Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
I haven't been the biggest Brat supporter over the years, but to be fair he had some pretty difficult personnel issues to deal with this year.
1) Depleted WR corps -- The losses of TJ and Slim were huge and never really overcome. Ocho was rejuvenated this year, but Coles never really figured out the playbook (and/or fell of the performance cliff that a lot of 30 year-old WR do). Caldwell flashed but was still too young and inconsistent to be dependable every game. Without his customary array of wideouts, Carson was left to throw to Coats (stone hands), Foschi (passable) and a cast of misfits way more often than he should have.
2) I also think the offensive line, while much better than anyone expected in the pre-season, also had serious weaknesses in pass blocking. I think by the end of the year Brat was actually pretty limited in his repertoire for play calling simply because the O was struggling so badly in certain facets of the game. It was too late to start over, so they just tried to keep going with what worked (Ced 25+ times a game with a few passes to Chad). For good teams, that was just too easy to stop. Heck, even for a solid playoff team like the J-E-T-S, it was too one-dimensional.
If they don't go with a wideout or a TE in the first round to address the first need, I kind of hope they go for a good G to line up next to Andre Smith on the right side. Bobbie Williams is getting old and you can never have too many OL. With Whitworth, Mathis, Cook, a new draftee and Smith starting while Roland and Livings rotate in, I think the OL could really establish something solid to go along with an improving D. Then we might really have something here.
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"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
I have read rumors that Coles was more hurt than they let on publicly, which I kind of hope is true as it would mean he might bounce back next year with better health.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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Unfortunately, I wonder what the penalty will be for Maualuga next year for his DUI last night? Is it to much to ask to take a cab every now and then.
Unfortunately, I can here it coming already. People claiming it is an example that nothing has changed with the Bengals. I don't throw him on the list of former Bengals with discipline problems unless it happens again. He wasn't even around when the Bengals were the "thugs" of the NFL.
Another reason why we need good depth. Our players can't even stay out of trouble for a month past the season ends.
Your 2010 Cincinnati Bengals
Help stamp out, eliminate, and do away with redundancy.
I would take TO at this stage in his career. One year, incentive laden deal. Character wise in Buffalo he was pretty good. TO would allow the Bengals to draft a WR a little later and use the 1st rounder on an OT or TE.
NO! This man is a cancer everywhere he goes, and all Palmer needs is someone like him on the field to distract. Besides, imagine how he and Ochocinco would fuel each other.I would take TO at this stage in his career. One year, incentive laden deal. Character wise in Buffalo he was pretty good. TO would allow the Bengals to draft a WR a little later and use the 1st rounder on an OT or TE.
I'd rather listen to Kelch read the phone book than suffer through Thom Brennaman's attempt to make every instance on the field the most important event since the discovery of manned space flight. -westofyou