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Team needs: Cincinnati Bengals

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I was supposed to do the entire AFC North over the weekend.  I felt bad when I didn’t deliver, but then Rosenthal said the schedule contemplates getting all of the Team Needs finished by Friday.

It makes me wonder why I’m doing this one with so much time left.

QB:  No matter how many times owner Mike Brown says it, Carson Palmer won’t be back.  But Brown hopes to at least create the impression that the team isn’t desperate for a quarterback in the draft.  Given that the options are Jordan Palmer and Dan LeFevour, the Bengals need to be very desperate.  Though the Bengals could wait for free agency or trade prospects (like Kevin Kolb), the safest approach would be to grab Blaine Gabbert if he’s available with the fourth pick in round one.

WR:  Terrell Owens won’t be back, and Chad Ochocinco possibly won’t be.  Even if Ochocinco returns, he’s under contract for only one more year.  But keep in mind that the Bengals found Ochocinco in round two and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in round seven 10 years ago.  They don’t need to risk a top-five bust by picking A.J. Green, who could up being the latest in a long line of can’t-miss wideouts who, once they get to the NFL level, can’t catch.

S:  They need to go younger, especially since three of the current in-house options will be free agents once the lockout ends.  They could address the issue in the later rounds of the draft, or continue to rely on veteran free agents, like Roy Williams.

CB:  Johnathan Joseph is due to become a free agent.  If they don’t sign him, they’ll have to replace him.  They may be tempted to take Patrick Peterson if he’s available at No. 4.  It’s far more important, however, to fill the void at quarterback.

LB:  Dhani Jones, the starter in the middle, is 34.  They need to be thinking about the future, especially since the future could be now.

Overview:  Though Marvin Lewis will be back for at least one more year, the Bengals are a team in transition.  An unsettled quarterback position could prompt them to rely on their running backs while the passing game retools, which could be a good thing.  To make it work, however, their defense needs to play like it did in 2009, and it could make sense to finally set Chad Ochocinco free, especially if they can get something of value in return for him.

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29 Responses to “Team needs: Cincinnati Bengals”
  1. bfridley says: Apr 20, 2011 9:25 PM

    Ravens. Pronto.

  2. hihater1hail says: Apr 20, 2011 9:29 PM

    “Team needs: Cincinnati Bengals”. Answer: New Owner.

  3. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 20, 2011 9:35 PM

    Team Needs: 1) New Owner with a clue.
    2) see no. 1

  4. bertilfox says: Apr 20, 2011 9:37 PM

    The logical (OK it’s Cincy, I know) move would be to try to use Carson Palmer to jump into the #2 and grab Gabbert, although I would pity Blaine if they did that. It’s a wasteland where promising QB careers go to die. The #4 would probably still yield Dareus for the Bronc’s.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Apr 20, 2011 9:38 PM

    They need more divas.

  6. commoncents says: Apr 20, 2011 9:39 PM

    I’d give you my half eaten bagel for Ocho.

  7. cincinnasti says: Apr 20, 2011 9:41 PM

    Signing a Vet QB and trading back for Mike Pouncey is the best way to go.. The need for and constant neglect to get an upgraded O-line is the main reason Carson Palmer is retiring.. It’s also the biggest need on this team in my opinion…

  8. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 20, 2011 9:45 PM

    our biggest team need is a GM. i also doubt we take a qb at 4, if we do, i’ll cheer him on, but i dont think we will. this is also the first mention ive seen of AJ Green potentially being a bust… i know they all have the capability, but… just sayin’ seems to be a lot bigger risk of that at qb at the 4th pick

  9. CowboyErik says: Apr 20, 2011 10:03 PM

    What a disaster; the team needs to be RELAGATED to the Candian League

  10. drbandkgb says: Apr 20, 2011 10:03 PM

    Team needs a new owner :)

  11. bengalfannomatterwhat says: Apr 20, 2011 10:05 PM

    How is blaine gabbert the safest route he is unproven as is the other two options but jordan palmer has one thing gabbert don’t. Chemistry and practice experience with the wide outs and backs that are under contract since they were reserves with him in practice

  12. footballisking says: Apr 20, 2011 10:09 PM

    I think Gabbert is a way higher risk of being a bust then A.J Green

  13. bengalfannomatterwhat says: Apr 20, 2011 10:09 PM

    Plus no mention of offensive line help bobbie williams is gettin old and andre smith may never be a quality rt if his injury habit doesn’t change

  14. blackcatnfl says: Apr 20, 2011 10:13 PM

    Team Needs: GM, Owner, Offense, Defense, Special Teams, Coach

  15. samoanjungle says: Apr 20, 2011 10:37 PM

    They won’t draft a QB in the high rounds unless someone really slips. They can’t. They would lose all leverage with Palmer and in trades.
    They also need a penetrating D-lineman. They were good in 09 because they had guys in the QBs face.
    RG & RT are needs also. Could be either / or if Andre Smith is healthy. He could prob play RG if they drafted a good T.
    I would love to see them grab Von Miller. They could slide Rey inside where he may be more comfortable and you improve 2 spots with one pick.
    Safety is a big need but I don’t think this draft is going to solve it. They should take a chance on Bob Sanders.

  16. raylewisisamurderer says: Apr 20, 2011 10:59 PM

    Team needs: New team, new fans, new name

  17. footballphan says: Apr 20, 2011 11:00 PM

    The ‘safest answer’ at QB is to draft an unproven NCAA player like Blaine Gabbert, and pay him 12 million a year?

    Really? That’s an interesting perspective indeed.

    My approach would be to grab a 2nd tier NFL vet and pay him 1/3 of that, all while taking a high prospect defensive player with the 4th overall pick. Makes much more sense to me.

