So, as many of you have already noticed, we are at the cusp of a major change in time! And I don't mean the age of Aquarius, but the new era of the Bengals with Andy Dalton at the helm. It wouldn't be wise to get ahead of ourselves and proclaim to be the next big dynasty in American football. What I will say is that something different is brewing upon us. This isn't the same old vague optimism that turns out to be good old "hopeium." No, this feels different. This feels like real change. It feels like the 20 years of misery that this franchise has been through is finally over.
Let's take a look at some of the things that make us feel like there is something really different going on.
1. I will start by this as the turning point. Re-signing Marvin Lewis. I'll be the first to admit: I was up to my kazonkas with Marvin Lewis. I thought he was the bigger cancer of all. I thought he was a mediocre vanilla coach who didn't have that motivation to push a team over the top. I thought he was a terrible strategist. I thought that if they didn't fire him two years ago I was going to stop watching football for the rest of my life (maybe not). Truth is, I still think some of that........but it just feels different. I forgive you Marvin.
2. The firing of Bob Bratkowski. Just wow. Didn't you scream like a little girl going on the mary-go-round for the 1st time in your life when you read this (on cincyjungle.com of course)? It was probably the best feeling I got since getting freed from a Turkish prison for taking a crap in a park in broad daylight back in 85' (I'm kidding). But wasn't it great?
3. Trading Ochocinco. Ok, so we practically got nothing for him but didn't he want out for 3 years now? How can a guy perform on a team that he doesn't want to play for. It was definitely a huge weight lifted off this teams' back. Nice.
4. The amazing play of A.J. Green and Andy Dalton or "drafting A.J. Green and Andy Dalton" if you will. Obviously hindsight is 20-20. But when have we gotten so much production of arguably the two most important positions on a team in the last.......ever? If Dalton wasn't turning out as good as we thought he was (until now he seems like our QB for the next 15 years), this team would probably be 0-6, sitting in the same hole of the last 20 years. Was it luck? Maybe. Was it great scouting by our ONE scout and our coaches? Could be. Whatever it was, it's working now.
5. And last but not least. The trade of the two centuries (20th & 21st). Trading Carson Palmer for potentially two first round picks. I still can't believe what happened. A week ago everyone had accepted the fact that we would never receive significant compensation for him. Carson was dead to us. And now? He resurrected in the form of two highly valuable first round picks out of nowhere! Unbelievable. In the end, I truly believe Carson is going to be a bust for them and it will end up being the worst trade in football history for a team.
Something feels different. I believe this year could be the start of the Cincinnati Bengal's golden years. WHO DEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!