The fatally flawed Bengals team that backed its way into the playoffs last year appears to be the same one we decided to field this year. Someone please explain to me how I'm wrong.
Other random thoughts:
Some calls for a renewal of Project Mayhem are starting to appear in the comments. Suggestions are always welcome, though I don't know how welcome the broader Bengals fanbase will be towards negative pranks during what will likely be a winning stretch for the Bengals.
More specifically, folks want a PM focused on getting Brat fired. While that may be the most obvious personnel change that any team needs to make in the entire NFL right now, I doubt it will ever happen even with PM pressure. I'm so uninspired by the Bengals right now I don't have the energy to find the link, but google "ESPN Liz Merrill Zimmer Bratkowski" and read the article you find. It will inform you Brat and Zim have been good buddies for a long time. As a loyal soldier to Mikey Boy and friend of Zim, Bratwurst ain't going anywhere. And if Marvin doesn't resign and Zim takes over, I doubt Zim will fire or lobby the Brown's to fire his buddy. Brat will be here as long as he wants to be here I guess. And we are fucked.
Speaking of, any news of the Marvin contract negotiations? My guess is he's gone. Zimmer takes over a for a little, then leaves at first opportunity.
I used to be Carson's number 1 apologist. I now think more likely the Bengals institutionalized incompetence caused Carson to slowly atrophy starting in 2006. Injuries too.
My pessimism is the highest it's been about the Bengals since we launched this site in 2008 and we brought back Chris Henry. With the lockout and 18 game schedule idiocy my pessimism is also the highest for the NFL that it may ever have been.