Well, I almost made it. I made it through about 40 minutes of Hard Knocks before getting annoyed with the way the Bengals do things. This Hard Knocks series is going to be something like the Wizard of Oz. We’re all getting a peek behind the curtain and at times we will see past the scary face and the booming voice and realize it’s just Mike Brown pulling a lever. For me, the lever I didn’t like came when Mike Brown was talking – it actually seemed like instructing – the other coaches on issues regarding the roster. He suggested that Chris Harrington, a 6-5, 260-pound defensive end, be moved to tight end to compensate for the Bengals injuries there. That drove me crazy.
Someone needs to tell Mike Brown this isn’t a Pop Warner team. You’re not trying to win the state title in Division IV. This is the NFL. You can’t just pull a player from another position group with the requisite size for a roster spot and expect him to be competitive on the HIGHEST LEVEL OF FOOTBALL in the FREE WORLD. Maybe you could sign Bubba Franks instead. Or I don’t know, someone who has played TIGHT END BEFORE.
The segment ended with Mike Brown theorizing that the Bengals should keep two fullbacks now and only three tight ends. And that made perfect sense. But I’m still a little uneasy about Brown having so much input on football decisions. After all, his track record speaks for itself. And it doesn’t speak well.
Maybe I’m overreacting or over-analyzing (and I’m probably doing both), but I’ve never been a fan of the Al Davis, Dan Snyder, Jerry Jones types. I’d prefer the owners to stay out of the personnel decisions. So from now on, the less I see of Mike Brown in Hard Knocks the better. Pull back the curtain.
But then again, Jordan Palmer might make a great safety. Hmmmmmmm……….
Disclaimer: I don’t hate Mike Brown. He seems like a good man. But he doesn’t seem like a good FOOTBALL man. So I will criticize him on occassion, but it’s nothing personal. I’m just hating the game, not the player.