With Williams to IR, future at RG unknown

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on December 12, 2011 – 12:48 pm

Bobbie Williams

One of the toughest and most durable Bengals of his generation couldn’t survive a broken right ankle and for the first time in his 12 NFL seasons right guard Bobbie Williams went on season-ending injured reserve Monday.

At age 35 and in the last year of his deal, there is speculation that Williams has left the Paul Brown Stadium field for the last time. And if it is, how fitting. Even though he was hurting he walked into the locker room during the second quarter firing up the crowd with his ever sunny smile.

Ever since he arrived via free agency in 2004 from the Eagles, the 6-4 345-pound man-mountain Williams has been such a rock in the locker room, they call him “Boss Man.” Always known as an excellent run blocker, Williams improved his pass blocking when he got to Cincinnati and was part of the ’05 and ’07 lines that set the club for fewest sacks allowed.

The only Bengals games Williams had missed before serving a four-game NFL suspension at the beginning of this season for violating the NFL’s policy on physical enhancers were three games during the 2006 season after an appendectomy. His 117 games with the Bengals have straddled perennial Pro Bowler Willie Anderson and first-rounder Andre Smith as his partners at right tackle. Williams was on the field for Carson Palmer’s first fourth-quarter comeback in 2004 and Andy Dalton’s second in 2011.

Williams, the only offensive player left from head coach Marvin Lewis’ first AFC North champs in 2005, had been a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2000. When the Bengals drafted Clint Boling in the fourth round this season and picked up four-year Eagles center Mike McGlynn off waivers just before the season, they appeared to be moving to youth at that spot.

McGlynn, who started at center for last season’s NFC East champions in Philadelphia, started ahead of Boling once he got comfortable with the offense and before Williams returned. It was McGlynn that replaced Williams on Sunday. The Bengals are also high on 2010 fifth-rounder Otis Hudson, the guard they drafted in the fifth round out of Eastern Illinois in 2010. They signed Hudson from the practice squad Monday.

Before Hudson hurt his knee early in training camp, offensive line coach Paul Alexander said he and Smith were his two most improved players.

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7 Responses to “With Williams to IR, future at RG unknown”

  1. By tepidfan31 on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Why aren’t the fans attending Bengal games? To begin the Bengal’s financial well-being depends on the season ticket holders, and the popularity of NFL football which brought in sufficient single game tickets holders over some years to fill the stadium. I think it is plausible to assume that after 20 years of frustration, the interests of both groups have declined. They started 6 and 2 (albeit against inferior competition), and you might surmise that the competition may be a factor. You might also assume that after so many years, many thought that 6 and 2 was mirage, and this may be a factor. The economy might also be a factor, but why hasn’t this affected other teams? There has to be an underlying factor at play here, which has to be more significant than all the above. It can only be 20 years of frustration, which Bengal fans, rightly or wrongly, attribute to either Bengal’s management or the coaches. However, some of the coaches have been very successful elsewhere, so this is probably not a factor. Again, rightly or wrongly, the fans are finally fed up and do not care to fund nor to watch the product that Management has given us for far too many years, even considering the potential of both Dalton and Green. Very Sad, but Management cannot be blind to the fan’s clear, clear message, since it is affecting their bottom line this year probably to the tune of over 10 million dollars (pure profit before tax) and still with two games to go. In conclusion, there has to be significant changes, as viewed by the fans, or the prospects will probably the same in the near future.

  2. By overthroensamoan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    This team just continues to find ways to loose games. I counted at least 5 different chances they had to ice that game. Each one BUNGLED more than the first. 1. Geno please go to the ground. 2. There final series of downs on offense was just horrible. Starting with what seemed to be at least the 4th 5 yard loss on first down. 3. How do you let Yates scramble and pick up that 1st down. 4. That false start was the beginning of the end. You had to get 6 inches just don’t move. 5. And can someone please explain why the middle of field was deemed a no fly zone for this D. I’ve never seen so many wide open receivers running around.

  3. By mwindle1973 on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    We need to draft a G in the first or second round.

  4. By jjmeeker45 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    There simply is no leadership in the front office. The rudderless and antiquated occupant(s) claim a desire to win, but defining “win” is rather elusive to ascertain given past comments and statements that have emanated from the front office. There is no sense of urgency, other than a few various marketing gimmicks of vacuous value. Until, there is true leadership within this franchise, I’m afraid nothing will change. It simply fails to fully comprehend the value of a true leader, one that can instill pride and an ethos of success within all facets of the organization. The owner has none of these qualities. His placif approach to the team and the game are evident by his lack of success in the NFL. There is no passion-outside of the die-hard fans- that prevades from this organization. I submit that Mike Brown had become an owner his father would have disdained. Until drastic changes are made at the top-after all that is where true leadership defines any organization- this team will remain in a mediocre quagmire.

  5. By mwindle1973 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    @Hobson: Can you compare/contrast the Oline blocking schemes of Gruden/Bratkowski? I’ve broken down what Jay is trying to do on offense pretty well. But the blocking scheme gets by me. That’s the one point of this offense I think the players are still struggling with. I know with Brat’s scheme, for instance we used the HB Stretch play a lot. Lots of fans and even Joe Reedy still do not understand that Brat wasn’t calling an “Off Tackle” play 10 times a game. It was a HB stretch or outside zone run. It’s run of the mill to run the HB stretch 10 times a game in that type of zone run scheme. In know Gruden’s is similar, but in what ways is his blocking schemes different? The biggest problem this year is we can’t run once they stack on us and we can’t consistently get positive yardage. A lot more plays that are negative or under 2 yards.

  6. By mwindle1973 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    @Hobson: What do you think Lewis was talking about when he blamed the loss on himself. And referred to the cause as administrative things. He’s being more cryptic than usual. Any idea what he is referring to. I just haven’t even a logical guess what he could mean. Or is just him trying to shoulder the pressure for the young guys?

  7. By jparis1182 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know what needs to happen to fix the fan attendance at PBS, but I do know it’s embarrassing to see. The Bengals are a young and promising team that is having a great season, which nobody predicted them to have. The Teaxans game was really important and was a potential playoff match-up if the Bengals got into the post season. The fans responded by having a ridiculously low attendance. Something needs to be done about this ASAP. Maybe we can sell discounted tickets or something to just get people at the games. Hell, give tickets to bums on the streets. I don’t care. I just want to see a full stadium and I am sure a butt in the stands is worth more financially and emotionally to the team than an empty one.

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