Hey folks - we're still here. But it's obvious we simply cannot generate the output and commentary at the same rate we used to. We started this thing over 3 years ago and over time other life commitments increase and demand that many of us simply cannot write with the frequency of the past, or at all in some cases.
Going forward, instead of smaller posts, we'll aim to write less frequently but much more in depth, longer pieces when we do write. For more brief fodder, we're going to step up the activism on the Twitter handle @WDRevolution since that's where all the cool kids hang out these days anyway. There of course will be all sorts of exceptions to these broad changes but hopefully that helps clear things up.
Rest assured we are not going anywhere. This year's team of players and coaches are very likeable, are enjoying considerable on field success, still have room to grow, past drafts have been fruitful, and we are loaded with future draft picks. It's the brightest time in this team's Mike Brown history since Lewis took over. This is exactly the type of condition that makes it difficult to maintain discipline as a fan and continue to withhold financial support. History tells us that even when things seem brightest, the Bengals get complacent and find a way to derail it. The string of empty stadiums methinks has played no insignificant part in the recent string of good choices made by management. Keep the pressure on. It is working.
Nobody is happier for the players and coaches than us here. But we as fans need to make sure management provides them the support they need to achieve their potential and needs to pony up the dollars to keep the right personnel for the future (see: Joseph, Jonathan). That comes from pressure. Pressure of empty seats and boxes.
Okay, enough of that, let's make fun of me. If nothing else, we try to maintain some semblance of intellectual honesty here, even though, you know we're a freakin' blog and can make up whatever shit we like. After the 5-2 start, let's revisit my pre-season prediction because we all need a little humbling from time to time. I wrote in this post:
In fact, let me make my Bengals prediction for the year and get it out of the way: the Bengals will win about 5 games because we have an easy schedule and Zimmer can field a top 15 defense if you gave him only 1 first round draft pick, a bunch of retreads and like 5 homeless guys.
I underestimated Zimmer. He can actually field a top 5 defense with only homeless guys. So here we are 7 games into the year and they've already won 5 games and I see another 5 or so winnable games on the schedule. Has the schedule been favorable? Yes, but the Bengals have had victories I would call strong by any standard. Time to update the prediction to 9 wins and flirtation with an oh so cute wildcard spot.
I also underestimated Not-Brat running the offense. What a pleasure to watch a real offense with a coherent logic behind it. I attribute the relative success of a young offense in equal parts to Gruden being here and Brat being gone. Hooray.
Have a good Friday everyone. Who Dey.