Written by: Joe D.
It’s not a surprise that Adam Jones may have one more last chance in the NFL. It’s not a surprise that it is the Bengals who are willing to overlook Adam’s past transgressions against common sense. It also wouldn’t be a surprise if the Raiders decide to enter the fray and create a bidding war.
The Cowboys have a 1.3ish billion dollar glass house, and I hate to throw stones considering the Cowboys history of giving talented players second chances. From Underwood to Owens, Dallas has been a bastion for troubled players. It’s a cliché but it seems appropriate – everything in moderation.
Adams played well, not great, in his stint with the Cowboys. Coaches in the offseaon said that he was the most consistent of the Cowboys’s CBs, though he was a mediocre punt returner. The incident with his bodyguard was just emotionally draining. As a fan, it was exhausting trying to defend not only his signing, but knowingly bringing in a ticking time bomb. The silver lining was that we were getting a 6th round draft pick from the Titans.
As fans we can elect to not read the articles or watch ESPN (Damn you Ed Werder!). Players aren’t granted that same luxury. They are questioned before practice, before games, and even driving through the Wienerschnitzel by the drive-thru cashier. They try to be a good teammate while at the same time being honest with the media. Straddling that line is exhausting. This is before they have to get physically exhausted on the practice field.
I believe the Bengals have simply stopped caring what the league thinks. If they start losing draft picks because of their players behavior, that may change their personnel strategy. More than likely, they will fill their holes via free agency with even more character castoffs.
Winning will mask questions about character, but losing will reveal the team’s character. That was one of the problems in Dallas’s 9-7 2008 season. Losing created an environment where some players weren’t willing to look inward to solve the many problems with the team.
So if the Bengals start out 7-0, all should be well. A 2-5 start and things can go downhill quickly. Personally, I prefer liking my team rather than having to begrudgingly defend it.