Re: List your Bengal changes here.
I think the key ingredient in being a successful NFL team is keeping the starters in the lineup. The Bengals were not able to do that in two key areas- linebacker and the offensive line. I think both of those problems were huge this year, keeping them from really coming together as a team. Only one of the players missing from those positions was a "character issue", Odell Thurman.
My suggestion for the Bengals would be to move Geathers to LB, and use draft picks to go after another top LB. They are quite a ways under the cap; I'd use a lot of it to change the defensive line- letting Smith walk if they can bring in an equal or better replacement (personally, I think they never should have put him at end. He'd be a wicked inside linebacker). And they'll have to strengthen the backs (especially of James goes).
Leave the offense as is except to upgrade at TE...or keep Kelly and use him more downfield.
I also agree about Palmer not being 100%. We ought to be thankful the guy even played the entire season after knee reconstruction. It's one thing to get back to shape physically, another entirely to regain the speed and timing needed to be an NFL quarterback. The fact that he performed as well as he did is amazing if you ask me.
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Last edited by SunDeck; 01-04-2007 at 02:30 PM.