I think Dunlap v. Johnson is close. Hopefully, though, if they do have to decide between the two, they listen to Zimmer (assuming he's still here). I trust him to decide.
Really, the Bengals' failure to franchise Joseph is one of the all-time epic Mike Brown failings. It was simply a matter of being cheap. They could possibly have 1 or more playoff wins if they had kept Joseph.
Even more disappointing to me about that situation was what John Thornton reported. He said he had heard what JJ was willing to sign for (with the Bengals) the year before he left, and Thornton couldn't believe how little he wanted (relatively speaking, of course). He then significantly increased his value by having a strong 2010 and priced his way right out of town.
RB coach Jim Anderson retires today.
I heard JJ gave the Bengals a chance to top the Texans' offer, and the Bengals declined. He left for the money, and it wasn't a huge amount by NFL standards ($1M/year or so iIrc). I think Mike Brown just hates paying players in the secondary. Well, he hates paying anyone, but I mean players in the secondary in particular.
Quite a list of RBs Jim Anderson coached, starting with James Brooks in 1984 and ending with BJGE in 2012, many times a strength on some really bad teams.
Coached under Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Dick LeBeau, and Marvin Lewis
All the best to him in retirement!
I guess my biggest complaint with the Bengals and RB is they have had a tough time finding a lesser round pick and getting that player PT. Just off the top of my head the Redskins were able to take a 6th round pick and turning him into a rushing leader. The Bengals had BJGE go down and inserted a ST player and a fullback over Herron. I don't know if the Bengals aren't fully ok with a RB going in whose pass blocking skills are less than stellar, but other teams seem to plug in RB's and succeed while the Bengals don't.
according to PFT Hue Jackson will be taking over as RB coach.