The Cincinnati Bengals are fed up.
Between Adam Jones calling out the offense, Dre Kirkpatrick saying “we suck,” or players claiming they lost to the NFL’s “worst team” on Thursday, it’s reaching a level of bad we’ve not seen in quite some time in the Queen City. The latest player to voice his concern is Carlos Dunlap.
Following Thursday’s 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans, dropping Cincinnati to 0-2, Dunlap took to Instagram to specifically mention ‘complacency,’ something Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis have been notorious for.
There are so many aspects of the Bengals this ‘complacency’ could be referring to, but it’s most likely aimed at the Bengals being unwilling to ever make stronger efforts to make this team better while also keeping its best players.
Over the last two years, we’ve seen Andrew Whitworth, Kevin Zeitler, Domata Peko, Reggie Nelson, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and others leave after helping the Bengals make five-straight playoffs from 2011-15.
Letting them walk and failing to adequately replace them has led to the Bengals going from 12-4 in 2015 to now being 6-11-1 in their last 18 regular-season games.
Sure, the Bengals have kept some of their great players, including Dunlap, but he has to hate seeing so many other great players leave while he stays. This isn’t the first time Dunlap has voiced his concerns with the Bengals not doing enough to win.
After the team lost Zeitler, Whitworth, Peko Rex Burkhead and Karlos Dansby in free agency this year, Dunlap took to Twitter to express his inability to see what exactly the Bengals’ plan was (as were we all):
I don't see the plan but guess that's not my role to either.— Carlos Dunlap (@Carlos_Dunlap) March 14, 2017
The plan is, unfortunately, very simple: Status quo, the story of Mike Brown’s time as the Bengals’ owner.