike.
    Oh, and thanks to Petrino for giving me a reason to actually cheer FOR Alabama for one weekend out of the year. I hate myself for it, but I sure love to watch you lose.

  45. vegas691 says: Oct 20, 2010 5:04 PM

    Mike Zimmer = 2011 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

  46. Mike Daly says: Oct 20, 2010 5:11 PM

    Mike Zimmer and Nick Saban – I’m still waiting for the Celebrity Deathmatch episode featuring Nick Saban versus Jim Mandich after Madich vowed to punch out Saban on NFL Top 10: Coaches Who Belonged In College.

  47. Gregjennings85 says: Oct 20, 2010 5:12 PM

    First of all, I am now a HUGE fan of Mike Zimmer.
    Secondly, my ‘Spidey-Sense’ is telling me that the Bengals defensive coordinator doesn’t like Bobby Petrino.

  48. blmonroe12 says: Oct 20, 2010 5:17 PM

    There are some real interesting people in the NFL.. I would love to have a few drinks with Zimmer and Mike Westhoff(NYJ Special Teams Coach). These guys don’t seem to hold back opinions..

  49. methoderik says: Oct 20, 2010 5:19 PM

    “Mike Zimmer = 2011 Dallas Cowboys Head Coach”
    Nope. Why do you think the Bengal’s have not given Marvin an extension yet? and why do you think Mike Brown made him one of the highest paid Coordinators in the league?
    Yup.

  50. Deb says: Oct 20, 2010 5:27 PM

    @Nate is gay for Brady …
    Nick didn’t quit in the middle of the year without a word to his assistants. At least one of his assistants is with him at Bama. And he left Miami with his boss’s blessing.
    Bama had put out feelers to his agent, but Saban said he couldn’t entertain an offer until the Miami season ended. He didn’t know then whether Alabama would wait. And there were powerful people at Bama against hiring Saban. The delay could easily have cost him the job.
    When the press kept pushing after he said for the thousandth time that he didn’t want to discuss it, he should have told them to piss off. Instead he told them he wasn’t going to Bama. That was a mistake, but at that moment, no offer was on the table. When the season ended, Bama made the offer, he discussed it with Mr. Huizenga and took it.
    The guy changed jobs. That’s his prerogative. Huizenga gave him his blessing and Miami is fine. So, for Pete’s sake, quit whining.

  51. andyprough says: Oct 20, 2010 5:30 PM

    Hey Zimmer,
    Was that the year your mighty Falcons defense ranked 29th in both yards given up and points allowed? Sorry, I wasn’t aware Michael Vick was expected to play both offense and defense for your team that year.
    Seems Petrino had a little help on his way out the door.
    And, isn’t it a bit “cowardly” to call a guy out in the papers, rather than calling him an MF’ing bastard “to his face”.
    Looks like you got another class act there, Cincy.

  52. ladybucs&steelersnut says: Oct 20, 2010 5:34 PM

    I love a guy who isn’t afraid to put it on the line by stating what he thinks – awesome, Zimmer!

  53. Joe says: Oct 20, 2010 5:35 PM

    Hey Mike, why don’t you tell us how you really feel about that asshole!

  54. purpleguy says: Oct 20, 2010 5:37 PM

    It’s refreshig to see a coach speak without a filter once and a while — good for Zimmer — bad for gutless MFing bastards like Petrino.

  55. packerjoeZ says: Oct 20, 2010 5:41 PM

    OK, Zim, and the sky is blue. What’s yer point?

  56. Duan says: Oct 20, 2010 5:48 PM

    I can’t lie, I like Mallett the quarterback at Arkansas, but I can’t stand Petrino.
    I just don’t understand how in the world the people at Arkansas thought it was okay to hire someone that would quite on their job like that?
    Especially when the team was doing as bad as Atlanta was at that time?
    Petrino, its hard to look at Petrino and not second guess anything he is saying. If my son is ever able to play the game, and make it to that level, wherever Petrino is coaching, I will make sure my child looks opposite of his direction.

  57. Richm2257 says: Oct 20, 2010 5:48 PM

    You’ve got to love a guy who not only calls a weasel like Petrino a “bastard”, but when told they can’t print that word, breaks out the “motherf—ker” card.
    Yeah, much better, Zim!
    By the way, Mike Zimmer is a man’s man for this.
    *thumbs up*

  58. Tdk24 says: Oct 20, 2010 5:50 PM

    Is he talking about a football coach or every president we’ve had since WWII?

  59. letsgobroncos says: Oct 20, 2010 5:57 PM

    ATTA BOY ZIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved that!!!!! for once somebody says how they really feel instead of caring about if it is politically correct or not!!! I admire that, hope you lay a a$$kickin on the falcons!!!

  60. PriorKnowledge says: Oct 20, 2010 6:11 PM

    So it happened a while ago and may not be “current.” I don’t care. I think at least twice a season someone should post an article calling Petrino some kind of insult. He deserves that until he dies.

  61. Great Falconi says: Oct 20, 2010 6:18 PM

    Petrino’s a piece of trash. Any coach who quits on his own team during a bad season deserves the insults heaped upon him. After all, a coach expects his players to give 100% and not quit. When the coach quits before the season is finished, he’s saying that he doesn’t give a damn about accountability. Players, fellow coaches, and fans have a very hard time respecting that.

