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#1 Dec 28, 2009
Finally the Bengals won the AFC North, by beating a team their way... tough defense, and tough run game. They ignored the unfortunate the distractions of a death of teammate, a funeral, and no off day this week. All this after arriving in Cinti at 2 am Monday morning from San Diego last week. The Bengals have unfortunately been through this before with the death of Coach Zimmer's wife and lost that week of the funeral to Houston. My point is that I have to give credit to Coach Lewis for not letting numerous injuries (Reggie Kelly, Antwan Odom, Roy Williams, Domata Peko, Bernard Scott, Cedric Benson, Chris Crocker, and now Maulaluga) to keep this team from winning their division.
I must say that I have been critcal of Lewis at times over his seven years, but the Bengals have been more competitve under Lewis (consistantly 8-8) more so than under any coach since Sam Wyche. Since Lewis has been there he has won 2 division titles, had numerous pro bowl players, and developed the careers of Chad Johnson and Carson Palmer.
Some analysis think the Bengals are a fraud. I do not. I think they can make a nice playoff run this year depending on the matchups.You can't go through a season like they have with the deaths, the injuries, and beat everyone in their division...twice and beat another playoff team like Green Bay (at Green Bay). The job of an NFL Head Coach is to win games with no excuses for injuries, or any other distractions. This team is mentally tougher now than it ever has been and seems headed in the right direction for the future. I think they will be ok.We'll see.
#2 Dec 28, 2009
I have been a Bengals fan since being born and raised in the Queen City. I have seen seasons and teams come and go. This team has had to handle not one but TWO heartbreaking tragedies in the same season. What a great story would be written if this team was to get to (and win)the Super Bowl. Thanks Rob for a truly great column.
Since: Oct 09
#3 Dec 31, 2009
with all the pro bowl snubs we should be the new no name defense...how sweet the Super bowl is going to be!!
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