says the Lion's fan
I don't understand why people are saying the Browns are better off than Cinci?
at least we won the AFC North last year (and yes that's about all we've done, but it's still more than what the brown's have done recently)
Yeah I know I don't have much room to talk as a Lion's fan. The difference this time is my team is on the up and up. Our 3rd string QB won as many games as your beloved Carson Palmer. We should have been 8-8 minimum (That was a catch versus the Bears, I don't care what the rule book say. And when you are up 10 with 4 minutes left and have the ball... well you shouldn't lose). Not to mention almost all of our losses were by 4 points or less. We are young and need to be able to protect Stafford. But for the first time, I actually feel hope.
I also think the Browns were/are on the right path. Holmgren won't let them fail. They will at least become playoff viable.
Now for the Bungles. My roommate is the worlds biggest Bengals homer. He once woke me up to tell me an off-season tweat by Ochocinco, seriously. This same Homer told me Carson was a Top 5-10 QB in the NFL, and you could tell he actually believed this. After two years ago he had big hopes for their Defense. Said they would be a Top 3 Defense this past year. I bet him $100 the Jets would have a better D and I didn't care what category he picked. He has since paid up. Needless to say I felt a bit of Schadenfreude as I watched his beloved team fail over and over. Carson felt he "had to throw to big names TO and Ochocinco every game" wah wah, and that didn't work. Sure TO had a great year, I will give him that. But I don't know where to begin with this team.
They can't run the ball like they did last year? Not sure what changed, but Benson spent most games looking flat. Now I know the Defense was hurt but that happens to lots of teams and you have to make do. Next, Carson's backup is his brother. Hands down the worst backup in the NFL. Only Lebron has pulled off something that gross within an organization. I know you love your brother, but come on. And why was Dan Lefevour never given a chance? At the end of the year, or in a blow out, why not try the kid out? As of now, you don't have much of a future QB outside him. He looked good in college and I was excited to see him on the Bengals. But he got zero playing time. Carsons getting old. Hasn't been right in a few years since the injury. I think his thumb is still an issue. The receiving core is about to change, again.
I don't know. The Bengals just seem like a side show. They need to get rid of TO and Ocho and start running like the Patriots (Wes Welker you are forgiven, that was hillarious). They never looked like a team, and that's what wins games. I would love to see an Ohio team do well, but I don't see the Bengals suddenly getting better next year. I think they are another 2-4 win team.