Bengals desperately searching for answers

Tracking the Pro Bowl version of Palmer

Seeking ways to win, yet only dead ends abound

For a team that willed themselves to a division championship last year, this year’s Bengals have no heart, no killer instinct, and no confidence.

The Bengals embarrassed themselves in blowing a game they should have won, and now they have two weeks to stew.  They will need the bye week to lick their wounds and fix several areas of this team that are broken.

Is two weeks too little time to hire a new offensive coordinator?  Somebody find out for me, please.

The offense is simply not getting it done.  Despite having Cedric Benson, Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Jermaine Gresham, Bernard Scott, Brian Leonard, and Andre Caldwell, this offense cannot generate points as well as they can penalties, mistakes, and turnovers.

On top of that, they lose to Tampa.  All I can say is: Chalk up another meltdown for the annals of “bungle history”.

In the aftermath, there are not many answers, as there is an abundance of questions that have yet to be answered with this Cincinnati club.

First of all, the coaching decisions and choices made by QB Carson Palmer in the fourth quarter were not only questionable, but wreckless.  All three of Palmer’s interceptions led to points for Tampa Bay, and the decision to throw on 3rd down with under three minutes to go with 13 yards needed for a first down was just plain stupid.

Secondly, this team needs to correct the penalties, and fast.  Giving them a mulligan for the trouncing at the hands of New England is fine, but the losses these last two weeks are unacceptable, and penalties were a huge factor in both.  Cincinnati leads the league in false starts, and defensive penalties continue to keep opponent drives alive.

Thirdly, the defense still can’t get a pass rush without blitzing.  Antwan Odom, Robert Geathers, and Michael Johnson have all been a major disappointment.

Where do we go from here Bengal fans?  Where do you look for hope amidst frustration and disappointment?  The season at this point is in jeopardy at 2-3 and with the hardest parts of the schedule still ahead of us.

At least they are guaranteed not to blow a game next week.  They are lucky to get the bye now when they sorely need it.

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