You know things are slow in the NFL world when the NFL Network does a segment called Christmas in July, offering presents to players and teams, ranging from Terrell Owens joining a team to Donovan McNabb having a shot to compete for a team. Where are we going with this? Well eventually Charles Davis gives a July Christmas present to the Cincinnati Bengals, arguing that it's time to shred some of the team's postseason impotencies.
You can see the video here, but here's a transcript of Davis' "Christmas in July."
"What I'm giving the Bengals a roaring bonfire, which is what we want during the holidays. "I want to take the record books of vintage, and throw them in the bonfire. Meaning this for the Bengals. Remember the Bengals are looking to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-82, and remember '82 was a strike-shortened season and that almost doesn't count. And they haven't won a playoff game since 1990. The longest current draught in the NFL. They need to take a page from the Falcons playbook of a few years ago when the Falcons did not have back-to-back winnings seasons in franchise history. They crossed that hurdle now. It's time for the Cincinnati Bengals to do that."
Yes. Davis did say making the playoffs in three consecutive seasons when in reality it's consecutive seasons. We'll scratch that up as a simple mistake. But the point is well-heard and understood -- and hopeful to "throw in the bonfire".