The Cincinnati Bengals named kicker, Shayne Graham their franchise player this week. This is a move that enables the 8 year vet to sign another one-year deal with the team equal to the average dollar amount of the 5 highest paid kickers in the league.
While saving the Bengals a lot of money, you have to wonder where this leaves their relationship with other play-makers. Houshmandzadeh, one of the few highlights on a rather lackluster offense is now headed for free agency. Head coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that the odds of him returning to the team will be odd. The Bengals could have retained TJ by placing the franchise mark on him, but would have had to do it at the sum of about $10 M for a year as opposed to $2.2…well, I guess WE ARE IN RECESSION.
Franchising Graham also gives Cedric Benson more options and allows him to seek other avenues.
I honestly can’t believe that The Bengals decided to go this route. Inevitably, they will return next season without the likes of Houshmadzadeh and possibly anyone to fill in as threatening running-back. They will be supported by a cranky primadonna wide receiver (Chad Johnson), an injury plagued quarterback ( Carson Palmer), a decrepit defense and… Chris Perry in the backfield??? Well at least they have a shot at sending their kicker to the Pro Bowl.
In a press conference Graham un-excitedly stated, “I appreciate the Bengals’ recognition of my value to the team. I would have preferred to enter a long-term market value contract, either with the Bengals or through free agency.”
So, I suppose, no one is really happy today in Cincinnati. Not even newly franchised Graham. Let me check the weather… Yea everyone is miserable.
Good luck, Cincinnati, compiling a decently respectable team in the off-season.
And THAT’s what the StatDragon is breathing fire about!
In the wake of the Colts/Chargers game–a game that went into overtime and was won by the Chargers’ Darren Sproles scampering into the endzone–many critics are suggesting that the rule (which states that the first team to score wins) should be changed.
While everyone would certainly have loved to see what the Colts could’ve done had they won the coin toss, the rule is fair. Simply because a team wins the coin toss does not mean that the opposing defense will roll over and die. If the opposing team wants to win, have the defense step up and make a play. Remember, the Eagles and Bengals played all the way to the end of overtime without anyone scoring a point this season.
While the college rule is exciting, it’s almost too fair. The ball is placed on the 25 yard line with a first and ten without the help of special teams. The offense is almost guaranteed to score at least a fieldgoal. If anything, it gives the offense too much of an advantage.
The mantra in this country is that soceity is going too soft. Kids complain that they lost in a Championship game and feel sad, so parents petition the school to hand out “runner up” trophies. Hell, they have even banned dodge ball and tag in some schools. And we wonder why there’s a child obesity problem?
Yet at the same token, we want our kids at the college level to have an “equal chance to score?” We need to realize that the concept of overtime is implemented because both teams couldn’t seal the deal in four straight quarters. Overtime should indeed be a “sudden death” approach–if you couldn’t win the game over the course of regulation, you have one last, limited chance to do so in overtime. Regardless of whether or not it’s fair.
If the overtime rule was indeed altered, I wouldn’t mind seeing the NFL ban field goals. While it’s perfectly acceptable to kick a field goal to win a game, I think if you eliminated the ability for a team to make this attempt, it would allow both the offenses and defenses to truly go toe to toe. And more than likely, I would imagine that the team that wins the coin toss won’t immediately score on their first drive, thus allowing more of an opportunity for both opposing teams offenses to get a chance on the field. It would also allow for a bit more of an exciting finish, without feeling as though the ball needs to be placed on an arbitrary yardline without the use of a kickoff.