I couldn’t help but notice that the headline read, “Former Bengal Nate Webster” when discussing the scumbag who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Never mind the fact that he only played in Cincinnati for two seasons, and his final three in the NFL were with Denver. It reminded me of the bad old days. When jokes like the stripes are fitting, and orange jumpsuit uniforms were common phrases when discussing the Bengals. It was frustrating to see any progress of the team get derailed by arrest after arrest.
Thankfully, the negative spotlight has found a new home in Detroit. Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh fancy themselves as a chubby Mo-Town version of the Duke Boys, two members of the Lions 2011 draft class like weed more than Florida Zombies like bath salts and the taste of face, and Titus Young was rumored to punch a teammate.
If the Lions were smart they would cut the troublemakers they drafted in the later rounds as a warning to the higher draft picks, and let them know it won’t be tolerated. The Steelers traded Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes as a message to Big Ben. Who then magically found the Lord and got married a short time later. Message sent.
The 2005 NFL draft produced the some of the most famous troublemakers in NFL history. Cedric Benson, Adam Jones, Chris Henry, Matt Jones, Mike Williams, Odell Thurman, and Chris Henry produced more headlines for off the field activities than on the field.
Six of these guys ended up on Cincinnati at some point, and you could see the frustration on the veteran players faces as they constantly had to discuss the reasons why they were signed, and defend them after each incident.