  18. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 20, 2011 11:05 PM

    Don’t change a thing.

    Signed,
    the rest of the AFC North
    (that’s 2 wins each guaranteed, maybe even the Clowns)

  19. 52sackmachine says: Apr 20, 2011 11:06 PM

    The bengals are not that bad as they may seem to be. If you trade the pick and move back you can add some more talented young bodies to this team. First, they need to figure out if Carson is really gonna retire or if they trade him, aftter the CBA is reached. Who is gonna want him? Next they need to figure out if taking a qb in round one is worth while. They don’t need A.J Green. They can find good recieviers later rounds of this draft. I see the Bengals as a team that may look to fill the OL, OR DL, in the first round. Then again, they could take a QB. Whatever happens at least the owner looks stupid when his draft picks get into legal trouble!!

  20. TurdSandwich says: Apr 20, 2011 11:31 PM

    BS on chocopoppy. Let’s see what you got..
    It’s just plain miserable being a Bengals fan though I like last year’s dps – replace all the divas and yellow bellies (Palmer) and start the process all over again. Maybe before we’re all dead..

  21. barklikeadog says: Apr 20, 2011 11:53 PM

    There’s still an NFL team in ‘Nati? I thought they floated down the river or is it up the river?

  22. voyager6 says: Apr 21, 2011 12:08 AM

    No QB, without at least two new starting OLinemen, can be successful in Cincy. Mike Brown does not understand (like like his father, who did) that the foundation for a consistently successful team is build from the trenches up.

    It doesn’t matter how many skill positions you may have if you can’t protect the QB or open holes for the running game.

  23. laxer37 says: Apr 21, 2011 1:52 AM

    cincinnasti says:

    Signing a Vet QB and trading back for Mike Pouncey is the best way to go.

    ————————————————-

    Good idea with one small problem.

    No team can sign any free agents until a new CBA is reached and they aren’t even scheduled to meet again until mid-May. The draft begins next Thursday.

    What the Bengals need cannot be fixed in one draft (especially considering how terrible the Bengals draft record is). There are simply holes all over the field. If you’re being realistic they’re looking at a 2-4 year rebuilding project.

  24. virusgvr says: Apr 21, 2011 1:55 AM

    You know, I thought I might beat people to the punch by saying “new owner” but I didn’t. It looks like 4 others got there before me. I don’t think it’s a new owner persay….. Well who are we fooling??? Yeah a new owner!! And HC.

  25. whodeykid58 says: Apr 21, 2011 7:41 AM

    Here is what the Bengals need to do with the draft and the rest of the off season:
    1st Rd- WR AJ Green Georgia
    2nd Rd- QB Andy Dalton TCU/Christian Ponder FSU (depending on who’s there)
    3rd Rd- RB Taiwan Jones E.Washington
    4th Rd- OL John Moffit Wisconsin
    5th Rd- S Robert Sands West Virginia
    6th Rd and 7th Rd picks can add some depth in the trenches and maybe a linebacker.

    Bring back Joseph and Benson, maybe sign a veteren QB (or keep Jordan on the roster, he is familiar with the players) to help the rookie. Move Rey Maluaga back to where he belongs MLB and maybe look to sign an OLB but Brandon Johnson would be a fine fit for now. The D-Line has some youngsters that are beginning to blossum so I wouldn’t focus on that in the early part of the draft.

    GET IT DOWN CINCY!!

  26. abengalfan says: Apr 21, 2011 8:05 AM

    CowboyErik says:
    Apr 20, 2011 10:03 PM
    What a disaster; the team needs to be RELAGATED to the Candian League

    CErik what have you got against Canadians? That’s harsh.

    bengalfannomatterwhat says:
    Apr 20, 2011 10:05 PM
    How is blaine gabbert the safest route he is unproven as is the other two options but jordan palmer has one thing gabbert don’t. Chemistry and practice experience with the wide outs and backs that are under contract since they were reserves with him in practice

    Yeah all that time practicing and come game time he shows just how bad he is. Jordan is not an NFL caliber QB.
    This team could bring Hoodie into coach and it would not matter, even Hoodie could not overcome this supposed front office.

  27. chocopoppy says: Apr 21, 2011 8:58 AM

    BS on chocopoppy. Let’s see what you got..
    It’s just plain miserable being a Bengals fan though I like last year’s dps – replace all the divas and yellow bellies (Palmer) and start the process all over again. Maybe before we’re all dead..
    _______________

    Turd, I click on the PFT link for my Bengals thinking there will be some in depth analysis and what I get is a hastily written piece that I could have put together in 10 minutes.

    No doubt our biggest need is a GM/owner. And we’ll never get to the Super Bowl with Mike Brown. Nuf said there. But some of you haters out there that think CIN is such a joke seem to forget 2 divisions in 5 years, and a sweep of PIT, CLE, BALT in 2009. Not exactly pushover material.

  28. finsbooyah says: Apr 21, 2011 11:14 AM

    samoanjungle,

    There are two fatal flaws in your argument…

    First Von Miller will be best as either a 3/4 OLB or a 4/3 DE. So, you won’t be able to move Rey inside by taking Miller. Miller’s most natural spot is already occupied by Odum. It would be a wasted pick. Not to mention the fact that there’s like a 99% chance he won’t be available at #4.

    Also, Bob Sanders signed with the Chargers. Try again.

  29. oldcracker says: Apr 21, 2011 12:03 PM

    There are soooo many holes to fill right now with more coming in the next year or two.

    I believe that the Bengals should trade down and gain additional picks this year (loaded w linemen) and in the upcoming years.

    One player, franchise or not, will not make this boat float. Swallow your pride and start rebuilding…be proactive instead waiting for the sky to fall.

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