- Matt Williamson, ESPN.com
Three Burning Questions
How will all of the Bengals' off-the-field issues influence the team?
This is the one issue I have with the Bengals organization since Marvin Lewis took over -- they insist on bringing in players with off-the-field baggage. Of course, you can usually get a player with baggage on draft day a few rounds later than his talent and production would suggest, but the cost to the locker room can be enormous. Character counts, especially in crunch time and in the playoffs. Having a roster full of poor character players cannot only embarrass the organization in the community, but it makes the head coach's job much more difficult. This is a big enough factor to keep the Bengals from realizing their potential.
1dEric D. Williams