Petrino Ripped By Former Defensive Coordinator

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.



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  • There was also the scandal in 2003 when Auburn’s last AD and president reportedly flew to Louisville to talk with Bobby Petrino about replacing Tommy Tuberville during the 2003 season. When word of this got out, it spelled the beginning of the end for the Auburn president and AD, and gained additional support for Tuberville, after a dismal 7-5 season in which they began the season ranked #6.

  • Yea, we hate this guy in Georgia. I don’t even care for pro football but that was one of the all time low points for the Falcons.
    I hope Arkansas continues to build their program because as a South Carolina fan, I’ve always felt like us and Arky were in the same middle-of-the-pack boat in our respective divisions.
    But don’t ask me (or anyone else from Georgia) to support Bobby Petrino. Ever.

  • i am sure all the petrino bashers are purer than the wind driven snow……they would never leave one job for more money or a better situation……….the coaching profession is a very unforgiving way to earn a living… are judged on wins/loses….schools have no problem letting a coach go in season or out……….so coaches have to look out for their own best interest…….people are going to be hurt and disappointed whenever things don’t work out……..GET OVER IT….QUIT CRYIN ZIMMER…U CAN PRINT THIS………..PETRINO IS NOT THE ONLY COACH TO MOVE ON ON HIS TERMS………not the employer’s terms….there are two sides…..petrino didn’t bargain for a team without mike vick either…..things change…things happen….normal people adjust and move on……ZIMMER..R U LISTENING U BIG CRY BAG…..STAND ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET ….NOT THE HEAD COACHES GRACE…….

  • I don’t think ANYONE really knows the whole circumstance around his departure, except Petrino and the Falcon’s management. Just sayin, the obvious in not always the situation.

  • Hopefully Petrino will write a book, and tell us all what happened. Could be interesting to know the whole story.

  • Considering that these whines are coming from the coaches and fans of the dirty birds, I’d sure like a look at “the other side of the story”. Most of us care little for the emotions of the Falcoln fans, coaches, nor the people of Georgia. I am not placing redicule at the feet of any of these folks. But they don’t hold much interest for me.

    Arkansas has a coach that is moving the team forward. Petrino has upgraded his position for HIS family, and for his future. Where is the problem in that?

    Zimmer. You had your say. You deserve that. Now go sit down. We’l call you if we want to hear more.

  • What’s it been 3 yrs and these little girls are still crying that Petrino left the Falcons. GET OVER YOURSELVES! Petrino is not the first coach to leave in the middle of the season and for that matter how many coaches have been given the axe in the middle of the season. I don’t see anyone supporting them when they are fired and Zimmer knows it . He just another whiney little bitch. So stay in Cleaveland and shut your pie hole!

  • All I Can Say is Razorbacks 5-7 in his first season. Razorbacks 10-2 now and in our first BCS bowl. Nuff Said.

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