The Bengals defense is good. Some are hoping they will be great. Which probably depends on the pass rush improving. Which probably depends on Antwam Odom. Which clearly depends on his health. Which conveniently Hob dedicated a whole article to on bengals.com. Let's take a look:
The comeback trail for Antwan Odom hasn’t been exactly a walk in the park. It’s been more like a marathon through a minefield.
Fraught with peril!
The latest glitch came against Denver Aug. 15 when he reaggravated an old meniscus injury in his knee and he’s been shelved since.
Hmmm, that is somewhat disconcerting.
That came after he sat out about a week of training camp when he got sick and lost enough weight to drop him to about 250 pounds.
Let's just hope that's water weight mostly.
The bout got Odom a little concerned because that’s not far off where he played in 2008, a season that was disappointing enough that he vowed to show up at about 280 pounds the next year. And it worked. The added weight didn’t hurt his speed but gave him enough strength that he was able to work inside at tackle and cause a bevy of matchup problems.
Am I the only one who thinks maybe Hob shouldn't say, let alone repeat endlessly, how Odom massively increased his weight without losing speed? Move along folks, nothing to see here.
It helps that he’s sleeping better, too. One of the reasons that Odom showed up in such great shape last season is he had his sleep apnea diagnosed.
Hob: sleeping adds muscle. Fact.
He goes onto say the apnea also triggers occasional narcolepsy, which occurred once while he drove. Should potential car crash injury be listed as a health concern?
Odom says he’s been able to control it with medication and the machine he uses during the night has also been a big help to monitor the sleep apnea. He says the machine played a role in his sickness because he went for a few weeks not using it because of his travel schedule and it developed bacteria. “You wake up 10 times an hour, how much sleep are you going to get?” Odom asked.
Sleep apnea sounds fucking awful.
The big question remains the Achilles. This is a guy whose game is built on speed and first-step quickness and they say this type of injury is like an ACL. It will be better in Year Two rather than the first year of rehab.
“So far, so good,” he said.
Recovering achilles. Aggravated knee. Sleep apnea. Driving hazard. I'm not sure what I found good about any of this.
Regardless, here's hoping. No matter Odom's condition the defense will be reliable, which as a Bengals fan I still having trouble adjusting to.