A clue?! (read that in Scooby's dog voice)
Yes, Scooby. A clue.
A clue in my never-ending-search-even-though-I-already-know-the-answer for why Bob Bratkowski will hold the offensive coordinator job in Cincinnati for 13 years and likely more. ESPN featured this article by Liz Merrill about Mike Zimmer as the lead on their homepage the other day. Surprisingly for ESPN, but unsurprisingly for Liz Merrill, it is very good.
(long time WDR readers will remember Liz for her excellent feature ESPN article on the Bengals/Project Mayhem last season)
I covered here my general thoughts on Brat and why I think he continues to lead the offense but I did not know the following:
The Zimmers and Bratkowskis have a deep history together. In 1980, Mike caught the garter at Bob and Rebecca's wedding. Bob and Mike were assistants together at Missouri, then coached under Price at Weber State. Back then, the staff was very family oriented.
Price's daughter would often babysit for his assistants' young children. And the wives would often lean on each other in their times of solitude. It was a sorority of sorts, among a handful of women who advised and chuckled and knew things the rest of the world couldn't understand.
The Bratkowskis had Mike, Corri and Marki over for Thanksgiving (last year). "I don't ever want him to feel like we're not in this with him," Rebecca Bratkowski says.
So clearly, now even I - hater of haters, second guesser of second guessers - can understand why Mike Brown chose personal over business when it came time to renew Brat's contract last season. It was a move in part to keep supportive friends around for Mike Zimmer.
Seriously though, read the whole article. There's tons of great stuff, like this part on how Zim casually dismisses his skin cancer diagnosis because he's a raging bad ass:
He was recently diagnosed with skin cancer and was advised to have surgery. Zimmer, 54, told his doctor that it would have to wait for a couple of weeks, when the Bengals returned from camp. "It's nothing," he says. "It really isn't. It's what they call basal cell; it's not a melanoma."
Zimmer to cancer: Your shit is weak.
Bottom line: it looks like as long as Zim stays, Brat will stay too. I'll just have to deal with it.