Andrew Harbaugh | October 4th, 2019
My son Eli who is three years old recently discovered the movie Wreck-It Ralph and he is absolutely in love with it. The movie is premised around a video game called Fix-It Felix Jr. where the main character uses a golden hammer that fixes everything he touches. Well, I found a handy dandy golden keyboard so I’m going to give this a shot and fix every winless team with my golden touch.
The teams I have left to cover are the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals. Each day this week I will be making stops to all these places and giving them some ideas on just how they can turn things around both immediately and long term.
So far I have fixed the Dolphins and Broncos, both teams are in different situations but both seem to have the capable minds of good general managers in Chris Grier and John Elway.
Now just as a reminder, each team being featured will be given a free agent target, trade target, a move to make internally, and a three-round mock just because im feeling extra generous.
Onto the trainwreck that is the Cincinnati Bengals.
Trade Target: Josh Rosen
All signs point to the Dolphins drafting Tua Tagovailoa which means they most likely are moving on from Josh Rosen. If they do in fact take that route I could see Zac Taylor wanting to make this move so he can groom a quarterback in his system and give him the chance he’s been searching for since he entered the league.
The Bengals have the best offensive line, which isn’t saying much, out of Arizona and Miami where Rosen has played. They will also be gaining back Jonah Williams next year which will further sure up that line more than it is currently.
If they continue to rebuild this offensive line through the draft and acquire Rosen from Miami then they may actually be making some headway in what is arguably the toughest division in the NFL.
Free Agent Target: Byron Jones
The Cowboys have been paying all of their young talent but they are doomed to leave someone out in the cold, many expect that to be Byron Jones.
With the team still having to pay Amari Cooper among others Byron Jones may get the short end of the stick from Dallas but that doesn’t mean he will be lacking offers across the NFL. The Bengals have a weak pass defense, and that’s being polite, so bring in an athlete like Jones who can play either corner or safety is a two for one special for Cincy that they can only dream to have fall into their laps.
Internal Move: Let Zac Taylor Build this Offense
Mike Brown this is directed to you so perk those ears up, you need to quit being the James Dolan of the NFL.
Mike Brown infamously torched the relationship between the team and former number one pick Carson Palmer. Since he has left the team has struggled to find consistent quarterback play and has only made the playoffs five times since Palmer was traded to Oakland. They have zero playoff wins in those appearances so that means what do you have to lose at this point?
You brought in Zac Taylor because he was an offensive mind under Sean McVay so let him and his mind go to work and build you the ultimate offense to combat the elite defenses in your division. At this point, Cincy is doomed to be the bottom dwellers of the AFC North for years to come so if your Mike Brown just step back and try something new.
You know the old saying if it ain’t broke don’t fix it? Well this organization is in pieces and its closest comparison at this point is Humpty Dumpty
- Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
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