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Express Train from Cincinnati Bengals Now Departing

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It’s been an eternity since the Cincinnati Bengals have made the Super Bowl. January 22nd, 1989 against the San Francisco 49ers is a long lost memory, a rare positive one at that, in the minds of Bengals fans. They lost that game 20-16 and since then, they’ve lost all sense of direction.

Though the 1990s, their overall record included 52 wins and an astounding 108 losses. Through the decade starting in 2000, their record of misery was 68-91-1. It seems that no matter what level of talented players they add, their perennial high level of haplessness never seems to subside. The only time this organization made news was when one of their many players were arrested for some off-the-field shenanigans that stayed in lock-step with their on-the-field shenanigans.

The 2010 season was full of hope. Adding Terrell Owens to an already deep wide receiver corps along with a rested and healthy Carson Palmer was supposed to turn the tide for the Cincinnati Bengals. While they seemed poised to finish in the upper-end of the AFC, it wasn’t long before the reality that has plagued this team set in. A 10-game losing streak was book ended by 2 wins and 1 loss to open the season and to close it as well.

Why we should leave Cutler alone after the jump >>

No Free Speech In Cincinnati?

Flush Mike Brown

One of the biggest disappointments of the 2010 NFL season has to be the woeful performance of the Cincinnati Bengals, who, after dropping yet another game, this time to the New Orleans Saints, have a sterling 2-10 record, strengthened by an impressive stretch of nine straight losses. With such a great showing this season, coming off a 2009 season where the Bengals won the AFC North, fans are understandably pissed off about Cincinnati’s sad return to the land of Bungles football. While some disillusioned fans direct their ire and disappointment at Carson Palmer, who’s uneven play invites such criticism, others are targeting someone who, in the mind of this writer, is much more to blame than any coach or player on the Bengals roster: owner Mike Brown.

Continue reading after the jump >>

Please Let This Happen (Chris Henry)

Chris Henry

Now that those pesky charges have been dropped, Chris Henry is looking to get back into the NFL and one of the teams he’s talking about is his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals. To which I say, oh, yes please. While most would think Henry might want a fresh start — or perhaps a shot in a bigger city with more entertainment options and perhaps some real chili (I’m sorry, meat sauce is not chili).

But no, it seems the Cincinnati’s wayward son is interested in returning to Carson Palmer and company.

Perhaps expecting a suspension following Henry’s fifth arrest, the team released Henry before the legal system ran its course.

But Henry says he wouldn’t hold any grudges against the organization that drafted him in 2005. In fact, he would welcome a return to the Bengals with open arms.

“Going back to the Bengals is possible,” Henry said. “I wouldn’t mind it happening because I loved playing in Cincinnati. I got real close with all the guys out there and I planned on being out there for a long time. I really had a good time playing ball out there in Ohio.”

Can you really blame Henry for wanting to go back to having Carson Palmer as a quarterback? It’s doubtful teams like the Indianapolis Colts or the New England Patriots would take him and after that, there aren’t many more teams with better quarterbacks than Palmer.

It’s just too bad the Bengals have been wasting his talent.

As for Henry, if he does reunite with the Bengals (and it feels so good), the media’s eye will be incredibly focused on his activities, as will anyone with a camera phone when they seem him public. Granted, when he actually does get to play football, he makes a great third option for Palmer — but that’s just it — he’s only been on the field 21 of the last 32 games for the Bengals.

If Henry doesn’t return to the Queen City, he’ll probably wind up in Dallas. They need receivers and aren’t afraid to take on the dirty laundry of other teams.

Update – 3:55 CST
I don’t think the guys at Cincy Jungle want him back. Just a thought.

He’s Baaaaaaaaaack

Chad Johnson

Guess who showed up at camp yesterday? If you said a disgruntled-but-talented receiver who would be much better served by closing the hole under his nose and just kept playing the Pro Bowl-level football he’s been producing these last three-or-four seasons, you’d be correct.

And no, you haven’t been sent back in time to relive the Terrell Owen/Philadelphia Eagles shenanigans all over again, either.

Nope, it’s still 2008 and the person I’m talking about is, of course, Chad Johnson. That’s right. Just like he said he would, Ocho Cinco showed up at the Cincinnati Bengals mandatory camp yesterday and judging by the various reports, he was pretty quiet about the whole ordeal. Oh well. Give it time. He’ll be talking again about being mistreated and wanting traded really soon.

