Offseasons don’t carry day, but it’s a start

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on July 20, 2011 – 6:14 pm

With the NFL about to explode in Caddyshack-like fashion at the hands of a free agency period seemingly inspired by the hair-brained Carl Spackler blowing up Chuck Rodent, the Bengals hope to pick up where they left off last offseason.

Of course, if a 4-12 season, a 131-day lockout, and a disgruntled franchise quarterback don’t cause amnesia, what will?

But think back to those first heady days of the last training camp. The Bengals were coming off a division sweep and Georgetown College had turned into the set of VH1 with the arrival of Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens. Local and national media were handing it to the Bengals. Owens looked as if he were the final piece for a Super Bowl contender after an offseason the Bengals made all the right moves.

The reason they went and got Owens was the only downer. The four-year, $29M deal they gave the man they chose over Owens at the beginning of free agency, Antonio Bryant, blew up with his knee. They had young guys like Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Dez Briscoe in the wings, but the club reportedly listened to Palmer’s lobbying for Owens and opted to take a one-year shot on the controversial and mercurial receiver.

That came at the end of an offseason the Bengals kept defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer by making him the highest paid assistant in club history, as well as re-signing two veterans that were first drawn to Zimmer on one-year deals in tackle Tank Johnson and safety Roy Williams. While re-upping two key locker-room guys on offense in right guard Bobbie Williams and tight end Reggie Kelly for chemistry, they also drafted talent in the weapons everyone said Palmer needed in first-round pick Jermaine Gresham, a tight end, and third-round pick Jordan Shipley, a slot receiver.

And Owens turned out to be their most productive receiver. Of course, as things went south, he also became the most outspoken and critical Sunday Afternoon Quarterback when it came to drilling his own coaches while rubbing some teammates the wrong way.

But if the blueprint had worked the way it was supposed to work…

Well, 2010 proved blueprints don’t win. If the Bengals can accomplish close to what they got done in the last offseason (with no fragile knees), it’s a good place to start. Keeping in mind September depth charts don’t win games.

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3 Responses to “Offseasons don’t carry day, but it’s a start”

  1. By bengalpirate on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully, as soon as the architects finish the CBA details and everything is signed off on, The Bengals can start their reconstructive season. My personal blueprint for winning the division, playoff games and I dare say, the Super Bowl, is a dominant, shutdown defense, a deep, strong running game and as he grows into his role, Andy Dalton as a caretaker QB. Once he gains QB experience, savvy and grows up with his new receiving corp, then Dalton can help key an explosive offense and lead us to a Super Bowl victory. Sounds good on paper, (the blog) but once again hope springs eternal and on with the NFL season. WHO DEY!!!

  2. By 2ndboot on Jul 23, 2011 | Reply

    Reconstructive season reminds me a bit to much of reconstructive surgery in the fly which is what it seems is being done.
    Possibilities are no Palmer, no Ochocinco, no Owens and thankfully no Brat..It’s a stem cell replant with Dalton, Green and Gruden along with the other names I can’t think of this second..
    Who says stem cell research is dead? Who Dey!

  3. By mwindle1973 on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    First order of business would be which of our own FAs we want to re-sign and which ones we don’t. CB Johnathan Joseph, RB Cedric Benson, RB Brian Leonard, LB Brandon Johnson, MLB Dhani Jones, S Chinedum Ndukwe, DL Jon Fanene, S Roy Williams, G Evan Mathis, TE Reggie Kelly are all FAs. One would think the first 4 guys on this list are locks and we will try to sign them. From there it’s a game of speculation. But other than Mathis and Kelly, you have to sign a replacement if you let them go, except maybe at LB. So after that look at where we need to bulk up. And it’s obvious, we still need the vet RT Marvin talked about in January. One that can mentor Andre, yet still fill the gap if Andre fails again. Next up, we need some kind of vet QB on this roster. I don’t care if he’s starting material or not. But we have to have someone who can manage the game if Dalton fails or is injured. Aside from that I don’t think there’s a lot to do. Safety needs upgraded if possible. And of course any deals you can swing to upgrade your team otherwise. But to me the biggest priorities are signing JJoe, Benson.

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