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I am in rant mode, and for that, I apologize.
There were a lot of things that went wrong with the 2010 Cincinnati Bengals, but I can assure you, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco weren’t one of them. I get so sick of hearing the first thing out of everybody’s mouth, “T.O. and Ochocinco were too selfish.”
What a load of bologna. Both players fell just short of a 1000 yards, but neither played in all of the games. They’d have been in great shape to get to 1000. Ochocinco, a little smaller chance, finished the season with 14 GP, 831 yards, and 4 TDs. Owens, a sure lock to have finished with 1000, finished also with 14 GP, but got hurt early in week 15 and didn’t return to the game, 983 yards, and 9 TDs.
Ochocinco and T.O. certainly didn’t help matters a whole lot, yelling at Carson Palmer on the sidelines and hosting their own TV show, but I’ll be the first to admit, the Bengals still could’ve gone 12-4 with them. If you want to point fingers, point them at someone else.
As long as you want to point fingers, can we point them at Carson Palmer? Sure, he had 3970 yards, but the 20 picks and 82.4 rating negates that a bunch. Not to mention a bunch of that yardage was in the garbage time.
Maybe you want to look and say, Cedric Benson’s 3.5 ypc did not get it done. The Bengals were good for the worst yards per carry average in the league at 3.6. I would have to go ahead and guess that starts with the offensive line.
Then again, you could always say that the defense simply didn’t improve well enough in order to make this team a winner. They finished middle-of-the-road in all the defensive categories.
BUT WAIT! ONE LAST IDEA!
How about we combine all those “blames,” throw in the general management *cough* Mike Brown *cough* and we have a total team failure.
However, Bengals fans, don’t lose hope, because the #4 pick is in their laps this year and they have a great chance to improve that horrible pass rush immediately, which in turn helps Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph showcase their talent as elite corners. One last move the Bengals need to make however, is not resigning Cedric Benson. It’s time to take the next step with Bernard Scott. It’s obvious he has the abilities. They just need to go sign a complement back to split carries with him. It also was pretty obvious that the offense is rolling on all cylinders when he is in.
So let’s just all take a step back, regroup, and muster up all the hope we can for next season. Last I checked, the Bengals were still in Cincinnati, and they will be playing there in 2011 barring the lockout.