Surely You Jest (Chris Henry)
Just when you thought it was finished, they pull you right back in and throw you for a loop… Here at IF, we’ve been pretty vigilant on the Chris Henry, will they/they won’t odyssey, so when Mike Brown seemingly torpedoes head coach Marvin Lewis in order to bring back someone who could politely be called a malcontent for some misguided reason, it makes you sit up and take notice.
The reason I say misguided is because the thought is, with Ocho Cinco being hurt, along with T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s hamstring issues, Henry is a necessary evil in order to solidify the receiver position. Hogwash, says I and the unhappy fellows at Cincy Jungle:
The Reason: He’s signed because of injury at wide receiver.
Myth-buster: No, he’s not. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Chad Johnson and Andre Caldwell are hurt right now. Henry won’t be available until the fifth game of the regular season, which is played against Dallas on October 5th; far enough time for all three receivers to be healthy. Unless, of course, we’re being lied to. Knowing this organization, we’re the biggest suckers for their promoted bull crap in professional sports history.
So how, exactly, does signing a player who will be suspended for the first four games of the season actually help bolster a receiving corps dealing with injuries again? Aside from the stinking levels of hypocrisy coming from the Bengals front office, a move like this essentially castrates head coach Marvin “I Don’t Want Chris Henry Back On My Team” Lewis.
How in the world can he be discipline his team when he has an owner doesn’t seem to respect his position? If Lewis tells Player A he’s suspended and Player A doesn’t agree with the punishment, it seems like all Player A has to do is go complain to Mike Brown and if Brown thinks the player is valuable, he might just overturn Lewis’ punishment decree — further emasculating his head coach in the process.
And even if that won’t happen in other situations, how can the players think otherwise? They see a teammate screw up time and time again and an owner who keeps bailing him out, even if it goes against the head coach’s wishes. That presents a situation where every player who disagrees with a Lewis decision can simply run to the owner and get it reversed.
Is that any way to run an NFL team — one that has had so many issues with players in the past? With all of that in mind, I think we have an answer to the Who Dey chant — the Bengals, as always, will beat themselves.