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Bengal Tiger …………… No These Are The Cincinnati Bengals A Tiger That Is Of No Imminent Danger To Anyone !

Bengal Tiger …………… No These Are The Cincinnati Bengals A Tiger That Is Of No Imminent Danger To Anyone !

OK so what were we to expect of the Cincinnati Bengals ? I’ve given up completely on Chad Ochocinco as a player who continues to disappoint not only on the field but off it. And which idiotic tv executive thought it appropriate to give both Ochocinco and Terrell Owens their own talk show ? Isn’t that like giving a loaded hand gun to a mass murderer ? You simply know in the end that no good can come of it all.


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The plight of the Bengals has been well documented this season as they’ve fallen from grace and are in all likelihood looming to become an “also ran” within the AFC . A year off from being the AFC North champions the Bengals under Marvin Lewis are reeling under a wealth of disappointment. Owens seems to found his niche and has been outperforming his teammate and while much of this goes on Ochocinco has simply nothing to say as to why his game is at an all-time low. Do you get the impression he’s robbing the Bengals blind in terms of the salary he’s being paid by the organization ?

Marvin Lewis will no doubt be on the hot seat as one of the coaches whose immediate future will be under close inspection. And please tell me that Carson Palmer hasn’t now become something of a disappointment after the so called ‘great expectations’ ? USC (Trojans) or not and their legacy …… can we simply say that only that there’s more hype to that legacy now than there’s ever been ? Palmer for his part hasn’t shown me that there’s sign of leadership there from him and his actually leading this team. Call it what you will but the Bengals’ fall has been somewhat alarming and something of a disappointment. As for Marvin Lewis if he can’t turn this team around it’s easy to suggest that he’ll be one of a number of coaches who’ll find themselves without a coaching position at the end of the NFL season.

At 2-5 within the NFC North and the Bengals are looking up at the division leading Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers who are both at 5-2 .And you get the impression that the Bengals’ home game against the Steelers will be one that will determine a number of scenarios. A win is of the utmost importance to this team and it’s clear that a number of players on this team are not only playing for their livelihoods but also their reputations . As I alluded to earlier Lewis’ situation is precarious to say the least. And you have to wonder what team President Mike Brown and the rest of the Bengals front office now view the situation concerning the coach and a number of players on this roster. The fallout here is a long way from being catastrophic but you simply know that there has to be a change and it has to be the right decision made. Can someone explain to me why after all this time the Bengals and their ownership have allowed the tenure of Lewis to carry on even with the team having won last season’s AFC North divisional title ? Blown out in the first round of last season’s playoffs they now seem to be a caricature of the team in the regular season of last year. And the scarier thought here is that there’s no apparent leadership here from this team, certainly not from Carson Palmer and about the only apparent offensive threat appears to be that of Terrell Owens . And defensively this team certainly hasn’t shown that it’s one of the better teams statistically within the NFL and it clearly shows with the team’s play. Much much of the blame here lies with Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff who’ve yet to accomplish anything of note with this team at all this season.

Within the division it’s clear that it will come down to being a two horse race between the Ravens and Steelers and the two teams’ respective coaches John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin certainly have their teams playing at a thoroughly competitive level. And both teams certainly have a defensive pedigree that is to be admired. And from an offensive standpoint both teams are certainly capable of lighting up the scoreboard given the opportunity to do so. Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger have certainly shown their leadership capabilities and that they are leaders . That’s certainly what is required from a leader on the field and the teammates who follow that lead. Out of deference to Palmer and his teammates I’d like to ask someone to indicate to me who they’d view as “a leader” on the Cincinnati Bengals ? If you feel that that there is s one then by all means let me know what your thoughts are on the matter ?



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As to what lies ahead for the Bengals and the rest of the AFC North remains to be seen but I do believe that this is a team that if they can’t find their identity and show their competitiveness then their fans will view this season as a profound disappointment . Chime in with your own thoughts on this and any other NFL story that’s of interest to you ?

