First of all I would like to make clear that I don't usually post here because my English is not that great and because I normally read all the posts on my phone.
I have seen plenty of tweets calling off both the coach and our quarterback. I don't think this loss to the Chargers is specifically on them. Some others, like Josh Kirkendall from this very Cincy Jungle, have even pointed to the defense at some level as well. I think this goes beyond this particular game and these players and coaches. We have lost today because we were afraid and only small teams sponsor that mentality. Marvin Lewis said prior to the game that the Bengals were more comfortable being agressive, and, in the big show they weren't. They changed the approach because they feared failure. And if your best player is a wide receiver don't be shy, get him the football, try those deep balls even if your quarterback doesn't have the arm, play the same way you did against the Vikings or the Colts. But I am not going to blame only this coaching staff and roster, a lot of fans wanted the Patriots to beat the Ravens two weaks ago so Baltimore would be out of the playoffs instead of trying to get the number two seed and a bye. We were scared of the thought of having to face these mediocre Ravens at home and that says a lot. I really believe this game was played three weeks earlier in Pittsburgh, and when we weren't able to beat them, nor even show confidence enough to take it home, I started to think about this I'm posting now. We have to turn the corner in order to win big.
We feared the Ravens and even the Steelers come January and that has always showed on the field. That game in Baltimore or, more recently, that last game in Pittsburgh. We are division champions and have been leading all the way from September, proving that we were the best team of the four. But when we needed a win the most, we weren't able to do it. We weren't confident that, being the better team and being division leaders, we would go to Pennsylvania and get a win no matter how. The attitude is wrong, when you are a winner you don't care who's up front, just worry about yourself and pull out the win. That's what franchises like the Packers, the Steelers, the Ravens or the Patriots do. They win. And we, unfortunately, are not winners yet. That cold sunday night at Heinz Field the Steelers, with only 5 wins knew they were going to beat us and played extremely agressive and fearless, and that is because they are winners.
When we realize this then we can identify who is not helping this team win. Can Marvin Lewis win in the big stage? Do they trust Andy going forward? But until then, we, as fans, should take a look inside and think whether we're really winners or not.
After that, I'd also like to add that (and I know that's only been a small part of the crowd) fans should never boo their team, only if they showed lack of effort, which they haven't yet. I'm a young Bengals fan, but when I become that this franchise was a disaster (Chris Henry someone? Terrell Owens anybody?) and three straight years to the playoffs would have sounded way too wild, so we should be able to thank these guys that have beaten everybody at home and have won the division title. We are better off now.
Anyway, once a Bengal, always a Bengal. WHODEY!