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Bengals Bag Tank Johnson

In hindsight, we aren’t really surprised.
The Bengals have shown a soft spot for players with troubled pasts.  They added another one on Tuesday, signing free-agent defensive tackle Tank Johnson.
In 2007, Johnson was suspended eight games by Commissioner Roger Goodell due to multiple violations of the personal conduct policy.
Johnson also served two months in prision that year for violating the terms of probation.
Cut by the Bears, Johnson signed with the Cowboys, and spent the balance of the 2007 season and all of 2008 in Dallas.
He joins a roster that includes receiver Chris Henry, who also was suspended eight games in 2007, and running back Cedric Benson, who was cut by the Bears last year after two DUI arrests (one by land, the other by sea) in roughly a month.
The roster includes various other players with legal entanglements, including Mike Doss (firing a gun in the air), Kyries Hebert (assault), Johnathan Joseph (marijuana), Frostee Rucker (battery and vandalism), and Jason Shirley (DUI).
So maybe Johnson can persuade the team to give his good friend (and Chris Henry’s former college teammate) Pacman Jones another shot.
And then maybe Mike Vick can be the appropriately-named Wildcat quarterback in Cincinnati.

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81 Responses to “Bengals Bag Tank Johnson”
  1. weitz15 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:01 PM

    They should consider signing Plaxico while the iron’s hot.

  2. Heinekenfun says: Apr 7, 2009 5:06 PM

    And here is another shining example of why people continue to not appreciate or respect the Bengals. I just wonder if Tank Johnson will be a primary character in Florio’s companion book, “Fugitive of the Future”

  3. Elaw6 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:09 PM

    It’s a battle between the Bungles and Brownies over which team will finish last in that division….again.

  4. FCSquid says: Apr 7, 2009 5:10 PM

    Do you pretty much have to have multiple infractions on your resume before the Bengals will even look at you in free agency?
    This team continues to baffle me.

  5. CountSnail says: Apr 7, 2009 5:11 PM

    I can’t wait to see the Cincinnati Bengals play the Los Angeles Crips in the back alley this year…

  6. whodey122975 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:13 PM

    Seriously gets soooooo old with all the knocks on bengaldom. How long since a bengal was in trouble? Was shirley even ever found guilty? How about if the bengals stay clean and get into the playoffs, florio has to shave his head????

  7. theVIC says: Apr 7, 2009 5:13 PM

    “The Bengals picked up Tank Johnson.”
    -But of course they did.

  8. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Apr 7, 2009 5:14 PM

    I’m gonna do this in my best Nancy Kerrigan voice…
    “Why???? WHYYYYY??????”

  9. whodey6 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:16 PM

    You could make a list like this for every team in the NFL. There are other teams that have certainly taken over the “Turd” awards such as the Jaguars and the Steelers…The Bengals haven’t had an arrest in what…over a year? How many teams can that be said for?

  10. roofles says: Apr 7, 2009 5:16 PM

    with a healthy palmer and now tank, the bengals are gunnin for a spot in the playoffs.
    wait, what?

  11. screamingidiot says: Apr 7, 2009 5:18 PM

    Wow they are the best!
    At collecting turds. Will these morally corrupt win at any cost Head Coaches and Owners ever learn?
    They are the only team in the NFL that actually moves a guy up their draft board if he has a criminal record.

  12. deanezag says: Apr 7, 2009 5:19 PM

    do you criticize the new york giants like you do cincinnati?
    mckenzie got a dui.
    plaixco shot himself
    signed a wife beater lb
    signed a wife beater de
    danny ware was drunk in public
    ahmad bradshaw is in jail for a 2nd offseason
    antonio pierce was guilty of animal neglect
    Adrian Awasom got a dui
    lets be fair with the facts. bengals have dont anything in over a year

  13. NDCowboysfan says: Apr 7, 2009 5:20 PM

    this guy’s a piece of trash. overrated back up who thinks he’s starter.. good luck tank going 4-12 in cincy you’re a free agent baby becareful what you wish for tank

  14. Ralph GreNader says: Apr 7, 2009 5:22 PM

    “Don’t call me Shirley”

  15. sheffield says: Apr 7, 2009 5:23 PM

    So where in the “Turd Watch” table did the Bengals come? Top right… oh wait, no. No they didn’t.
    True the Bengals are a team willing to take a risk on a troubled character but the real difference between them and others – like the Giants and Steelers – is that the Bengals haven’t had a good season since they blew it all up in the 2005 offseason.
    Tank has recently become a father and turned his life around(in the last two years), lets hope he continues that path.

