hottub Posted March 13, 2004 Report Share Posted March 13, 2004 I don't know how I overlooked it, but I hadn't read that essay until today. What a great job of research and of writing! If anyone else hasn't read it yet, take a minute, look it over, and see if you don't agree.The only comment I'd make is that maybe Mikey's obsession with the superstar quarterback actually goes back to Paul Brown. In his autobiography PB talked a lot about how important a great quarterback is, and he gushed about his favorite (and who can blame him?) Otto Graham. I think Mikey thinks that he's following the great man's example, always searching for the next Otto Graham.Not that that excuses Mikey. A man has to know his limitations, and Mike Brown doesn't seem to. One difference between Mike Brown and Paul Brown is that Paul Brown had "the eye" - the ability to see the football potential in a player - and the ability to draw that potential out. That's why he won at every level, whether he had a superstar QB or not. Mikey and his organization, on the other hand, seems to have very limited ability to judge talent, and almost no ability to draw it out - almost the opposite in fact. One big exception is Jon Kitna. Not that Kitna is an enormous talent, and not that the rest of the Bengals organization helped him succeed. Far from it - short of actually knee-capping him, they made things as difficult as possible. But he himself is one part of the organization (Jim Anderson is the other) who does seem to draw the best out of players. First, I believe he simply wills himself to over-achieve, regardless of whatever happens around him. Second, I believe he's the one who drew out Chad Johnson's potential, and that without him Johnson would have been a bust. Third, I believe that the example set by Kitna and Johnson at the end of the 2002 season, combined with making Kitna the undisputed starter for 2003, helped focus and turn around Peter Warrick, who was on track to also be a bust.But those days are over now. We just have to hope that Mikey, Marvin Lewis, and the lastest version of the Bengals organization can continue and build on what Jon Kitna created out of will-power alone. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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