01-02-2007, 10:43 AM
He has the Evil Eye!
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: south of the border
Re: Bengals vs. Steelers - Week 17
from the Enquirer ... as were the earlier quotes
Selfishness gets the blame
The 2006 Bengals: What went wrong?
BY MARK CURNUTTE | MCURNUTTE@ENQUIRER.COM
Bengals players echoed their coach, as they often do, after the season-ending loss Sunday to the Steelers.
In Paul Brown Stadium's home locker room, selfishness was cited repeatedly as the reason the Bengals under-achieved in 2006.
"Small, every gap is small in football," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "There are not wide gaps in the NFL, very small. But it takes people that are selfless."
Said right tackle Willie Anderson: "We all know it is selfishness. We as a team will never get over the hump with the selfishness."
Lewis and his players stopped short of defining selfishness, but examples were on display all year.
Players who get into trouble off the field are viewed as selfish by their teammates, though no one would mention names.
Talented players such as wide receiver Chris Henry and linebacker Odell Thurman - examples 1a and 1b of the bad-boy Bengals - might come to work and work hard. But they're not at home getting rest, studying film or their playbooks when they're out into the wee hours of the morning and getting into trouble.
It's not a stretch to say the Bengals' defense missed Thurman's big-play ability at middle linebacker, where his consistency and knowledge of assignments as a second-year player would have had to improve over his rookie season.
When a bit player like rookie wide receiver Reggie McNeal got into trouble outside a Houston nightclub, Lewis defended him publicly, saying he was the victim of a bad arrest. Why didn't Lewis make an example of McNeal in some way? Instead, there was an air of "anything goes" in the locker room.
What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand