TJJackson Posted October 25, 2010 Report Share Posted October 25, 2010 2010 is already over. Yeah, sure, they're not eliminated yet numerically. They can still go 12-4. Uh-huh.For me, the success of this season lies in getting the new kids lots of reps and lots of playing time. The older guys, especially the ones with contracts expiring at the end of the year, can sit. It's time to start preparing for the 2011 seasonI'm not jumping off the fan base, the Bengals are still my beloved home team. But with Pittsburgh and the Baltimore so far ahead already and the quality (or lack thereof) of play thus far, I think it is reasonable to say - "hey, we're not going to the playoffs, so what can we do successfully this year?" Well, we can get the youngsters ready for next year.Sit the following players: Ochodroppo, Terrible, Bobbie W, Reggie K, Tank, JumpyJr, Odom (even after he returns from suspension/injury), Frostee, Dhani, Roy Williams (even after he recovers)Split Cedric's time 50/50 with B Scott, so Scott gets more reps and the wear and tear on Cedric is limited. Play the following players: Simpson (yeah, I'm surprised I am typed that too, but finally throw him in the water to see if he sinks or swims), Quan, Shipley (Shipley needs to start RIGHT NOW), Gresham (I think he already is in on virtually ever snap, but they don't use him enough, do more chip-and-go's), Stephens or Collins in Bobbie's spot, Atkins, MJ, Dunlap, Rey at MLB instead of SSLB, Brandon at SSLB, and Ghee wherever possible, certainly at dime and maybe a little at S? We really don't have an heir apparent at either S spot.Other in-season priorities: Extend the two corners. Do it NOW. Determine if Dan Lefeouver can be developed into a starter or not. If he can, commit to him. If not, plan on drafting a QB high as Carson's heir apparent. Offseason priorities, player: (in no particular order). Find a pass-rusher, a real one. Find an OL or two who can block and be physical, get mean/nasty - be the bully, as Hair sometimes puts it. Find a cover S, maybe two. Draft a durable power bellcow RB in the r3-r5 range. Offseason priorities, non-player: Get a better Offensive Coordinator. One who will install system fitting the personnel we have and will draft, not one who will impose a system that may not be the best fit for the personnel. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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