I have been looking for a mini soap box from which I could project my hatred I have developed recently for both the national sports media and local writers; I think I found it. I only recently started visiting Cincy Jungle because I needed a place of refuge. A place I could escape the daily slams. The pessimism from Joe Reedy and Paul Daughtery was capped off the other day from watching the worst piece of reporting I have seen in a while. Go ahead and take a look here as Damien Woodley gives his wonderful analysis http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6933537 .
I am not predicting over optimistic things from this team but would it kill people just to be a little excited over their team? It’s hard reading football articles and listening to people when it’s the same negative information regurgitated over and over again. I go online and hear the same reporting from what seems to be outsider’s perspectives of the team. I hear about how poor this team is, how we have worst QB in the league and how will we ever survive without our starting QB and WRs from last season. Keep in mind this is the same QB who would rather retire than play for the Bengals again and the two WRs who were claimed to be cancers to their locker rooms. It’s really a no win scenario since if they were to come back there would be a claim that we didn’t make the proper “off-season changes”.
On a side note there are only two real negative things stand out to me with this team and they are the starting of a young offense and the lack of depth in the secondary on defense. I for one am just excited to see a fresh look to the team and believe they have done everything they could have to improve with maybe the exception of not resigning JJ.
I fail to grasp what more other fans want from this team. We ditched our predictable offensive coordinator last year for an optimistic coach who brings in a simplified offense for a young team. We start fresh at QB and WR with people who want to be here and who seem genuinely excited to start. A defense is returning with several new additions and a revamped d-line that promises to be our most exciting since as far back as I can remember. The fans were calling for heads at the end of last season and a mini French revolution is what we got. Sure Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis are still here but for arguments sake: MB owns the team (there’s nothing we can do about it) and ML I still believe is the best option currently available for head coach (I have Dick LeBeau flashbacks when talks come up of Zimmer taking over as head coach).
I want to take a moment and commend Josh Kirkendall and the writers/Bengal’s fans of this site for providing some of the better articles I have read recently. Most people here seem to provide a good balance somewhere in between Paul Daughtery’s negative rantings and the overly powder puffed writing of Geoff Hobson. I think it’s also worth mentioning James Walker’s AFC North blog on ESPN.com is also quite a respectable place. It’s just unbiased reporting at its finest.
These are tough times for both the Bengals and Bengal’s Fans. This season, I see a fresh new team that will provide what I believe to be an underdog/chip on their shoulder mentality that we as fans so desperately need. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” and It’s the best they have to offer right now. I am definitely looking forward to kicking back this season, grabbing a cold beer, and enjoying the ride. Thank you Cincy Jungle for giving me a place to hide out until this storm blows over.