A Bellicose Bellowing of "Bell-Cow" for Belko

A Bellicose Bellowing of "Bell-Cow" for Belko

Joined: November 25th, 2007, 12:30 am

March 27th, 2010, 12:45 am #1

No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
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March 27th, 2010, 1:56 am #2

Psychostats, is that you in the avatar pic you're using?

I do like this kind of insanely ordered, OCD-type thinking. I bet you number your paper clips, sticky notes, stuff like that.

I understand today, on a deeper level, the nickname.

Do you ever play Madden franchise mode? I totally vaporlock on to those ratings pages. Very soothing in an almost-autistic sort of way.

Maybe its just me...
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March 27th, 2010, 3:12 am #3

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
Bell-cow quarterbacks are like queen bees. Only one can take you to the land of milk and honey.

~ what Mike Brown should have said

INSTANCE 1 --- Coslet up close (posted Apr 27, 2000)
H: BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A BELL COW.

C: Take the worst case. What if both Corey and Ki-Jana are gone? Who's the next best guy? If it turns out he's a situational guy, then you bring them in and out and play them to their strengths. I did that in New York with Freeman McNeil, Johnny Hector and Brad Baxter, and we were pretty damn good. We went to the playoffs in '92. I don't know how that will come out.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/C ... E592311CE8
INSTANCE 2 --- On the Ball: A conversation (posted Jun 10, 2000)
HOBSON: All running backs want to be the bell cow. You ended up not running the ball much.

BALL: I was looking at my stats not long ago and one year I carried something like 10 times (in 1991) and 16 the next year.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/O ... 6AFA74DBE6
INSTANCE 3 --- One back will emerge (posted Jun 14, 2000)
The last time the Bengals went into a season with no clear-cut bell cow in the backfield was probably back in 1984, when Anderson was a NFL rookie himself. In Anderson's first year on the staff, Cincinnati traded Pete Johnson to San Diego for James Brooks and while Brooks would go on to become the club's all-time leading rusher, he needed time to learn the playbook.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/O ... 31DD114D3B
INSTANCES 4 and 5 --- A conversation: Coslet on the eve (posted Jul 20, 2000)
HOBSON: (Running backs coach) Jim Anderson says he wants one guy to emerge. He wants a bell cow instead of back-by-committee.

COSLET: I would agree with that. I did it that way in New York because I was forced to.

- snip -

HOBSON: With the drafting of receivers Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans and maybe no experienced bell cow running back, do you feel pressure to spread the field with more three-receiver sets?

COSLET: Not at all because I like to do that. I did it in New York because I had the receivers. If these guys show they can carry the load, I have no problem in doing that. My offense can be converted to that easily.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/A ... B403BF5493
INSTANCE 6 --- Gus-sing up a start (posted Aug 15, 2002)
Brown admits the club still has no "established bell cow quarterback." But he doesn't rule out any of the three evolving into one even though Kitna and Frerotte have banged around the league.

"Favre didn't do it in Atlanta and Warner didn't do it in Green Bay and sometimes that's the way it goes," Brown said. "I don't know how it's going to turn out, but I feel better about that position."


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/G ... 32252FA556
INSTANCE 7 --- Deal opens draft (posted Apr 9, 2004)
With O'Neal filling a hole at corner, the Bengals taking an offensive player in the first round for the fifth time in six years looms possible. It is a draft deep in big, long-ball wide receivers and contains some running backs (the Jones Boys Kevin and Greg?) that may be too tempting for a team that doesn't have a happy bell cow signed past 2004.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/D ... 048E3DD625
INSTANCE 8 --- "Unknown Title" (posted Apr 22, 2004)
There are some interesting bread-and-butter, bell-cow guys that they could get earlier, but Florida State's Greg Jones and Michigan's Chris Perry don't figure to be there when the Bengals take their first pick in the second round at No. 49.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/0 ... 0BD234FE68
INSTANCE 9 --- Bengals favor Perry (posted Apr 24, 2004)
But the Bengals have never been shy about having enough big, bell-cow running backs. After Ickey Woods finished off his Rookie of the Year season in 1988, the Bengals took UCLA running back Eric Ball with their first pick in the '89 draft and Harold Green of South Carolina in the second round of 1990. Two years after the Bengals took Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter with the No. 1 overall pick in 1995, the Bengals took Dillon in the second round

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/B ... C4AA730D2F
INSTANCE 10 --- Bengals tap Big (10) back (posted Apr 24, 2004)
[Repeat of quotation in Instance 9.]

