Ah, recall those uneasy, restless autumn days gone by? Mid-October with the 0-5 Bengals already out of it. Hordes of players piping up. Unhappy. Whining. Grumbling. Bitching. Complaining. As Bengals fans we grew use to players turning faster than the leaves.
But hey, it’s not even October and the Bengals are 2-1. So would someone please tell that to Cedric Benson.
But Benson keeps talking.
“With all those players and names you brought up (Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham) they’re all, except for one, directly involved in the passing game. So, I mean, if I had to guess, it seems that that’s kind of the route that we’re trying to go, which can be a bit frustrating because we were successful running the football last year and being a power team. Being that type of team got us where we ultimately wanted to be, which was in the playoffs. I don’t know what would be the reason the team would want to change their identity, unless in the past season it didn’t work. But that’s not the case here. And, I mean, I don’t know. I guess whoever’s making those shots, or calling those shots, you got to kind of roll with the punches.”
First let me say, I like Benson on this team. I have since his arrival. But do I like Benson? Probably a little less than last year, and less from the year before. Frankly I don’t totally trust him outside his Bengals uniform. I don’t trust where he is and what he’s doing at 3 a.m. And I don’t trust Benson’s motives for mouthing his “frustrations” three games into a season.
Is it because he cares about the team – or cares about his personal stats in a contract year? See what I mean?
So here we sit on Sept. 30 just a game out of first place, with an 8-game AFCN winning streak, and having already beat the Ravens, a team most experts pick to win the Division, Conference and Super Bowl. So why go public with “frustrations” talk now? Is it because he cares about the team – or cares about his personal stats in a contract year?
As always, when I’m dumbfounded and in need of sage counsel, I consult Geraldo The Oddbounces Jeanie. But because Geraldo is attending a Green Conference in south France, he faxed the following statement:
“Hear me mere mortals. Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson should shut TFU. Yes, shut TFU. When you’re just three games into a season and sit 2-1, you shut TFU. Worry less about publicly voicing frustration, and worry more about your own girly 3.0 yard per carry average, and whopping 13-yard longest run. Benson, run silent, run deep, will ya.”
So Geraldo The Oddbounces Jeanie has spoken. Cedric Benson should run silent, run deep (and deeper than 13 measley yards).