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.
“What club in its right mind would trade for a player that’s going to be an unrestricted free agent?” Lewis asked. “If you’re going to start a rumor, make it a good one. Make it something that would make some sense.”
I know what would make sense for the Bengals: resigning their best player to a long-term contract extension but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
Now that the charges have been dropped from Chris Henry’s latest run-in with the law, there was talk the paragon of maturity might return to Cincinnati to ply his receiver trade. But, thanks to Marvin Lewis, you can close the door on that idea.
“I’m not interested,” Lewis said when asked if he wanted Henry back. “It would not be productive for our football team. To be an NFL player, you have to be a productive player. It’s a privilege, not a right.”
While the idea sounded good from a sports blogger point of view (easy news outlet), can you really blame Marvin Lewis and the rest of the Bengals front office for feeling this way? How many chances does on get before these save chances are extinguished? For Henry, the answer seems to be about five — not quite to Steve Howe’s level but much more than you would expect from an NFL team.
It’s been a long and winding offseason for the Bengals in regards to their receivers. First you had the unnecessary Chad Johnson silliness and then Chris Henry’s return to grace. Again, is it any surprise Marvin Lewis wanted to put this whole business to bed? They finally got Ocho-Cinco to be shut up and play. Why on earth would they want to deal with any potential Chris Henry mishaps.
In other news, the Bengals are auditioning for a third receiver. The prerequisites for the position are speed, hands and the ability to stretch the field. Glenn Holt, are you up to the task? If not, Antonio Chatman is ready to give it a try.
Get ready Georgetown, Kentucky because you are going to have an ESPN-media feeding frenzy on your hands when the last week of July hits. In case you missed it, the Mouth that Roared — aka Ocho Cinco, aka Future H.O.F. 20??, aka Chad Johnson admitted he plans on returning to the Bengals for mandatory workouts while doing some guest work for ESPN The (Unnecessary) Magazine.
I believe his words were something like, “I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid.”
Although, if that were true, then why did you waste everybody’s time when you went on your made-for-the-media/let’s-capitalize-on-the-Keyshawn-interview tirades this off-season?
You know the ones I’m talking about. They caused YOUR FANS to reactions like this:
Chad, (in case you are reading) when you alienate folks like that — ones that spend good money to wear YOUR NAME on their back — ask yourself, was keeping your name in the media in such a manner really worth it?
I must say, even though HBO has already picked the Dallas Cowboys to be on their Hard Knocks series, I think the Bengals training camp would be much more entertaining. Although, Pacman Jones will be on hand when the Cowboys go to camp, so there’s no telling how that might turn out.
Mea culpa time. When it was first reported about Odell Thurman being released from the Cincinnati Bengals, I and and some other bloggers had issue with the decision. Considering the news available at that time — something about Thurman not making it back from a family funeral — we felt justified in our position. I even went as far to suggest the above image was actually being used to describe those in charge of running Cincinnati’s football team.
Well, according to SI, those of us that put this on the front-office were wrong: apparently, Odell faces an indefinite suspension from the NFL because he failed a drug test. To which I say, “Brilliant.”
There’s nothing like throwing an potentially successful and rewarding NFL career away because you can’t or won’t leave the illegal crap alone. I mean, after admitting he was an alcoholic, did Thurman feel it was time to move on to the illegal recreational drugs? You see, there are only a limited number of conclusions you can come to after hearing he’s facing an indefinite because of a failed drug test.
All apologies are in order for the Bengals front-office. Who knows, if they actually get out of this Chad Johnson mess unscathed (not sure what constitutes that, but nevertheless), it might actually be time to award them a “competent” badge.
Ever since his Keyshawn Johnson interview, every time Chad Johnson talks to ESPN, it becomes newsworthy. This time, Ocho Cinco is discussing his thoughts about remaining in Cincinnati (not excited), the Marvin Lewis incident (he had to be restrained), where he’d like to end up (a team that can win playoff games and a Super Bowl).
And look, ESPN was kind enough to provide the video:
While the Bengals front-office remains adamant about not trading Johnson (too big of a cap hit), he hasn’t given up on moving on. If he does leave, the Bengals front-office had better get the best defensive player they can. Receivers of his magnitude, excess baggage or not, don’t come around everyday.
Of course, an Ocho Cinco trade would mean one thing for the Bengals offense: Housh… as in T.J. Houshmandzadeh. You certainly don’t lose much, expect maybe the triple-threat of having Johnson, Housh, and Chris Henry on the field at the same time.