Following a disappointing loss to the Steelers, it is clear the Bengals can’t win with good sportsmanship. They need the fire and desire of games past.
Enough with the sportsmanship. Following a disappointing loss to the Steelers, it is clear the Bengals can’t win with good sportsmanship. The Bengals went out of their way to appease the referee’s and all they have to show for it is a Loss. The Linebackers in Stripes might as well have been strapped to Roger Goodell’s desk with Ambien in an IV. The Defensive Line basically had Hot Tea with DeAngelo Williams while discussing a Meryl Streep movie. And the secondary took Antonio Brown out for dinner but didn’t even get a good night kiss. Intensity and passion were replaced with fear and sportsmanship for sake of pleasing the NFL. Yet, the fans in the stands and watching on TV were the ones let down once again by this Bengals team.
The last time the Bengals played Pittsburgh the passion, hatred, and intensity was palpable. Yes, that was a playoff matchup where emotions run higher by default. This past Sunday, the Bengals didn’t need that same passion (which also led to a loss) but they did need SOME passion.
If the Bengals can’t strike up more fire than they did last week, it’s going to be a long season.
Obviously, talent and strategy are very important. However, when that talent doesn’t have a competitive heart, the strategy doesn’t really matter. This Bengals team has the players and coaches to make a Super Bowl run. But if they can’t strike up more fire than they did last week, it’s going to be a long season.