The Bengals escaped four of five games in 2009 with Brad St. Louis as long snapper. They won't have to worry about the sixth game.
Late Tuesday, the Bengals cut the ten-year veteran loose after poor snaps cost Cincinnati points in the Denver, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Baltimore games.
Look, the Bengals aren't going to win every game in the final seconds by three or fewer points this year. If they try to win like this every week...they will be much closer to 5-11 than 11-5. In the AFC last year, an 11-5 team didn't make the playoffs. The Bengals cannot afford to lose games because they can't get the snap down on an extra point or field goal. Keeping St. Louis while he was fighting this mental block would have lost the Bengals games. Not a game, multiple games.
The Bengals are 4-1 through five games. Who knows what will happen over the next eleven games. But the Bengals owed it to the other 52 guys on the squad, plus their fans who have suffered through two decades of incompetence (on and off the field) to make a change at long snapper.
Clark Harris takes over for St. Louis, who last played in the NFL with the Houston Texans (ironically). Let's hope that this is the last time we have to mention Clark Harris. Ever.