Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Time for a Youth Movement?


 

As the Bengals left the field today after suffering a crushing 31-23 defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos, a team that was once thought to be a serious threat to rise up and claim the AFC North fell to two games below .500 at the midway point of the season, and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants set to come to town next week fresh of a loss to the Steelers and not having lost back-to-back games this season.

If you watched today’s game, you probably noticed some new faces on the field in the form of a trio of rookies in LB Emmanuel Lamur, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, and center Trevor Robinson, who was actually starting in place of the ineffective Jeff Faine who also played today. Lamur and Kirkpatrick were given snaps mostly on special teams, but the signal was clear. This team is on the verge, if not already in a massive youth movement in hopes of building a bridge to a brighter future in Bengaldom.

The young core of Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham, and Geno Atkins has been surrounded with an even younger crop of raw but talented players like Kevin Zeitler, Vontaze Burfict, Kirkpatrick, Clint Boling, and Mohamed Sanu who have developed this year into legitimate players. Its time to give more reps to guys like Sanu instead of Brandon Tate, and Robinson in place of Faine at least until Kyle Cook returns.

It’s time for a youth movement, because the veterans simply aren’t moving this team.

 

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  • Allan Chandler

    Ho hum. wash, rinse, repeat. Nothing changes.

  • AnotherWastedYear

    Might as well, sorry, but this season is clearly over. Might as well see what some other guys can do. The remaining schedule and given current play on the field, my honest thoughts on W’s & L’s:

    Giants – Loss – The Giants woes on offense get the cure they need, us.
    @Chiefs – Win – I think we could lose this one ala like losing to the Browns though.
    Raiders – Loss – We always seem to lose to ex high profile Bengals.
    @Chargers – Loss – No contest, especially on the West Coast.
    Cowboys – Loss – The Cowboys are better than their record, we’re not
    @Eagles – Loss – Unless Vick gets turnover happy.
    @Steelers – Loss – Could get ugly with them wanting to setup post season position.
    Ravens – Loss – See Steelers game note above.

    Looking like 4-12. Maybe if Palmer throws a few of his patented late game picks and IF the Bengals are fired up to win, we might beat the Raiders at our house. If the game was on the west coast I wouldn’t see us winning. Still looking at no better than 5-11, 6-10 at best IF the Bengals beat the Eagles on the road. Don’t see it happening though. Not without the “A” game for 4 quarters from offense, defense, and special teams, instead of 2 per game and not at the same time.

    IF I could wake up tomorrow and be the new 100% owner of the Bengals:

    1. Immediately hire a slew of scouts before the NCAA season is over.
    2. Marvin Lewis, thank you for getting us over the Shula-Coslet-LeBeau hump, but you’re fired.
    3. Replacement Head Coach to finish the year: Zimmer. Show me what you got even if we lose the rest of the way. Just show me you should be given the job in 2013. Oh by the way, expect a massive turnover in position coaches, who do you want Coach Zim?
    4. Go back to the uniforms of the ’88 Bengals. I HATE the current XFL like uniforms we have. The ’88 uniforms just looked….mean!
    5. I would hire the best GM I could find and give them real power, because while I am a great airchair QB, GM, HC, etc, I would suck worse than Mike Brown at the job. I just don’t have an ego or the desire to be despised!