It’s almost inevitable.

Anyway, according to the Cincy Jungle blog, Johnson participated in drills but did not practice. I guess he’s pretty familiar with Carson Palmer already, but if he’s planning on playing for Bengals this fall, maybe he could try making some some amends with his quarterback. You know, the guy responsible for getting him the ball…

Oh yeah, apologizing to his fans wouldn’t hurt either.

Some Bengals Fans Are Done With Ocho Cinco

When you are throwing a franchise under a bus — a franchise that’s given you a great deal of leeway when it comes to on-field antics — remember, you are throwing the fanbase under the bus as well. To say Chad Johnson was a fan-favorite would be like saying Michael Jordan could play basketball. While correct, it doesn’t quite capture the magnitude of either subject.

Chad Johnson’s jerseys sold like hot cakes to the Cincinnati faithful (yes, there are some) and now that he’s decided he’s bigger than the franchise, at least one of these fans has had enough.

Good luck trying to get out of the Queen City, Chad. It’s obvious the potential salary cap hit means more to Bengals front-office than your happiness does. Besides, I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on inside the mind of a receiver who would risk going to a bad team without a proven quarterback over catching passes from Carson Palmer.

That just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense; much like the Monday Night Football/Hall of Fame jacket Johnson donned last season.

H/T to You Been Blinded for the find.

Update: Using Chad Johnson jerseys as fuel for a fire isn’t the only thing being done with them. SBB has more.

Carson Palmer Questions Coaching Staff

Cornhole ClassicCincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer isn’t sure his team has the right staff in place to turn things around in the Queen City. As pointed out by SbB and the Cincy Jungle, these thoughts were echoed during a Q&A session with the Cincinnati Enquirer the day after the Bengals completed their disappointing 2007 campaign by dispatching the even lower Miami Dolphins.

When asked his thoughts about the current edition of the Bengals coaches, Palmer wasn’t that confident with his response:

Then he was asked if the same coaching staff can lead that turnaround.

“I don’t think so,” Palmer said.

Do you think there should be a change in coaches?

“I think so,” he said.

Do you think there will be?

“Like I said, I don’t make those decisions. I play quarterback.”

Do you know what’s going on?

“No.”

If that isn’t one of the most ringing endorsements you’ve heard for a coaching staff… Palmer continued to discuss his thoughts, saying this past season was one of the most disappointing he’s ever had:

“Oh, yeah. I think the amount of sleep I lost this year. I think I’ve aged. I’m 28 going on 34. I think I lost a couple years,” he said. “Frustrating. Times I felt sick to my stomach and I didn’t have the flu. Just a long, long, frustrating year, but in saying that, I wish we could start all over and play 16 games right now. I’m not ready to go home.

“This is my most disappointing year of any sports, junior Pop Warner to T-ball to now. The losses, the way we lost, the fact we’re going to be watching the playoffs from our couches, the fact we don’t have practice next week.”

Much to their credit, the guys at the Cincy Jungle blog didn’t blindly side with Palmer. While they understood his frustration, they also say the turnaround needs to be led by Palmer himself. Responding to the comment about Palmer not sharing his opinion with the Bengals front office because it’s not his team, Kirkendall offers:

While he’s technically correct, this has always been my biggest complaint. What I expected, and what I wanted, of Palmer, when he became the everything to the Bengals, was leadership. This is his team. This team doesn’t succeed without him. This team has no chance. Not with its current makeup. Take charge. This is your team. Make the change happen. Perhaps expressing concern over the coaching staff was the first step. Perhaps the frustrated season simply spilled over. Either way. The team in flux and your opportunity to become the leader we expected is here. Take it or leave it. Just don’t miss it.

As a professed Bengals fan, I’m not sure where I stand with all this. I’ve never doubted Marvin Lewis but I don’t have the same confidence in his staff. Of course, if they could actually find a draft pick that’s able to play longer than a couple of games without getting into trouble (Odell Thurman) or getting severely injured (David Pollack, Kenny Irons, Chris Perry), it would be a step in the right direction (right now, the jury is still out on Leon Hall).