Zimmer takes blame for Bengals defensive ‘fiasco’

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer isn’t shying away from the performance his defense turned in Week 1. In fact, he’s taking the blame.

“The whole thing was my fault. The whole fiasco was my fault,” Zimmer told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “I know better than what I did. I’ve got big enough shoulders to take it.”

Zimmer watched his defense surrender 17 points in the first 21 minutes of the 38-24 loss to the Patriots, and after some evaluation says he overloaded the players on what they were asked to do.

“The players are good guys,” Zimmer said. “They do what they’re asked to do. They play hard. They always do. They played hard the other day,” Zimmer said. “I had them (thinking about) too many things. Paralysis by analysis on a lot of things … we forgot to play football. My fault … I thought we were the ’85 Bears.”

Zimmer is only giving his defense a one-week pass, though, adding, ” “This week it’s on them. This is the last time I take it.”

– Frank Tadych

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