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Cincinnati Bengals: We Don't Need No Stinking Scouts

Russell WightAnalyst IAugust 13, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24:  Coaches and scouts of NFL teams watch from the stands during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Yesterday, I listed some of the key matchups that could present themselves as the 2009 Bengals season unfolds.  I received a comment from someone named Anonymous.

Excerpt from my post:

Mike Brown vs Bengal Nation
Since his father passed away, Mike Brown has made a mockery of this franchise. He is one of the most despised owners in sports. Whether it be the lack of a scouting department or absence of a general manager, another losing season will simply add fuel to the fire in Cincinnati.

Comment from Anonymous:

Please elaborate on this lack of scouting which is constantly used as a knock against this organization. You may want to do some research as to where the Bengals stand in regard to drafted players still in the league. I think you will find out that they are in the upper tier of the NFL in this area. To me this would indicate that the scouting of talent is not an issue. Nice try however.

Anonymous/Mike/Pete/Katie/Troy...whatever you want to call yourself today... 

It would be my pleasure to investigate the issue a little further.  Let's take a look at the teams in the division and the scouts they have on staff.

Cleveland Browns

Pat Roberts, Director of College Scouting
Donovan Beidelschies, College Scout
Zac Bocian, College Scout
Jake Hallum, Senior Scout
David Hinson, Area Scout
Richard Long, East College Scout
Robert Morris, Southwest College Scout
Chisom Opara, Southeast College Scout
Bobby Vega, College Scout
Paul Warfield, Special Assignment Scout/Advisor to the GM
Bob Welton, West College Scout

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Hortiz, Director of College Scouting
Chad Alexander, Southeast Area Scout
Joe Douglas, East Area Scout
Jack Glowik, Southwest Area Scout
Milt Hendrickson, Midwest Area Scout
Andy Weidl, West Area Scout
Lonnie Young, West Area Scout

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ron Hughes, College Scouting Coordinator
Mark Gorscak, College Scout
Phil Kreidler, Pro/College Scout
Kevin Fisher, College Scout
Bruce McNorton, College Scout
Dan Rooney, College Scout
Dave Petett, Blesto Scout

Cincinnati Bengals

Greg Seamon, Scout

Anonymous also said that the "scouting of talent is not an issue."  Remember these guys?  All of the following were taken in the first round of the NFL draft.

David Klingler
Dan Wilkinson
Ki-Jana Carter
Reinard Wilson
Akili Smith
Peter Warrick
Chis Perry

Anonymous: If you need anything else, please let me know.

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