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Cedric Benson keeps criticizing the Bengals offense


We told you over a month ago that the Bengals and running back Cedric Benson were likely headed for a breakup.  That appears to be the case more than ever.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Late Hits show with Ross Tucker and Alex Marvez, Benson said he has yet to hear from his employer of the last four years.

“I’m not sure [where things stand]. We haven’t had any talks about a new deal,” Benson said via

Benson is a one dimensional back that no longer breaks tackles. Cincinnati got great value out of Benson with more than 1,000 yards in the last three seasons at a fair price, but his time in town has run its course. He turns 30 this year and keeps complaining about the direction of the offense.

“We didn’t stick on what the offense was built on. When we had Carson and Chad we kept a strong identity in the run game and we kind of got away from it and didn’t let that part of the offense grow and bit the bullet on it a little bit,” Benson said.

Uh, Benson is aware the team made the playoffs right? His agent should let Benson know that criticizing the Bengals isn’t going to help him get a job.

We would take Benson over guys like Clinton Portis, but a good contract won’t be easy to find this year. NFL teams wants backups to play on third downs or play special teams, and Benson does neither.  We doubt he’ll be able to land a starting job.

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37 Responses to “Cedric Benson keeps criticizing the Bengals offense”
  1. duanethomas says: Feb 22, 2012 8:52 AM

    What a relief! As soon as I saw his name in the headline I thought it was time to reset the turd meter. I guess his yearly off-season arrest will come later. This guy needs to shut up and hit the hole. Between him and B. Jacobs I don’t know who’s the worst tip toe burglar.

  2. pskotte says: Feb 22, 2012 9:05 AM

    Ced had the seventh-most carries in the NFL despite missing a game and a half. Don’t know what he has to gripe about.

  3. jc1958cool says: Feb 22, 2012 9:07 AM

    that’s because your history! maybe a back up somewhere with a pay cut

  4. phlockar says: Feb 22, 2012 9:23 AM

    And the Bengals made the playoffs…by not running it as much.

    They tried in the beginning of games, but kudos to Jay Gruden for realizing it wasn’t working and switched it up to passing on first/second downs, here and there.

    Whether that was the line’s fault or Ced’s, it doesn’t matter.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  5. cordellgc says: Feb 22, 2012 9:24 AM

    new England is on line one

  6. haileli says: Feb 22, 2012 9:26 AM

    The Bengals had 455 carries this year, good for 10th in the league. They had 535 attempts, which ranked 20th. It would appear that the Bengals counted on the run more than your average team. You can whine about “identity” all you want, but which is more likely to succeed: a pass from Dalton to Green, or a handoff to Cedric Benson? I rest my case.

  7. vegaskid21 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:29 AM

    Didn’t the Bengals make it to the playoffs last season?

  8. l6ozbud says: Feb 22, 2012 9:30 AM

    Ced is right, he could totally rush for 2,000 yards in a season if he got the ball 800 times.

  9. wcucarter says: Feb 22, 2012 9:32 AM

    Benson’s finished. He has no burst, can’t outrun anyone, and doesn’t break any tackles, and can’t catch. He’s been a good value back for the past few years, but I’m glad Cincinnati won’t have to put up with his mouth or his lack of production any longer.

  10. joetoronto says: Feb 22, 2012 9:34 AM

    If you don’t want the guy anymore, fine, but at least have the decency to tell him.

    Leaving him out to dry is bush league, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Mike Brown though.

  11. carlnova says: Feb 22, 2012 9:39 AM

    time to accept reality; your career is over. I hope you saved that number 4 overall money cause I don’t wanna hear how you’re broke

  12. Ricardo Grande says: Feb 22, 2012 9:40 AM

    Anyone who assaults cops should be thankful he was given a chance to play football…even if it was for the Bengals.

  13. channel124 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:41 AM

    Cincy should trade #17 and #21 for Washington’s #6 overall and take Trent Richardson if he is still there. Washington will want out of that spot if they fail to outbid Cleveland for the #2 spot.

  14. samoanjungle says: Feb 22, 2012 9:43 AM

    He got 1k yards but really didn’t look like anything special last year. It seems like he is slowing down and would hit the hole at like half speed sometimes.
    It certainly isn’t all on him though. We could use a couple of Guards, especially one that can pull like we used to have with Steinbach. He made Rudi Johnson look better than he was. Benson doesn’t get those kind of holes.

  15. reallykeepingitreal says: Feb 22, 2012 9:48 AM

    I really don’t see why Cincy hates on Ced. He has 1000 yards 3 out of his 4 years there. A lot of teams would take that. If the Bengals weren’t so NOT GOOD IN MY LIFETIME maybe they wouldn’t be so bitter

  16. pacodawg says: Feb 22, 2012 9:54 AM

    Maybe he should work for the DEA after football.

  17. paulisrollin says: Feb 22, 2012 9:56 AM

    Yeah and the offense could completely trust you from dropping the ball in crucial moments, right Ced? Good riddance. I’ll be glad to see this whiner go. Don’t go using the ball and pounding your chest to your own coaches when you have a decent run and expect to get respect. Go be a backup somewhere else while we move on without you!

  18. flapjackdaddy says: Feb 22, 2012 9:56 AM

    From the outside, this guy has always kinda seemed like a turd.

