Welcome to the Jungle 2005 -- AKA the Cinci Bengals Thread

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Where I live, Cinci is the local CBS team, so all of their games are on around here. I've seen nearly every game for the past few years, especially since Marvin Lewis became head coach.

Cinci is on hold this week, which should help them in prepping up for the big Indy matchup. The Bengals kind of laid an egg in their first coming out "big game" party a few weeks back against the Steelers.

Since some of you people may not see Cinci very often, I'll give you the low down.

Cinci's offense is pretty similar to the Colts. Palmer is not yet to the point where they are running a bunch of no huddle and stuff, but the Colts and Manning didn't start running all of that junk until Peyton's third season and second playoff run. Like the Colts, Palmer and the Bengals are not afraid to throw downfield, they do not live an die by throwing screen passes.

Cinci has a deep reciever core beyond Chad Johnson with TJ Houshmanzada (sp?), Kelley Washington and this really talented rookie out of West Virginia named Chris Henry. Henry has looked real good in their past two games, his build and playing style reminds me of Plaxico Burriss. Cinci also has a good running game mix running Rudi Johnson as a power runner then bringing in Chris Perry to run on the outside and catch passes. Perry has had some big plays in the passing game and has seemed quite improved.

Cinci's defense is much improved. The thing that has kept them from being a playoff team the past couple of years was they could not stop the run. They are getting turnovers like mad this year, so far they have lit up Minn, Chicago and GB for five interceptions each game. The Bengals have a really good rookie LB out of Georgia named Odell Thurmond, who might be an allpro down the line. Their run defense is improved, but they seem to be a bit weak in the middle of the line. They get a pretty good pass rush and have a solid DE named Justin Smith.

Their kicking game is pretty good and they are not bad on special teams as a whole.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 November 2005 04:21 (eighteen years ago) link

I think they'll be in the Super Bowl sometime in the next three seasons.

gear (gear), Thursday, 10 November 2005 04:34 (eighteen years ago) link

I think they have a decent chance to get it done this year. I think they are setting up to have a nice long run. Marvin Lewis still has not quite gotten the defense where I think he wants it to be, but they are getting turnovers left and right.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 November 2005 04:45 (eighteen years ago) link

They need more Johnsons. Shaun Alexander wouldn't hurt either.

rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 10 November 2005 04:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Having Shaun Alexander would help any team, I think their running game is pretty good, more than enough to go with their passing game. The Bengals somehow need to figure how to keep the parts of their offense together after this year.

What the Bengals really need is a big ole' Keith Traylor or Ted Washington type player to plop into the middle of their defensive line.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 November 2005 05:14 (eighteen years ago) link

In 1989, I flew to Pennsylvania for a National Young Optimist Club convention at Valley Forge. On the way back, we had a laid over at Cincinnati's airport. I was really big into adding states to my list of places that I had been, and finally getting a chance to set foot in Ohio seemed pretty cool.

So I bought a Bengals shirt and wore it even as the team slowly and surely got more sucky. It's become a running joke that I wear the shirt at Super Bowl parties, since everyone else has always had their Broncs or Pats jerseys on.

Anyway. Maybe it won't be a joke anymore. I've been looking forward for Cincy to have a decent team. I'll be rooting for you guys, earl.

(Now, just imagine what my disappointment was like when I got back home and realized that the airport that I had been in was actually located in Kentucky.)

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Thursday, 10 November 2005 05:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Rudi Johnson is a very underrated back, dude rushed for over 1400 yards last season, and he's on pace for 1400 again. I'm not optimistic enough to think of them as a true Super Bowl contender this year, but there aren't many teams I'd rather see go than the Bengals.

Mingus Dew (Mingus Dew), Thursday, 10 November 2005 05:38 (eighteen years ago) link

I kid, I kid! I like Rudi. And yeah, a big run-stuffing tackle would probably do the job for them nicely. Maybe Marv can get Tony Siragusa back in football shape...

rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 10 November 2005 06:48 (eighteen years ago) link

odell thurman's a STUD, i remember thinking cincy got a steal with him, that he was totally gonna be all-pro eventually. david pollack's sharp too, a big ol righteous xian - he refused to do them playboy allamerican teams cuz he hates tits or something - and dude's press/acclaim definitely affected him - dude changed alot from sophomore to senior year and not totally in cool ways, but he's definitely an intense player, a potential bruschi type. i like this cincy team alot, they're my pick to rep the afc in the super bowl right now though i'm not sure how much a i believe that really. great coach.