  62. troll_aikman8 says: Oct 20, 2010 6:35 PM

    Zimmer is a no nonsense guy….that’s why Jerry Jones didn’t make him head coach and chose that lap dog /clown Dave Campos instead. lol. Jerry Jones.

  63. MistrezzRachael says: Oct 20, 2010 6:37 PM

    Zimmer is right..Petrino nothing but the lowest scum.
    Put Zimmer as HC of Bengals, and they win division.
    Any Arkansas fan defending Petrino…will learn after Mallette’s gone…that he;s a real low life.

  64. Steve W. says: Oct 20, 2010 6:49 PM

    # andyprough says: October 20, 2010 5:30 PM
    Hey Zimmer,
    Was that the year your mighty Falcons defense ranked 29th in both yards given up and points allowed? Sorry, I wasn’t aware Michael Vick was expected to play both offense and defense for your team that year.
    Seems Petrino had a little help on his way out the door.
    And, isn’t it a bit “cowardly” to call a guy out in the papers, rather than calling him an MF’ing bastard “to his face”.
    Looks like you got another class act there, Cincy.
    ____________________________________-
    Andy, I’ve seen both Zimmer and Petrino on TV, and from what I’ve seen I have no doubt that Zimmer would have nothing to fear from Petrino. I’ll admit I don’t know much about the Falcons defense back then (though I do know a bad offense puts the defense in a lot of bad situations and forces them to spend too much time on the field), but I do know that he’s the one that turned around what had been a horrible Bengals defense. The fact that his players would run through a brick wall for the man tells you everything you need to know about him. I can’t stand the Bengals, and I have a tremendous respect for Zimmer, as do a lot of coaches and front office personnel around the league. As for Petrino, he helped himself out the door. His job was not in jeopardy that year. The owner knew the situation he was in. In fact, when Blank heard rumors that Arkansas might be offering him the job, he called Petrino into his office and asked him flat out if he was going to stay. Petrino said yes, and less than a week later he was gone. He left without telling any of his assistants, and he left only a computer print out of the football equivalent of a Dear John letter on each player’s locker before he hightailed it out of town. That is how the team found out he was leaving mid-season. If that’s not cowardly, then I don’t know what is.

  65. leaguemvp says: Oct 20, 2010 6:50 PM

    zimmer is a beast, love that guy. in a no-homo way.

  66. dakotah says: Oct 20, 2010 7:01 PM

    vegas691, I wish you were right, but didn’t Jerry Jones help Petrino get the job at Arkansas?

  67. allinSTACKme says: Oct 20, 2010 7:13 PM

    Hauschild says:
    October 20, 2010 4:42 PM
    Zimmer’s logic doesn’t make sense. What happens if Petrino were fired during or after the season in which he decided to bolt? That’s right – the same coaches would have lost their jobs anyway.
    Any coach – much less a low-level coach – in the NFL that believes he’s guaranteed 30 years non-stop employment is an idiot.
    Probably best to be thought a coward rather than an idiot.
    ————————————————–
    I have an odd feeling you’re both.

  68. allinSTACKme says: Oct 20, 2010 7:18 PM

    Tdk24 says:
    October 20, 2010 5:50 PM
    Is he talking about a football coach or every president we’ve had since WWII?
    ————————————————–
    Regardless of whether or not you’re right, this is a thread about FOOTBALL. Leave the political bull s–t at home please. Worst comment of the year.

  69. sand0 says: Oct 20, 2010 8:36 PM

    Your move, Rex Ryan.

  70. DG0122 says: Oct 20, 2010 9:47 PM

    Zim is the man! He was great on Hard Knocks, and I really felt for his family at his wife’s passing. Great scene when he brought cookies his wife made to his players because she thought he was being too mean to them…
    Someone should bake Petrino some cookies…laced with Ex-Lax

  71. dabbflappy says: Oct 20, 2010 9:47 PM

    Petrino’s a turd.
    Zimmer told it like it is. Good for him.

  72. MLS says: Oct 21, 2010 2:15 PM

    Zimmer is a no-good-for-nothing, low life, pathetic excuse of a defensive coordinator. Did someone on here say that he has done a great job with the Bengals? In case you haven’t noticed, the Bengals have more losses than wins. Not something I would consider successful. As a matter-of-fact he really hasn’t done much of anything as a coach except look stupid.
    Bobby Petrino, however, is one of the the most brilliant coaches ever. The SMARTEST thing he could have done a few years ago is leave the Falcons. He has brought the Razorbacks to a level that they haven’t been in a long time. Go Hogs and the rest of you can suck it!

  73. MLS says: Oct 21, 2010 4:54 PM

    It is a good thing that all of you like Mike Z., because noone else wants him.
    Dallas coach? Hardly! Dallas has some pathetic coaches, but they are not so bad off that they would give Zimmer a call.
    Sounds like a bitter coach to me. He has to down everyone else in order to build himself up.
    Mike Zimmer = LOSER

  74. wademan7 says: Dec 25, 2010 2:11 AM

    Hey Mike,

    I think the only “gutless bastard” out there is the way your Bengals have played D this season.

    BTW, what is your salary next to Petrino’s? Maybe you can get down on your knees and beg him for a job in 2011.

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