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Why, Cincy, why?

Posted on: November 16, 2009 6:49 pm
Just when you think the Bengals moved past what was a sordid history of the three C's -- crooks, criminals and complainants -- here they are again close to signing the alleged woman-beating overrated has-been, Larry Johnson.

There's a chance the signing won't happen but it looks likely and here's a question for the Bengals. You're rolling, you're good, you're one of the best teams in football. You got away from your awful past by flossing and flushing. You've convinced the world you aren't the same old Bengals.

Why bring in this guy? Why, why, why?

The old Bengals were dead. The ones that between April 2006 and June 2007 saw 10 Bengals arrested for a variety of crimes, including domestic violence and resisting arrest. It was so bad that commissioner Roger Goodell used the Bengals as a platform to launch his law and order initiatives.

The Bengals have been able to put that past behind them until now.

Over the past six years -- just six years -- Johnson has been arrested four times on various asault charges against women.

Why the Bengals would ever do this is a total mystery and again demonstrates that some teams in the NFL have little respect for women.

So when Johnson again does something really stupid -- and he will -- the Bengals have no one to blame but themselves.

Good luck, Cincy.

You're going to need it.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bengals

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:36 am

Why, Cincy, why?

It's a great football decision. There's very little backfire in this one. He's fourth string and will need to play his way up. Benson is that starter and I don't see him missing significant time. Marvin said they were discussing this move last thursday, well before Benson's injury. Aside from Benson though we have no RBs with real game experience. Bringing in a guy with something to prove and to a team that has a chance this year could be great for LJ. If he doesn't work, you cut him. It's pretty cut and dry actually. I don't think he's a has been just yet. I think a lot of it has to do with the style running back he is and how bad KC's O-line has been. Larry is not an elusive back and if he can get at least decent blocking, he's not going to create much. Benson is a lot like LJ in this respect.

I believe people need a chance to redeem themselves. Look at Benson.

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:09 am

Why, Cincy, why?

I agree with Freeman on this one.   There is a double standard going on in the NFL that needs to be corrected.  Violent situations involving women is staring to spiral.  I realize that many of these allegations against NFL players are just that, allegations.  Others are more than that.  But doesnt something deep down tell you that there is a fundamental problem going on here?   The best way to be a MAN is to treat a woman with respect.  This goes way beyond football.

Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:04 am

Why, Cincy, why?

This was or is being done for one reason: the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  He didn't get kicked out of KC for beating up anybody, but when the F word is muttered he is some type of Lazarus.  The Bengals may very well live to regret this Signing if Johnson goes bad but with Jokeland, the mistake by the lake, and the Detroit Lions up next, let us rest Cedric the Runner and go forth to the promise land.  Good luck LJ 

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 7:34 am

Why, Cincy, why?

Well, I'll give it a shot.  Try Cedric Benson is hurt.  Try Brian Leonard is unproven.  So is Bernard Scott.  And, here's just a shot in the dark, neither one of them is the next Barry Sanders.  So, I think Benson is a smart insurance policy.  Put him on a winning team for once.  Maybe he will turn it around. 

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 6:17 am

Why, Cincy, why?

What are the Bengals to do...sift through the fodder of the likes of Edgerin James, Shaun Alexander, over pay for a 2nd stringer or perhaps rely on the back up of one of the many 3 headed backfields...if they can pry one out (Oakland or maybe Green Bay)?  Take any of those and you are not getting a real replacement for Benson should he go down to injury.  You know if The Hoodie did this everyone would be talking about how they are able to reform those disgruntled players and what a GREAT move it was for the team's insurance going forward.  I do believe that he was given a lot of credit for how Corey Dillon meshed into a Patriots hat.  Actually, I wont be surprised to hear New England's name in the potential running for Larry Johnson.  This is just a plain smart football decision.  No where in the report does it even suggest that LJ would just jump in and start taking over the team's RB duties.  This guy is a safety valve.  You will actually be putting in a true first stringer if Benson goes down.  I know they say 4th string, but we all know this guy is no less than 2nd string and will be spelling Benson pretty quickly.

You can argue that LJ has lost it.  Fine, I cannot argue that, other than to say it was a really fast digression.  I would be willing to be he has more in the tank left than Edge or Alexander or any of the 2nd stringers that the Bengals might be able to pry from another team without overpaying.  He helps get you the ring in whatever role and you dont like his attitude...let him go.  You only paid a prorated league minimum for his services.  If he gives you attitude and you can deal with it...drop him and pick up one of the free agents or try for a trade. 

If he is really locker room kryptonite, then no one else is going to jump in and outbid for his services as a backup and you can pay him as such.  Prorated league minimum is about as low as it goes!

This kid will be totally geeked out to play for a team that is in the hunt.  It hasnt happened to him in a long time. 

As for this being a slap in the face to women by the Bengals, please!  Yes, the Chiefs took the high road and only allowed him to abuse women about 4 times that we know of.  The Rams only employed a player that killed one person.  Eagles had no trouble signing the dog slayer Vick.  The key question is:  Would the signing benefit the team or would the people stop coming to the game or buying merchandise?  I am not picturing a backlash of women at Bengals games if Vick didnt get anything more than he did from dog lovers. 

