While we're talking about Mo might as well make a quick note of the other interesting things the rest of the MSM gang in Cincy is talking about:
Joe Reedy DOIN' WORK over at his blog and twitter feed. In particular, he produces a great timeline in one post of all the critical (and accurate) comments by TO over the course of the season. Really great use of the blog medium.
He also notes the Cincy - Cleveland game will not sell out for the first time during a non-strike season since 1979 (that's great hustle fans!) and calls it on Twitter "the defnition of one pissed off fan base." Amen. He also mentions the strong fan support Whitworth is receiving in pro bowl voting...well deserved if you follow Pro Football Focus player rankings.
I must say the fans seem to be getting things right...not supporting the owner but still supporting the players. Good stuff. Remember, most Bengals players are colleteral damage in this whole Brown Family Mess and should be left alone. Most. Not all. (more on this later from Brosef...CLIFFHANGER bitches!)
Lance gets in on the action too noting the Bengals this season rank 11th in pass protection according to a statistical measure produced by New York Life (pass protection = insurance = hooray corporate gimmicks). The decent protection makes Carson look all the worse this year...but check out the trend since 2005...that sort of explains why Carson appears to be a Bungalized mess.
- 2009: 17th
- 2008: 26th
- 2007: 4th
- 2006: 7th
- 2005: 1st
Look out below! Also, don't be fooled, in 2008 that line should have finished like 335th behind all NFL teams, all NCAA D-1 teams, and half of D-2.
Lance also graciously mentions our post on the fan who mailed his gear back to Mike Brown with a "Fuck this shit I'm done" letter. The Dialogue continues to be focused in the right place.
Last, Doc highlights the unspeakably-awful-truth-confronting-Bengals-fans-that-I-denied-as-long as-I-could-until-the-NFL-officially-renamed-the-pick-six-the-"Palmer": picture the Bengals as a small cute animal in an open air cage with an enormous anvil supported by pillars suspended over it just waiting to fall and crush the cuddly creature at anytime (Mike Brown = Anvil). Since 2002 one of those pillars was Carson Palmer. That pillar has collapsed. What exactly is supporting the anvil at this point? Probably only our collective refusal to acknowledge there is no support. And that, of course, is no solution.
Without a rock solid QB most professional teams wander aimlessly for years...where the fuck does this then leave the amateur Bengals? And cutting Palmer and hoping for Luck or Mallet or Newton (ha! Brat devising an offense around Newton. ha!) in the draft is not so simple and none of us can apparently accurately speculate because Palmer's contract terms remain secret.