So fresh off my 4th of July hangover I receive my daily dose of the Sporting News. Inside was a Q & A with Chris Henry.
He talks about how he has changed for good and done a complete 360 (which would put him right back where he started, but I digress) with his life. His mother told him he was around the wrong people, and that he was still in 'college' mode after he left early for the NFL. This is all behind him now, and he has renewed respect for Carson, Coach Lewis, and Chad.
My question, again, is the following: What exactly is the lesson that Chris Henry has learned? The Bengals...the same team that cut him following his arrest last year...re-signed him before training camp in 2008. He did not have to sit out from football for a year. Remember, a lot of teams had a shot at Henry before the Bengals ended up signing him. The other 31 passed. It's very likely Henry would have been on the sidelines for the entire 2008 season if the Redeemer didn't give Henry another chance.
The Bengals fan in me hopes that this is the year for Henry. I hope he blocks, I hope he runs the right routes, I hope he doesn't make silly drops. A lineup of a healthy Chad Johnson, L-V Coles, and Henry is formidable, and that doesn't even count Andre Caldwell running over the middle and Chase Coffman down the seam.
This team talks about how things will be different this year. How the whole organization has changed. It's fair to say that we won't really know until September against Denver...but I have about two decades of history to say this is yet another smokescreen full of hot air.