Sleeping with Bienemy and Sly have already given you their takes today on the Bengals wasting almost $9M on Antonio Bryant. But as Mo Egger points out this morning, this highlights an ongoing problem with the Bengals medical and training staff that goes back at least till 2007.
Still though, this organization needs to seriously examine its medical staff. Someone put this dude through a physical. Someone decided his knee was going to fine. Someone thought Antonio Bryant was healthy enough to give a ton of money to. Someone decided he could go through OTAs and minicamps. Someone decided to have him practice on the first day of training camp.
And remember, this is the same staff that misdiagnosed Chris Perry's knee, more or less blew off the pain Levi Jones had in his knee, and let Willie Anderson's bad foot go untreated in 2007. They also claimed Andre Smith didn't need surgery on his foot a year ago.
Those are some pretty important players.
We rip on the Bengals for having substandard scouting and personnel departments, but and NFL team cannot have sustained success with a medical staff that couldn't diagnose my face as having a nose.
These are the sorts of upgrades that we at WDR have been calling for since our founding in 2008. Yes, it is great that we won the AFC North last year. But until we have the personnel and facilities that are considered top in the league, we will continue to have to deal with these easily avoidable issues. Our third manifesto demand has always been: "THAT all training, rehabilitation and medical facilities are considered best-in-class compared to other NFL teams" for this reason.
As Doc writes: "How does a frugal, family-owned NFL corner store such as the Bengals blow millions on a defective receiver? How will this effect the PBS electric bill? I mean, will they shut down the AC until next July? Will MB charge M. Lewis now, for a place to park? Will players have to brown-bag lunch? Get a membership to the weight room?"
If you are a Bengals fan who wants the team to improve, having the team invest in better medical and training facilities will do much more in the long run than signing receivers like TO to make up for mistakes like Bryant.