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/B ... CB5BBB6046
INSTANCE 11 --- Eye of beholder (posted Apr 27, 2004)
What's the problem? Their needs before the weekend were a nickel cornerback, a backup bell-cow running back, and a lot of help on defense. What didn't they do? OK, they couldn't get a center, but we like most of the other choices.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/E ... 555EE5E0DE
INSTANCE 12 --- New look backfield (posted Jul 7, 2004)
The 5-11, 218-pound Watson and the 6-foot, 230-pound Hicks both have the size and track record of a bell cow in case they need somebody to spell Johnson for anything more than a game. They also may get a chance to return some kickoffs in the preseason as one of the possible tiebreakers, where Watson also has an edge. He returned seven of his 30 career returns last year for the Bengals (a long of 27), and Hicks has just one NFL return.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/N ... D83A501FE3
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March 27th, 2010, 4:34 am #4

Psychostats, is that you in the avatar pic you're using?

I do like this kind of insanely ordered, OCD-type thinking. I bet you number your paper clips, sticky notes, stuff like that.

I understand today, on a deeper level, the nickname.

Do you ever play Madden franchise mode? I totally vaporlock on to those ratings pages. Very soothing in an almost-autistic sort of way.

Maybe its just me...
TOBB -- I'm guessing you know it already, but that's the author of A Fan's Notes, Frederick Exley. He was an intense NY Giants fan who suffered from a "cacophony of chemical imbalances", as one reviewer quaintly put it. Give the book a look-see if you haven't yet, it's a great read.

My screen name is actually a play on "psychological statistics". I'm warped in my own way, but not with anything in the direction of OCD or OCPD. As a matter of fact, I drive the anal people crazy at work, but not nearly as crazy as they drive me. (And as I've noted before, I'm guessing that Mike Brown leans very heavily toward the anal side of the spectrum.)

I had a manager once who didn't like tables with percentages that failed to add up to 100. I'm talking about exactly 100.0. Nope, 99.9 or 100.1 just didn't cut it. This was a PhD who understood all about rounding errors, but still didn't like them. Had a self-professed history of obsessing over the numbers and carefully making "fixes". No joke.

While I tend to be absent-minded and laid back, I'll zone in on various activities. And be perfectionistic. I agree, zoning in on stats and ratings can be very stress reducing, depending on what the topic is. Never played Madden, though.

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March 27th, 2010, 3:41 pm #5

Bell-cow quarterbacks are like queen bees. Only one can take you to the land of milk and honey.

~ what Mike Brown should have said

INSTANCE 1 --- Coslet up close (posted Apr 27, 2000)
H: BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A BELL COW.

C: Take the worst case. What if both Corey and Ki-Jana are gone? Who's the next best guy? If it turns out he's a situational guy, then you bring them in and out and play them to their strengths. I did that in New York with Freeman McNeil, Johnny Hector and Brad Baxter, and we were pretty damn good. We went to the playoffs in '92. I don't know how that will come out.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/C ... E592311CE8
INSTANCE 2 --- On the Ball: A conversation (posted Jun 10, 2000)
HOBSON: All running backs want to be the bell cow. You ended up not running the ball much.

BALL: I was looking at my stats not long ago and one year I carried something like 10 times (in 1991) and 16 the next year.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/O ... 6AFA74DBE6
INSTANCE 3 --- One back will emerge (posted Jun 14, 2000)
The last time the Bengals went into a season with no clear-cut bell cow in the backfield was probably back in 1984, when Anderson was a NFL rookie himself. In Anderson's first year on the staff, Cincinnati traded Pete Johnson to San Diego for James Brooks and while Brooks would go on to become the club's all-time leading rusher, he needed time to learn the playbook.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/O ... 31DD114D3B
INSTANCES 4 and 5 --- A conversation: Coslet on the eve (posted Jul 20, 2000)
HOBSON: (Running backs coach) Jim Anderson says he wants one guy to emerge. He wants a bell cow instead of back-by-committee.

