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Disrespect! No Bengal Pro Bowlers

This has been a record setting season in many ways for the 2009 Bengals. For starters, they’ve had a huge turnaround, from 4-11-1 last year to 10-5 this year.  They swept their division for the first time in franchise history.  They had three different running backs run for 100 or more yards for the first time in a single season.  Cedric Benson broke the franchise record with his sixth 100 yard game of the year on Sunday.  Marvin Lewis surpassed the legendary Paul Brown on the franchise’s all-time wins record.  Chad Ochocinco closes in on the all time TD receptions mark, and 10,000 career yards.  They have a top 3 defense for the first time in decades. 

Here’s one that no one expected:  After accomplishing all of those feats, they are now the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to win their division and not have one single pro bowl selection. 

Not one. 

Neither starting cornerback made it.  Cedric Benson did not make it.  Chad Ochocinco did not make it. Andrew Whitworth, Bobbie Williams, and Carson Palmer were also rumored to be possible picks, but snubbed. 

My first reaction was annoyance and anger, but a lack of surprise. 

The team is still trying to earn respect every day from a doubting media and surly league every day. Even now, they often find themselves ranked below teams like Pittsburgh, Green Bay, and Baltimore on the various “Power Rankings” and conversations throughout the media-sphere.  I am sure Marvin Lewis will use this development for the good, and have the team more motivated than ever. 

This may be more a commentary on how great a TEAM the Bengals are; that they play so well as the various parts of a larger machine that none of them stand-out individually.  After all, don’t they pride themselves on being “scrap heap” warriors? Having followed previous Bengal season in which the team had pro bowl chosen talent in whiny divas like Chad, Corey Dillon, and Carl Pickens, perhaps this is a good thing; a sign that the players are mature professionals who realize team goals are more important than individual accolades and fawning.  Perhaps we’ll be thankful for this turn of events in a month or so as the team points to it as yet another motivator on their journey to a championship. 

In the meantime, I’ll still be angry.


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2 Responses to “Disrespect! No Bengal Pro Bowlers”

  1. Stiller Fan in Cincy-Land says:

    Wow, do you need some cheese and crackers with that whine? Let’s look at the selections (which I am sure you have)

    Palmer ranks 15th on the list (Ben was 7th by the way). Palmer averaged 206 yards per game while Both Drew Brees and Arron Rogers had better numbers and higher passer ratings than Payton Manning yet neither of them made the Pro Bowl.

    I will give you Cedric Benson, he was a beast all season did fantastic. He showed what he is made of and I look forward to next year’s Stiller Bengal games. I can’t argue that point.

    I will however argue Chad Ochocinco, he is ranked 20th among receivers and is tied with three other receivers at that. Both Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes ranked higher in the top fifteen. I drafted Chad on my fantasy league because I had high hopes, oh well.

    The Pro Bowl always has been a popularity contest, that is why Troy can make the Pro Bowl even after sitting out several games the previous year.

    I enjoy your blog keep up the good work but don’t whine so much about the Bengals that have A LOT to prove still.

    • CincyBill says:

      The Bengals will be the least ready team to enter the playoffs. If not for an underperfoming Steeler team and Raven team that took 12 weeks to figure out how to play football this season the Bengal would have been 8-8 at best. Who did they beat this season? The Browns, Bears, Lions and Chiefs and Pakers. Wow!
      Marvin Lewis has not prepared this team to win. Bad time management, poor use of timeouts, bad penalties and poor team control are all ingredients for a single appearance again this post season.
      Probowlers? Where? Maybe Cedric Benson. Carson with his elbow that still needs surgery? Chad? No on one this team has consistently performed at a level worthy of a pro bowl appearance.

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