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NFL coordinator calls Bobby Petrino 'a gutless bastard'

Based on a session with the Cincinnati media this afternoon, it’s safe to assume that Mike Zimmer and Bobby Petrino will not be exchanging Christmas cards this year, or at any point in the near or distant future for that matter.

Zimmer, currently the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, served as the coordinator on Petrino’s Atlanta Falcons coaching staff in 2007.  Petrino infamously pulled one of the biggest punk, below-the-belt coaching moves in the history of of the game, leaving the Falcons with three games remaining in the season — with barely a word in parting said to his staff or anyone in the organization — to take the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas.

With the Bengals traveling to Atlanta this weekend to take on the Falcons, Zimmer was asked about returning to the city for the first time since Petrino stabbed an entire organization in the back.  Suffice to say, there was no biting of the tongue when it came to Zimmer’s opinions three years after the betrayal.

Here’s a sampling of Zimmer’s quotes, courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

  • “I was never even there. As far as I am concerned. I never even was there. 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 at least finish out the year. I am not a part of that.”
  • “He 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.”

  • “He came in and said he resigned, he would talk to us all at a later date, walked out of the office and no one has ever talked to him since. Not that anybody wanted to.

  • “He’s a gutless b—d. Quote that. I don’t give a s–.” 

    When told that we might might not be able to use the B word, Zimmer went one better: “How about this, gutless MF. You can use that.”


    In summation, Zimmer feels that Petrino is a gutless, testicle-deficient coward/quitter who ruins people’s lives and families.  With the exception of kicking puppies and spitting on the flag, I think he pretty much covered all the insult bases there.

    We’ve sent an email to the university seeking comment on Zimmer’s diatribe toward their current coach, but as of this posting we’ve not gotten a response.  Nor do we expect one, honestly.

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    13 Responses to “NFL coordinator calls Bobby Petrino 'a gutless bastard'”
    1. edgy1957 says: Oct 20, 2010 4:59 PM

      He did leave out “Die, you gravy sucking pig.” (Steve Martin quote). :)

    2. JP says: Oct 20, 2010 5:14 PM

      Who says that men aren’t able to express their feelings?

    3. sportsdrenched says: Oct 20, 2010 5:22 PM

      Glad to see there’s still some people not afraid to tell the media what they really think.

    4. zing97 says: Oct 20, 2010 5:37 PM

      I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d*ckless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh*t he is! Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?

    5. razorback says: Oct 20, 2010 7:16 PM

      Zimmer is a dumb*ss sh*thead. He couldn’t control Dangelo Hall and the dirty birds. Arthur Blank fired Reeves with 3 games remaining. Karma.

    6. xxSnakeBreathxx says: Oct 20, 2010 7:36 PM

      What if the owner fired Petrino with 3 games left in the season? Would he be considered “gutless”? The naivete of the people on this board is amazing. Pro football is a business with very little loyalty in evidence.

    7. BrownsTown says: Oct 20, 2010 8:32 PM

      Haha, look at Hogs fan stick up for a coward just because he’s their coach. Sometimes, you gotta call ’em like ya sees ’em.

    8. tryagain says: Oct 20, 2010 10:19 PM

      i do like his ability to say what he thinks but i don’t think nfl players or coaches are too sympathetic of characters. in other words, i don’t really care that bobby left them high and dry like he did. if he does that to my poor little innocent college kids, that opinion could very likely change of course. 😉

    9. frank booth says: Oct 21, 2010 3:31 AM

      Petrino’s a turd. Even the most intelligent Arkansas fans with an IQ of over 45 and missing less than 7 teeth realize this. I know that’s not many, but I’m sure all 5 of them would agree.
      The way that he turned tail and ran away is inexcusable, and the fact that he never contacted his staff again shows what a coward the guy is. He left a freaking note for his players. What kind of guy does this? I hope that every college recruiter uses this kind of information against Petrino.
      Petrino always had one-foot-out-the-door when he was at Louisville, and left early after one season in the NFL. I suppose he’d leave Arkansas, too, but he ought to get a winning season in the SEC before he does that.

    10. tryagain says: Oct 21, 2010 10:36 AM

      now frank booth don’t you sound like a charmer– it’s like a case of the piece of crap calling the turd brown.

    11. 1deadeye says: Oct 21, 2010 11:14 AM

      Such a bitter man…poor baby. And why is this a story three years later? ATL had given up on their season, Vick was a jailbird, Deangelo was out of control, and it was not “midseason” but 3 meaningless games left. BP had to accept immediately or the Arkansas job was going to someone else.
      Mr Arthur Blank refused to let BP exit more graciously…it was still an ugly situation and not handled well by either of the jerks involved.
      Coaches move all the time. I do not see how this loser Zimmer was so inconvenienced with months to send out his pitiful resume.
      Frank Booth must be a Kentucky briar with only 7 teeth still seething from BP leaving Louisville and getting “Kragthorped…”
      Go Big BLUE!

    12. SeaOtter says: Oct 21, 2010 12:31 PM

      Am I the only one who would love to see Zimmer and Mike Westhoff of the Jets on the same staff? That would be several degrees of awesome.

    13. TominNH says: Oct 23, 2010 8:43 PM

      There are some things that are just plain WRONG! What Petrino did was WRONG! What Kiffin did was WRONG! What’s going on in many NCAA programs is just plain WRONG! This country is losing its ethics and that is never a good sign!!

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