Re: 2011 Bengals Discussion
Today was the first time I'm actually starting to believe in this team. I'm so incredibly skeptical that it will take a lot for me to a convert to this team, but I thought they showed a lot out there today. Like someone else said, going down 14-0 in the first quarter would have led to a total collapse in the past. Today, it didn't seem to phase them at all. I actually thought the Bengals were the better team on the field today.
And I'm even starting to jump fully on the Dalton bandwagon. I've only watched him a few times this year, but today I kept watching him thinking there's no way this is a rookie QB. It's not the team's record or his stats, it's the things he's doing cereberally that rookie QBs rarely do. He reads blitzes and makes quick passes for 5-7 yard gains. He throws the ball away rather than hold onto it. He makes a lot of really smart plays. Maybe he really is a reason to be optimistic about the future.
Maybe there is something to them getting rid of the problem children and it being addition by subtraction. This is clearly a different team from an attitudinal standpoint. But I still believe the biggest difference is the absence of Bratkowski. I think it's hard to underestimate how awful he was as a coordinator.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David