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September 30, 2008 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Cedric Benson Mug Shot

Cedric Benson: Who got the tequila?

The Cincinati Bengals have picked up ex-Bear, and current draft bust, Cedric Benson.   Cedric Benson will be 2nd in the depth chart for the Bengals, but first in line for bail bonds.  Marvin Lewis and the Bengals staff have constantly overlooked character to get talent, but we have seen with the 0-4 Bengals that team chemistry is important.  A team in such disarray needs some stability, and adding a player who probably  will not successfully remove himself from the problems that followed him around in Chicago, won’t help the team in the long run.

I like Marvin Lewis at a coach, but his tenure at Cincinati has gone so terribly wrong.  On paper, they have a great wide receiver combination with Chad Ocho Cinco and TJ Who’syourmomma.  Carson Palmer should be one of the top 5 QBs in the league.  However, the offensive line can’t block together, and the defense couldn’t stop the Cleveland Browns; A Cleveland Browns team that has a QB controversy brewing and under acheiving offensive playmakers with over exaggerated sense of worth.

Side Note:  The Browns and Bengals are killing so many fantasy owners who thought the Browns could reproduce last years scoring magic, or that the Bengals lose their share of games, still put up big fantasy numbers.  I was one of the sad owners who took Carson Palmer early.  sigh.  now I scramble for a QB every week.

I’m not against giving people a second chance, but I think it has to be done in a particular way.  The Dallas Cowboys are known for successfully reviving troubled players careers.  They set up a support system and take a personal interest in the life of the player.  The Cincinnati Bengals don’t seem to structure their organization in that way.  The continually bring in players with known personal issues and have not been able to keep some of these players from bad situations.

oh well.  good luck cincinnati.  Chicago is happy with Mr. Forte.


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