I hate the draw play. Not for any reasons inherent to the draw play itself, but simply because I always thought it killed the Bengals. And not just on one side of the ball, but both sides. Our defense seemed so easily fooled by it, while our offense couldn't seem to fool anyone with it.
And even if we did fool people with it, it was in meaningless situations. I write under the moniker "Sleeping With Bieniemy" largely because of the endless times we called a draw play on 3rd and long for Eric Bieniemy back in the 90s. If you close your eyes and think back to those days, you can hear whatever nepotism-fueled hire they had calling plays back then squeal "They'll never see it coming!!!" as he dialed up another shitty draw. Yeah, they'll never see it coming asshole BECAUSE IT'S A STUPID FUCKING CALL THAT IS DESTINED TO FAIL. Congrats, you got 8 yards, now you still have to punt.
Point is, to me the draw captured in a single play the massive incompetence of the entire franchise. And so I hate it.
Enter Football Outsiders.