Re: Bresnahan speaks....
Well, I guess one way to get players to play faster is to dumb down the system. The other is to get players with the speed, intelligence and work ethic to handle a more complicated system. There are plenty of teams that run defenses with multiple looks, different moves based on reads, "fire zones" involving LBs and DBs rushing with DLs dropping into coverage. Those teams don't seem to have a problem with complicated defenses and their guys don't necessarily make a whole lot more money that members of the Bengals' D. IMO, the Bengals have always run a pretty straightforward D with differences based on the number of guys they rush. If they need to dumb it down to get better, then maybe they need to get better players. Bresnahan had a hand in scouting and identifying players who could help the team.
I can somewhat see his point on the disparity between the money spent on offense vs. the money spent on defense. However, I think 3 of the 4 top money makers on D (Smith, Thornton, and O'Neal) weren't really playing up to their contracts anyway. If the Bengals let two of those guys go, they'd probably have been able to sign a difference maker on D and the team would have been better even without equal money spent on both sides of the ball. Bengals' coaches have a lot of input on personnel decisions, or so I've heard, so Bresnahan has to take some of the blame for the players on the team and their level of preparedness.
Sounds to me like "Bam Bam" likes to pass the buck.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.