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The only Nebraska QB in recent memory that went on to make even some impact in the NFL was Scott Frost, and even then it wasn't much...I think he was a safety with the Jets.



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#22 Posted on

    Originally posted by drjayphd

    Well, Blake wasn't that bad. He got jobbed in Nawlins, though, I think we can agree on that. Had the starting role, was doing fairly well, got injured, Brooks steps in and rips it up, and even though you're not supposed to lose your job to injury, he did. Besides, when he was in Cincy, he wasn't half bad for, you know, the Bengals.



Right. When Blake played for the Bengals, he wasn't half bad. He was ALL bad. It took 3 or 4 games for NFL defensive coordinators to figure him out, but once they did, he pretty much played like crap. Crap with a lot of yards, yes, but also with some very poor decisions and reads, some awful passes on must-convert downs, and staggering inconsistency. Granted, I'd prefer him over our current 1-2 punch (to our own head) of Frerotte and Kitna, but I believe I'd rather have Tom Tupa give up punting and give QB another try, this time in the black-and-orange, than either of those two.
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Dude, I think youre being a little hard on Jeff Blake. Considering what the guy had to work with in Cincy, I think he did rather well. Brett Favre in his prime couldnt have done much more. The Bengals are an absolute horrible organization. If he had remotely competent coaching or management during his prime years then we wouldnt be having this conversation. Playing in Cincy is like doing time in prison. Almost every former player says so.

3 OR 4 games? Come on, give him more than that, 1995-96 Blake was as good as any QB in the AFC considering that he played in the Siberia of the NFL..



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#24 Posted on

    Originally posted by rockdotcom_2.0
    Dude, I think youre being a little hard on Jeff Blake. Considering what the guy had to work with in Cincy, I think he did rather well. Brett Favre in his prime couldnt have done much more. The Bengals are an absolute horrible organization. If he had remotely competent coaching or management during his prime years then we wouldnt be having this conversation. Playing in Cincy is like doing time in prison. Almost every former player says so.

    3 OR 4 games? Come on, give him more than that, 1995-96 Blake was as good as any QB in the AFC considering that he played in the Siberia of the NFL..



As a lifelong Cincinnati resident, I know EXACTLY how bad the Bengals organization has been, on the field and off, since the death of Paul Brown and the ascendancy of his idiot son Mike. I know that Blake's supporting cast and coaches were usually lousy. None of that does anything to change my opinion of Blake, however. While his teammates stayed at their usual levels of mediocrity, Blake was up and down. When he was up, he was nearly pretty good and the offense performed almost acceptably. Trouble is, he was far more often down than up.

In my mind, an inconsistent QB is a bad QB. Yes, everyone has bad games in terms of decision-making and accuracy, but GOOD quarterbacks don't have nearly as many of them as Blake did. And while you can blame the porous offensive he was playing behind for some of his problems, he often had the same erratic throws or bad decisions on the few plays when they actually held back the opposing D. Who can be blamed then?

You mention Brett Favre. No, he couldn't have done MUCH more, but I'm sure he could've brought the team up to within Hail Mary distance of a .500 record more often than Blake did. In a town where you get used to 5-11 and 4-12 seasons, even 7-9 would be considered a huge improvement.
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