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BENGALS NEED DAUNTE, NOW

At 0-7 and facing the prospects of playing the next nine games without their franchise quarterback, the Cincinnati Bengals need help desperately at the position.
They need to sign Daunte Culpepper now.
Yeah, we’re a little bit in the tank for him.  (At least we admit it.)  But who else is out there? 
Tim Rattay?  Bruce Gradkowski?  Kordell Stewart?  Jeff George?  (Actually, Jeff George would be fine by us, too.)
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jordan Palmer aren’t the answer.  Unless the question is, “Do we want to go 0-16?”
So they should sign Daunte.
Did we say they should do it now?

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52 Responses to “BENGALS NEED DAUNTE, NOW”
  1. KevinA092 says: Oct 24, 2008 9:00 PM

    get daunte he is a beast

  2. sporkdevil says: Oct 24, 2008 9:02 PM

    Seriously, it is wrong that Daunte is not getting a shot. Even in Oakland, OAKLAND he played pretty well, with no one other than Fargus. He could do some great things with their offensive weapons in Cinci. He would be an improvement over this lower rung of crappy teams this year, and I would move TJ or Ocho to my starting WR’s if Daunte came into Cinci.

  3. Mike my Ditka says: Oct 24, 2008 9:03 PM

    Akili Smith said thanks, but no thanks.
    Maybe Marcus Vick? Damn too late, he just got arrested.
    Ok, Pep it is…

  4. BigJoel says: Oct 24, 2008 9:04 PM

    It’ll never happen. Mike Brown is too cheap, and Culpepper would be insane to try to extend his career in Cincinnati.

  5. NonYahooHotmailAcct says: Oct 24, 2008 9:04 PM

    Is Daunte paying you for this?

  6. Spank says: Oct 24, 2008 9:04 PM

    Daunte, Suck-O and Whoseyourmomma in the same locker room?
    Where do we buy tickets for that show?

  7. BuckFutter says: Oct 24, 2008 9:07 PM

    Good idea. Sign Culpepper. Then they won’t go 0-16….maybe, just MAYBE….they could go 1-15.

  8. me says: Oct 24, 2008 9:09 PM

    Is Aaron Brooks retired? If there is 1 qb that can win 1 game by himself, its AB. He can also lose a game too, but in the Bengals case…

  9. VBG says: Oct 24, 2008 9:11 PM

    Culpepper is done. Get off his jock, or is it that you really like his jock? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…).
    Take Moss away from him and he’s a below average QB. Put him out of the league for a couple years and he’s an even lower than below average QB.

  10. spanky07 says: Oct 24, 2008 9:12 PM

    The fact that Culpepper actually returned an email to Florrio must the basis for this love fest. I think it’s common sense to figure that the reason Daunte isn’t playing is because he simply can’t cut the mustard as an NFL QB. If he could, he would be playing. It’s that simple.

  11. sporkdevil says: Oct 24, 2008 9:18 PM

    What is with the haters?
    Last year, in Oakland…
    58.1% completion percentage
    5 TDs/5 INTs (+3 Rushing) 21 sacks
    QB ratings of 78.
    Their best WR was a pissy Porter, and just about no offensive line.
    This year, Russel has a lower completion percentage (51.2%), a yard less per completion, 3 less picks (however with 14 sacks against an equal amount of games started).
    Whatever. Culpepper isn’t popular enough to be a real pain. Cinci is already full of PITA’s, while not winning because they don’t have a QB that play well with the talent they have. Same way Moss’s numbers have sucked because Cassell is there instead of Brady. Doesn’t make sense to have two #1 receivers and no QB.

  12. ScoobyDooDoo says: Oct 24, 2008 9:18 PM

    The Bungles should just run the Wildcat, on every play.

  13. apeck says: Oct 24, 2008 9:20 PM

    Actaully, I was hoping Detroit would cave in and sign the guy. Why not? He probably wouldn’t step out of the back of the nd zone unknowingly. DO IT DETROIT!! QUICK, BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE DOES!!!

  14. Fab5Philly says: Oct 24, 2008 9:20 PM

    I would love to see Culpepper back in the NFL as a starting QB because I think that’s where he belongs. That said, he should have been given an opportunity to compete for the starting job before the season started. I don’t think he would have had a problem being the #2 QB on the depth chart if he was beaten out for the position. The Bengals have a lot of holes to fill, not just QB. But, if the organization reached out to Daunte, he may sign through the end of the season just to try and prove that he’s still got it. With that offensive line in Cincy, though, he’d be running for his life more than he would be dropping back and throwing.

