I believe that people that get sour after not getting a raise, are examples of Carson Palmer's described selfishness. More importantly, Cincinnati fans, who are examples of fans that demand blue-collar workman-like attitudes, will quickly turn on a player that pouts for being underpaid.
We would love to have Deltha back in the lineup playing to his 2005 form. However, for the past year, the fire has been lit on his bridge and he came close to burning it down. Even though he doesn't admit it, his play was mediocre compared to talent -- or proven results. Marvin Lewis, a guy that historically has always kept quiet, has publicly soured on O'Neal.
So while Odell Thurman and Chris Henry are trying to walk a path of redemption, Deltha O'Neal, in very different scenarios, is walking that same path. As O'Neal said, perhaps as fans and media, we never really gave him credit for playing hurt. After all, our club was so decimated with injury that we needed guys to play hurt to stay afloat -- which we ended up sinking anyway. He sat three games because of a shoulder injury suffered against San Diego.
I liked O'Neal for a time. Then reports came out that his head wasn't into the game. That he and Tory James took Johnathan Joseph away during training camp lunches whereas the team remained together. Denver folks slightly soured on O'Neal for many of the same reasons we have soured on him.
"I played well, up until that San Diego game where I got hurt." (Enquirer)
As Cincinnatians, we may be rough bunch. But we're also very forgiving.
HOBSON continues in his "action on the corner" article with Keiwan Ratliff.
Coyle, always impressed with his smarts and presence, has noticed he’s playing "with a little more burst," and praised Ratliff for how fiercely he’s competed against both run and pass.
"Keiwan is one of the smartest defensive players I’ve been around in college and the NFL," Palmer said. "He just understands the game. He understands concepts of offenses, not just a certain route. He’s been kind of waiting for his opportunity. He’s had Tory James and Deltha in front of him, so it’s been tough for him. He plays well against Chad (Johnson), he’s played well against T.J. (Houshmandzadeh). He just really hasn’t had his opportunity yet and he’s just waiting for it."
As for Ratliff, he shrugged. When asked what he’s done differently, he offered, "Nothing. I’m just getting a lot more opportunity to do it now. When Deltha didn’t show up, I’m next in line as far as experience so they threw me in that spot." (Bengals.com)
Updating the injury at minicamp file: (Bengals.com)
- Rudi Johnson returned to practice after battling a stomach virus. However, Reggie Kelly is still working on pancaking one. (OK, that was horrible, I know)
- Levi Jones and Jeremi Johnson still haven't practiced rehabbing respective injuries.
- Antonio Chatman left practice after suffering from dehydration. It's been crazy hot in Cincinnati the past week.
Most of the players on yesterday's injury list were still out.
Best Quote came from Ahmad Brooks in response to the potential return of Odell Thurman:
Finally, Mark Curnutte recanted on a recent story about Chris Henry's "failed drug test". Of course, you have the embarrassing comments from idiot readers that feel the need to shred the guy's work -- you know, it's that anonymity that gives some of these people that overwhelming sense of protectionism... and cowardice. After Curnutte admited fault, he was shreded. Makes me rethink the whole forgiveness in Cincinnati idea.