Not to mention, Palmer is in his prime.  How many shots are you gonna get?  ASK DAN MARINO!  Strike while it is hot...

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 4:28 am

Why, Cincy, why?

I know my team sucks and all that, but even when they were winning I would find it hard to root for them if they had a bunch of A-holes playing for them.  I realize that we only beat the Raiders this week, mainly because they are even worse than us.  But with that victory, and Larry Johnson gone, it feels pretty good to be a Chiefs fan this week.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 4:21 am

Why, Cincy, why?

He is an insurance policy. If he makes ONE stupid mistake, he will be gone. It's not like the Bengals signed him to a longer term deal or anything. It's basically a half-season rental. Besides, the Bengals are really enjoying this new concept called "winning" and they will not let one player ruin that for them in the locker room. I HATE to agree with Mike Brown on ANYTHING because he is psychopathic scum, but this is a good "football move." It makes all the sense in the world, and maybe Johnson will be motivated being on a Super Bowl contending team. And if he isn't motivated, he won't play. Simple as that. He can say whatever he wants in the media or the locker room to try and ruin what the Bengals have going and it just won't work. You have to have actually accomplished something in the past 3 years to have any say in a locker room.

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:28 am

Why, Cincy, why?

Two words.  Cedric Benson.  Every sports analyst across the country grilled the Bengals for signing hiim last year.  They said he was a bad teammate, he had legal issues, he was a flop, he would never live up to his potential especially in a place like Cincinnati.  While everyone was busy criticising the Bengals for picking him up as well as some of the other outcasts of the NFL, the Bengals were quietly and contently building a contender.  No one within the orginization cared about the outside criticism.  While the playoff chase was on for other teams, Cedric Benson quietly put together a stellar second half after being signed rushing for 747 yards and two touchdowns.  The defense was quietly building momentum and the team won their final three games.  An accomplishment that nobody outside of Cincinnati noticed or cared about.  Fast forward to week ten of the 2009 season.  The Bengals have raced to a 7-2 start and have dominated the two teams that played in the AFC championship and finished a season sweep of the defending super bowl champs.  Benson has rushed for 859 yards and six touchdowns and the defense that is composed of plenty of players that everyone else had written off just like Benson, is one of the best in the league and second against the run.  So why would you sign a former pro bowl running back at the league minimum to essentially be a practice squad back just looking for a second chance? Well i say why not? Now that the Bengals have made a statement on the field, there is nothing that the haters can say about how this team is playing. So what do they do?  They still find a way to criticise this orginization because they just can't accept the fact that the Bengals are good.  Signing Larry Johnson is a zero risk situation.  If they sign him it will be for the league minimum and he will be their fourth option at running back and most likely relegated to the practice squad.  So go ahead, continue to hate on the Bengals.  They don't care, nor do their fans because they will continue to go about their season business as usual.  No one has believed in them all season, accept for themselves and that is all that matters.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:16 am

Why, Cincy, why?

I'm not Todd Haley or Scott Pioli here, but I think I can safely say that the reason LJ was kicked out of KC was because of his 2.7 yard per carry average, as well as the cumulative problems he has caused over the years, not just because of the gay slur incident.  Yes, we have a bad offensive line.  But, if we have such a bad offensive line, then why was Jamaal Charles able to rush for just under 6 yards per carry, over 100 yards, and for one touchdown on the first Sunday after the release of Johnson?  Why wasn't LJ able to produce when he had his chance against the Raiders a month ago?  Why does he do the exact same move every time he runs at the line(stutter-step, fall forward for 2 yards)?  I think we can safely make one of two conclusions, either:

a) LJ really hated us here in KC, and decided that he would do anything to be released.  Including playing terribly.


b) He is waaaaay past his prime, a prime which just so happened to coincide with the best Chiefs offensive line in history .  Does no one think that Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Brian Waters, and Casey Wiegmann had anything to do with his success?

Either way, the man has proven that he is a self-centered idiot, time and time again.  Don't get your hopes up here, and you better pray that your coaches decide not to use him against the Chiefs, because he will not produce.

-relieved Chiefs fan

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2009 1:16 am

Why, Cincy, why?

Since when is it a requirement for a football team to respect women?  Wasn't it one of LJ's former coaches who stated the obvious?  "You play to win the game."  The Bengals are playing to win the game.  LJ is not washed up, he was washed out in K.C.  He had no OL the past 2 seasons and then this year he had no support from management.  Change of scenerary can do a whirl of good.  Just ask Cedric Benson-- yeah the same type of player the Bengals picked up last year.  We heard all these same complaints-- same old Bengals.  Well Ced has resurrected his career and image.  LJ can do the same.  And before you condemn the Bengals for allegedly having no respect for women, I do hope you realize the heir apparent as owner of the Bengals is Katie Blackburn-- a woman who just happens to handle personnel negotiations.  Obviously she is on board, so before blurting out the first thing that comes into your head; try to get the facts.

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