DDOGG Posted April 24, 2008 Report Share Posted April 24, 2008 Herbstreit calls Bengals an 'abyss'ESPN analyst says USC star is 'too good a character' for team, says Chad Johnson issue is 'embarrassment.'By Mark GokaviStaff WriterThursday, April 24, 2008 DAYTON — Kirk Herbstreit thinks Sedrick Ellis might be too good — off the field — for the Cincinnati Bengals."There's talk about (USC defensive tackle) Sedrick Ellis coming in as a Cincinnati Bengal," Herbstreit said. "I don't know if he fits Cincinnati because he's got great character. He's an effort guy. He gives you 100 percent every snap. He's tremendous."I don't know if he fits in Cincinnati because he's too good a character. And yet, is he going to fall into the great abyss of the Cincinnati Bengals or is he going to be able to overcome that?"Herbstreit, a Centerville native and ESPN college football analyst, was at the Dayton Convention Center on Wednesday night, April, 23, for Centerville High School's Sonny Unger Foundation awards presentation.Herbstreit, who will be part of ESPN's NFL draft coverage this weekend, also blasted the Bengals for their handling of disgruntled receiver Chad Johnson."It's an embarrassment to this point," Herbstreit said. "I've been a Bengals fan my entire life, and I really feel at this point — I'm a big Marvin Lewis supporter and fan — but I think he and the staff have created the situation that they're in with Chad Johnson."I don't feel pity. I don't feel sorry for them. They kind of had rules for the team and then rules for Chad. This is where you are. Everybody has to be treated the same. In my opinion, this team is back to where we were four or five years ago."The former Ohio State quarterback also said recruiting — just like the NFL draft — is a crapshoot.Many people thought Justin Zwick would be OSU's best-ever QB. Many now put that tag on Terrelle Pryor."You have no idea," Herbstreit said. "It's like trying to figure out Terrelle Pryor. Terrelle Pryor could be a four-year All-American or he could be a bust. We have no idea."I wish him the best. I think he could be a great player, but until he gets to Columbus and you see him, you don't know." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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