Here at WDR we landed hard from time to time on Mr John Thornton. Not because of his play, but because of how much the Bengals paid him to play (not his fault). But certainly we have never landed hard on him for his excellent use of the internet to communicate directly with fans and enlighten them with an intelligent, inside perspective on the NFL and the Bengals.
So do yourself a favor and make sure to go to Joe Reedy's blog and read Thornton's excellent recap of Hard Knocks.
The whole thing is fantastic and I haven't seen an inaugural combo as good as the Reedy/Thornton one since Parnell/Samberg, but let's focus on the Fullback issue that we highlighted earlier via Willie Anderson tweets.
Thornton has this to say:
The releasing of fullback J.D. Runnels. I’ve seen guys get cut before but the way that this was done was kinda classless. This guy was the same guy that was doing a good job a few days before, and not only does he get released, but you do it a 5:30 a.m., and you tell the guy he has no ability.
I found this odd as well. With Jeremi overweight, again, I wonder what exactly the reasons really were for cutting him. Given the footage of Mike Brown running the personnel meeting (terrifying), and Willie mentioning that Jeremi is a favorite of Mike's, you start to question if that cut made sense from a football ability standpoint at all (despite what Lippincott says).
Anyway, likely a minor issue for the Bengals this season and at least J.D. had time to catch on elsewhere but still a little bit disconcerting to see from the standpoint of a) how personnel decisions get made and b) how things are done by the Bengals organization.