  15. DROLDSCHOOL says: Oct 24, 2008 9:22 PM

    Daunte’s Pimp is back! Get out the Technicolor Dreamcoat!

  16. BuckFutter says: Oct 24, 2008 9:23 PM

    “Even in Oakland, OAKLAND he played pretty well, with no one other than Fargus.”
    He had a QB rating of 78. League average was 80.9. “Below average”, by definition, does not mean “pretty well.”

  17. Boberto says: Oct 24, 2008 9:28 PM

    Ummm Wtf if wrong with Fitzpatrick? He has shown improvement in every game. The only thing he does wrong is hanging onto the ball too long. Fitzpatrick continues to improve. What good would it do signing a 31 year old QB who may or may not suck/get injured right away?

  18. Jaybee says: Oct 24, 2008 9:29 PM

    It’ll never happen because it makes too much sense, something SonofPaul would never understand.

  19. apeck says: Oct 24, 2008 9:34 PM

    Here is a good question: Who will win a game first, the Lions or the Bengals?

  20. kenjikazama says: Oct 24, 2008 9:35 PM

    excuse my ignorance; What does a team that is 0-7 with no chance of going into the playoffs gains by winning a couple of game and finish let’s say 3-13 instead of 1-15? (this is not sarcastic,i really don’t know that’s why i ask)

  21. DaveInTucson says: Oct 24, 2008 9:40 PM

    Jake Plummer, please pick up the white courtesy telephone.

  22. wooderson says: Oct 24, 2008 9:47 PM

    I’m really wondering what he could really do. I’d like to see what happens with him without Birk (sp) as his center calling out the D, no Randy Moss, etc. I wish him luck but I think he was a product of a perfect situation there in Minny – and that’s why no one has picked him up. He seems like good guy, so I wish him luck, but I don’t see it happening.

  23. CD_Ridge says: Oct 24, 2008 9:55 PM

    Don’t fumble your retirement, Daunte!

  24. ParkerFly says: Oct 24, 2008 9:59 PM

    Culpepper is known to be slow learning an offense, even when he gets signed early and has the whole offseason to learn it. Teams likely realize it would never get comfortable running it this late in the season.

  25. Boberto says: Oct 24, 2008 10:01 PM

    Also how do you know Jordan Palmer isn’t the answer? Sure he probably isn’t but he hasn’t played a full game yet so we can’t really judge, unless we could see the future. I mean he could play like Big Ben in his rookie year we just don’t know though because he hasn’t played a full game yet.

  26. ACforever says: Oct 24, 2008 10:04 PM

    Culpepper doesn’t need an agent when he has Florio.

  27. whodey513 says: Oct 24, 2008 10:06 PM

    Only if he can play center, or anywhere else on the O-line…. the Bengals need to address that before they do anything!

  28. fulcher33 says: Oct 24, 2008 11:41 PM

    Florio! Your man crush of Culpepper has got to the point of stalking! Daunte can do nothing for this team. Not that he’s a bad guy or that he don’t have talent. He just don’t fit! I think Fitz needs to keep improving and if that don’t work bring in Jordan Palmer for a look see. There is no sense signing a QB like Culpepper to save your season when you are 0-7!!!

  29. yukos says: Oct 25, 2008 12:46 AM

    Please tell me the Bengals did not try to resign Akili Smith. Even hearing that name makes me wish, eternally, that the franchise is past that mistake.
    Probably too much to ask considering all the mistakes the Bengals franchise has made, since Paul Brown died and while Paul Brown is still alive…. While Paul Brown is still alive…… hopefully not too much longer.

  30. Hoser says: Oct 25, 2008 12:48 AM

    What is this noise about Moss? Yes, Moss made him better but Daunte’s best year was had with Moss out about 1/2 the year. He has always been a high completion rate QB. Even in OAK, where they had no weapons … Pep looked respectable behind a horrible O-line.
    I have watched Pep for a LONG time but can stay objective about his performance too. He has a great arm, is accurate and could help a team. The one thing that I saw on him that worried me a bit while in OAK was that his drop was too slow. Not sure if that has improved or not now.
    Either way, I’d like to see him get a shot … as long as it isn’t in K.C. … where he will be killed. I thought DET should give him a chance, too, especially when they had Calvin and Roy together … but CIN could work, if he could get any protection.

  31. yukos says: Oct 25, 2008 12:50 AM

    Jordan Palmer threw a TON OF INTERCEPTIONS at UTEP. That doesn’t mean he won’t be “the answer”, it just means he hasn’t done anything to warrant that title.

