09-18-2007, 04:43 PM
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Re: Lewis 'smug and condescending'
That was my point about Rudi - everything you hear coming out of Cincy (nationally) is that he is still a beast. That's why, even though I personally believed he was slowing down just a bit last season; I was surprised they took Irons just based on that popular belief.
Originally Posted by CantStop85
Rudi is still a great back, but over the last 4 years or so he's had more carries than any back in the league. You have to believe that's gonna take a toll on him eventually. Kenny Irons was a logical pick at that spot being that there weren't really any good defensive options at that point and Chris Perry couldn't stay healthy if his life depended on it. Had Kenny not gotten injured, it would have been a good pick as he would've ideally taken some of the workload off of Rudi.
I think this is the make-or-break year for Marvin. If he doesn't lead a team with as much talent as the Bengals to at least a wildcard berth, then he really isn't getting the job done.
That would be an ideal situation, but good quality trades are hard to come by these days. The only way the Bengals could get better is if they traded for a stud defensive player and what all would they have to give up to get that? In a perfect world you could trade away TJ because you have Chris Henry who's younger and got more potential, but can he stay out of trouble long enough to get on the field? Trading Chris Henry would be tough, because very few teams would be willing to take his baggage and give up very much value for him.
I think Palmer should have free reign as far as the offense goes. Actually, up to this point, he has had quite a bit of control over the offense. In the offseason he lobbied the Bengals to bring back Kenny Watson and Reggie Kelly and they did. And the majority of the time on offense Carson is calling his own plays.
Ed Hartwell isn't on the team anymore and the Bengals didn't pay him much to begin with. He was cut before the regular season began. The Bengals passed on Trotter and picked up Lemar Marshall, who has been a pretty solid player up to this point. One of the Bengals' problems is that they were expecting Odell to be available this season and when he wasn't it left them scrambling to fill spots. Ahmad Brooks showed a lot of promise in the first game against the Ravens, but then missed the Browns game (hopefully there's a correlation with the results there). But other than Brooks, they really don't have any game-changing players in the linebacking corps (players that Odell and Pollack were supposed to be).
The extent of the Bengals problems is this: they need to play decent defense. You have guys missing tackles, guys making rookie mistakes, and guys not getting to the quarterback. But I think the main problem is the playcalling...I'm really starting to question Chuck Bresnahan's defensive schemes. If things don't start improving, maybe Marvin should pull a Billick, fire the Bresnahan, and start calling the plays himself, being that he is a "defensive genius."
I haven't seen anything since early 05' that supports Lewis as a decent HC.
I honestly think Henry, if indeed he could stay out of trouble, is a better receiver than TJ... But seeing as I really don't think the team would trade Housh (Chad wouldn't allow it =P) I thought trading Henry was a more practical suggestion. Lol - I bet the Eagles would take him. Also, Dallas just signed Tank so... There isn't a complete boycott on troubled guys...
The only thing with Palmer right now is the question that Manning had - Can he win when it counts? I believe that if the situation came along he could. But we still have to see that from him.
Hartwell got cut? The numbers I saw when he was first signed away from the Falcons suggested that he would get a fair amount of playing time... But who knows, I guess most of that money could have been circumstantial.
If the team could fix its defense, and prove they can play in January then I think we could talk... But until then - Same old bungles... -Good talk