NB: ESPN’s Monday Night Football was the AFC North match-up between the Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers of which the end result was a 27-21 victory for the Steelers .

Alan aka tophatal …………………………… ūüôā


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From Worse To First That’s The Miami Way …………….

Well the Miami Dolphins having come off a 1-15 record from last season have played themselves into the playoffs as divisional champions of  AFC East.  Much to the surprise of those within and outside of the game.  Falling by the wayside in all of this are  the  New England Patriots .




Pennington hands  the ball off  to teammate  running back  Ronnie Brown during a game played  against  the New York Jets  in  East Rutherford  New Jersey ,............
Quarterback Chad Pennington hands the ball off to teammate running back Ronnie Brown.............

Quarterback Chad Pennington hands the ball off¬† to teammate¬† Ronnie Brown¬†during¬†a league game against the New York Jets¬†game played in East Rutherford, New Jersey. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/¬† Matthew Bostick …………….




And while much of this has  gone on  the  New  York Jets  now find  themselves  in the  midst  of  another  meltdown  having  their coach Eric  Mangini fired  and the internal rift  now  building between Hall of  Fame  bound  quarterback Brett  Favre  and a number of  his  teammates.  If  ever  a season  was steeped  and  doomed  for  failure  then  the season  undergone  by  the  Jets  was it. With  much of  went  on  within the  division being  entertaining  to say the least it  was  felt that  the  division  was  wide  open.  The expectations  that Favre would be  asked  to meet  were  far too  great  for  a player on  the downside  of  an  all illustrious  career.  


Coach Tony Sparano of the Dolphins  is seen here  on the sidelines  during a game played  against  the Arizona  Cardinals  in Glendale , Az , .................
Coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins seen here on the sidelines during a game played against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale , Az , .....................

Dolphins’ coach Tony Sparano seen here¬†on the¬† sidelines of a game played¬† against¬† the¬† Arizona¬† Cardinals¬† in¬† Glendale , Arizona.¬† picture¬† appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Ross D Brown ………………….



Buffalo  got  off  to a  fast  start  but  that  would  soon peter  out  as  they   fell  by  the  wayside  all too quickly.  With Tom  Brady  of  the New England  Patriots  suffering  a  season ending  injury  in the first  game of  the season against  the  Kansas City Chiefs. Many  felt that  the  Patriots’ season would too  fall  off  as  well.  With  rookie  quarterback  Matt  Cassel  being  asked  to  take over the  reins  from  Brady.  No one was quite  sure  what  to  expect  from  a  player  who  hadn’t  played  the  position  since  his  days  in high school  and whose  college  career  was  basically  playing  second fiddle  to  Heisman  Trophy winners  Carson  Palmer  and  Matt  Leinart  while  at the University of  Southern California. 




Dolphins' offensive lines coach  Mike Maser works with  his  players  at their  practice facility in Davie, Fl ......................
Offensive lines' coach Mike Maser works with his players at the team's practice facility in Davie, Fl ..........

Dolphins’ offensive line coach works with his¬† players¬†at their practice facility¬† in¬† Davie , Florida.¬† picture appears¬† courtesy of ap/photo/ Matthew Glassman¬† ………








Cassel  would  excel  in the  position  and guide  the team  to  an 11-5 season  narrowly  missing  the  playoffs by  finishing second in the  division behind  the  Miami  Dolphins. That  being  said  this  season was all about  the  Miami  Dolphins  and  their  triumphant  return  to  respectability  under  the  coaching  of  Tony  Sparano  under the  ever  watchful  eye  of   Bill  Parcells   the  behind  the scenes  architect of  the  franchise’s  resurgence. With their  wildcat offense  simply  catching  a number  of  teams by surprise  it can be  said  was  a  season  of  firsts  for  this  team  and  their  quarterback Chad Pennington  who was  cast  aside by  the  New  York  Jets.  That bitter  taste  now  on the  palates  of  the  Jets  and  their  fans  has  got  to be  now all the  more  unbearable for  the  franchise  as  a whole. 




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