  16. brianbaker6 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:24 PM

    Seriously…it’s been anywhere between 2-4 years since any of these guys have been in the news or been arrested, but since they play for the Bengals, their past run-ins with the law are posted again? And with links??
    C’mon Florio…if you’re going to do this, you need to post every arrest by every current NFL player on every team and tally up the numbers. Only then will we know which team has the most “turds”. Quit playing this overused card of the Bengals being the only team who employs these guys. I expect a full list in the down time between the draft and OTAs. It’s only fair…

  17. Ghost MkII says: Apr 7, 2009 5:24 PM

    I’m trying to figure out a different angle on this. Notice that the Bengals seem to be interested in Bears outcasts? Benson and Johnson are on the roster, and they showed a little interest in Grossman before coming to their senses.
    I’m a Bear’s fan… but if they got booted off our anemic teams of the last few years, why do the Bengals think they’ll help?

  18. jwill007 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:25 PM

    Florio,
    Seems you bring out all the “jail geek jokes” that you and others like to leave so much…Question for ya…..How many of those guys have been arrested within the past 12 months? How is Henry doing these days or Cedric or Tank for that matter?????
    Now I ask you list the arrested on other teams such as Jacksonville who SURPASSED cincy in arrest….I bet you will find a few teams that have more then we do….But thats ok Tank will help us kick some more ass on defense and then we can all laugh at you mofo’s…..

  19. secretd says: Apr 7, 2009 5:27 PM

    Talk all the shizz you want.. I’ll take em! He’s stayed clean since the gun incident and he’ll be a plus for us at least in rotation.
    So long BJ Raji at #6 talk! Tank god!

  20. NJ22 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:29 PM

    Whoaa!! Let’s be clear. Tank was not a bad guy in Dallas. He just can’t play. He is the poster child for Looks like Tarzan Plays like Jane.

  21. bondem777 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:31 PM

    Be fair Florio. The Bengals have really turned their behavior problem around. They haven’t had a major incident since 2007, and you can’t say that about a lot of other teams. Benson has really turned his career around with them as well.

  22. marvismyhero says: Apr 7, 2009 5:33 PM

    Pefect!! If we’re going to have that reputation we might as well benefit from it.
    The Bengals are no worse than any other team in the league, but they just catch more crap because they suck.

  23. bolo says: Apr 7, 2009 5:33 PM

    With all of the players having legal problems within the NFL, why are the Bengals ALWAYS singled out. I have been a Bengal’s fan all of my life. It is bad enough to have not won a SuperBowl and having Mike Brown as our GM. There is enough to pick on with our organization. This crap is getting old though. 90% of the teams within the NFL have had issues with arrest. The Bengals have been clean for a while. I welcome Tank Johnson. I hope he has learned from his past mistakes MADE WHILE PLAYING ELSEWHERE, and can help us be a better team. I consider Chad Johnson more of a distraction and cancer than Chris Henry, at least lately… Who-Dey! (yeah, we heard “everyone” to that too…)

  24. sheffield says: Apr 7, 2009 5:42 PM

    @GB3Pack4
    lol. Although three-man wedges have been stopped that would be funny. Teams wouldn’t sack Brady though… might get shot at.

  25. GB3Pack4 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:43 PM

    Maybe opponent teams will have to start showing up with armed guards running up and down the field with them on every play. Now THAT would be a wedge!

  26. south-fl-steel says: Apr 7, 2009 5:44 PM

    what is it they say about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? i am actually starting to feel bad for the bengal fan base. they have suffered through so much. they certainly deserve better than the product that they’re being fed now.
    wait, who the hell am i kidding? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
    .

  27. bengalfan says: Apr 7, 2009 5:48 PM

    Weitz15 landed the best zinger on here and he was in the top spot! Rest of you… eh. Jailbirds, blah blah blah.
    Tank deserves a break cus he got in trouble, paid his dues, and has stayed out of trouble since. Who hasn’t made a mistake? You gotta rag the guy forever?
    The Bengals deserve the criticism because they haven’t had a winning season in 19 years and continue to think PR means “Pay no attention to what anyone thinks of you and should we have had a word that starts with R?”
    Who dey.

