The Cincinnati Bengals have it tough, no doubt about it. The NFC North is without a doubt the toughest division in the NFL. I have little doubt that if the Bengals were in another division, they'd be in the playoff mix this year. While technically still in the hunt for a post season berth, the math just doesn't bode well for Bengals fans...You see, I'm a Rams fan, so I know more about being eliminated from the playoff picture than most of you. For instance, I know that 2 wins won't get Rams fans anything more than a snicker or two at the local sports bar.
I'm an editor for Turf Show Times, the SBNation- St. Louis Rams fan site. The world out our way has been rather gloomy of late, so I thought I'd stop by to chat with one of the most surprising NFL teams of the 2011 season. Admit it! Even you had to be blown away at how incredible Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have been this season? How many of you thank the coin flip Gods each night for taking Green over Julio Jones? Kudos have to go out to the person or persons that saw greatness in Dalton. He has to have all but erased any lingering memories of _____. In the interests of Chat edicate, I won't mention his name, but suffice to say he's in his own personal purgatory in Oakland, CA.
The game this Sunday has the potential to be... You'll have to excuse me, but the urge to yawn overcame me. While I have little doubt the Cincinnati Bengals will bring their "A" game to St. Louis, the Rams only have an "F" game. So being the math wiz I am, I postulate the game at best will be a "C". Who can get excited about a "C"? Come to think of it, I did throw a major party when I passed my "Writing for Sports Blogs 101" course? Hmm... As I recall I received a "D-" in that class, so maybe a "C" isn't that bad at all?
I have questions aplenty for you if you have the time? I'll be inviting some of the TST faithful to drop by to help answer any questions you may have about the St. Louis Rams.
My first query has to do with something that could affect the St. Louis Rams, since the Steve Spagnuolo firing wagons seem to be circling. The Bengals offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, is getting some rumor play for head coaching positions that are popping up throughout the NFL. How important is he to the Bengals' future plans? How much has he played a role in Dalton and Green's success this season?
I am not as shocked as many are with how well the Bengals defense has played this year. Based on last season alone, I knew they'd be a unit worthy of respect. What has surprised me is the play of your linebacker core? They have been tickling the edge of stellar this season. What were the key moves behind this unit's becoming one of the NFL's elite?
In the coming draft, what areas do you rate of greatest concern for the Bengals in 2012? Jerome Simpson - Is the "Bust-o-meter" threatening to go off on a guy I thought would have a great NFL career?
So let me hear from you and please don't hesitate to let me know if any of the visiting TSTers forget they are your guests.