The Carson Wentz Injury Is My Fault

I should have known better.

The Bengals hopes of making the playoffs are all but extinct, so I began looking for another team to root for until the season is over. There are certain teams that, under any circumstances, I can’t bring myself to root for, so the Steelers and Patriots were already eliminated from my potential fandom. However, there were some strong lookers in the NFC that made me turn my head a little bit.

I always liked Mike Zimmer, so the Vikings were in contention. I could also throw my attention at the LA Rams, in hopes that Whitworth could finally get a ring that Marvin never won him in Cincy. And then, there was the Eagles. Carson Wentz seems like a good dude, and the Monday night feature about him and a dying fan was a tear jerker.

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Marvin Lewis Finally Takes a Stand Against “Problem Child” John Ross [Sarcasm Font]

Cincinnati.com – Lewis embraced the role of Grinch in the presser as he went deeper into Ross’ progress and the rookie not running the full play on Sunday because he didn’t think the ball would come to him in that coverage.

“The thing I told him and it was great because Andy was with him in the hall on Tuesday,” Lewis said. “For Andy, against that coverage to throw him that football, he should understand how the quarterback feels about him. That he expects him to be where he needs to be. He let his teammates down. He let me down. He let Andy down.”

Really? This is the guy? John Ross, who has seemingly been a good soldier all season is the guy that Marvin is going to choose to call out publicly and shame for his effort? You have guys like Pacman spitting on cops, Vontaze racking up personal fouls and getting tossed for making contact with an official (which in hindsight was horseshit, but Tez deserves anything he gets at his point), and even A.J. Green getting run from the game for executing a rear naked choke and displaying his ground and pound technique. But no.. let’s jump all over John Ross’ shit for quitting on a route, which we’ve seen every Bengals receiver do time after time during the Lewis-era.

I’m ashamed to say that up until this season, I despised the “Fire Marvin” rhetoric on talk radio, Twitter, and on Monday morning at work. This season has changed me. I’ve become so sick of Marvin Lewis and everything he’s doing to this franchise. Was he the leader we needed at one point? Absolutely. I could even see past the early playoff exits in most cases because it always seemed like something terrible would happen outside of Marvin’s control. Injuries, terrible officiating, and just about anything else that could happen to a team seemed to happen to the Bengals right as the regular season was wrapping up.

Two years ago when the Bengals melted down after they appeared to have a gigantic playoff victory locked up against the much hated Pittsburgh Steelers, the game ended in only a way a Marvin Lewis-led Bengals team would allow. Personal fouls and fighting. Granted, Joey Porter and his stupid fucking face had a lot to do with that too, but if Marvin didn’t let stupid shit slide 24/7/365, it would’ve never been a problem.

You’d think at some point, one of the other instances of stupid decisions on or off the field would draw the ire of Marvin Lewis.. but nope, it was a half-assed route by a rookie in a season that has already gone into the shitter because of Marvin’s ineptitude. I can’t wait for this season to be over so we can be done with Marvin. Mike Brown doesn’t have the balls to fire him during the season, and probably not even after the season. Our only hope is Marvin doesn’t want to come back. Here’s to hoping we are Marvin-less in 2018. If not, it’s just another 15 years of sucking for Cincinnati. Nothing we aren’t used to.

Nati Boys #17: Bengals Season Preview

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The NFL season is back, and it’s time for the Nati Boys to give you their predictions for the Cincinnati Bengals season, and for the Super Bowl.  We also talk a little baseball, with JD Martinez trying to imitate Scooter Gennett, BP moving out of Atlanta and onto the Angels, Bryan Price coming back next season for the Reds, and those cheating Red Sox.  We wrap up the episode with our fantasy draft of things that are more likely to happen than the Jets winning the Super Bowl.

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Nati Boys #9: The Great Jersey Debate

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On today’s episode of the Nati Boys Podcast, the guys talk some NFL football, including Marvin Lewis news, Wilforks retirement, and Tom Brady’s concussions.  We touch on the Chris Pratt/Anna Faris split, before moving onto the Little League World Series, and some Reds talk.  We end the episode with a Fantasy Draft of our favorite professional sports team jerseys.

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Vontaze Does the Most Vontaze Thing and Tries to Hurt Gio Bernard

Will this dude ever learn? Vontaze Burfict wasn’t passed on by all other teams in the 2012 NFL Draft because he’s not talented. He could be one of the best linebackers in the NFL. The other 31 teams in the NFL were smart enough not to draft him because of shit like this.

 

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Summer Sports Depression

It’s official.  With football still months away, and the NBA/NHL finals in the rear view mirror, we’re left with nothing but Major League Baseball to hold our attention until we get some fake NFL games in August.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the last two games of the NBA finals, with KD getting his first ring with the Superteam to beat all Superteams.  The chippy nature of the games and the almost-fights were fun to watch.  And Xavier Alum/badass David West got his first ring.  Also, apparently KD doesn’t like the taste of beer… pussy.

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