  28. bengalboy932 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:53 PM

    Florio, a few thoughts… When was the last time Tank, Cedric, Chris Henry or any Bengals got arrested? THANK YOU!. It’s been awhile. You’re beating a dead horse now. It’s really getting old. Use that creative lawyer mind of yours and think of another tack already. You’re going to feel really silly if the Bengals beat the Steelers (three times I might add… count one for the playoffs) this year and Tank sacks I-wrecked-my-Scooter Roethlisberger three times because San-Pot Smokin-Tonio can’t get out of his breaks quick enough.
    Second: Beware of the Bengals this year. If they draft help on their O-Line and give Palmer time to throw it downfield, the Bengals will be cleaning their cleats with Terrible Towels every time they see the Steelers. Cue in the Steelers fans laughter… whats that I hear? Overconfidence will hurt you.
    Third: Hines Ward better watch himself. Marvin is going to play that hit he put on K-Rivers before every Bengals-Steelers game all week long. He’ll also play the nice knock Cedric laid on Troy Polamalu. How many other RB’s have dented Polamalu like that? Not many. (And don’t even talk about Carson getting hit in 05. At least he got hit actually playing football unlike Big Ben)

  29. SoCal Bengal says: Apr 7, 2009 5:56 PM

    I like it… and Florio is a black and yellow douche

  30. whodeysb09 says: Apr 7, 2009 5:59 PM

    Honestly don’t understand why everyone is calling this a bad signing. For one its only a one year deal, basically like an audition. Now calling this stupid for the Bengals past o.k. I’ll give you that, but its annoying. Tank will be motivated in my opinion, no legal problems coming. He has a one year deal, if he doesn’t perform then no one will ever give him another chance. This is his last shot in my opinion, so I think he takes advantage. So give him a shot, the Bengals would not bring him in if they thought he was going to be a problem. A couple of the legal problems the Bengals have went through we all have went through some sort as well. Give him a chance I think this will turn into a great signing. Promise the Bengals will not finish at the bottom of the Division or even third.

  31. whodeysb09 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:00 PM

    Another thing that this does is keep us from drafting B.J. Raji bust.

  32. TerpEagle says: Apr 7, 2009 6:01 PM

    Let’s stop picking on the fact that the Bengals sign guys that have failed at times in life.
    Let’s stick to football and the numerous Bengal failures in that arena.

  33. kingj228 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:02 PM

    Turds of a feather….

  34. kennyg says: Apr 7, 2009 6:03 PM

    I’m actually glad for all parties involved in this signing. I really believe Tank will help the Bengals and I believe the Bengals can help Tank.
    But can you all really hear yourselves? I mean, yes, until the Bengals can have a winning season again, they can deserve the criticism for being a bad team (and their history of winning isn’t something to be proud of). But really, blasting them for character issues? They booted alot of riffraff, and the guys they have now have stayed clean for some time. Would you really like to go over the turd watch and fairly rank where they fall over the past two years? Really? Oh, this article’s not biased at all. Just say you’re in the tank for the Steelers and you despise the Bengals because they’re a rival and it would be a whole lot more believable than to try this character argument right now.

  35. Bob_Nelson says: Apr 7, 2009 6:03 PM

    Tank did nothing wrong.
    He was simply exercising his God given unalienable rights under the 2nd Amendment.
    You could not list a crime for him could you.
    Tank should never have been treated this was by the Commisioner!

  36. lboogie25 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:08 PM

    A “Wildcat” reference? Florio must love him some Goldie Hawn!

  37. whodey122975 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:14 PM

    hey south-fl-steel
    i have much admiration and jealousy for the steelers success but honestly why post here if you are going to be negative. i was at the playoff game in 05 where steeler fans cheered when palmer got hurt. that is messed up and i realize that isnt fair to all steeler fans but it happens alot here. i believe i saw at one point dayton ohio was the biggest steeler fanbase outside of the burgh. i realize the bengals past but watch out because it feels a lot different around the team this year. i also want to know how many wife beaters you guys have on the roster this year. cause ill take a dui(as long as noone gets hurt but the player) or drunk on a boat anytime over women beaters.

