Bengals1 Posted January 2, 2008 Report Share Posted January 2, 2008 Posted: January 1, 2008 Chick LudwigFor Sporting NewsOFFSEASON PLANS: The team needs to be able the run the ball better, stop the run more effectively and cut down its turnovers. The lack of consistency in all phases placed a heavy burden on QB Carson Palmer, whose numbers (26 TDs, 20 INTs) reflected the club's rollercoaster season. The team must take a serious run at signing Titans free agent DT Albert Haynesworth and use the draft to beef up the offensive and defensive lines. The team wants to re-sign several unrestricted free agents, including MLB Landon Johnson, WLB Dhani Jones and FS Madieu Williams. All display outstanding work ethic and are committed to making the squad better. RE Justin Smith would be welcome back, but not for the outrageous price ($8.6 million) he was paid with the franchise tag. RB Rudi Johnson, DT John Thornton, CB Deltha O'Neal and SS Dexter Jackson are candidates to become salary-cap casualties. RB Kenny Watson has been outstanding as a rusher and receiver, and the return of Chris Perry and Kenny Irons makes Johnson expendable. It will be a difficult decision to let Johnson go because he's so durable. But his $3.2 million salary is a heavy burden for an aging warrior who has taken a pounding over the years. LT Levi Jones and RT Willie Anderson endured injury-plagued seasons. They're tremendous players when healthy, and they still have some mileage left, but how much? RT Stacy Andrews is more than an insurance policy. He's capable of starting almost anywhere, and the club needs him back to fortify the O-line if Anderson can't fully recover from knee and foot injuries. It's time for DE Frostee Rucker to prove he can complement Robert Geathers in the pass-rushing department. Rookies Chinedum Ndukwe and Marvin White are the future at safety. They're just scratching the surface of their potential and should emerge as dynamic playmakers next season. The special teams coverage came on strong late in the year, but the team must find a kick returner who strikes fear in the opposition. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Can't say I really disagree with any of this. - B1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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