Chris Mortonson's report on ESPN has now been confirmed by Joe Reedy and the Bengals, and our long, 10 year nightmare as Bengals fans is over: Bob Bratkowski is gone. For a much more in depth of WDR's coverage of Bratkowski, click here and read back over the 3 years when we have been calling for his head.
Certainly more about this later, but here are my quick thoughts on the whole fiasco:
- FINALLY - it has been a long time coming. This has been a no-brainer move since the 2006 season when Brat took the high-flying Bengals offense and crash landed it, and it hasn't really recovered since.
- Will this change anything? As bad as Brat was, if the Bengals just move Ken Zampese (QB Coach and reported front runner for the job) into the role will that do anything? Zampese called the plays in the 2nd half of the Senior Bowl - so were they grooming him for the job? The guy has been the QB coach since 2003 (so for all of Carson's time with the Bengals) - will he be able to do anything differently or change Carson's mind about wanting to stay?
- Why did it take the Bengals so long to make this move? If Mike Brown wanted him gone, what has Brat done since the season ended a month ago? Now most of the "hot" coaches have been snatched up and the Bengals have even less time to find/hire a coach and have him be intergral in rebuilding the team. The timing just shows how much of a joke this team is.
- Lastly, as Brad Johansen would say: "Today is a great day to be a Bengal Fan!"