Last year the Bungs went 6-9-1.
A game and a half was directly attributable to their field goal kicking woes. So imagine 8-8.
Injuries to both Tyler Eifert and AJ Green had to cost them at least one more game. Now think 9-7.
The Vontaze Burfict suspension and the front-loaded schedule had to hurt. Throw in all the unfamiliarity with the new defensive coaches and maybe an additional win was possible beyond that.
So the Bungs were not too far off from being a highly-flawed 10-6 team, the kind that gets completely obliterated in the first round of the playoffs. (Cripes, I'll take the season they actually had over that.)
But anyway, the Bungs supposedly have something to work with. The defense looked pretty good the second half of the season and now they've added speed. John Ross and Joe Mixon should turbo charge the offense.
Katie and gents, all they need is for that rebuilt O-line to miraculously take a giant step forward. Then lookout, the sky's the limit...
Well, we all know that ain't gonna happen. This is a team that flashes potential but breaks down at all the key moments. A miserable year is in store for the sheep.
Final record: 7-9.
All thanks to a dead cat bounce late in the season. Mike Brown cites improvement and re-signs Marvin Lewis to a three year extension. MBS members pitch a fit. Psychostats says, told you so. And BTW, The Perpetual Marvin Lewis Hot Seat Roundup
thread has grown by another 75 entries come January, before the re-up announcement.
Bell-cow quarterbacks are like queen bees. Only one can take you to the land of milk and honey.
~ What Mike Brown should have said, versus what he did say.