Bill of Rights for Patriotic opener

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on September 12, 2010 – 9:33 am

Bill of Rights for a Patriotic opener:

  1. Tom Brady’s contract. Tom Brady’s car accident. Randy Moss’ collision with words. Logan Mankins’ holdout. There haven’t been this many distractions with the Patriots since the Tea Party.

The most controversial thing coming out of Bengaldom is Antwan Odom’s admission he tested positive for a banned substance and that the case is in appeal.  A four-game suspension would hurt the Bengals, obviously. But that’s down the road.  On this Sunday the Pats beat the Bengals when it comes to dealing with off-field issues.

  1. The first tweet of Game Day from The Ocho sums it all up: OGOchoCinco:@terrellowens:

“Wake up big bruh, for every negative word uttered about us not working as teammates today let’s unleash hell on the field!!”

And no matter what happens, who does what, what the final score is, the T.O.-Ocho experiment is going to drive the tone of the season.  How will it work? It truly is reality TV. Just like it’s in your office, home, or classroom.  If the Bengals win, it’s all good. You heard nary a peep from The Ocho last season as the passing game went into the shadows. Because they won. And no matter how it goes, reality is they made a big move when one needed to be made.

  1. Running back Cedric Benson, the offensive line, and the defense are still the barometer of the team’s performance.


  For all the hype poured into the fuel tank of the Batmobile, those are the three principles of this season. They will only go as far as they protect quarterback Carson Palmer and Benson and the offensive line go hand-in-hand. So does the defense in a high-powered schedule that begins with Brady and ends with Brees and Rivers. They have to keep games manageable so opposing teams don’t tee off on Palmer.

  1. Palmer has more weapons in the passing game and this we all know. But the most intriguing question is how will offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski marry the smash-mouth concept with spreading the field? Run first got them to first place. Will they remember?

The Ravens’ game plan against the Pats in the last game at Gillette last year in the Wild Card Game is still as fresh as this morning’s Game Day program: Three penalties, 52 rushes.

  1. Sunday is all about special teams. It always is on the road against a well-coached, discipline team. Plus, Bengals special teams coach Darrin Simmons is pitted against his mentor, Scott O’Brien.

For the first time in his eight seasons with the Bengals, Simmons has as many weapons in the return game as Palmer in the offense and Mike Zimmer in the defense. He also has a new kicker in Mike Nugent and is trying to replace three of his top four tacklers from last season.

But he also has a solid new special teams captain in linebacker Brandon Johnson. Smart, thoughtful, unselfish. A guy that has paid his dues in five quiet NFL seasons. This week he gave a glimpse at just one of the many invisible leaders the Bengals have in the locker room. He pumped up two of the younger players on teams, saying linebacker Dan Skuta is the best player in the kicking games and that linebacker Michael Johnson can be an elite player for as long as he wants to play.

At about 4 p.m.  Sunday, everyone is going to be pointing to one special teams play.

 They usually do in the glow of a win and the ashes of a loss.

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4 Responses to “Bill of Rights for Patriotic opener”

  1. By dpinwch on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    At halftime of this game I am sick to my stomach about the poor performance by every player in every aspect of the game! Special teams-bad. Offensive line-bad. Passing game-bad. Running defense-bad. Pass defense-bad. Special teams-BAD. It is unbelievable how they can fail in the same ways year after year after year. Maybe we’ll see a rousing comeback in the second half. Maybe they’ll win every game the rest of the year. But my bet is that all across the NFL, the well deserved refrain will be “SAME OLD BENGALS”. Mike Brown – are you watching this and understanding ANYTHING?

  2. By tepidfan31 on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    It really wasn’t all that bad! The OL was very good, after all we got almost 3 yards a carry and gave Palmer at least 3-4 seconds. The DL and the LBs did well to hold them to 5 yards per carry and were very nice to gift Brady a rocking chair. The DB’s – missed assignments, a few long balls? – no big deal, even in grade school you miss some assignments once in a while. And Special Teams deserve recognition as well by holding them to only 1 TD and disdaining blocks on returns Then the coaching! Let’s give kudos for the game plan, the offense, the defense, the special teams, and the adjustments; since apparently they accomplished all this without a training camp this year. Finally, what’s one simple loss? It will be easy to finish 12 and 3, maybe even 15-0, against our patsy schedule. So, let’s give the entire team including the coaches passing grades; well, maybe not A’s, but at least a lot of C’s and D’s. Now – 15 semesters to go. The Bengals have been in grad school for over 20 years, never get out and move on, but always fail and have to go back only to fail the same tests year after year.
    Typically the Bengals say “if we take back 5 plays, we win”, yeah, like the Reds saying “if we take back 5 of their home runs, we win”, or “if Ali didn’t knock me out 5 times, I win”. When too many of those things happen; you don’t deserve to win! It defines a “loser”!

  3. By looking4sb1 on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    Tepidfan, “almost 3 yards a carry” is terrible. You aren’t going to win many games with that. In my opinion, the game was lost on our defensive and offensive fronts. The O-line was consistently beat in the first half, making it impossible to keep any drives going. They did finally start to pick it up in the second half, but by then the game was nearly out of reach. The defensive line got no pressure and got pushed around in the running game. The Patriots were the more physical team on Sunday.

    However, even with the O- and D-line play, I have to put this one solely on the coaches. The Bengals showed a glimpse of competitiveness and drive in the second half. Which means the coaches failed to have the team properly motivated to start the game.The team was flat and uninspired in the first half. The effort was pitiful. Thank goodness for a somewhat promising second half, otherwise my outlook for next week would be bleak.

  4. By tepidfan31 on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Looking 4, All those comments were “tongue in cheek”, implying that 3 yards a run or allowing Carson 3 secs won’t cut it; very poor play by the OL. The same with the other remarks.

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