  19. kevinb73 says: Feb 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    It’s so tough being an NFL player making millions of dollars. You got nothing to complain about dude. Just shut up and play the freaking game.

    On another note, the Bucs could use a decent running back.

    Go BUCS!!

  20. godcanfirealdavis says: Feb 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Kick rocks benson…. Your 30 and a running back.. Better start looking into coaching or broadcasting..

  21. cincyorangenblack says: Feb 22, 2012 10:22 AM

    reallykeepingitreal says:
    Feb 22, 2012 9:48 AM
    I really don’t see why Cincy hates on Ced. He has 1000 yards 3 out of his 4 years there. A lot of teams would take that. If the Bengals weren’t so NOT GOOD IN MY LIFETIME maybe they wouldn’t be so bitter

    once again, another uninformed clown commenting on a team he knows nothing about.
    Benson is the last and only guy on the team who runs his mouth, complains and is generally never happy…7th most carries in the league with a HORRIBLE ypc avg….oh plus you can count on 1-3 games missed a year due to an arrest. This guys been a bad fit for us the past 2 years and I for one could not be happier we’re giving him the cold shoulder

  22. chocopoppy says: Feb 22, 2012 10:25 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 22, 2012 9:34 AM
    If you don’t want the guy anymore, fine, but at least have the decency to tell him.

    Leaving him out to dry is bush league, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Mike Brown though.

    Joe, we all have issues with Mike Brown but this isn’t one of them. He helped Benson resurrect his career, paid him a reasonable contract, and watched as Benson increased his fumbles while decreasing his YPC to well under 4.0. Anyone with sense, including Benson’s agent, knows that the silence form management says it all. What do you want, for Mike Brown to throw him a going away party? Face it Ced, “he’s just not into you”.

  23. realfootballfan says: Feb 22, 2012 10:31 AM

    Wasn’t he just complaining about Chad Johnson and T.O. this past off-season too?

  24. lemmam says: Feb 22, 2012 10:33 AM

    besides Earl Campbell has there been a running back from texas that isn’t an idiot?

  25. norseyapper says: Feb 22, 2012 10:39 AM

    Ask Chicago about his attitude and character. Cinci gave him a great opportunity after his hideous behavior slammed virtually every other door in the league. For him to whine now is pathetic.
    I can’t imagine anyone wanting his problems now that his talent level has dropped even further.
    His future employment will include, “Thank you sir, would you like fries with that?”

  26. thegonz13 says: Feb 22, 2012 11:04 AM

    Pretty sure he’ll have no problem finding another job after throwing his offense and coordinator under the bus…

  27. jhumbe says: Feb 22, 2012 11:26 AM

    Benson has never been worth much as a one dimensional back that needs 30+ carries/game to break 100 yards, can’t catch, a bad teammate, a complainer… and gets arrested far too much.

    Buyer beware. Chicago is so thankful they cut this guy a long time ago and went with Forte.

  28. rajbais says: Feb 22, 2012 11:30 AM

    I agree. He can be a Jet or a Raven and be there for short yardage situations.

    He needs to embrace that!!!

  29. cannonballdookie says: Feb 22, 2012 11:58 AM

    Shut up, you suck and your team did better passing the ball instead of forcing you the ball and watching you pick up 3 yards a carry. If Cinci gets an explosive RB, they will really be a team to watch next season. Benson is a marginal starter, but in today’s NFL, there’s not a lot of value in a back with average skills who provides nothing in the passing game. Good luck.

  30. Vegas Guy says: Feb 22, 2012 12:03 PM

    Bengals have one of the best running back coaches ever. Definitely in the league. Bengals have sucked for 20 years but they always have a good RB.

    (And those of you talking about those short yardage situations that’s usually more about the O-Line then the RB)

  31. ppc50 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:15 PM

    Dallas would be a good fit for a power back, which they needed last year. Injuries also took out 2 out of their 3 backs. Murray, Benson, and Jones would be a good lineup – if they wouldn’t try to trade Jones.

  32. geefan1 says: Feb 22, 2012 12:44 PM

    Ced’s half right. He’s smart enough to recognize that teh Bengals backed into the playoffs despite a weakness in their running game.

    What he failed to recognize is that he’s a big part of the weakness in their running game…

  33. 303bengalguy says: Feb 22, 2012 12:46 PM

    1000 yards in a 16 game season isn’t anything special. That equates to 62.5 yards per game. NOTHING special about that, regardless of how many carries it takes to get there.

  34. weswelker83 says: Feb 22, 2012 1:32 PM

    Suprised he wasnt gone with Palmer and Ocho last year…Why keep a 30 year old, mediocre, back at 5 million a year ?

  35. bbking0420 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:40 PM

    Cedric Benson is a good running back…Bengals would not know great talent if it hit them in the face that’s why they will always hit rock bottom to the Steelers and Ravens. Benson is always welcome back to the Bears,he would compliment Forte well.If not put him in Buffalo pair him with Fred Jackson!!!

  36. yelix says: Feb 22, 2012 5:06 PM


    Priest Holmes and Jamaal Charles. Two great RBs from Texas that have/had their heads on straight.

  37. asublimeday says: Feb 23, 2012 2:37 AM

    Benson has always been a joke. Glad you blew it in Chicago and we dont have to suffer your BS anymore, Cedric!

    Enjoy unemployment. Hope you saved your money… Doubtful, though. Maybe rims are going up in value?

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