  32. jkr says: Oct 25, 2008 1:12 AM

    hey VBG the year daunte had his best year ever 4700 plus yards passing and 39 tds moss only had 13 of them he’s by far better than at least 10 qbs in the league. no? let me name some fitzpatrick,orlovsky,o’sullivan,frerotte,orton,cassel,collins,anderson, russell,bulger. there you go figure it out before you type out your nonsense.

  33. jimicos says: Oct 25, 2008 1:38 AM

    “What is with the haters?
    Last year, in Oakland…
    58.1% completion percentage
    5 TDs/5 INTs (+3 Rushing) 21 sacks
    QB ratings of 78.
    Their best WR was a pissy Porter, and just about no offensive line.
    This year, Russel has a lower completion percentage (51.2%), a yard less per completion, 3 less picks (however with 14 sacks against an equal amount of games started).”
    If you’re going to compare Culpepper to anyone, don’t forget about his propensity to fumble. Daunte had 9 fumbles in those 7 games he played. Russel has 6 so far this year.
    Wow, in that respect Russel seems to be a carbon copy of Culpepper. Both of them average a fumble a game. Russel: 10 fumbles in 10 games. Culpepper: 93 fumbles in 92 games.
    Bottom line: Culpepper is not the long-term answer for anyone. He had one terrific season 4 years ago. Since then he’s 5-12 (along with half a season at home). He’s dumb enough to think he can act as his own agent. He can’t read defenses. He holds the ball too long. He’s always been injury-prone.
    The Bengals should limp through this season and begin retooling in the offseason. They’ve got more troublemakers than any other team in the league. They’ve got serious philosophical differences between their head coach and their GM. They’ve got a very talented WR who has no desire to play for them, and their pro bowl QB has been banged around. Oh, and did I mention they allow twice as many points as they score? This season is a waste. Play out the string and start planning now for next year.

  34. Great Falconi says: Oct 25, 2008 1:54 AM

    I hear David Klingler is available.

  35. Joe_Blow says: Oct 25, 2008 2:11 AM

    It’s amazing that Daunte Culpepper, new “Mike Florio approved” savior of every franchise, still sucked with the Raiders and Dolphins. And will suck with any new shitty team he may latch on to. How is running an aging Daunte Culpepper out under center going to help any team that’s already out of playoff contention? The *only* way he could help is to somehow latch his large body onto a marginally playoff-competing team, and help them continue their trend into the postseason.
    So, which team in that predicament needs a large, now-immobile QB to pretend to take care of the ball and lead them into the playoffs (as if Daunte Culpepper could really play *that* role)..

  36. shadylampz says: Oct 25, 2008 2:20 AM

    kenjikazama-
    To answer your question:
    “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME”.. HELLO? “YOU PLAY…… TO WIN….
    The… Game” That that that that… that that that… this whole conversation bothers me.


  37. Favre2012 says: Oct 25, 2008 3:16 AM

    Why would they need a quitter?

  38. justreal82 says: Oct 25, 2008 3:16 AM

    Fitzpatrick isnt the main problem..they have no offensive line..wth is goin on here? yes i agree they need a man to get housh and johnson the ball, but damn….

  39. clintdogg says: Oct 25, 2008 4:30 AM

    It looks like I’m the only one with as big a hardon for Culpepper as Florio. I just wish he was going to a team that had a chance to do more than win a few games. Pats, Cowboys, Vikings, etc.

  40. bengalstriped says: Oct 25, 2008 6:02 AM

    2 words…shake-n-BLAKE

  41. marbeng says: Oct 25, 2008 7:44 AM

    It doesn’t matter if the Bengals bring in Daunte, Rattay etc. Their O-line is playing horrible. They can’t open holes for the rb’s or block for their qb no matter who he is. The O-line is healthy too, they don’t even have injuries as an excuse.

  42. filbertkiwi71 says: Oct 25, 2008 9:08 AM

    The Bengals are done for this season. Just let the ship sink and start over with an early draft pick in the upcoming draft. The only thing that bringing Culpepper in will do, is to salvage what is left of a very bleak season. They aren’t going to the playoffs, so I don’t see what the point is of bringing Culpepper in.

  43. krkid says: Oct 25, 2008 9:18 AM

    Look at his record—when Moss left Minnesota Duante was clueless and still is when it comes to reading defenses.. He was one of the great fumblers of all time.
    But given what this franchise does he would fit right in.

