I grew up and still live in Cincinnati. I grew up in the days of the Ickey Shuffle and the blond bomber Boomer Esiason so needless to say I’m a Bengals fan. Here is my impressions after watching last nights game against the New England Patriots.
Our safety’s, Dexter Jackson and Madieu Williams are undersized and unwilling to play tough against the run. Williams was man handled against Sammy Morris in the open field.
We need a tight end. Some teams have really good DB’s that match up well against our wide receivers, those teams typically don’t have good enough linebackers to stay with a productive tight end. The Bengals need to diversify their offense, starting with a tight end who can make the 3rd and 5 catch.
The Bengals are really hurting from bad luck draft picks in recent years:
- David Pollack – 1st round, career ending injury.
- Kenny Irons – 2nd round, torn ACL.
- Odell Thurman – 2nd round, suspended by NFL
- Chris Henry – 3rd round, suspended by NFL
- Frosty Rucker 3rd round – hamstring
- Chris Perry 1st round – broken leg.
- Dennis Weathersby – 4th round – career ending auto accident.
I think Marin Lewis is a good football guy, not the best situational coach but a good motivator and understands the game. In the end he is still hampered by the owner, Mike Brown, and his unwillingness to run the Bengals like the other NFL teams (minus Buffalo of course). The Bengals organization still does things like the days of the Ickey Shuffle and until that changes mediocrity is the best this team is going to do.