In some ways, the Cincinnati Bengals have traveled light years from that of “The Lost Decade” seen from 1992-2002. Though still not operating in the same vein as most other NFL teams, the Bengals have crept into football modernity.
On this week’s Orange and Black Insider, we spoke to a former player who experienced the latter part of the worst stretch in football history, but also the beginning of a major organizational shift. Linebacker Adrian Ross, who played for Cincinnati from 1998-2003, joined the program to talk about a myriad of topics.
We caught up on his experiences with the club, the trajectory of his NFL career and much more. Some of his answers may surprise longtime fans (and simultaneous critics), regarding the perception of the club.
Some of the topics we discussed with Ross:
- His ascent from undrafted rookie free agent to eventual starting linebacker.
- The molds of “hybrid” defensive end/linebackers from his era and ones the Bengals collected under Dick LeBeau and the evolution of edge defenders today.
- While the wins weren’t necessarily there during his tenure in Cincinnati, Ross rightfully pointed to a number of talented players on those Bengals rosters—particularly on defense.
- What were some of the major differences in the club’s operating practices once Marvin Lewis took over?
- What is he up to now that his playing days are behind him?
Our thanks to Adrian Ross for joining us! It was an excellent and enlightening interview with the former Bengals player. We look forward to having him back on in the near future!
Also on this week’s episode:
- What will be the fates of the team’s 19 internal free agents?
- Should we expect significant cuts and/or trades at the onset of free agency next week?
- OBI has a couple of big announcements—including the unveiling of a couple of upcoming guests on the program!
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