Bengals' Offensive Coordinator Deserves Some Props

OneManCrimeWaveContributor ISeptember 21, 2009

GEORGETOWN, KY - JULY 28:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 and offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski of the Cincinnati Bengals talk during training camp at Georgetown College on July 28, 2003 in Georgetown, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

During the week, I called out Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski's ability to exploit weaknesses on opposing teams.

On Sunday Brat did what I doubted he could do.

With starting safety Atari Bigby already out, Brat called a 44-yard flee-flicker to Chad Ochocinco on the same drive that Green Bay lost their other starting safety, Nick Collins, to injury. That drive ended with a five-yard touchdown pass to Chris Henry.

Well done, Brat. Well done.

Despite participating in late week practices, highly regarded rookie nose tackle B.J. Raji did not play. Brat took advantage of Green Bay's aging replacement, Ryan Pickett, and Cedric Benson had a spectacular day with 141 yards rushing.

Well done, Brat. Well done.

While I will always have a sour taste in my mouth from the Denver loss, I can take some solace in knowing that Denver dismantled Cleveland. It didn't take a freak play for Cleveland to lose. It took a monster four-sack performance by Elvis Dumervil against Joe Thomas. Seems I know someone who predicted big things for Dumervil this season...

Well done, Bob. Well done.