Originally Posted by CrackerJack
I do blame this on the Bengals. They didn't know their rules, probably because they rarely do anything that puts them in these situations. It's simply an ode to their fine incompetence. Knowing a bonus would be applied to 2007 really isn't that complicated either, and not knowing it would put them over the cap for last year, is just as dumb. You can't defend that.
They are what they are - losers in the NFL, because of a lack of effort - which translates to lack of desire in my opinion...which means no, Mike Brown really doesn't care. If he did, he'd hire more full-time scouts and a personnel manager with a track record or high upside.
He only cares about maintaining profitability (an easy thing to do in the NFL), it's not about winning games or championships for him. That's a by-product or lucky circumstance, not something he pursues with a passion.
You accept it, laugh at them, and make the best of things, and lose interest the older you get, after 17 years.
This new generation of young pups will be as jaded and tired of them as I am in 20 years I'm sure.
Believe me, 2005 was your 1988 or 1980, it may be another 10-15 years before they get lucky enough to have a season like that again. The Clippers, the Rangers, The Saints, The Bengals, The Cardinals (and a few others) - are just that way, I've come to terms with that after years of deep denial, thinking things could change and be like the 80's again.
My friend, I'm only 22 years old, and I'm every bit as jaded as you are
. It's very frustrating, and I've accepted the fact that we'll never see a sustained run of excellence from this franchise.
In saying that Mike Brown cares, I'm not saying that he's going about trying to win the right way. He obviously cuts corners to save money. Do I think that he wants to win? Yes, do think that. But it won't happen because he's too cheap. I've ripped him up and down as much as anyone, and I'm by no means defending him. He's easily one of the worst owners in all of sports.
And I wasn't aware of the details of why the trade was shot down, so I wasn't going to place the blame on us. But I assume you're correct, and if so, then the trade not happening is clearly on us.
I'm just not shocked. I'm numb to it at this point. I care as much as I ever have, but I don't feel the pain anymore. If I allowed it to get to me, I'd have a heart attack by the age of 25.