As BMN pointed out last week, this Monday, January 24th is the 10th Anniversery of Bratkowski's hiring as Offensive Coordinator. So take a trip down memory lane with me, won't you?
Brat was hired before Dick LeBeau's final season with the Bengals, and he was one of the only coaches that Marvin kept on board when he took over. Brat's hiring was seen as a "surprise" by former Enquirer Bengals beat writer Mark Curnutte. In a now hilarious decision, Curnutte asked for perspective on Brat by former Bengals DANNY FARMER! “He's a smart man. He knows football,” Farmer said Wednesday night from his California home. “He's going to do a good job of getting us on the same page, and that's what we need.” DANNY FARMER! Brat worked with Dennis Erickson at University of Miami and followed him to the NFL with Seattle, rising to become offensive coordinator. Then when Erickson was fired, Brat couldn't find another O-Coordinator job and became receivers coach of the Steelers.
And now we have been cursed with Brat for almost 10 years. It's been a rocky relationship. We have had the highs of 2005 when the Bengals high powered offense put fear in opposing defenses. And we have had many more lows, with tired and predictable play calling, inability to adjust the offense to play to our teams strengths or exploit others' weaknesses and overall lack of creativity.
So what are you going to do to celebrate the anniversery?
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