Friday, January 02, 2004
posted by James - 8:10 PM
Wow, that was quite long. I'll try not to keep it that long in the future. And please send any feedback on this or any other subject you'd like to see on here to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On another note, I have to give a big thumbs up to fellow Central Washington Wildcat and Bengals QB Jon Kitna for winning the 2003 Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
He's had a very interesting career, including going from an undrafted free agent in 1996 to leading the Seahawks to the playoffs in 1999 only to get replaced the following season when Mike Holmgren took over and Kitna didn't exactly remind him of Brett Favre.
Then he goes to Cincinnati and didn't remind anyone of Boomer Esiason, winning the job by default the previous two years and struggling out of the gate this year. With Bengals 2003 #1 draft pick Carson Palmer looking over his shoulder, Kitna then turned it on to post a career-high QB rating and keep the Bengals in the playoff hunt until the final week.
Read that again... the Bengals went from having the first draft pick in the league to almost making the playoffs in the next season, without that draft pick playing a single down. New Head Coach Marvin Lewis deserves a lot of credit for the amazing turnaround, but so does Kitna.
Having said that, why do I have this feeling he'll still have to look over his shoulder next year?