  38. voyager6 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:18 PM

    Tank is best in a 4-3 defense like Cincy. I believe Dallas went 3-4 and Tank wasn’t a match there.
    This fills a draft need. So now Cincy only needs 3 players (OT, C, FB) with 11 picks in the draft. This will enable Cincy to trade up to get exactly the player they want or take a risk on several project players.
    People forget that last year they had 21 players on IR. By season’s end, they had picked up some good FAs. Add the draft and players signed in FA and subtract the few players that left, the Bengals will have 90 decent bodies to pick their final 53 man roster. Cincy will be young, but in a year or two, they will challenge for the AFC north again. They may be more than competetive this year.
    There is one thing that Marvin Lewis does well: He is able to hide/stock lots of decent players. He can’t gameplan or coach during a game, but he can evaluate talent.

  39. oruacat2 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:19 PM

    Florio obviously doesn’t read his own site’s Police Blotter.

  40. mborz says: Apr 7, 2009 6:28 PM

    whodey6 said: You could make a list like this for every team in the NFL. There are other teams that have certainly taken over the “Turd” awards such as the Jaguars and the Steelers…The Bengals haven’t had an arrest in what…over a year? How many teams can that be said for?

    Using the database at Sign on San Diego (http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/nfl/arrests.html), and going back from the present time, until 1/14/03 (the day Marvin Lewis became the Bengals head coach), and ignoring dropped charges, here’s the leaderboard:
    016 Cincinnati
    015 Jacksonville
    014 Minnesota
    014 Denver
    013 Kansas City
    011 Miami
    011 Indianapolis
    You are correct, though that the Bengals haven’t had an arrest in over a year.
    But for all of you Bengals fans insisting that you’ve been surpassed, at least according to this database, you guys are still in the lead.

  41. bengalboy932 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:32 PM

    Turds of a Steeler will steam toge-.
    Wait a sec! I can use that line on ANYTHING.

  42. kazkal says: Apr 7, 2009 6:36 PM

    For everyone who is dissing the bengals for character risks, When was the last time one of our players got busted for something that wasn’t minor ala Chris Henrys seat belt thing…. Get out of the 2006 offseason other teams have been much worse since then like the Broncos,Buccaneers & jaguars.

  43. pfitz says: Apr 7, 2009 6:52 PM

    Makes perfect sense to me.If a thug cant cut it in Dallas the next logical step is either Cincy or Oakland which are your last stops before you are out of football

  44. kazkal says: Apr 7, 2009 6:54 PM

    A few things he’s not coming in as a start he’ll be part of the rotation mainly seeing passing downs…Bengals are quite happy with Peko & Sims as the main starters…This is helping the team because now theres no chance they burn a 6th on BJ raji.
    —11/11/08: Bengals DT Jason Shirley is convicted of DUI and hit and run.—
    ~The guy drove in to a bathroom…I don’t support drinking and driving but the guy made a mistake and seems more like a big doofus then a “thug”
    That was it for 2008….
    —5/4/07: Bengals DE Frostee Rucker pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and vandalism.—
    Happened before he was drafted hasn’t had a problem since…
    —6/17/07: Bengals RB Quincy Wilson is arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.—
    Cut
    —3/21/07: Bengals WR Chris Henry is charged with driving on a suspended license, failing to wear a seat belt, and failing to use a turn signal.—
    This was a joke😐 but yet the Bengals will still get flak for it…
    This has been all the bengals criminal activity for the past 2 years,Two cases before they were on the team one being a joke of a charge and the fourth resulting in the player being cut.

  45. TheVillain112 says: Apr 7, 2009 6:55 PM

    You guys are all looking at this signing all wrong.
    With the recent losses of Jeremi Johnson, Landon Johnson, Doug Johnson and possibly Chad Johnson. We were in dire need of adding Tank Johnson to keep our Johnson quota.
    Just wait till the draft now when we add Michael Johnson and Quinn Johnson.

  46. Lost says: Apr 7, 2009 6:57 PM

    Is there an football roster this side of Utah that wouldn’t contain:
    a) a former felon
    b) a player accused or charged with domestic assault
    c) a player accused or charged with simple marijuana possession
    and
    d) a player or coach convicted of a DUI
    And not a final roster. An expanded training camp roster…

  47. pfitz says: Apr 7, 2009 7:02 PM

    Mborz great stuff. some how I thought the Chargers would be rated higher.The Jags could make a run at the title..People who complain about guys like Henry always being mentioned its called a repeat offender..

