The Jets, Browns, Bills and Colts have company, unexpectedly. On second thought, maybe it shouldn’t have been unexpected.
The Bengals look bad. Rock-bottom bad. No. 1 pick, Suck-for-Sam, Lose-for-Lamar bad.
The Bengals didn’t approach the 2017 season trying to rebuild, or emphasize youth, or bring in your own people, or any of the other euphemisms in play to avoid admitting to tanking. They also didn’t botch the health decisions of their starting quarterbacks, like certain Midwest-based teams with a franchise quarterback to nurture.
The original call was the runner had fumbled at the 1, and then there was a bat in the end zone, which is an illegal bat, he said. It was originally the offensive team, the kicking team, that committed the bat. So the original call was that we wouldn’t extend the period on that. Then we got into replay.
The kicking team (Pittsburgh) is offense. The defense (Chicago) is defense. But when we have a block and a return, now what happens is that they flip-flop designations. So in this case, the return team, originally the defense, now becomes offense, and the kicking team is now defense. The fumble, we confirmed with replay that it did occur at the 1. Now we got a loose-ball fumble in the end zone, and it gets batted by the defense, which is Pittsburgh. We go back to the spot of the fumble to enforce that penalty against the defense, so we go from the 1 to the half-yard line. And because it’s a foul against the defense, we now extend for an untimed down.
It took a team effort for the Bears to get in the win column. It’ll take another team effort for their next game, as they have a quick turnaround before they take on the Packers on the road Thursday night.
You’re not going to dwell on that play, Cooper said. You move forward.