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  1. It is not about his arm or his mobility. It is about his brain and heart. His greatest assets are not visible to the naked eye. Only the results are. He is constantly testing his limits and at time exceeds them. I am fine with that as he doesn't often repeat mistakes.
  2. I think we are using Uzo just the way we should. Limit his touched and let the D go to sleep on him. Then when we need him the D will have ignored him. I believe he has 5 TDs in 7 games. But just as important is the opportune time of them.
  3. There is no quit on this team. That indicates culture change. That is the most important function of a HC IMO. Put the play calling in the back seat.
  4. I didn't like the call on the 4th down on the 30. But we survived it. But I do like that Zac is being more aggressive than any HC since Wyche. Instead of being the team that gets punched in the mouth we need to land some punches of our own. We may not land all of them and we may end up in a losing fist fight but at least opponents know we will fight.
  5. I have been to several away games in different cities as I planned business trips as best I could to stay over and attend. Best city? It depends on what you are looking for. There are great restaurants, hotels and fan fun areas in all cities. I judge by the fan atmosphere. The best fan experience was in Green Bay. I attended wearing my Bengals jersey (#11 SHIPLEY) and all of the ribbing was good natured and they took as well as they gave. Tailgaters offered me food and drink with a smile. I treated them respectfully and they did in turn. The worst was in Pittsburgh about 20 years or so ago. Yes, I wore a Bengals jersey and I had several issues. As I left with a friend, an old Army bud, we were accosted in the parking garage and we, not them, were arrested but fortunately the Stealers guys didn't press charges. My bud is a certified bad a*s and while I held my own he did some damage. I don't think the guy he responded to went straight home. But the best thing was eating at a restaurant called Delucas which is known for it breakfasts. It was amazing. I'm not sure it they are still there now. The next worse was Cleveland because - well - its Cleveland. Never been to Baltimore but I have heard things. Cincy? I would put them closer to the middle.
  6. Carson Palmer's "Kimo" injury wasn't just the ACL. It was also the MCL and big time ligament damage. Dr. Paulos said that "On a scale of one to three, it was a four," he said. "It was off the chart. It was pretty badly damaged -- shredded is the better term." His injury occurred later in the season and was as bad or maybe worse than Burrow's injury. Burrow also has the advantage of 2020 rather than 2005 medical technology. Per Adrian Peterson who also had a torn ACL and MCL in the 2011 season and led the league in rushing in 2012, it is all about hard work and dedication, working thru painful rehab. With Joe that is a given. All of this leads me to believe we will see the same, but wiser (you can't hold the ball too long in the NFL), Joe Burrow with a better (at least somewhat maybe more) OL, a healthy Mixon and three top notch receivers rater than two. As a long time experienced Bengals fan you have to temper optimism but it is a bit harder this year. Sorry for the long post.
  7. It seems to me that the addition of Ossai and Sample is going to be of great benefit beginning this season.
  8. This I totally agree with. I expect than and the addition on at least on more quality Ol next year to complete the set.
  9. I believe Carman will be a fixture at RG and if he plays as well as he has in the past I don't think Reiff will be gone.
  10. I think Cam Sample is less than a half step behind Ossai. I see both of them having an impact this year.
  11. I think MJ was doomed from the start. Everyone knew he was raw regarding the NFL level and Turner just gave him a lick and a promise in technique then just threw him out there. The guy is very young for a sophomore and has physicals that include 34 1/4 inch arms. His technique was adequate with solid players around him at tOSU but the mishmosh rotating line and little coaching on technique hurt more than it helped. I get that he got pushed back into Joe and appears the bad guy here but IMP if we set back and think about it, who is the real bad guy? I say it is Turner. He is the coach who put him on the line without any real coaching. His footwork, body position and hand position were so bad there is no way he should have been out there without better coaching. I get that people hate him because he got Joe hurt. But lets give the kid a break and see what Pollack, a coach that is huge on technique, not just scheme, can do for him. Give him a pass? No, not really. Give a physically talented kid some legitimate coaching and let him do some backup work and some encouragement. He isn't a bad guy IMO, just handled about as bad as a rookie OL could be.
  12. I am a big fan of Chris Simms as an evaluator of talent in the NFL. After the draft he actually pulls up the previous years evaluations and discusses his hits and misses. He takes accountability. I am not computer savey enough to post vids but I highly suggest you watch "In the Trenches with Dave Lapham" with Simms as his guest. A day or so before the draft he wanted the Bengals to draft Chase and gave his reasoning. Then he had high praise for Carman in the 2nd. I think you will really enjoy the video, especially Sewell fans. If someone else can post it I think it would be a good thing.
  13. About 30% of Joe's sacks were coverage. The number of excellent targets increased by 50% with the addition of Chase. Open targets can also protect Joe.
  14. Regarding Hill. I think he could be very solid if not stellar with some coaching and conditioning.
  15. We will have to agree to disagree, I believe he is a total fraud who has devoted his life to self promotion. I do however give him credit for filling an empty suit and lobbying it into a career. I don't think he has ever even put on a jock. There are a couple of YouTube videos about him. Watch them as they detail his career and make up your mind if they have credibility. If you don't know how he got where he is it may be enlightening. But if you disagree I respect that.
  16. Kiper liked him??!! Oh crap. He is likely a bust. I would feel better if Kiper hated him.
  17. I don't think our grades are meaningful. But they can promote debate and fun. We are just fans in the end and this stuff is just what fans do. Nothing bad about it as long as we don't take it seriously IMO.
  18. I would like to ask you to indulge me. Go to YouTube and search Mel Kiper. IMO this guy is the biggest fraud in sports media. He has been so wrong about so many players I really don't see why he gets any credibility.
  19. I have a good friend who is in his late 40s who has played lacross in college and continued to play in leagues and coaches high schoolers. He still plays today. He had herniated disc surgery about 3 years ago. I see him frequently and after a couple of months and some light physical therapy he has had zero issue with it. It isn't like 20 years ago when the procedure was more invasive. I really don't think his back issue is anything to be concerned about, I am loath to "grade" picks but if forced with a gun to my head I would give it an A-.
  20. Pour that down the drain or save it for visitors you really don't care for and go get a bottle of Balvieni Portwood. Just kidding. Rock Hill is pretty okay.
  21. A really good receiver such as Chase or Pitts can't do much to gibe Burrow more time but if they get open Joe can get rid of the ball sooner so that protects him as well. The OL is his primary protection but open targets do help Joe avoid hits as well. Ross as a shiny toy with speed being his only real asset. Flash without substance. Chase and Pitts seem to me to be more substance than flash. Speed alone does not get you open. Great suddenness and route running does but if you can't bring in the ball and hold onto it being open means little. My point? Chase and Pitts seem way more than shiny toys. I do agree about the Oline but we could take Chase/Pitts and still protect Joe. There are at least a dozen scenarios in this draft that would work.
  22. Clapton, I think it is hard to judge LBs as rookies, especially with a just okay at best DL and a guy in Lou could be one of the worst DCs in the league. Kuchleys are not common. I will judge them this year when they should be able to play more instinctively and not think so much. It is more difficult as as rookie on Defense than on Offense.
  23. I follow the Bengals pretty closely and I have seen nothing from Wilson that exudes chest thumping. He seems to me to be confident and more humble than a chest thumper.
  24. There has been a huge - monumental - advancement in orthopedics in the last 15 years. Surgery then was like stone knives and sharp sticks compared to the techniques they use today. Advanced imagery alone minimizes the amount of surgical trauma greatly. Medical technology is advancing not on a linear scale but rather in an exponential one.
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