  48. pimpinnati says: Apr 7, 2009 7:05 PM

    Things you can count on ..
    1) Water is wet
    2) The Sky is blue
    3) Florio’s weak sauce regarding the Bengals and their bad boy image
    The minute I saw we had signed Johnson I knew there would be some smart as reference regarding either Vick or Pacman thrown in for posterity’s sake. Glad to see you worked both in Florio. Now all you need is a relevant Seinfeld reference and you would have exhausted your entire bag of tricks.

  49. JSpicoli says: Apr 7, 2009 7:14 PM

    Can someone explain to me how come he didn’t sign with the Raiders? I mean, the Raiders ALWAYS sign EVERY hoodlum EVERY year. Riiiight??? I mean Mortenson and Skip Bayless and Mark Schlereth said it so….what is that you say, the Raiders have passed on every turd for 10 years? I would have never noticed with all the idiot newspeople. I can sympathize with Bengle fan, but dude your team is not even getting the worst of it. Your team actually has sought out criminals and stuck with them over multiple incidents. Bengals have earned their stripes in this regard. The Cowboys really deserve the “WTF are you doing?” award more than any other team. JJones systematically installed a cancer that cost his team the playoffs last year. He is a non-football guy trying to be a football guy = no clue = worst owner in sports. This is something you will never hear in the mediot realm.

  50. Backinthesaddle says: Apr 7, 2009 7:17 PM

    Turd player……Turd team……perfect.

  51. who dey fever says: Apr 7, 2009 7:29 PM

    well well it s the off season let s bang on the Bengals …..!!!!!. when the last time somebody got in trouble ? i love the move he will be in rotation with Sims and Peko plus he is a 4-3 guy and mike Zimmer wants to use him in pass rush downs , with Carson back i think this is Marvin s best team going in to the draft .

  52. lcwright1953 says: Apr 7, 2009 7:40 PM

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Mike Florio is a homer steeler fan and like all steeler fans sees the world through jaded glasses. I am also of the opinion that he doesn’t read our comments so complaining about his bias will do no good for any of us other than talking among ourselves. However, on the off chance that he does read these comments, I hope for the sake of what’s right (not a position a steeler fan could possibly understand) that he takes a better look at himself and what he’s trying to do. Frankly,for the most part, I like PFT as a resource for football info. But I’m getting sick of the bias against the Bengals which I am proud to stand for. Not everyone can be so fortunate to claim a 6 SB winning team as their own. Some of us actually like teams that aren’t the steelers. However, if you want to kick us when we’re down, just remember us when you too find yourself looking up. We’ve put up with this crap for a long time and frankly its getting old, not to mention inaccurate if you look at what’s recent. Find someone else to piss on for a while.
    btw. I know PFT is your web site and you can do whatever you want on here. I’m just one of the lowly pions that think you should back off the Bengals for a while. I would rather be thinking football than the crap you keep throwing out about my team.

  53. dyhard says: Apr 7, 2009 7:44 PM

    , you people suck how many of you have a DUI. The cops in cincinnati an kentucky suck. They look for big time players that have truble pass. Cincinnati bengals give these young players a chance to play and give a chance to make the big show. One day they will show you. it could be this year. look out for cincinnati this year.

  54. south-fl-steel says: Apr 7, 2009 7:46 PM

    whodey122975, listen, actually it would be nice to see you guys do well again. i was truely hoping after ’05 that the bengal/steeler rivalry would be reborn, so to speak. i, for one, did not cheer palmer going down, and i think he’s a hell of a qb. you guys just suffer from poor ownership and unfortunately there’s not much you can do about that. plus there have been alot of questionable players doing alot of things that do not help the team win at all. adding tank may help, but my point was, these moves just haven’t worked out well for the bengals in the past. hopefully you guys will get it together. i’d love to have a real division rival with a knowledgable fan base instead of having to settle for the true thugs of football, the rat-birds and their retarded fans.
    .

  55. bengal man says: Apr 7, 2009 7:47 PM

    Living in the past still florio…
    He will be a fine addition to the #12 ranked defense of the cincinnati bengals,Hopefully moving them into the top 10 in 2009.

  56. fingerstyle says: Apr 7, 2009 7:50 PM

    That will be the Mad Dog formation with Vick.

