The discussion had turned to movies, somehow. I wanted to talk to Mike Zimmer about his players, and to his players about him. The Bengals defensive coordinator has a unit of perceived underachievers. He has them overachieving. Or, maybe, playing the way their talent says they should.
This isn’t the first time Zimmer has done that. It is the best time, though. If the Bengals win in Houston on Saturday, a reason will be the play of the defense, specifically the front four, which lately has been overwhelming. To borrow a beloved Zimmer term, his guys are “salty.’’