I was reading Peter King's comment in MMQB this week where he noted that this season's Hard Knocks just wasn't doing it for him. Instead of getting mad and calling King a so-and-so, I thought about it. You know, this Hard Knocks has been low drama. There haven't been a lot of scenes of guys being dysfunctional, coaches acting like morons, owners trying to grab the spotlight etc.
After thinking about that I think that King's comments shines a light on the the organization the Bengals have become.
Tonight I saw them interviewing Jheranie Boyd, Jordan Campbell, DeQuin Evans, and Otis Hudson. We speak of guys getting cut with the ease of someone throwing away a Kleenex, but it's tough to see the faces on Hard Knocks, hear their stories, and realize that a cut represents the dreams of a really hard working guy getting crushed. I wondered how mad I'd be if I were Boyd, came here late, and didn't even get a chance to play in a game before being cut. But the guy was great....upbeat and understanding even when his hopes were being crushed. Same with Campbell, Otis Hudson, and Quinn Sharp To see how much they like DeQuin Evans, it makes it more difficult for me to put him on the cut list as an afterthought.
You know, with all there is wrong in sports, the Bengals have a lot to be happy about with the organization they run. This is what I have really learned in this season of Hard Knocks above all else.