You know, I’ve read a lot of dumb things in my life. Hell, I’ve written a lot of dumb things in my life. Twenty-one years ago, I graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a degree in journalism (specifically a BS, which I always found appropriate). And for two decades I have made a living putting electronic ink to computer keyboards.
I note this only to emphasize my level of disappointment with this piece of shit.
And yeah, I’m talking to you, Chick. You let them put your name on this?
Let’s just fisk the first few sentences.
"It would appear to the casual observer that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who has finished over .500 in just one of his first six seasons in Cincinnati, is on a short leash."
Which casual observer would this be, the one that missed the whole 4-11-1 2008 season?
"But then, that’s what generally was assumed last season, too, and Lewis remains the Bengals’ coach—even after finishing 4-11-1 and a half-game out of the AFC North basement.Apparently, there’s no such thing as a short leash with the Bengals."
Uh yeah, you didn’t figure that out back about 15-20 years ago with his guy named David Shula?
"The Bengals are a team in transition, especially on offense where reliable wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh left via free agency."
Uh-huh. And it takes you how many sentences to note they signed Laveranues Coles? And what do you have to say then?
"the addition of Laveranues Coles offers a better deep threat and might allow Palmer to gain big chunks of yardage."
Yeah. Right. Well, uh, thanks.
You know, I completely admit that the Bengals could stink next year. But if I wanted to come up with reasons why — say the uncertainty on the o-line, not mentioned at all in this so-called analysis — I the amateur jerkoff, sans anything resembling an NFL source, can do better than this.