If history is any indication, Terrell Owens in the Bengals offense makes a lot of sense.
As recently as the 2007 season, the Bengals had their most success under offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski using a three-receiver attack. The trio of Chad Ochocinco, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chris Henry were nearly impossible to defend. Watching the tape, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was completely flummoxed on some Sundays on how to defend them. Teams simply couldn’t double-team everyone, and the ball usually went to the receiver who faced single coverage.
The Bengals haven’t had that luxury the last two seasons, but they will with Owens. Cedric Benson has the ability to pound the ball into the belly of defenses behind what I believe is an improved offensive line. It’s the offensive line, which is much better now than in 2007, that could make the spread even more affective.
I believe Ochocinco and Owens will operate mainly on the outside, with Antonio Bryant in the slot. The Bengals are now one of the few teams in the league that can go into a spread formation and present a formidable trio of receivers that will pose problems for defenses.
This can work, and work well.
Are there enough footballs to go around? That’s my biggest question.
Divas don’t win championships, teams do. If the Bengals think team-first, they can go far. T.O. should be smiling, and Bengals fans will learn to love him. Forget the popcorn. It’s time to forget about selfishness and think about rings. It’s the one thing missing from their resumes.
— Brian Baldinger