  57. DownWithTheClowne says: Apr 7, 2009 7:50 PM

    Hey Florio-
    Anyway you can do a Douche Bag watch with the names of the the people who think making a remark about Cincinnati and “Criminals” is amusing and original?
    HeinekenFun would easily be #1 Douche.
    and NDCowboysFan would come in a close #2.
    Cowboys fans are always talking about winning but yet they have not won a playoff game in what 12 years? If you think that way then Cincy is actually like 12-4 in preseason matchups WOOOOOOOT!!!!!

  58. bengal man says: Apr 7, 2009 7:51 PM

    As long as the browns are in the same division as the bengals they wont be in last place…It has only been three years since they were 11-5 and won the division.

  59. cincykid says: Apr 7, 2009 8:03 PM

    Florio has a yellow and black heart plain and simple.
    Half the Steelers fans are smart, articulate and passionate fans. The other half are cowardly, classless, moronic mooks who love to do nothing but drink and troll message boards while they collect unemployment. Get a life you jaundice ridden scum.

  60. marcruck says: Apr 7, 2009 8:12 PM

    Florio you are a piece of S**t. You could do this story on every team in the league, yet you always pick on the Bengals. They have been trouble free for two years. Get your head out of your a**!

  61. whodey122975 says: Apr 7, 2009 8:49 PM

    honestly if we get rid of chad and levi there isnt any negativity. i hope they both are gone and i feel we will be quite competetive. santucci or cook look to be our center, i just dont want the steelers to get mack. i see unger, mack and wood can also play guard. nice bonus. i cannot wait till the male soap opera, i mean the draft.

  62. ssbucs says: Apr 7, 2009 8:51 PM

    It obvious that the commissioner’s disincentive program is doing wonders. Aren’t they the ones that this was mostly pointed at?

  63. whodey122975 says: Apr 7, 2009 8:52 PM

    south-fl-steel
    i hear you. i love the rivalrys in our division and admit i hate you and the other two teams on gameday etc. glad to hear you arent a bad steelers fan but a football fan. good luck except against my boys!!!!!

  64. whodey122975 says: Apr 7, 2009 8:53 PM

    do many of you bengal fans have a website or anything to keep in touch. maybe to avoid the other neg comments. im not smart enough to run a website. i thought it would b cool, or is there away on the team’s site to make a group in the boards?

  65. hitdog042 says: Apr 7, 2009 9:07 PM

    People here crack me up. Does anyone know where the Bengals stand with felony players on their roster?
    Here’s a hint: Not even in the top 1/2 of the NFL.
    Idiots. Your own team probably has more felon’s on it and you don’t know it. Hardly anyone on Cincinnati has ever been convicted of a Felony.
    Now check the other teams, fools.

  66. hitdog042 says: Apr 7, 2009 9:09 PM

    cincykid is dead on. I’m not even a Bengals fan. But it is ridiculous. Marcruck is also right. I’m a Pats fan from Boston, so I have no reason to stick up for the Bengals, but a spade is a spade.
    Moron fans: Check your own teams’ arrest record before you go after the Bengals.
    Had Tank signed anywhere else, nobody says a word. If he signed in Cleveland, they would be screaming Super Bowl (you know, the place they have never ever been)
    Nobody says squat when other players from other teams get in trouble.
    It’s hilarious!!!!!!
    Did Florio every write about when Ray Lewis got away with murder? Hmmmm…. I would think that rates worse than all Bengals misdemeanors combined, don’t you?????

  67. ickyshuffle says: Apr 7, 2009 9:25 PM

    I dont remember the last time news was reported about the bengals without some sort of hint of negativity. I’ve just got used to it by now. Florio is a steeler fan. He wont ever be able to think positivley about Cinci. Just like pacman cant go into a night club without making it rain.

  68. Pantherfan105 says: Apr 7, 2009 9:28 PM

    They starting a “mean machine” in Bengals? Whats next? Bengals sign Paul Crew(starring Ron Mexico/ Vick) Maybe they’ll ship off one of the few “good guys” (Ocho Cinco- say what you want about him and TO but they stay out of trouble) and replace him with Plaxico. Than replace ole Marv with the ‘Sham wow!’ guy.

  69. mborz says: Apr 7, 2009 9:52 PM

    ickyshuffle says: I dont remember the last time news was reported about the bengals without some sort of hint of negativity.

    Didn’t Florio pick them as a sleeper Super Bowl contender just a couple of weeks back?

