Originally Posted by Screwball
I agree with your overall point, but I think this might be a bit much.
As for the Bengals, they have a favorable schedule this year, and if Carson was playing without all the drama surrounding him this offseason, I'd be eyeing the playoffs. However, they have a rookie quarterback who's had limited work this preseason due to the lockout. The defense took a hit with the loss of Joseph, but overall there's still lots of talent on that side of the ball. It really comes down to how well the Line can get to the QB without forcing Zimmer to bring pressure packages.
I've seen fans mockingly claim the Bengals' best player is Kevin Huber, but the fact remains he's a very valuable weapon to have - especially on a team that probably will struggle (at least initially) to maintain offensive drives. Winning the battle for field position will certainly pay dividends should the Bengals find themselves in a lot of close games, which I think they will.
In the end though, the Bengals will probably end up with a high draft pick again. 4-12 sounds about right.
You may be right Screwball, I guess my reason for saying that is because I just don't see Pryor as a primary QB in this league. Ronnie Brown in a Randy Moss package? Something like that I could buy into, if Pryor himself is willing to buy into that and work towards that end.
I see Newton as eventually a good QB in the NFL. I watched most of his games in college last season and he can flat out make all the throws needed to succeed in the NFL.