Take a gander at this here article from C Trent Rosecrans over at CNati (And bookmark the site. Seriously. I don't know if enough people know about it. It's consistently great and provides coverage of all Cincinnati area sports). In it, he talks about Cedric Benson's possibly declining role. Cedric Benson's take on that? None too pleased. To quote:
"I don't know. I don't know," Benson said Sunday, following the team's 16-7 win over the Browns. "That's a weird question right there."
And then, after another pause, Benson said, "I didn't know I was having to share time. Is that what you're implying?"
Not necessarily, the reporter said, but there are clearly three quality running backs on the roster. Benson was the featured back for the first eight games and might be for the final few, once he returns from a hip injury. Or the Bengals could opt to utilize backups Larry Johnson and Bernard Scott is more prominent roles, now that each has topped 100 yards in a game.
"Uh, I don't know," Benson said. "If it wasn't like that before, I don't know if it'd be like that."
Now, I understand the counter argument. He's a pro, he should share carries, he's getting paid, it doesn't really matter what he thinks, it's a team game. I agree. It'd be great if it were reality that Cedric Benson was totally fine with sharing carries.
As history proves, he is not. His entire career in Chicago was derailed because he had a bad attitude when he wasn't handed the starting job during his first training camp.
That said, is it worth it to risk his unhappiness? Will decreased happiness from Benson mean decreased productivity? Can Larry Johnson and a healthy Bernard Scott make up for the decreased productivity? Will all of this even matter in a month? With three capable tailbacks, is it possible that Brat could call an entire game without a pass?
All of these are questions I don't know the answer to. Personally, I don't feel like it was worth the risk to mess with Benson's psyche, but I've been wrong before. LJ certainly looked good on Sunday, albeit you're not going to see a defense like the Browns' in January.
Anybody got any strong feelings one way or the other?