I've been thinking about this post for a few days - almost did it the other night - but it was late and I already had my fair share - not sure it makes any more sense now. Try to stay with me here. BTW - nice win against the Indy.
My Grandma grew up across from Losantivillle Lanes (before they had gutter guards in bowling alleys - I used to bowl about an 11 for 10 frames) in Cincy - she loved Cincy - especially the Reds - she used to go on buses to the Rosy Reds to Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh in the 70's. She lived until she was 98.5 (in 1999) - one of the last things she said to me was "Well, Tony got in (Perez), we'll see if they let Pete in" . She was a great Grandma. Now at some point Grandma would forget to put baking soda in the cookies - it was Grandma - so you didn't say anything - but it leads to a central theory of mine that when people get a certain age "it's about the baking soda" - Examples
Al Davis - great in his prime - instead of being smart and crazy became old and crazy - get the feeling in the draft room Al would wander in and say "draft the fastest WR" - bad strategy
Joe Paterno - not commenting on the horrific scandal -but as a football coach Joe wasn't sure if they were on Offense or Defense - and watching the games their was always the fear that he was one hit from a life ending broken hip
Mike Brown - Ok - now Mike never knew how to cook on the GM side in the first place - but he was in the kitchen. Somehow, someway - the Bengals got him out of the kitchen - and it has led to the best Bengals Front office probably ever. Mike is 78 years old (baking soda age), and although no one exactly how the front office works (unless you are on the inside) it is clicking. Katie, Troy, and Marvin have eased Mike out of the player personnel decision process and established a great team and foundation for the next few years. It is easy to argue that getting Mike Brown out of the kitchen was the biggest thing to happen to this team in the last few years. I think Marvin/Katie/Troy somehow eased him out while letting him maintain his pride and still have a say in some business decisions. This front office has now has a team that:
Still has cap space
Players want to play for the Bengals
Strong core of young players
It's now not about "who you gonna get" for the Bengals -but "who you gonna keep"
Sure looks like playoffs three out of 4 years
No drama on the front office - no disgruntled players (Carl Pickens clause anyone, Corey Dillon shoulder pads in the stands?, and what was that QB from SC?)
The thing about the front office is- no one ever really hears from them - Duke Tobin is supposed to be great on player evaluations - Katie has gone quiet - Marvin talks about shovels and stuff a couple times a week and that's it - it's got to be this way by design - and now it works well.
For all the posts this season on CJ - almost none about Mike Brown and the front office - that is a huge positive from a few years ago. Bodes well for the future.
Ok - I'm done rambling.