The Bengals Jackson Pick: A Punk Move by a Punk Team
The Cincinnati Bengals will never succeed as long as they pull moves like this. While the Bengals did have a need for a Cornerback it was deemed lower on the priority list by majority of the pundits. Wide Receiver, Running Back, Defensive Line and Offensive line needs were all sited as higher priority. There is only one solid reason the Bengals drafted Cornerback William Jackson III at the 24th pick immediately before the Steelers could at the 25th and that was to rub the Steelers nose in excrement. I can just imagine the smugness of the Cincinnati ‘war room’ while they snatched a player they knew the Steelers coveted.
It was a punk move by a punk organization.
I watched all of the ‘Hard Knocks’ season on the Bengals and it gave a big insight into what is wrong with that franchise. It all starts with Mike Brown the Bengals’, Owner. It’s not that he’s a bad guy or even a bad owner, for that matter. What he is, is the son of the great Paul Brown. It must be crushing to be in the shadow of one the biggest innovators and most successful personalities in any sport. As a result, I think Brown has a tendency to try to fix people and situations that he identifies with. Hence his loyalty to Head Coach, Marvin Lewis, a man who is the very definition of mediocrity. Any other owner would have parted ways with a coach who is 119 wins, 92 losses and 0-7 in the playoffs. It is why he picks players like the late Chris Henry, Pacman Jones and Vontaze Burfict. He identifies with these people, sympathizes with them and thinks he can help them. Likewise this ‘son of great man’ inferiority complex leads to him defining himself and making all of actions in reaction to a team and organization he perceives as superior to his, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was hilarious to watch the Bengals in the playoff game against the Steelers. They tried to act tough and obviously think part of being tough is to play dirty. It a blew up in their face in a monumental fashion as the low-class, cheap shot artist and thug, known as Vontaze Burfict, loaded up with his shoulder to deliver a hit to the head of a defenseless Antonio Brown, knocking Brown out and out of the game with a concussion. Not satisfied with just the egregious, intentional foul, Burfict then taunted Brown with a sarcastic pat on the shoulder which was shoved away by one of the Steelers assistants. Pacman Jones felt left out, so he shoved an official. Then a player bumped into Joey Porter who had come out onto the field, playing the Bungals like a Stradivarius, he knew all he had to do was stand out there and Cincinnati players would do something stupid. And of course they did. All game the ineffectual Lewis pleaded in vain to get his out control players to stop what they were doing. The reactions of the Cincinnati fans while all this was going on was equally disgusting. They actually cheered injuries and threw debris at players being taken to the locker room. The announcers showed amazement, saying they had never seen anything like it in their entire lives.
So, it’s no surprise a second rate organization would pull a move dipped in spite and put themselves behind the 8 ball for the rest of Draft. The Bengals are not the winners in this, petty, small-minded, move. They got a good player but not necessarily the best player to put them in a situation to win the AFC North. Watch for Antonio Brown to light Jackson up should the Bengals try to have him cover AB. The Steelers aren’t totally losers, though the pick of CB Artie Burns seems a stretch as there were higher ranked players, Defensive Tackles, Vernon Butler and Andrew Billings, for example still available. They got a good pick in the position of most need.
The only clear cut loser here is William Jackson III. He was one draft pick away from joining a great organization which would give him all the support he needs to succeed. Instead he has been forced to join a lower tier organization and fan base that wallows in the fact they are now the standard for most lacking in class in the AFC North Division. Imagine how sad it will be for him to be constantly reminded of what might have been as he faces the Steelers every year.
I feel bad for him.