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 10 November 2005 08:35 (eighteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
9-3, first winning season since way back in 1990!

Earl Nash (earlnash), Monday, 5 December 2005 03:30 (eighteen years ago) link

I am GENUINELY surprised that they beat the Steelers.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 5 December 2005 04:52 (eighteen years ago) link

I am suprised that Pittsburgh tried to go toe to toe with them in a passing shootout considering how banged up Roethlisberger has become. Big Ben played pretty well, but it was obvious from a few throws he was not 100%.

The Bengals weakness has been much more against the run than the pass, where they have been getting interceptions left and right. I would have thought the Steelers would try to run the ball and control more of the clock.

Oh well...mark it as a win.

I think the Steelers are in trouble to make the playoffs, anyway it goes it is going to be close.

earlnash, Monday, 5 December 2005 14:08 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Now they have their first division title since 1990!!!

Rudi Johnson had a great game yesterday. That one run where Rudi straight armed three defenders for an extra 20 yards was great.

Detroit is definitely in football purgatory. It sounded a couple of times like the Bengals were playing at home, there was so many Cinci fans in the stands. The "Who Dey, Who Dey Ain't Nobody Going to Beat Dem Bengals Chant" was cutting through pretty clear at the end of the game.

I really want to see the Chargers and Bengals play in the playoffs, that would be some AFC high octane offensive football at it's finest.

I hope Chris Perry's ankle gets better for the playoffs, as he was a nice secret weapon off the bench for the Bengals. T.J. is also getting a bit banged up.

earlnash, Monday, 19 December 2005 16:22 (eighteen years ago) link

CINCINNATI - Chad Johnson is dreaming of a whitetail Christmas. The Bengals receiver suggested Tuesday that he has a special touchdown celebration planned for Cincinnati's game on Christmas Eve — one that will top his Riverdance, his end zone putt and his sideline proposal from earlier this season.

A surrogate reindeer, perhaps?

"On the highway, I hit a deer," Johnson said Tuesday, insisting he was serious and that the animal wasn't hurt. "I kept him. He's at home in the garage. I'm going to use him for the celebration this weekend. He's a prop. They might suspend me for the last game, but I think this one is worth it."

Even if Johnson is serious — and, with him, there's no telling — coach Marvin Lewis would certainly put his foot down. So Johnson's scheme may never get beyond the talking stage.

He wasn't joking about his desire to come up with a celebration that will keep fans talking long after the Bengals' last regular-season home game.

Fans in Detroit booed when he merely handed the ball to an official following his touchdown during a 41-17 victory Sunday that clinched the AFC North title. It was only the second time this season that he didn't celebrate a touchdown — the other came when the officials needed time to decide if he had scored, spoiling the moment.

"But this Saturday, I'll be back to my old self," he said. "You can look forward to the celebration being part of something that has to do with Christmas. It's going to be fun. I might get in trouble, so I might as well let that out now. I might get in trouble for what I'm going to do, but it's worth it."

Johnson was excited by the thought of getting a deer into the end zone routine. His Riverdance brought him national attention as a hoofer. Now, he's fixated on hooves.

"This is going to be the greatest celebration of all time, man," he said. "I actually use an animal."

gear (gear), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 16:46 (eighteen years ago) link

The new version of the Bengals fight song "Fear Da' Tiger" features Cinci native Bootsy Collins and is the coolest thing any NFL team has ever done.

