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How Do You Spell Desperation? B-E-N-G-A-L-S.

Posted on: October 2, 2008 4:23 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2008 4:30 pm

First Chris Henry, now Cedric Benson.

Why?! It wasn't that long ago when the Vikings and Cowboys were notorious for bringing in "troubled" players. Jerry Jones still does it to a certain degree. The Vikings are past that stage. I guess they figured it out after the "party boat" incident. They, and most every other team in the NFL, have figured out that winning is not conducive with troubled talent. At least now, the Vikings are headed in the right direction. The Cowboys have managed to control it pretty far. The Cowboys benefit from good leadership. Top down starting with Jerry Jones, Wade Phillips and even Tony Romo have been the glue that keeps the team together. I must give credit to Jones, I did not think he would be able a top contender considering his past issues with salary cap and aging players. He has infused the right amount of veteran leaders with the young talent.

OK...back to the Bengals. They have no leadership. This team has been peppered with distractions. Chad Johnson has been a distraction in a bad way. It's harmless to a certain degree. To his credit, he does stay out of trouble with the law. But the world has to rotate around him. It's "Chad this" or "Chad that." Oops...I meant Chad Ocho Cinco. See what I mean? Chris Henry is worse. All the arrests led the team to cut him. What did they do? They resigned him several months later. That's an indicator that the player wins. I don't know what Carson Palmer was doing while this was going on, but as a team leader, he needs to stand up and take control. What the heck is Marvin Lewis doing? Who's managing this team? NOBODY! In some way, you have to feel bad for Lewis. There's only so much he can do.

Benson's role hasn't been defined with the team yet. If Chris Perry and Kenny Watson are really that dinged up, then Benson may be forced into action. Why Benson? I think Shaun Alexander could've been a safe pick. It would've only been a short term solution but it would have been somewhat productive. Of course the Bengals chose the young, talented guy instead. Benson's resume doesn't even closely begin to stack up to Alexander's. There's a long list of players that the Bengals could've chose from...MIke Anderson, Ron Dayne, Tatum Bell. It's a wonder why the Bengals settled on Benson. Even before the Bears cut him, Benson was already in danger of losing his job.

I can't imagine that Lewis is on a very long leash. he needs to make something happen in the short run and start winning games NOW. I don't see Benson as a short term solution...just a long term headache. But you know what? If Benson doesn't work out, you can always go after Travis Henry.

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:11 am

How Do You Spell Desperation? B-E-N-G-A-L-S.

Actually, I think you meant to say 2-3. You must've assumed that the Vikings were going to lose to the Saints. Although 2-3 isn't stellar, you have to see the decisions that the Vikings made in choosing their players. These players don't end up in the least news that represent their teams in a bad light. Not only that, the Vikings have a solid foundation to build upon. They are a solid QB, WR and CB away from making a serious playoff run.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2008 2:59 am

How Do You Spell Desperation? B-E-N-G-A-L-S.

The Vikings heading in the right direction?  What 1-4?

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2008 12:23 am

How Do You Spell Desperation? B-E-N-G-A-L-S.

LOL Boozers! You'd might want to leave Tatum Bell off the list for that luggage incident. But then again, the criminal element theme seems to fit the Bengals right now. And to think, this team was headed up just a few years ago...they were a serious playoff contender then.

Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 10:28 pm

How Do You Spell Desperation? B-E-N-G-A-L-S.

Exactly, why Benson indeed when there is a plethora of used running backs?  Is there something wrong with Shawn Alexander?  Is he damaged goods?  If the Bengals were looking for short term help then what’s wrong with Mike Bell?  Tatum Bell I can understand, you might not get your bags back if he comes to town.  It just unbelievable. 

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