T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Bengals: ‘It’s easier to get rid of a coach mid-season than a starting quarterback’

The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a terrible start. They are 0-2 and have not scored a single touchdown in two home games, and because of their poor offensive play, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese on Friday and replaced him with Bill Lazor, who was the team’s QB coach.

Who’s to blame for this mess? Former Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh gave his thoughts on the Bengals offensive woes:

“I’ve always been a believer that quarterbacks get way too much blame when things go bad, but they get way too much credit when things are going great. If we’re going to hold everybody accountable, and that’s the case, you gotta look at Andy Dalton,” Houshmandzadeh told TMZ Sports. “You have to look at Andy Dalton because yesterday (against Texans) in the game Brandon LaFell is wide open for a touchdown and he missed him; last play of the game (Alex) Erickson did not create any separation, he did not give Andy Dalton a target. Andy Dalton had to make a perfect throw and he didn’t.”

“And you look at the quarterback and say he is not making plays, or is he not comfortable with the play being called. It’s a combination of the coordinator and the quarterback there not on the same page, and Andy Dalton just not getting it done right now,” said Houshmandzadeh.

Because of the changes, Houshmandzadeh believes the pressure is completely on Dalton:

“It’s easier to get rid of a coach mid-season than a starting quarterback. A lot of pressure now is on Andy Dalton to perform, and it doesn’t get any easier because they going to play Green Bay; the next game they go play the Packers, so it does not get any easier. They don’t score points you might be seeing AJ McCarron in the lineup,” Houshmandzadeh said.

If the Bengals don’t fix their issues on offense, both head coach Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton might be elsewhere next season!

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis takes medical leave of absence

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will take a leave of absence to focus on a “minor” health issue, the Bengals announced today.  According to the NFL Network’s Stacey Dales, Lewis is dealing with a blood clot in his ankle.

Lewis could be back later in the week, according to the team.

Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons will lead the team until Lewis is able to return. 

The 58-year-old Lewis has coached the Bengals for the past 14 years. Lewis has led Cincinnati to the playoffs for five straight years, and seven times in total. However, Lewis has not been able to win a playoff game for the Bengals. 

Lewis is the all-time winningest coach in Bengals history.

NFL suspends Bengals’ Adam “Pacman” Jones for one game

The NFL today notified Adam Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals that he will be suspended without pay for the first 2017 regular season game for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

In May, Jones entered a plea of guilty to obstruction of official business stemming from a January 2017 incident. The state court imposed a sentence of time served (two days’ confinement) and court fees.

The NFL explained in a letter to Jones that it considered the “extensive video documentation of the tone, tenor and nature of your interactions with law enforcement at the site of your arrest, during transportation to the jail, and during the booking process. As you acknowledged, your post-arrest words and actions reflected poorly on you and your family, the Cincinnati Bengals football club, and the NFL. While it is our understanding that appropriate apologies have been publicly extended, they do not completely negate your behavior and admission of culpability for the underlying conduct.”

Jones will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster on Monday, September 11 following the Bengals’ September 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Jones may appeal this decision within three days.

Former NFL RB Corey Dillon: ‘You’ve got O.J. Simpson in the Hall of Fame and my numbers are better than his’

Former NFL RB Corey Dillon put up some great numbers during his 10-year NFL career with the Bengals and Patriots. Dillon rushed for 11,241 yards and notched 82 rushing touchdowns.

The 42-year-old Dillon feels he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Dillon, who was a guest of the Bengals Beat Podcast, compared his career to O.j. Simpson:

“I’m just bringing up this guy football-wise, nothing else, nothing whatsoever. You’ve got O.J. Simpson in the Hall of Fame and my numbers are better than his. Why can’t I be there is my question? What validates him being there and I don’t. I’m not talking about his transgressions off the field, that’s on him,” Dillon told the Bengals Beat Podcast

Dillon also compared his career to Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Davis:

“I see Terrell Davis get in, and I’m like, ‘Two Super Bowls, an MVP. This guy only has at the most 9,000 yards.’ I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got a Super Bowl too. I look at this too, you played for the Broncos, okay? Any running back that got in that system, they were good. Tell me one running back that played there that didn’t have stats.”

Does Dillon have a point? His numbers are better than the above-mentioned players, and he won a championship. At times, Dillon did not always have the best reputation, and maybe that’s what is holding him back. However, numbers don’t lie! 

Dillon belongs in Canton!