I just wanted to take this time to clarify some comments that I made during this thread that may or may not have been taken the wrong way, as most people may not see them (I'm guessing) since the game is over. First and foremost, no, I am not a regular on this board because I just discovered this blog a relatively short while ago. Secondly, I never called out Zimmer. I think he is a fantastic coordinator. The only coach that I mentioned was Lewis, but, if my account had been older, you could have seen that my dislike for him has been throughout the years and wasn't due to this one game, as I am not a fan of his mentality the majority of the time. Third, I do have faith in this team. Yes, my comments were negative, but that was simply a reaction to this game. I never called the season a failure, I called this *game* a failure. There is a big difference. Some of my comments will most likely be taken out of context, but that's alright. I understand this was a building year, but it doesn't change the fact that a loss of this fashion still hurts. I really don't think that is a harsh reaction, is it? The majority of my posts were about how the Bengals play today was disappointing and frustrating, my dislike for Lewis, the potential of Gruden leaving for Jacksonville, comments on Pacman's little hissy fit, how things could have changed had Hall been in the lineup, the need for offseason moves (which almost everyone has commented on at one point this season), and one post about how we have been preaching the idea of "next year" for so long, yet every time it looks like we're gonna explode, we fall short. Yes, my language in that last comment was probably not worded correctly (reading back, it really wasn't what I meant to say), but the fact still remains: I am a Bengals fan that was disappointed by the result today. As for this post, I by no means meant that I was "giving up" on this team. In fact, I'm doing the exact opposite. I'm hoping for all the best in the coming years for Green, Dalton, Gresham, Dunlap, and the rest. What I meant was the game started off so strong, it looked like we were going to explode at any time. Instead, we imploded and gave the Texans the victory, which is clearly frustrating. Like I said, I could have worded it better, but it is what it is. If my Zimmer comments were somehow branched out from the post that I made about the Bengals recruiting some coaches with killer instinct that like explosive offences, I was referring more to head coach than anything to do with Zimmer. I, personally, don't like conservative offences that get a lead and play the trap (I haven't heard that style of play referred to this in football, but, as a Canadian, I refer to the hockey name for getting a lead and playing D the rest of the game), as I prefer high octane offences that continue to attack even with a lead. Once again, I apologize for any comments that may have been taken out of context, written poorly, or taken more negatively than I intended, but, like I say, it is what it is.
Now that I've cleared up some of my negativity during and after the game, I would just like to thank Cincy Jungle for providing me with Bengals updates throughout the preseason, regular season, and postseason, as I am Canadian and the Bengals are rarely covered in depth here (unless they play Buffalo, unfortunately...), and for keeping me busy with entertaining material to read in my boring lectures.