“Fear Da Tiger” lyrics

Crank it up fool
Fear the tigers, fear the tigers, cause we’re the tigers
We’re ready to rumble, we’re ready to rumble, ’cause we king of the jungle
Bootsy Collins: Rap ’em up, Duane
Duane Clemons: I’m not Paul Wall but I’m real dirty like the South
And you know I got a bad girly at home and she’s cookin’ on some neck bones
On the sideline talkin’ on the telephone
Made two adjustments and now it’s on
Now I’m back on the field to seal the deal
Blow the back field up with intent to kill
Now that’s how I’m livin’ cause I’m way too real.
Who dey, who dey, who dey, who dey think they gonna beat them Bengals
Who dey, who dey, who dey, who dey think they gonna beat them Bengals
Stacy Andrews: We’re the biggest cats in the jungle
When we come through we gonna shake rattle and rumble
Rumble like some thunder in the middle of the summer
Runnin’ over players like a Hummer and a Honda on them 84’s.
Oh yeah, I’m the man, when I hit the field you understand what I’m sayin’
The fellas hate seeing me when I show my mean mug
Feel the icing on the cake when you see the scoreboard, man
Who dey, who dey, who dey, who dey think they gonna beat them Bengals
Who dey, who dey, who dey, who dey think they gonna beat them Bengals
Ben Wilkerson: Fear the tigers because we’re the tigers.
Opponents they want to hate us but the fans they will like us
They love us understand that ain’t nobody can touch us, nobody can rush us
Now with us you’re a buster, we battle on field just like we battle on stage
’Cause on the turf you’re in our home and we rattling cages
Feel outrageous, showing no mercy, just like the ultimate fighter, lookin’ right into the eye of a tiger
Fear the tigers, fear the tigers cause we’re the tigers (crank it up fool)
We’re ready to rumble, we’re ready to rumble cause we’re king of the jungle (crank it up fool)
Fear the tigers, fear the tigers cause we’re the tigers (crank it up fool)
We’re ready to rumble, we’re ready to rumble cause we’re king of the jungle (crank it up fool)
Bootsy Collins: Who dey, who dey, who dey (crank it up fool)
Who dey, who dey, who dey think gonna beat them Bengals
Who dey, who dey, who dey (crank it up fool)
Who dey, who dey, who dey think gonna beat them Bengals

(Copyright Bootzilla Productions, Mash-A-Mugg Music, BMI)

Cinci used "Eye of the Tiger" and "Welcome to the Jungle" in the past, which are also both pretty good fight songs.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 18:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Still no candle to the Super Bowl Shuffle though, let's be honest.

Allyzay must fight Zolton herself. (allyzay), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 21:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Have you seen the video? The tune is really catchy, it is a Bootsie's Rubber Band sounding song.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Thursday, 22 December 2005 02:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah...but...but...Superbowl Shuffle.

Also I just reread that article, that's fucked up.

Allyzay must fight Zolton herself. (allyzay), Thursday, 22 December 2005 15:26 (eighteen years ago) link

Carson Palmer signed through 2014? What is this SCI FI? It still seems weird to me to plan anything for 2014, but body willing, Palmer will still be playing QB for the Bengals in that far off year.


Earl Nash (earlnash), Friday, 30 December 2005 07:56 (eighteen years ago) link

It looks to me like Cincy wants to model themselves after their Marino/Dolphins, Favre/Packers, and Elway/Broncos predecessors. I can't blame them, as I suspect Palmer's that type of QB.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 30 December 2005 12:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Cincy is due for some draft luck, as they had some terrible luck in the 90s with their first round draft picks, both with injuries and bad choices.

The thing that caught my eye in that article is that the Bengals have already got Chad Johnson, TJ Houshmanzada, and Rudi Johnson already signed up for a few years, so the core of that offense will be playing together for a few more years. I think you can look at the success the Colts have had with having a core of players that have been together for years and see what that kind of stability can do for an offense.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Friday, 30 December 2005 16:46 (eighteen years ago) link

holy shit.


Stormy Davis (diamond), Friday, 13 January 2006 01:11 (eighteen years ago) link


David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 13 January 2006 02:02 (eighteen years ago) link

That really sucks. Palmer seems like a good dude.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 13 January 2006 03:05 (eighteen years ago) link

Wow. Cincinatti has been brought to one knee by a Hawaiian German.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Friday, 13 January 2006 03:18 (eighteen years ago) link

This is like Murphy's Law, isn't it? That'll teach 'em to sign guys til 2014.

Allyzay must fight Zolton herself. (allyzay), Friday, 13 January 2006 15:56 (eighteen years ago) link

in the nfl that doesn't matter though ally, since only signing bonuses are guaranteed. every nfl contract is theoretical, even peyton's.

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Friday, 13 January 2006 16:13 (eighteen years ago) link

I wonder what kind of therapy he'll have to go through? KIMO THERAPY PERHAPS?

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Friday, 13 January 2006 16:30 (eighteen years ago) link

No, Yancey, I know that, but I mean the theory of doing it. It seems to guarantee bad shit.

Allyzay must fight Zolton herself. (allyzay), Friday, 13 January 2006 17:22 (eighteen years ago) link

ah the karma! gotcha.

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Friday, 13 January 2006 19:34 (eighteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...


Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:56 (five years ago) link

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