  70. tdeck39 says: Apr 7, 2009 10:22 PM

    Man, I thought Jay Cutler had the “Crybaby Of The Year” Award won hands-down this year. But some of you Bengals fans are really giving him a run for his money!! Who cares what Florio writes about your team? Who cares if he doesn’t like your team? He’s just one man voicing his opinion. If you don’t like what he says about your Bengals then don’t read his Bengals articles. It’s that simple really.
    My brother has been a Bengals fan since we were kids…thank god he doesn’t cry like this. I’d have to give him my Terrible Towel to cry into. Ha ha!!

  71. pimpinnati says: Apr 7, 2009 11:34 PM

    tdeck39: “Who cares if he doesn’t like your team? He’s just one man voicing his opinion. If you don’t like what he says about your Bengals then don’t read his Bengals articles. It’s that simple really.”
    Who cares if you don’t like our comments. We’re just a few fans voicing our opinions. If you don’t like what we say about Florio then don’t read our comments. It’s that simple really.

  72. r5156c says: Apr 7, 2009 11:41 PM

    Marvin Lewis isn’t doing himself any favors. He has got to be the dumbest coach i have seen. I mean how are they ever going to be a good team when they are signing these guys who are just rich thugs. I bet this is Marvins last year.

  73. BIG D O says: Apr 7, 2009 11:48 PM

    bad signing….simple and plain….Johnson didn’t do shit last season with the Cowboys and has proven that he’s a lifetime knucklehead….really his personal/legal problems aren’t that significant, but for the level of output he produces, or rather that he doesn’t produce, he’s not worth it and that’s why he’s landed in Cincinatti…a big, sleepy town where many NFL career’s take their last stop….nothing against Tank, but he had his opportunity to ball out after Chicago in Dallas and he didn’t do it….he sealed his own fate….this season will be the last chance for him to show folks he still can get it…..

  74. monkeyfeng says: Apr 8, 2009 12:57 AM

    Get over it. Bengals didn’t have most arrest last season. Why don’t you question Giants staff or other teams that had more players with character issues and off-field issues?
    GROW UP!
    Mike Zimmer knows what he’s doing. Plus, he has good contacts with cowboys staff and former players. He must have done some research on Tank Johnson before they signed him.
    Plus, this a great addition to the Bengals defense. They didn’t have any pass rush last season, now they have a decent quick DT that can add some pressure. Sure, he’s not the greatest and he’s overrated but it’s a good addition.

  75. hitdog042 says: Apr 8, 2009 7:53 AM

    BIG D O s
    You are a fool.
    What NFL players have recently made their “last stop” in Cincinnati? Or, what players have EVER made their last stop in Cincinnati?
    You are a fool. You know nothing of what you talk about. Pls stop talking out of your rear.

  76. shaunypoo says: Apr 8, 2009 8:13 AM

    mborz says:
    April 7th, 2009 at 6:28 pm
    whodey6 said: You could make a list like this for every team in the NFL. There are other teams that have certainly taken over the “Turd” awards such as the Jaguars and the Steelers…The Bengals haven’t had an arrest in what…over a year? How many teams can that be said for?
    Using the database at Sign on San Diego (http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/nfl/arrests.html), and going back from the present time, until 1/14/03 (the day Marvin Lewis became the Bengals head coach), and ignoring dropped charges, here’s the leaderboard:
    016 Cincinnati
    015 Jacksonville
    014 Minnesota
    014 Denver
    013 Kansas City
    011 Miami
    011 Indianapolis
    You are correct, though that the Bengals haven’t had an arrest in over a year.
    But for all of you Bengals fans insisting that you’ve been surpassed, at least according to this database, you guys are still in the lead.
    Statistics say what you want them to say. Since Tomlin was hired as head coach, the statistics say Pittsburgh is third in the league behind Jacksonville (15) and Denver(10). Pittsburgh has 7 along with Miami, Atlanta, and the Giants. Then TB with 6. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Carolina, Indianapolis, and Minn. are all tied at 8th overall for arrests with 5. These statistics go back to January 22nd, 2007, when Tomlin was hired as head coach. And looking back, Pittsburgh also has had 11 arrests since Marvin was hired, why isn’t that on you list? Marvin has had an average of 2.6 arrests for every year he has been a head coach, while Tomlin has had an average of 3.5 arrests for every year he has been a head coach. What does that statistic say?

