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Will a miffed Cedric Benson return to Cincy?

Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:56 am
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Posted by Andy Benoit

Scanning my Google Reader Friday morning, a headline from Joe Reedy on Cincinnati.com grabbed my attention. On first glance, the first two words in the headline looked like the name of my CBS NFL blogging colleague and podcast partner. The headline C. Benson (US Presswire)read: Will Benson stay if Bratkowski goes?

Glad I clicked on the article. Reedy offered up an interesting (and informed) opinion. Benson, a free agent to be, will likely leave the Bengals if changes aren’t made to the offensive coaching staff. The veteran running back was not happy with the offense shifting to more of a pass-oriented approach in 2010. Can’t blame Benson, really. He rushed for over 1,200 yards and the Bengals won the AFC North in ’09. Then he reaches a contract year, the team makes him priority B and the losses pile up. Those events are not necessarily related, but it’s understandable if Benson perceives them to be.

On Monday, Benson said, “There is a time for change and I think now is a pretty good time. We found ourselves being very successful a year ago and kind of didn’t master the thing going into this year that made us successful the previous year. Somebody missed that somewhere.”

The data agrees.

If we’re to believe the latest report from former Bengal and, now, AllProBlogger.com contributor John Thornton, Benson is likely gone. Thornton writes that no changes are expected on the offensive coaching staff. Of course, the man calling the plays in ’09 was also Bratkowski. Perhaps Bratkowski will be willing to recommit to the run like he did prior to this past season. It’s not inconceivable that the play-caller could go back to the power approach. Will Benson be willing to take the risk of sticking around and finding out? 

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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:28 am
 

Will a miffed Cedric Benson return to Cincy?

I am also a Bengals fan and can completely understand why Cedric Benson is upset.

The man worked his tail off to get away from the negativity that surrounded him in Chicago. He helped the Bengals to win the AFC North a year ago and was about the only bright spot during the loss to the Jets in the playoffs.

The really sad thing is that players in the NFL absolutely do not want to play for the Bengals. This team is looked upon as a "last resort", a team for troubled players, and now even if you do well then management will screw you in a contract year just like Benson.

Benson or Bratkowski?

I would take Benson and a new O-Coordinator any day!

I completely lost count of how many times I saw 3rd and short with a shotgun formation this year, Bob Bratkowski had the most stagnant play calling I have EVER seen in any professional sport.

The man needs to GO!




Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 6:45 am
 

Will a miffed Cedric Benson return to Cincy?

Who can blame him ? I think any right-thinking plyer with any talent would be wise to stay away from Cincy as long as the present management situation exists. They need a general manager and a coach with the power to do things his way. The talent is often there(except an over-rated QB), but the Bengals are just not a team.



Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Will a miffed Cedric Benson return to Cincy?

Run like the wind, CB. There are plenty of teams who will take you now, some of them with competent owners even.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Will a miffed Cedric Benson return to Cincy?

Benson has a right to complain, as an avid Bengals fan, who still watches what games are on, he always ran hard, even when there was absolutely no hole there.  Again the main problem is Mike Brown.  He makes horrible personel decisions going for talent every time instead of ball players.  If you look at the Ravens and the Steelers they almost always draft four positions in the first round, D-O-line and qb.  Occasionally they sneak other guys in, but its rare. The reason for this, is you can find stellar WR's, DB's, LB's, RB's in the later rounds, there are tons of them, as long as a guy is fast and of medium build you can fit him in.  Yet finding a guy who can take and give a beating play after play that is 6'3 or bigger and weighs 290+ who is fast and quick who loves the game is significantly harder.  Another thing all successful teams do is inspire competition at every position, look at the steelers who have Charlie Batch (former NFL Starter) Byron Leftwich (former 1st round pick and NFL starter) and Dennis Dixon (Almost Heisman winner at QB) all backing up at QB behind Big Ben who you could argue is the most secure qb of them all behind Brady and Manning.  Who do the Bengals have backing up Palmer that motivates him to perform or he'll get benched? His Brother and some French guy.  The Bengals problems this year came down to three things, an inability to generate pressure up the middle because they have a significant talent shortage at DT.  An offensive line that couldn't open up holes for the running game or give Palmer time to throw, and a QB that is playing scared and making poor decisions.  I don't believe Tocho did the team any damage, nor do I think they did the team any good, expressing their frustations only added to everyone elses.  In the end it comes down to Mike Brown, its no wonder Lewis also was on his way out unless he was given more power over the management of the team.



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