The Good, the Bad and The Ugly of Cincinnati’s Wild Card loss to San Diego

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Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during second quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jermaine Gresham

I know he had a TD catch and a few other good catches, but he continues to hurt the team more than he helps the team. Gresham had yet another holding penalty and he nearly cost the Bengals a scoring chance at the end of the half by using the football to brace his fall.

Honestly, have you ever seen a player do that? Does he not recall the game tying TD that was taken away from him 2 years ago in Baltimore? Everyone else does. These are the type of things Gresham does that would never cross the mind of a football player of normal intelligence.

Unfortunately, Gresham does not fit the “football player of normal intelligence” mold. Unfortunately, Gresham has one more year on his contract, but the Bengals can’t resign Gresham after 2014.

Doing so would simply be a waste of good money. With Eifert as their #1 tight end, they can go with Alex Smith, Orson Charles or hell, anyone not named Gresham. As long as the guy doesn’t fumble 3-5 times a year and rank in the top 5 in the NFL in penalties, it is an improvement.

If the Bengals could trade Gresham in the offseason, I would do so, especially if they don’t intend to keep him after 2014. If any team in the NFL wants Gresham, I am offering to drive him to their stadium.

Jeff Triplette and His Crew

 How the hell did this guy get a playoff game? On the Gresham sideline catch, Gresham got knocked out of bounds with about 15 seconds left and then the Bengals spiked the ball.

After the review, the clocked should have either been stopped at 2 seconds (because of the spike) or about 10-12 seconds should have been placed back on the clock. It ended up not mattering, but just one more example of how bad Triplette is.