  77. dave61 says: Apr 8, 2009 8:41 AM

    Good thing most games are on Sunday or half the bungals team would need to check in with their parole officers…. This signing is an obvious sign that Marvin Lewis has been told win this year or you are out….. so if it turns out Marvin can’t coach, he can certainly make it rain…. Yo Marvin….. keep an eye on local blogger for a pair of rogue receivers: Plaxico Burress and Donte ‘the Killer’ Stallworth…. new team uniforms…… Pinstripeblack n white…. with a shadow of the hamburglar on the shoulder…. instead of 01-99 look for a new proud plate numbers held in front of the players mug shot….. Hey Mike Brown I’m curious…. are refs or parole officiers gonna officiate Cinci home games……… l.m.a.o….. Mangini:::::: this is a team within the division you can trade with…. do we have any players with records?

  78. mborz says: Apr 8, 2009 9:25 AM

    shaunypoo said: Statistics say what you want them to say. Since Tomlin was hired as head coach, the statistics say Pittsburgh is third in the league behind Jacksonville (15) and Denver(10). Pittsburgh has 7 along with Miami, Atlanta, and the Giants. Then TB with 6. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Carolina, Indianapolis, and Minn. are all tied at 8th overall for arrests with 5. These statistics go back to January 22nd, 2007, when Tomlin was hired as head coach. And looking back, Pittsburgh also has had 11 arrests since Marvin was hired, why isn’t that on you list? Marvin has had an average of 2.6 arrests for every year he has been a head coach, while Tomlin has had an average of 3.5 arrests for every year he has been a head coach. What does that statistic say?

    Look, I didn’t post what I did to beat down the Bengals. I posted it in response to someone who was asking the question about whether the Bengals still led in arrests since they didn’t have any in the past year, and I had remembered that someone (a Bengals fan if I remember right) pointed out that database. I ran numbers on it about a year ago, and had remembered Cincy led with Jacksonville in second.
    Stats say what you want them to when you go and run numbers and then start modifying your criteria to support your agenda. I chose the criteria before I ran the numbers. I chose to go back to the Marvin Lewis era because that’s when the Bengals started their practice of grabbing players with a history of problems, which is the same way I did it last year. I actually suspected that Jacksonville would have indeed passed the Bengals, and if it turned out that way, that would have been exactly what I would have posted, and the response would have been totally different.
    I’m assuming you know I’m a Steelers fan, hence the Tomlin era numbers you referenced. I’m not going to defend any of the arrests the Steelers have had, under the Tomlin era, or any other era for that matter.

  79. ryanmc says: Apr 8, 2009 9:30 AM

    For mborz and others looking at the signonsandiego data:
    clearly Cincy have more issues on that list than, for example, Indy, but do you think the difference is so great as to justify the drastic differences in perception of the Colts/Dungy and Bengals/Lewis?
    As far as I can tell perception is Dungy was a saint and the Colts a bastion of high character, while Lewis is doing his best to assemble a gang of criminals in Cincy. Do you think the difference in Colts v Bengals numbers on your list is large enough to justify this drastic difference in perception?

  80. shaunypoo says: Apr 8, 2009 10:10 AM

    mborz, I respect what you are saying, but you can’t run numbers without selecting the criteria. I selected my criteria more as a response to all the other steeler fans banging on the bengals than a specific response to your post. You just happened to have the post that had numbers and a reference to your numbers.
    I will not defend the arrests or anything else to do with the negativity surrounding the bengals, either, but do want other fans, including steeler fans, to recognize that no one is clean. Every team had an arrest since Tomlin was hired 2 short years ago. We can chose any criteria we want, and using Marvins hire as a starting point, the Bengals are the worst, and using Tomlin as a starting point, they are not. There are 7 teams worse, and 7 teams as bad as the Bengals in that short 2 year span. I am not happy with those numbers, but since they are improving, I want that to be recognized as well.
    Basically, Florio is running up his numbers with a post like this because it plays on a stereotype and brings in AFC north posters, which seems to be the largest demographic on this site. Some debates, like this one, are intelligent and well thought out with supporting data. But most are “Your team sucks”, “No, your team sucks” type of debates, which, frankly, I am tired of.

  81. sahoman says: Apr 8, 2009 11:12 AM

    Overall nice signing. He will be rushing the passer in cincy and not playing the nose in the 3/4 like he did in dallas. This suits him better and will have much better numbers.

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