Carson Palmer's production is so erratic Vegas won't take bets on him anymore. Dennis Roland looks like a revolving door at Disney Land. Bob Bratowski's creativity resembles that of a 54 year old cardboard factory executive. Bla Bla Bla - we've heard it all before. and while these are all stories that merit our attention, I thought that there were some other ones that aren't being told so far this year. Here are 10 stories that have yet to make it to the presses.
# 1 Where's Odom? - Antwan Odom couldn't be harder to find on the football field if he put on a red and white striped sweater and stocking cap. 0 QB hits in 4 games is unacceptable from our starting DE.
#2 How about that 2nd Round Draft Pick? Speaking of unproductive DEs....If Carlos Dunlap isn't good enough to merit being activated on game day (when our starter has yet to record a QB hit) was our 2nd round pick justified?
#3 Who's the best back in Cincy? After a slow start for Benson, there have been some rumblings about whether or not Scott should get more carries. Though it would be hard to make the case that Scott is the better back of the two, it's still been a disappointment that Scott hasn't been more involved in the offense.
#4 Is Leon Hall a top 5 corner in the league? For those of you who missed it, there was a healthy, albeit endless, debate this offseason about whether or not Leon Hall was a top 5 corner in the league. Well he looks like it so far, so to all the doubters I say "suck it."
#5 What about Reggie? Remember that guy that we traded for who was a former 1st round draft pick and was supposed to be a pretty good cover safety? And remember how we traded a pretty decent corner who has made some big plays in Jacksonville? Yeah, neither do I.
#6 What about Reginald? My theory is that he was made fun of incessantly as a kid for his name and so he became large and angry as a defense mechanism. Seriously though, how long can this team put up with sloppy play at Center?
#7 Is Jerome Simpson ready for a breakout year? If you took that question seriously, please punch yourself in the nuts. C'mon coaches, if he can't make the field in year 3, then we need to stop wasting a roster spot on him. He is no longer worthy of being called a bust - he was a bust the last two years - he is now simply a waste of space.
#8 Is Caldwell our other 2008 WR draft bust? Shipley is manhandling Caldwell in production this year, which begs the question, what's going to happen to Caldwell? Assuming Shipley's head is still on his shoulders after the infamous cheap shot, he's got a great shot at pushing Caldwell out of a job.
#9 Who has QB LeFevour? - We went ahead and got a 3rd string backup QB after dumping our 2nd string QB, while promoting the former 3rd string to 2nd string. Ever since then I haven't heard one report about whether or not our 3rd string has any potential to be a 2nd string. If you don't know who I'm talking about, it's because nobody has talked about him yet....
#10 - How good is Crocker? The more I watch this guy play, the more I love him. He hits hard, covers well, and makes a great pan of brownies...Or maybe I'm getting him confused with Betty. Regardless, they are delicious brownies.