Some may think running a website like WDR must be hard. Our stated goal is to point out why the Bengals have been the worst professional sports franchise in North America over the last two decades. The nature of the job is being negative, and contrary to popular opinion, the writers at WDR are actually not pessimists. This job (volunteer activity?) can be very easy some days. Today is one of those days.
The Cincinnati Bengals, a real professional NFL team, decided to move Jason Shirley to offensive guard. Remember, this is not high school football. This is the where the best 2000 or so (60 players, 32 teams) football players get paid lots of money to play the game. In my rough estimation, there are less than 300 offensive lineman and less than 275 defensive lineman in the NFL. A year ago, the Bengals and their scout (singular) decided that Jason Shirley had a good chance to be one of the best 300 defensive lineman in the world. At least I hope they did because they wasted a precious 5th round pick on him, despite Shirley being involved in an ongoing DUI trial. Today, the Bengals admitted that was a terrible decision and decided he could be one of the best 300 offensive linemen in football. More after the jump.
Does this make sense to you? Of course not. There is no way you could convince me switching a 5th round DT to guard, two weeks into training camp is a good idea. Shirley has spent the last 6 years of his football life learning how to play DT. He has spent the entire offseason learning the defensive playbook, and now they switch him to guard? Learning an NFL offensive playbook is not easy. Unless Bratkowski's playbook really is 6 pages (which WDR has always suspected), there is no way Shirley will help this football team win a game this year. Why didn't they know he sucked at DT 2 years ago? Why don't they just cut him and sign a real NFL guard? I really am just stunned. This is a move you pull with a 14 year old kid, not a professional football player.
Sometimes the Bengals do things that defy any justification and reason. This is one of them.