Apparently Fisher has an irregular heartbeat, and the upcoming surgery could completely cure him. News came out this morning, which I had missed. Makes you wonder if this condition was partially responsible for his poor play.
Another thought occurred to me today. The last Bengal to develop into a quality O-lineman was Kevin Zeitler, and he was a plug-n-play guard, per Mike Mayock. Whatever happened to the pipeline the produced the following players?
- Clint Boling, G (2011 4th rounder)
- Andre Smith, T (2009 1st rounder)
- Anthony Collins, T (2008 4th rounder)
- Kyle Cook, C (2007 street free agent)
- Andrew Whitworth, G-T (2006 2nd rounder)
- Stacey Andrews, T (2004 4th rounder)
- Eric Steinbach, G (2003 2nd rounder)
- Levi Jones, T (2002 1st rounder)
All were either solid starters or quality backups. It goes even further back but I limited the time frame to the current century.
Let us not forget about center Trevor Robinson who had a strong rookie year filling in for Kyle Cook in 2012. He was another street free agent. Injuries quickly ruined his career, but he helped save the Bungs that first season after Cook unexpectedly went down.
Zeitler also came along in 2012, drafted in the first round. After that we're talking about a parade of stiffs. Five years without any infusion of quality talent, and this is the team that let their two best offensive linemen go this past offseason.
The common denominator throughout this span is Coach Paul Alexander, and he has clearly lost his touch.
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.