Cincinnati Bengals: It's Time To Stop Talking about the "Talent" on This Team

Michael HammonsCorrespondent INovember 21, 2010

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off of the field after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals 49-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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We all knew the kids in school, the ones who had tons of book smarts, but no common sense or "street smarts."

That would describe the 2010 Cincinnati Bengals, as the pedigree on this team, at least on paper, is awesome, but the sheer number of mental errors, physical mistakes and selfishness negates all that.

Therefore, it's time to let go of this notion that they are somehow "talented."

If you don't use your gifts, then you never really had them in the first place.

Talented teams don't lose seven in a row, and I don't care that all of the losses (expect for this loss against Buffalo) were close losses.

Talented teams don't commit five turnovers in one game or blow 21-point leads at home to a team with one win coming in to play.

Talented teams go all out on every play and don't sulk when their number isn't being called.

I don't care what Carson Palmer did in 2005 or what Chad Ochocinco used to be. It has no relevance in 2010.

I don't care about the individual numbers that Terrell Owens has put up.  When we need him the most, he comes up short.

Judging on his postgame comments after Sunday's game, at least he's showing some accountability, which is in short supply in this organization.

Cedric Benson posted good numbers Sunday, but his crucial fumble negates all that.

Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham are still too young to really blame for much, at this point.  Their mistakes aren't those of stupidity.

As for the offensive line, well, there's no pretending that these guys ever had talent to begin with, let's just be honest.

Defensively, the front four are just there to get a cardio in, and in terms of linebackers, I'm barely hearing the names of Keith Rivers and Rey Maualuga.

Where you at, talent?

The only members of this team who have showed up consistently are cornerbacks Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph.

Oh yeah, and the long snapper Clark Harris has done an outstanding job this year.  There ya go.

Brad St. Louis, eat your heart out.

Right there is your talent.  Just a handful of guys.

There are a lot of areas on this team that needs to be addressed in the upcoming NFL draft and in free agency.

The fact of the matter is, they aren't very good, so hopefully, this talk of "on paper, the Bengals look loaded" stops.

We were dead wrong about this team.  Dead wrong.