As Peter King might write: Complacency, Bengals. You embody it.
But don't just take fake Peter King's word for it, go get confirmation straight from the source. That's right, that warped funhouse of misinformation and insanity Bengals.com. Normally it's dangerous to walk amongst its mirrored hallways of infintely reflected madness, but it's the bye week. So fuck it. Let's take a stroll.
Are the Bengals concerned about giving away two of only a small handful of games where they will likely enter as favorites?
We’ll watch the film and everybody is going to see something they could have done better, which in turn makes everybody work harder.
We have heard this literally after every loss since things started downhill in the 2nd half of 2009, and probably earlier. For example last week Marv said "But that’s where we are, and we’ve got to work at the positives of it and do more things right for a longer period of time." Easy part of your schedule just ended. Lockout looms next year. There is no more longer period of time to wait to improve.
On Palmer's play:
“I’m not going to put the blame on anybody,” [Brat] said.
No worries. Cause I put it on you. And Carson. See how easy it is to blame? Check out the tag to this column, Brat. I even try to pin Katrina on you, you ass.
On the awful 3rd & 13 interception:
The route ended up inside further than it should be, so the ball ended up further outside than it should be. When the quarterbacks throw it, they throw it prior to the break. The ball was still right there.
Yes, but prior to the break doesn't mean throwing blind. TO ran the route inside because, as you will see, THAT'S WHERE ALL THE GODDAMN SPACE WAS!!!
Now the playcall was ill-advised and lacked any strategery or coherence in the first place given the previous repeated successful pounding of Benson prior to the play and it's high risk nature...but still, look at that photo. Sure looks like an easy pitch and catch for a first down. At this point, despite the idiocy of the play in the first place, it was headed for success. What ended up dooming it was the inaccurate and somewhat late throw. But sure, Brat, let's chalk it up to TO's route.
About the playcall on the interception:
As they always do before every critical situation, Lewis and Bratkowski conferred on the headsets when it was third-and 13, 2:28 left, the Bengals up, 21-14, and the Bucs with no timeouts left.
I only wish they had not conferred. Here is the conclusion they actually came to:
"We knew if we got a first down, the game was over,” Bratkowski said. “So that’s the decision that was made. The thinking was if we complete that ball, the game’s over.”
Notice the complete focus on reward and none on risk. No consideration at all is given to, what if our shaky, innaccurate-to-date QB throws an INT on a long pass play the defense will expect? Or, what if we get a lucky first down by handing it to the highly successful Benson and at worst make Josh Freeman go 70 yards on the road with no Timeouts against Zimmer's defense?
TO's been around some great football minds. TO's also been around the Bengals.
Let's close it out with more pointless discussion about establishing an identity:
We still want to be a running team. We ran for 148 yesterday and that qualifies, yet have enough balance to get the chunk plays,” Bratkowski said.
How about just designing an offense based on your offensive talent and the defense you face? How about doing what works and not just deciding to do something for the sake of doing it?
As you can see, the Bengals appear real concerned and filled with urgency to turn this season around.