Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Players React To Losing Their Beloved Coordinator To Minnesota

  • Eric Goldschein

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One of the big takeaways from this season of “Hard Knocks” with the Cincinnati Bengals is that players absolutely loved defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Adam Jones (once known as “Pacman”) called him “the father I never had.” The words “no-nonsense” and “beloved” come up often in articles about Zimmer. Take this, for example:

As we now know, Zimmer got the Vikings job, and though he clearly deserves a shot at running his own team after spending his entire NFL coaching career as a coordinator, he’s getting a strong social media reaction from his former Bengals players.

Rey Maualuga was emotional:

Carlos Dunlap went for funny:

Domata Peko can’t let go:

Pacman felt vindicated:

Terence Newman also felt pain, mixed with happiness:

George Iloka, the same:

Jason Dimanche went for the RT:

And Geno Atkins just retweeted Carlos Dunlap:

Finally, James Harrison:

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