Most of you don't know what you're talking about. (Don't mean for that to sound rude) It's one thing to look at the guys stats, it's another to have seen him play.
I have a hard time believing that any team in the NFL has a worse offensive line than the Bengals. For the better part of 2008, this was the starting lineup for the Cincinnati Bengals:
LT - Anthony Collins (Rookie)
LG - Nate Livings (Practice Squad)
C - Eric Ghiaciuc (The worst player in the NFL)
RG - Bobbie Williams (Decent)
RT - Stacey Andrews (Had a terrible, terrible season)
FB - Daniel Coats (A 3rd string TE converted)
You add in the fact that opposing defenses were stacking the box because they knew QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn't going to beat them with his arm. Guys, Michael Turner and Adrian Peterson wouldn't have gotten 1000 yards behind that line.
Having watched every single Bengals snap this year, the only good things to come away from this season was the emergence of a potentially really, really good defense and Cedric Benson.
I haven't spoken to him personally, but I think that getting cut, and having to sit on the couch and watch football for 4 weeks before anyone calls you about a job had a big impact on Cedric. His style has changed. He's a real bruiser. He was having to make cuts in his own backfield; he had to work for every single yard he got. I'll never forget him lowering his shoulder and knocking Troy Polamalu out cold. He was getting better and better every week. He had something like 500 yards total offense in the final weeks of the season.
He was so good that there isn't a single Bengals fan that doesn't want him back. The guy got a second chance and he made the most of it. His stats don't do him justice.
The Bengals have already started talking to his agent, and hopefully he's in the fold so that we don't have to draft Wells. But I do agree that a Moreno or Sproles type back to change the pace is desperately needed.
Last edited by MooshooGawd : 12-30-2008 at 06:10 PM.