I have been a Bengals fan since 1968 and have seen some bad football, but this Sunday afternoon had to be the worst it has ever been.
At least the 2002 Bengals didn’t have any talent. Sure Marvin Lewis arrived in 2003 and made the Bengals respectable, at least as a team, on the field. The problem is that it is now 14 years later and the team still hasn’t won a playoff game and as long as Marvin Lewis is the head coach, they won’t! Let’s look at some reasons why.
The Bengals as a whole since 2003 have been a team in constant trouble off the field and that has translated to on the field of play as well. The Bengals take stupid penalties and generally play like they have there heads up there asses all the time. They started off today’s game against the Ravens with a false start followed shortly by a holding call. It is one thing to be aggressive and occasionally go over the line, it’s another to do it consistently. It also seems that most of these mistakes occur in the biggest games, let’s face it Marvin Lewis has no control over his players.
The Bengals had a good run for awhile and the reason was Mike Zimmer, Jay Gruden, and Hue Jackson. Since they have left it has been all downhill. Let’s start by looking at Offensive line coach Paul Alexander? Alexander has had some success during his tenure developing guys like Andrew Whitworth and Willie Anderson, but over the last decade how many Bengals offensive lineman has he developed. This biggest swing and miss has been Cedric Ogbuehi, who has been terrible every since his arrival. Alexander when the Bengals drafted Ogbuehi had this to say about Cedric “I freaking love him,” offensive line coach Paul Alexander said. “This guy has rare feet and athleticism that you see in the very best offensive lineman in the league. No chance we get this guy if he doesn’t get hurt.”
The problem doesn’t end with Ogbuehi, that same year that drafted Jake Fisher and before that Center Russell Bodine and before that Tackle Andre Smith who has never said no to seconds at the dinner table. All of these guys have been failures, Alexander loves all of these guys and if he thinks they have all of this talent shouldn’t he be able to coach him to be at least an average offensive lineman?
As for Hue, Zimm, and Gruden shouldn’t the Bengals have fired Marvin and hired one of these guys, especially Zimmer who should have never been allowed to leave in the first place.
No place else in the NFL would keep a Head Coach who hasn’t won a playoff game since 2003 when he assumed control of the team.
Mike Brown has been in control since 1991 and not coincidentally they haven’t won a playoff game since. What he has done is line his pockets with tax payer money for his new stadium and never hired a true General Manager. He did hire Duke Tobin to do the job without the title, but you know Brown has his paws on everything done within the organization.
The Bengals have no ring of honor, no Bengals hall of fame and the treatment of the former players is not what it should be. The people of Cincinnati deserve better than this, but better than this is not going to happen.
If you think empty seats bother Mike Brown you are crazy! Every NFL team makes a profit before the year starts with the NFL television contract, so Mike Brown cashes in whether he wins or not. I really don’t think Mike Brown wants to lose, I just don’t think he knows how to win and the sad thing is the Bengals have a solid fan base that has supported the team even though it’s been one blunder after the other since Mike Brown took over. My answer has been the same since 2013 when I stopped the stupidity of throwing money away on season tickets. I will not buy anything to support the Bengals or the NFL. I do watch the games still but Jeremy Hill’s fumble pretty much killed any hope I ever had of the Bengals ever winning a playoff game. Sure the Curse of the Bambino was ended and the Billy Goat curse in chicago, but the Bengals don’t have a curse with Mike Brown they have a plague and it seems there is no cure!