Who is your favorite Bengal? Chad? Jordan Shipley? Geno Atkins? Carlos Dunlap? Dennis Roland? (Just kidding.)
Right now, I’d have to say my favorite Bengal is Mike Zimmer. Every time I read a quote from him, I’m left thinking “D*** I like this guy! He doesn’t fit into the Mike Brown mold at all!”
GH over at Bengals.spin caught up with my man Zim and posted an article full of great Zimmer quotes. They discussed what I am calling “+2″… playing as well in the final 2 minutes of a half as they do in the preceding 28. My favorite quote was this one:
” ‘We’re going to be hard to beat and we’re not going to beat ourselves,’ he says.” (emphasis mine)
The juxtaposition of optimism and honesty in that statement is refreshing and inspiring. We have watched the Bengals cave in critical situations more times than we can count. (If I say “Pat Sims,” you say “4th-and-1”, right?) Like many years before, 2010 was replete with mind-numbing and heart-wrenching mistakes turned hard-fought wins into sleep-stealing losses.
You hear Dave Lapham right now: “Don’t put yourselves on the schedule.” And the Bengals have been oh so good at doing just that. But as they say in therapy, the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Mike Brown might not see it, but clearly Mike Zimmer does.