Clowns And Bungles...I Mean Browns And Bengals!
With apologies to the sports people...my blog this week is about the state of pro football in the Buckeye State.
Unless you're from Pittsburgh, Columbus or...maybe...West Virginia...there's not much left to root for in this football season.
Ohio's two pro football teams pretty much made it clear by the end of September that they're not going to be around after December.
And, let's face it, I think that's going to be the way it will be for many subsequent seasons to come.
The Cleveland Browns and (my team) the Cincinnati Bengals simply don't know how to win football games. What's more, the players they have who look like they do know how to win, are on the bench with injuries or are so into themselves that they don't know the meaning of "team" any more.
Cincinnati's quarterback probably needs whatever the football equivalent of "Tommy John" surgery is. Cleveland is down to its third-string (or is it fourth-string?) QB.
Among the two teams, three of the four recievers are...I'll put this bluntly...loudmouths who are as full of hot air as they are talented (By the way, Chad, the correct Spanish term for "85" is "Ochenta y Cinco", not "Ocho Cinco").
Both teams' fans are salivating over coaching changes. Although they probably do need them, I don't think that's the answer.
First, fans who think the Browns are going to throw a ton of money at Bill Cowher or Marty Schottenheimer to bring them on, don't remember the history of the Browns when it comes to coaching changes. They either promote their own assistants (Blanton Collier, Nick Skorich), hire assistants from other teams (Bill Belichick, current coach Romeo Crennel), or even go to the colleges (Butch Davis). That was true with Art Modell, and it's still true with the Lerners.
In Cincinnati, plain and simple, loyalty to the owner always helps. One of the exceptions, besides current coach Marvin Lewis, was Forrest Gregg, who took the Bengals to one of their two Super Bowls in the 1980's. Gregg, I believe, was the Bengals best coach whose name wasn't Paul Brown.
If you ask me, which has the best chance or rebounding, the Browns, the Bengals or the economy...my bet lies with the economy.