HairOnFire Posted May 17, 2007 Report Share Posted May 17, 2007 More bad sportswriting by Paul Daugherty. In short, Daugherty claims Lewis has shown that he'll cut any player on the roster if he's got better options, but he's stuck with Deltha. And he's stuck because Lewis doesn't have any options....except the 1st round draft pick who just might replace Deltha immediately. As for Deltha, he'll play because the Bengals have alot of money invested in him, but he'll be a malcontent because the Bengals aren't paying him any money. Confused? Well apparently so is Daugherty. In fact, I'd say the only thing Paul Daugherty is positive about is how this gives him another opportunity to go negative. No mater though, as we're all painfully aware by now that this is what passes for sportswriting in the river city. Enjoy.Doc: Lewis stuck with O'NealBY PAUL DAUGHERTY | PDAUGHERTY@ENQUIRER.COMMaybe Deltha O’Neal will make it to a “voluntary” Bengals workout, and maybe he won’t. He missed another one Wednesday, even after Marvin Lewis’ potent salvo in his direction Tuesday afternoon. “He just put himself further behind,” Lewis observed. It’s not often the Bengals coach is so pointed and public in his criticism. “He’s missing out (on) an opportunity to restart himself.”Either O’Neal wants to make a point about something, or he is a very busy man. Regardless, unless he blows a knee or blows off the mandatory minicamp June 1-3, he will be starting at cornerback to open the season. It’d be nice if O’Neal had a great attitude. As long as he can play, it’s not mandatory.We see this all the time in the pros, where players are almost always more powerful than coaches. We see it in college, too, where coaches grovel in living rooms, for the services of 17-year-olds with girlfriend problems.Big-time coaching might seem like a great gig, and in some ways it is, if you’re into TV time and lots of money. It also involves a belly-full of devil-dealing and pride swallowing.If a player has talent and you have money invested in him, the player is going to play. Even when he no-shows at a voluntary workout. Don’t think the player doesn’t know that.Marvin Lewis was right with everything he said after Tuesday’s session. O’Neal should have been there. He needs to get his mind right and his game on track. Every team watches the same film the Bengals watch. (Though, to be fair, if teams noted the O’Neal of ’06, they also recalled the Pro Bowl, 10-interception O’Neal of ’05.)O’Neal hurts himself by not taking part. He hurts his team. He appears to be sticking it to his coach, or at least the organization.Which prompts the question: How much compromising should a coach do?Where is the line between a player’s ability and a coach’s credibility? A very good thing about the Marvin Lewis Era is, everyone knows who’s in charge. Lewis will play you until he can replace you with someone better or younger or, in some cases, cheaper. See: Brian Simmons, Eric Steinbach, Kevin Kaesviharn. See, especially: Tory James. There is accountability with this coach.An out-of-shape and oft-nicked Sam Adams managed not to practice all last summer and occasionally during the season. The Bengals needed his alleged run-stuffing presence, though, so practice-missing was tolerated. The Size-XXL defensive tackle started all 16 games and contributed all of 25 tackles. Now he’s out of work, because the team believes second-year player Domata Peko is better.There will come a time, probably sooner than later, when Lewis will look at the first-round draft pick Leon Hall and judge him to be a better player than Deltha O’Neal. At that point, O’Neal will sit and eventually, be looking for work.It is said O’Neal wanted his current five-year contract reworked after the 2005 season, his second as a Bengal. Given his previous difficulties in Denver, where as a former No. 1 pick, he lost his starting job and fell into coach Mike Shanahan’s doghouse, the club said no, show us more.O’Neal didn’t. He played poorly last season. He’s not off to a great start in this one. And yet he will play because, along with quarterback, pass-rushing end and left tackle, cornerback is the most important position on the field, and can be the hardest to fill. And because ultimately, coaches do what they must to win. It’s a compromise some of us would hate to have to make, day after day. It’s standard procedure for coaches.Pro coaching is more about managing people than managing games. The coaches who are good at that survive. Marvin Lewis applies the pressure and sends the message by upping the competition. The coach liked Leon Hall in rookie workouts last week. He liked him a lot. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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