- The good news here is baseball has done a terrible job or promoting how many more jobs it offers young athletes compared to other sports so many won't know what they're missing.
- On the bright side, this could be an extra good year for an extra two teams to make the playoffs as far as the Cincinnati Reds are concerned. Their active winter seems like a lifetime ago, but if we start talking about actual baseball soon we'll want to remember the Queen City's team could actually be, like, good after making multiple moves to beef up the offense. That said, they aren't likely to be great, so winning the division is a much bigger ask than just being in the mix.
- As far as the city's NFL team, the Bengals are also in a rebuild that is perhaps longer term than it needed to be, but adding a potential franchise quarterback is a good way to jump forward in the process.
- The regular beat writers made a lot of excuses for Zac Taylor in his disastrous first season as head coach, but of course if the fire of 2019 leads to fertile fields for the foreseeable future, it might all work out in the end. If you're a regular reader here, you'll know I have been a big Taylor skeptic since the day he was hired, but I am willing to buy that a lot of things out of his control worked against him last year from getting a late start on evaluating the roster to A.J. Green and Jonah Williams getting hurt. I also don't think Taylor came close to maximizing what he had or making the best of the situation, but that's in the past now.
- The schedule is manageable-ish, especially in the second half, so there is an opportunity to show a lot of improvement even if they are still destined for fourth place in the division.
- I hate when we create news by prematurely putting someone on the hot seat, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out. There are likely to be bumps in the road because that's how it goes, the roster has some holes and some of the good players are older so new holes will be opening up sooner or later. A strength is never far from being a weakness in the NFL. Also the coach may not know what he's doing.
- When teams lose, you have to look at all possible reasons why, and when the coach has a very thin resume, that's hard to shake.
- Of course Taylor's job was safe in December because Mike Brown is not the type to fire a coach after one year whether he deserves it or not. Unless they win only two or fewer games again, let's assume Taylor will be back in 2021 as well. Then things could get interesting because when that season is over they'll be almost halfway through Burrow's rookie contract, meaning they need to make sure he has a reason to want to stay in Cincinnati and the window to win before his salary balloons and wipes out what could be spent on two or more good starters will be close to closing.
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