Re: Jets Beat Miami; Bengals All But Eliminated From Playoffs
Originally Posted by remdog
At the start of the season I was more excited about the Bengals' prospects than I have been since the '80's so this year has been a big disappointment.
Losing both Thurman and Pollack at LB hurt quite a bit since both of them showed the potential to be among the top LB's in their first season. I was looking forward to watching them progress but, as forfreelin04 pointed out, it's possible that the two of them are gone from this team (and possibly pro football) forever.
O'Neal and James need to be replaced and I'd probably let Smith walk.
As bad as the O-line was hurt by injuries this year Whitworth, Ghiaciuc and Andrews gained a lot of experience and, overall (IMO) played pretty well the last half of the season. That will help next year as it appears that the Bengals are ready to let Steinbach leave.
There were times that the coaching staff didn't seem to have a clue but I'll let Marvin Lewis decide what should be done with the various assistants. However, as head coach it's Marvin's job to be responsible for the teams record. I like Marvin and his supporters point out that he's never had a losing season as head coach. By the same token, I'll point out that he's only ever had one winning season. He's a big step up from days of old but 8-8 year after year isn't going to satify the fans much longer. It's time to show that he can take a team deep into the playoffs and be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
I'd definitely let James go in a heartbeat, but I just can;t agree on Deltha O'Neal.
I hope it's never sunny in Philly again.