News

Print
RSS

Zimgram thanks everyone

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wrote an open letter to Bengals fans to say goodbye after the most successful run by any defensive coordinator in franchise history.

In one of the classier moves in Cincinnati or any other professional sports town, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wrote an open letter to Bengals fans to say goodbye after the most successful run by any defensive coordinator in franchise history.

On Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Zimmer said he wrote it from the heart and that it was easy to write. But the hardest part, he said, was reading it. Particularly the last section. The farewell to his players:

To Bengals Fans,

For the past six years I have made Cincinnati my home. I have come to love the area, the people and the city. It truly is a fantastic place with unbelievably caring people.

I was very fortunate to work with so many outstanding people at Paul Brown Stadium. Coaches, especially Marvin, and the defensive staff -- Jay, David, Paul and Mark -- to ownership -- Mike, Katie, Troy, and Paul -- and everyone behind the scenes that does such an outstanding job to make the Bengals a winner.

In the time I was there we have climbed to the top of the AFC North division. We have become one of the better defensive teams in the NFL and we hopefully have become a team that the fans are proud to watch. The fans have been unbelievable to me. They are passionate and respectful. You have made my time in Cincinnati very special. THANK YOU. I will never forget the respect that you gave myself and my family.

To the players, past and present, it was truly an honor to coach you. I tried to give you my very best each day. You should be proud of what this franchise has become. You have my ultimate respect and my goal was to make each one of you better than when you walked in. I hope I did. You are family to me.

We proved a lot of people wrong, didn't we? I loved watching you play on Sundays, and we always fought through the tough times. I am so proud to have been your coach. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you will always be part of my life.

All my best and thanks for everything.

Zim

 

Recent Articles

  • Bengals climb Hill to lead Colts at half

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 3 hours ago

    Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis showed his hand in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Paul Brown Stadium when he started all but one backup against the Colts.

    Views: 586
  • Cutting edge

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 22 hours ago

    Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons is in the middle of the moves coming out of Thursday's 7 p.m. preseason finale at Paul Brown Stadium (11:35 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12).

    Views: 7,106
  • Tez: signed, sealed, delivered

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Aug 27, 2014

    The 1,000-1 longshot paid off for both sides Wednesday when Bengals Pro Bowl WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict signed his extension that keeps the heart and soul of the NFL's No. 3 defense in Cincinnati through 2017. “You can’t be the richest man in one day. You have to work to get it," Burfict said.

    Views: 9,256
  • Defense continues stand

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Aug 27, 2014

    When the lights snapped, crackled, and popped Sunday night in Arizona, Wallace Gilberry liked how the Bengals defense responded.

    Views: 7,806
  • Hobson's Choice: Xs and Os add up so far

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Aug 26, 2014

    Just how often is Hue Jackson going to use his tight ends?

    Views: 7,060

Recent Videos