Bobby Petrino has been criticized in the past for his stint with the Atlanta Falcons, when he bolted early for the head coaching vacancy at Arkansas. I personally do not know Petrino, but I have certainly heard all the criticism about him.
Recently, Petrino’s former Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer recently ripped Petrino because he resigned during the season and no one knew what was going on. Zimmer is now the defensive coordinator for the Bengals.
Zimmer had this to say about Petrino, when asked about returning to Atlanta when the Bengals play the Falcons:
On going back to Atlanta, Zimmer said about that season, “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.”
When asked if he had seen a two days like that before, where the Falcons lost on Monday Night Football, a coach resigns and then is doing “Woo Pig Sooie” 24 hours later in front of Arkansas boosters, Zimmer said: “No, most people in football have enough courage about them and enough fight to stick through something and not quit halfway through the year. It is cowardly. 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—.”
So, I think a good lesson from this is don’t mess with Mike Zimmer and don’t mention Bobby Petrino around him.