Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:39 pm

Andy Dalton melts under the playoff heat

HOUSTON: Andy Dalton was three-years old the last time Cincinnati won a playoff game. Madonna was kinda still like a virgin. The DVR was a twinkle in the VCR's eye. It's been a tremendous 21-year drought and it was thought that maybe the Bengals' fabulous rookie could end it against Houston.

The Texans were down to their third string quarterback. They were vulnerable. The problem for the Bengals was this: Dalton was more vulnerable.

After an initial flurry of accuracy and guts, Dalton fell apart, and that's putting it kindly. The Bengals placed the weight of the playoffs on Dalton's shoulders, and like a thousand other rookies, on a thousand past NFL fields, he melted. It happens. It happens to the best. Houston 31 Bengals 10...and reality for Dalton set in like a kick to the sternum.

The Bengals won mainly because Dalton was intercepted three times -- once for a gut-destroying pick-six at the end of the first half. Dalton fell apart but so did the entire Bengals team. Dalton was also sacked four times and the Bengals defense was picked apart in the second half. A 17-10 Houston lead was soon out of hand.

Dalton will learn from this. He's talented. He's smart. Most of all, he's just plain good. The Bengals playoff win drought will end one day, too.

Just not now.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bengals, NFL, Texans
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:10 am

The Daily Shoutout: Owens won't play in IFL

OPENING HIT: No way Terrell Owens will do it. No way in hell. No. Freaking. Way.

The ego of Owens won't allow it. I don't care how financially desperate he is. The ego of Owens will stop him from playing in the Indoor Football League because he'll see it as too far beneath him.

And it is. I'm no fan of Owens. I think he's a bit of an Uncle Tom who has thrown numerous players and organizations under good sized buses. I guarantee you there are people around the NFL who are laughing at the predicament of Owens and saying: karma is a bitch, eh Terrell?

But admitedly despite how Owens has treated so many people so poorly there remains an element of sadness about Owens even considering playing in some cheapened copy of football to make a buck. Owens was a great player. I mean, great Hall of Fame worthy player and here he is in serious talks with the IFL.

Yet again it won't happen. This is likely some sort of trial balloon by Owens to see the reaction and once he digests how most people are mocking this potential decision he'll back out. I could be wrong but Owens playing in the IFL just isn't Owens.

That ego won't allow it.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 2, 2011 6:35 am

The Daily Shoutout: Carson Palmer saga

OPENING HIT: Someone is either lying, mistaken or inside the Bengals organization there is a schism between the coaches and front office.

The reason why is because of the quotes below. These are the words of coach Marvin Lewis when I met with him just last month. I asked about Carson Palmer retiring.

"This is Carson's way," Lewis said at the time. "This wasn't a grandstand. He had to do what he had to and so did we. We can't let the inmates run the asylum."

I asked Lewis if there was any chance the Bengals would ask Palmer back. "At this camp no one has mentioned his name," Lewis said. "He's gone. Period."

Gone. Period.

Now comes this story. Did the Bengals change their mind? That's possible. But Lewis sure sounded like a man who was done with Palmer.

The Bengals may simply be doing their due diligence in an attempt to trade Palmer but bring him back? Lewis made it sound like he'd rather join the Pakistani army than return Palmer to the fold.

There's something strange about this story. It doesn't make sense. After so many months of acting like a child Palmer suddenly wants to be reasonable and talk? The Bengals, after taking an incredibly hard stance, suddenly want to be reasonable?

Strange story indeed. I'm not buying much of it.

I think the Bengals have set out to prove a point and it's the point Lewis mentioned: the players don't run teams, management and coaches do, and the Bengals will stick to this position as long as they can. Unless...some team makes them a trade offer not even Mike Brown can refuse.

Otherwise look for Palmer to continue to sit and the Bengals to continue to make their point.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bengals
Posted on: November 16, 2009 6:49 pm

Why, Cincy, why?

Just when you think the Bengals moved past what was a sordid history of the three C's -- crooks, criminals and complainants -- here they are again close to signing the alleged woman-beating overrated has-been, Larry Johnson.

There's a chance the signing won't happen but it looks likely and here's a question for the Bengals. You're rolling, you're good, you're one of the best teams in football. You got away from your awful past by flossing and flushing. You've convinced the world you aren't the same old Bengals.

Why bring in this guy? Why, why, why?

The old Bengals were dead. The ones that between April 2006 and June 2007 saw 10 Bengals arrested for a variety of crimes, including domestic violence and resisting arrest. It was so bad that commissioner Roger Goodell used the Bengals as a platform to launch his law and order initiatives.

The Bengals have been able to put that past behind them until now.

Over the past six years -- just six years -- Johnson has been arrested four times on various asault charges against women.

Why the Bengals would ever do this is a total mystery and again demonstrates that some teams in the NFL have little respect for women.

So when Johnson again does something really stupid -- and he will -- the Bengals have no one to blame but themselves.

Good luck, Cincy.

You're going to need it.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bengals
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