This Letter to the Editor was scrawled on a Hooters bib with what seems to be a mixture of buffalo sauce and under boob sweat.
I was on the fence about the Bengals before cut day, but now that everything has shaken out I have to say that the Bengals could potentially be a super bowl contender. The potential I see in them is based mostly on the broad, gritty, smart shoulders of Brian Leonard and Chase Coffman. The Bengals obviously have seen that the future of professional football is in players like them. You don't win titles with speed or athleticism or brute strength. You win with guts and mettle and the cunning to be deceptively slow. This reminds me of a story I was telling my youngest chinlet the other day while we were driving home from the bar. If the Bears hadn't lost Brian Piccolo they would have won at least three super bowls a year for his whole career. Anyway, if the Bengals can get 500-600 carries and 1500 yards from Leonard this year they'll win every game by at least 50 points. Other teams will end up forfeiting due to lack of toughness. And as for Chase Coffman, I know he's an untested rookie and all, but I think if they can get one on one coverage for him on the outside, and the pocket holds up long enough for him to stump his defender with a complex riddle, and the the safety doesn't slowly amble over to pick him up in time, there could be some 15 yard chunks to be had. I guess all I'm really saying is that the Bengals need to embrace the future of the sport and just let their new stars shine. And Tom Nelson should play both ways.