It's a sad, sad time in Bengaldom. For you see, Geoff Hobson has declared the bell-cow concept to be officially dead.
INSTANCE 110 --- Bengals get a hold of Green-Ellis (posted Mar 21, 2012)
The bell cow concept keeled over on the Paul Brown Stadium field and died with Benson's second fumble of the Christmas Eve fourth quarter against Arizona.
May it forever rest in peace.
At this time of intense mourning, I would like to present a reading.
No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Then you shall hear the surly sullen bell [cow]
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell [now].
From William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXI
And yet we shall steadfastly maintain our vigil, staying in the ready, and faithfully coral any stray bell-cows that might wander through the Bengals.com pasture.
EDIT: Corrected count.