  44. alewatcher says: Oct 25, 2008 9:23 AM

    If Culpepper wasn’t such a cheap ass, and actually hired an agent, he would probably be playing football right now.

  45. VitoC1257 says: Oct 25, 2008 9:46 AM

    Boberto says:
    October 24th, 2008 at 9:28 pm
    Ummm Wtf if wrong with Fitzpatrick? He has shown improvement in every game. The only thing he does wrong is hanging onto the ball too long. Fitzpatrick continues to improve. What good would it do signing a 31 year old QB who may or may not suck/get injured right away?
    Though I would really like to see Daunte play somewhere this year, especially with a team with dynamic WR’s such as Ocho, Housh and Henry, I have to agree with Boberto.
    Fitzpatrick was traded for by the Bengals (I think they gave up a 4th or 5th rounder) because he has the physical tools, and is an extremely smart football player. As the weeks go on, don’t be surprised if Fitz puts up a few solid stat-lines. He is obviously becoming more comfortable throwing the precise timing routes that result in big plays for the Bengals.
    Either way, I am not opposed to the Bengals bringing in Culpepper or sticking with Fitzpatrick. One thing they definitely need to do: Put Carson on the IR. The season is lost, don’t compound it and have the guys are fly off at the elbow on his next deep throw. He is the epitome of a franchise QB, despite the fact that he hasn’t really raised his franchise to new heights as it appeared he would when he led them to the AFC North title in ’05.
    Go Bills! Filet the Fish!

  46. palewook says: Oct 25, 2008 11:03 AM

    signing daunte would be a wise move. which is also the reason mike brown would never do it.
    count your pennies mikey, enjoy the run at 0-16. you certainly deserve it.

  47. jackb says: Oct 25, 2008 2:59 PM

    No one seems to understand that Daunte still has lingering effects from his knee injury. He is not mobile and can’t move inside or outside the pocket, that is why he is not getting a shot with any teams. There is no conspiracy. If the man could play he would be on a team. He can’t, end of story

  48. pepe says: Oct 25, 2008 3:20 PM

    Bengals are winning this week. Fitzpatrick goes for 250, 2 and 1 int. Daunte can go back to writing e-mails.

  49. freedomispopular says: Oct 25, 2008 3:46 PM

    The Bengals would gain nothing by doing this. As much as the fans don’t want to see them keep losing, just let Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jordan Palmer play, see what they can do.

  50. mikebrownsucks says: Oct 25, 2008 4:19 PM

    0-16 Baby !!! The dream lives on !!!! We can do this !!!!

  51. VBG says: Oct 25, 2008 6:26 PM

    “jkr says:
    October 25th, 2008 at 1:12 am
    hey VBG the year daunte had his best year ever 4700 plus yards passing and 39 tds moss only had 13 of them he’s by far better than at least 10 qbs in the league. no? let me name some fitzpatrick,orlovsky,o’sullivan,frerotte,orton,cassel,collins,anderson, russell,bulger. there you go figure it out before you type out your nonsense.”
    Was Moss on the field? Was Moss demanding double coverages? Were the Defenses geared to stop Moss? Think before you type. Just because Moss wasn’t catching every pass, for the 13 games he was on the field he was the focal point of the defense which opened the others to catch balls.
    Take Moss away from the equation, as happened in 2005 and Culpepper looks like what he is. A below average QB. Before the injury in 2005 he threw 6 TD’s and 12 INT’s with a Passer rating of 72.
    With Moss his Passer rating is 93.2 without Moss his passer rating is 75.3. Moss gave him almost 20 points on his passer rating.

  52. empty13 says: Oct 25, 2008 10:07 PM

    Pullpecker without Moss is a bad QB. worse than the much-maligned Jo-ey. Look it all up.
    Fumbles. No reading of defenses. Bad throws. Now he cant even run. Idiot for an agent. Now, bearing all that in mind, yes he can throw it a mile (lots of guys can) and he might be better than Fitzpatrick/Palmer-deux (or not) or Thigpen/Martin (probly) or Orlovsky/Stanton (maybe)… as soon as he learns the offense… but not for game 1 of 2009. It would take him that long to learn the cincy or daytwa offense. Fitzpatrick has shown flashes of talent. the cupboard is bare in KC so why even try to go there. And Detroit… most of those guys will be gone next year…
    If he was actually willing to be a backup… and not make waves… I could see a decent-to-good team picking him up. But I bet they know something the average run-of-the-mill Pep-a-holic hasnt figured out.

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