This isn't a real post. I mean it's not even a half-ass attempt to be a real post. This is just the lowest of the low. I thought I had hit a new low point of Bengals fanship at 27-7, but it turns out, nope, the real low was at 27-21 when we couldn't complete the comeback. I've been stranded in the bumblefields of northwest arkansas forever on a work assignment that is killing me, and so haven't been able to post as I wanted, but this is just unbearable. It's just a new low. Despite befriending the Ohio-native waitress at the local Buffalo Wild Wings in the midst of a sea of pretender gold and black who all left in the middle of the third quarter, I come away from tonight with nothing positive to say. Are we good? Somewhat. Are we good enough? Clearly not. And I don't know how that gets fixed. We probably don't need a blowup, but we need something, and I don't know what it is. I am 100percent certain Mike Brown doesn't know what it is.
The New York Mets have in the past few weeks gone to work hiring the smartest people they can afford to support their new front office behind new GM Sandy Alderson. While I realize the term "GM" may be a fool's wish when it comes to the Bengals and Mike B even considering ceding control of the extra charge for onions on my 4-way, I think they sadly provide the best hope we have of contending. I can't talk about it now when I'm wasted (note the fact that I spent enough money to get to this point is of course the only reason I befriended the "Bengals fan" waitress to begin with), but the bottom line is more than anything we need an infusion of brains to our front office and coaching staff. We need people who understand the right thing to do statistically, and not just by Mike Zimmer's gut feeling. I love Mike Zimmer the man as much as anyone, and frankly I love Marvin Lewis the man too, but the bottom line is their units haven't been good enough. Yes our offense has been a weak link, but all of the big plays resonating for me from this game were on defense and special teams. We didn't make the plays, they did.
I will have a far more thoughtful post sometime this week, I hope, but right now this is a drunken stupor rant - hopefully contained rant - where I just point out that we are not good enough to win on this level. and that starts with the operational head of this franchise. That starts with Mike Brown.