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Bengals Move Geathers To Linebacker

Posted by Matt on October 19, 2007


Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals have moved defensive lineman Robert “Jumpy” Geathers to linebacker until further notice (and if you’re wondering what sort of positive spin beat “writer” Geoff Hobson puts on this one, don’t bother as I think he just completely ignored it).

Now Geathers has been a relatively decent player on the line this season so it remains to be seen if this move will help the defense or ultimately hurt it but only time will tell. However, what I have a problem with is the fact that going in to the game against the New England Patriots on October 1st, the Bengals were down to just four linebackers — yes, four. Two more went down in that game alone due to injury leaving Cincinnati with just two linebackers. The following week was their Bye Week and last week, after their Bye, was a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

What I am getting at is the fact that the Bengals have had nearly three weeks since they were down to two linebackers, and well over that since being down to four, and haven’t done much in the way of roster moves to remedy this situation. If you cannot sign some sort of free agent linebacker in this time, or you just choose not to completely, I don’t know how you’re going to win many football games. I realize there are no Ray Lewis-type players sitting on their asses eating cheesy poofs on their couches but you cannot tell me that their isn’t any free agent linebackers in the entire United States that you could at least bring in for a tryout; the team even had an extra week thanks to the Bye to do so and didn’t.

And don’t give me any rhetoric about how it would be too difficult to bring in an outside player this late in the game and teach them Chuck Bresnahan’s oh-so-complicated defense because if that is all a player has to do in a week’s time, I am confident they can learn enough before Sunday. Furthermore, if it were that complicated of a defense, THEN WHY DOES EVERY OFFENSE FIGURE IT OUT?
Listen, the Carolina Panthers plucked Vinny Testaverde from a nursing home on a Tuesday and had him start — and win — the following Sunday, and Vinny is 57 YEARS OLD! Integrating free agents can be done.

Regardless if moving Geathers creates a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker down the road, the Bengals should have never been in this situation to begin with. I realize injuries are not the fault of the coaching staff but everybody in football knows that they happen so coaches have to be able to compensate for that beyond just moving players from their natural positions on a whim.

What’s next? Moving Shayne Graham to offensive line to replace the embarrassingly ineffective Levi Jones from last week?

With the Bengals, it may be more plausible than you think.


2 Responses to “Bengals Move Geathers To Linebacker”

  1. Allen said

    Robert Geathers is not “Jumpy.” He’s Jumpy’s nephew.

  2. M said

    Trust us, we know. It is a running joke between myself and Charlie Hustle…

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