The Cincinnati Bengals always provide a good laugh when it comes round to NFL Playoff time, or in any conversation really.
In the last few years under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals have become masters at looking like a side with Super Bowl potential only to absolutely lose their mettle at the first whiff of a test in the playoffs.
It also doesn't help that their quarterback is Andy Dalton. The Red Rifle got himself a nice long-term contract in Cincy despite going winless when it matters in the post-season.
Hue-gely Fed Up
It seems like Hue Jackson has finally had enough of this 'choker' reputation surrounding the Bengals, and the offensive co-ordinator wants his team to do something about it.
Wednesday's practice saw a scuffle between defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry and offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell which Jackson loved because it showed the fire he wants to see from a team that has to “answer the bell” during the 2015 season.
“It’s got to mean something to you when it doesn’t go right,” Jackson said, according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s got to cut you to the core. Last season cut me to the core. I promise you that. I think it’s cut a lot of people at the core because we are tired."
Jackson seemed considerably angry, going on to say that he was tired of being the brunt of jokes.
I’m tired of being the brunt of jokes. I’m tired of our organization being the brunt of jokes. At the end of the day, that’s what we do this for. I don’t want to be the laughingstock of anything and neither do those players in there on the offense. You have to take a stand.”
The Bengals really need to overcome their slump, and if fighting in practice or bringing a bit of swagger to things is what is needed, then who can complain if it works. Hue Jackson certainly won't.
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