In an article published today by Geoff Hobson's hero, Mark Curnutte, I found a particular quote to be rather peculiar. Coach Bratkowski said the following regarding his role in an offense that hasn't scored a touchdown in 11 quarters:
"As a coach you just play it out and what happens at the end of the year happens. There's nothing I can do about it. We're working 80-hour weeks. You don't have time to sit around and contemplate a lot of things. And there are other issues going on in my life and my family's lives that are much are more important than sitting around worrying about that sort of thing."
Second of all, there IS something you can do about it. You are solely responsible for the offensive game plan of the Cincinnati Bengals. Therefore, you have quite a bit of power, and tons of responsibility for the product on the field. And the product right now is about as quality as a Ford Pinto. And guess what... The sell-out streak was predicated on two things, winning football games, and an electrifying offense. Both of those things are absent this year, which means sell-outs are bound to cease at some point next year. In a rational world you would be out of a job after this year... But no one ever said Mike was a rational dictator.
Thirdly, we all know when someone claims how many hours they worked that week, you can usually deduct 10-20 hours... In Bob's case, I would be willing to bet that he only works about 40-50 hours a week. That is a wild guess, but assuming he really does work 70-80 hours a week, I would still consider this to be a huge problem. I've got a buddy who coaches offensive line for a tiny college in Florida, and he puts in AT LEAST that amount of time, sometimes up to 100 hours a week. Now this slackassing should not come as a shock to you, since Mike Brown's staff has never been filled with the most competent individuals, instead with the individuals most likely to further Mike Brown's cause.
Lastly, we all know that there are more important things in life than football. This doesn't change the fact that you are getting paid millions of dollars of the fans money in order to score touchdowns. Zero touchdowns in 11 quarters is absolute failure, and you should not be compensated for the service you are providing to the Bengals anymore. You cannot use family as an excuse, because every family has issues, and everyone has problems outside of work. What would you say if Rick Wagoner, CEO of GM, came out and said,"Sorry bro, my daughter had strept throat last year. I didn't have the time to help out with new product design, alternative energy cars, or union contracts. I dont have time to sit around and worry about that stuff."
As WDR has mentioned before, there are rumors swirling that Coach Bratkowski could be next in line to take over as head coach. If this stands true, hell will be raised in Bengaldom. And not to mention the importance of WDR will be cemented for at least another couple decades, unless our team gets shipped off to Anchorage, Los Angeles, or Birmingham.