"I don't know what they're waiting for with this guy. He can coach." Bill Parcells aka "The Big Tuna" said of Mike Zimmer and his long wait to become a head coach. Everyone should know who Bill Parcells is, so I'm not going to get in explaining why his opinion means alot... If you don't just do yourself a favor and do a little homework on one of the greatest football coaches of all time. Mike Zimmer has constantly been coordinator behind very solid, efficient defenses. Even with major injuries on the Bengals roster, with his guidance they've handled it more than well as a top 5 defense. He has had previously been sought after as a potential head coach candidate but his "outspoken" nature has gotten in the way. I personally don't see a problem with a straight forward, outspoken coach. I would rather have a coach that will criticize when a player fails to do his job than seek a gentle way to correct the player. Crap like "Well you are doing a good job but you may wanna try..." isn't going to help this team and fly anymore.
In an article I found on http://lubbockonline.com/stories/090604/pro_090604064.shtml written back in 2004, it had quotes from Bill Parcells on Mike Zimmer. And he had some very good things to say:
"I feel like I'm talking to Belichick because the exchanges are quicker and we both know what we want to talk about.
"As I've gotten to know Mike, I've grown to appreciate him. I see a lot of myself in Mike," Parcells said. "He's a football guy from top to bottom. Those are the kind of guys I've always gravitated to. Football is very important to him. He's a nonstop worker."
"Just thoughts that I have and he immediately relates to those thoughts. He knows where I'm going with them," Parcells said. "If there's anything I've encouraged Mike to do, it's be a little more patient with his evaluations. He's an 'I.E.' (instant evaluator). I'm going to change him."
"I'm fortunate to have him," Parcells said. "He's a fine, fine coach. He's earned my respect."
You really should check out the article if your curious about Zimmer. Alot of insight on him, like he was offered a head coaching opportunity at Nebraska but Parcells wanted him so much, Jerry Jones offered him a raise to stay. With that he decided to stay and learn under Parcells, even though it probably payed less than the Nebraska gig would have. Also it has some words on Zimmer by players as well.