This morning Baghdad Hob unleashed a dizzyingly spun article about Ced Benson looking like the next Walter Payton. First off, we all know Ced Benson played well at the end of last year. He's a big strong runner that can pound DB's and the occasional out of position LB, but I'm not sold on him as the guy who can carry the load for a whole year. Remember, he did only average 3.49 yards/carry in his 214 carries last year. Albeit those yards were coming from behind a very very bad line for most of his games. The good games he did have were against very bad teams/defenses. His season average before he got to play the hapless Browns and Chiefs the last two games of the year was 3.08 yards/carry. I admit that what I just did is called cherry picking but ask yourself this, if he had finsihed the year at 3.08 and you didn't have the residual effects of seeing him pound on the Browns would you be nearly as sold on him?
Also, I said it before in a post and I'll say it right now, I would feel much more comfortable giving him a week by week contract, similar to how the NBA does 10 day deals for fringe players, so that he would never be able to revert back into Bears Cedric that didn't always seem to have his head right. Behind Benson are the usual suspects of Watson, DeDe, then the new guys, Bernard Scott, Leonard, and whoever else. The Bengals were complacent in the offseason to say the least. They took a flyer on Scott and added a guy with a great motor. Pop out the Champagne, cause the Bengals have a Triple Crown winning stable right there.
To help Benson at the end of the year the Bengals seemed to find the right combination of Collins, Whitworth, Bad Center Guy, Bobbie and S Andrews. This year to start it looks like it's going to be Whitworth at LT and then some assortment of Bobbie, Livings, Collins and a player TBD. (Despite all of Hobson's Mad Eye Moody nonsense saying Whitworth is a good Tackle because he frustrated Henderson so much and then Henderson gouged him, wasn't Whitworth playing LG that day?) Does that sound like a line that is going to create holes for Ced? Not to me atleast. And who would I be if I didn't give a shout out to Hob and his mad prose stylings. Take it away Geoff...
Certainly Palmer thinks it's his time, period. That baggage Benson arrived with back on Sept. 30? Aloof? Bad guy? It's been checked into the black hole of time and space.