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Who's to Blame In Cincinnati?

In less than two seasons the Bengals have dropped from the NFL's elite to the bottom of the barrel, but who should fans point their fingers at, coaches, players or the front office?

Posted by Emil Steiner on November 21, 2008 11:59 AM
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Browns Fan 1980: I feel the pain of the Bengal's fans being a fan of a continuosly lackluster team, the Browns. I think that ownership, not coaching has led...

Dirty Dieter: "....who should fans point their fingers at, coaches, players or the front office?" It is the high price for the water beer that they sell ...

ron : the bengals continously draft and bring in players with questionable character issues which affects the team.they recently brought in former...

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JD Malone :

To pull one from the political playbook, I think you have to blame the media.

All laughs aside, as a born and raised Cincinnatian, I blame the front office. Mike Brown simply has no clue. His dad was a legend, Mike is a lesion. They need a general manager, they need to shed anyone related to the Brown family running football operations, and they need a firm hand in the locker room.

They need so, so, so many things.

Suck It :

Is it a cop out to blame everyone? This team is the very definition of "suck". The players suck, the front office sucks. I'm even starting to believe the coach sucks too. They're just the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked. The only thing that doesn't suck is the cheerleaders, and that sucks even more. I say move them to LA and start over.

delOH :

I would agree the bulk of the blame must be put on Mike Brown. He's had some really bad luck at the draft table, and for sure, made some poor choices. But, the dumbest thing he could do now would be to let Marvin get away. Marvin is a first class man, and he will get things in line. Hopefully, Mike Brown has enough sense to keep Marvin in Cincy.

Mergatroid :

Compare the Bengals' record under Owner-Founder/Coach/General Manager Paul Brown from 1968 until his death in August, 1991 (171-168-1) with the record that his son Mike Brown has since then (1991-present 98-184-1). The answer should be obvious.

Alex :

Marvin Lewis is a keeper??!!! That man needs to be put on the next flight out of town, along with the Brown family. The only hope for this franchise is to sell them to an owner who demands the best and is willing to make difficult decisions and expensive decisions.

OfficerMancuso :

I must have slept through the sixty seconds during which the Bengals were among the NFL's elite teams.

Bungles :

When were the Bengals among the "NFL's elite"?

One decent season in the last 20 or so, despite drafting in the top 10 for much of that time, hardly qualifies a team for membership in the "NFL's elite."

Browns Fan 1980 :

I feel the pain of the Bengal's fans being a fan of a continuosly lackluster team, the Browns. I think that ownership, not coaching has led to your teams demise, whereas the opposite is true in Cleveland. The issue of players and their off field antics again is the fault of the ownership in Cincinatti. Your coach has publicly commented on players that he didn't approve of and ownership has, on numerous occasions, gone in the opposite direction. Again, there is only so much sympathy I can show, I am a Browns supporter. It's like we always say in Cleveland, there is always next year...or the one after that.

Dirty Dieter :

"....who should fans point their fingers at, coaches, players or the front office?"

It is the high price for the water beer that they sell at the stadium. If one has to pay so much for that swill, one should expect perfect performance. This expectation exerts pressure on the players that affects their efforts.

ron :

the bengals continously draft and bring in players with questionable character issues which affects the team.they recently brought in former bear cedric benson who had two arrests in texas stemming from alcohol usage on the waterways,who had run ins with the law while at the university of texas.the bengals shouldn't expect to have a roster of saints but they need players who can make intelligent decisions off the field in regards to their behavior.

 
 
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