COSLET: I would agree with that. I did it that way in New York because I was forced to.

- snip -

HOBSON: With the drafting of receivers Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans and maybe no experienced bell cow running back, do you feel pressure to spread the field with more three-receiver sets?

COSLET: Not at all because I like to do that. I did it in New York because I had the receivers. If these guys show they can carry the load, I have no problem in doing that. My offense can be converted to that easily.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/A ... B403BF5493
INSTANCE 6 --- Gus-sing up a start (posted Aug 15, 2002)
Brown admits the club still has no "established bell cow quarterback." But he doesn't rule out any of the three evolving into one even though Kitna and Frerotte have banged around the league.

"Favre didn't do it in Atlanta and Warner didn't do it in Green Bay and sometimes that's the way it goes," Brown said. "I don't know how it's going to turn out, but I feel better about that position."


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/G ... 32252FA556
INSTANCE 7 --- Deal opens draft (posted Apr 9, 2004)
With O'Neal filling a hole at corner, the Bengals taking an offensive player in the first round for the fifth time in six years looms possible. It is a draft deep in big, long-ball wide receivers and contains some running backs (the Jones Boys Kevin and Greg?) that may be too tempting for a team that doesn't have a happy bell cow signed past 2004.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/D ... 048E3DD625
INSTANCE 8 --- "Unknown Title" (posted Apr 22, 2004)
There are some interesting bread-and-butter, bell-cow guys that they could get earlier, but Florida State's Greg Jones and Michigan's Chris Perry don't figure to be there when the Bengals take their first pick in the second round at No. 49.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/0 ... 0BD234FE68
INSTANCE 9 --- Bengals favor Perry (posted Apr 24, 2004)
But the Bengals have never been shy about having enough big, bell-cow running backs. After Ickey Woods finished off his Rookie of the Year season in 1988, the Bengals took UCLA running back Eric Ball with their first pick in the '89 draft and Harold Green of South Carolina in the second round of 1990. Two years after the Bengals took Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter with the No. 1 overall pick in 1995, the Bengals took Dillon in the second round

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/B ... C4AA730D2F
INSTANCE 10 --- Bengals tap Big (10) back (posted Apr 24, 2004)
[Repeat of quotation in Instance 9.]

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/B ... CB5BBB6046
INSTANCE 11 --- Eye of beholder (posted Apr 27, 2004)
What's the problem? Their needs before the weekend were a nickel cornerback, a backup bell-cow running back, and a lot of help on defense. What didn't they do? OK, they couldn't get a center, but we like most of the other choices.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/E ... 555EE5E0DE
INSTANCE 12 --- New look backfield (posted Jul 7, 2004)
The 5-11, 218-pound Watson and the 6-foot, 230-pound Hicks both have the size and track record of a bell cow in case they need somebody to spell Johnson for anything more than a game. They also may get a chance to return some kickoffs in the preseason as one of the possible tiebreakers, where Watson also has an edge. He returned seven of his 30 career returns last year for the Bengals (a long of 27), and Hicks has just one NFL return.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/N ... D83A501FE3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ExOkfa ... re=related

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March 27th, 2010, 6:58 pm #6

You know you watched a lot of wrestling in your life when this thread just makes you think of this:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbfqsr ... orge_sport

Of course, it probably just makes more pop culture aficionados think of this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_cowbell

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March 27th, 2010, 7:29 pm #7

I never grow tired of the cowbell sketch, which I have to admit I first heard about here, at MBS.

The wrestling match seems strangely appropriate for this thread, BMN. Hadn't seen one in years, decades actually. But, you know, the announcers missed so many punning opportunities, it's a humdinger of a crime. Where's the Johnny B. Good reference -- a variation on "playing the guitar like a-ringing a bell"? Or "rings on their fingers and bells on their toes" ?

But at least there was the unintentional, "Now there's bells all over the ring!"
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March 27th, 2010, 7:45 pm #8

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
Belko, August 12, 2007

"So, I've been noticing that whenever Slobsin writes Rudy Johnson down, he also writes the words...'Bell Cow'... Now he has started doing it with Kenny Watson... as in Bell Cow of the Preseason...lol...

"Should we keep track of how often he says it... maybe take a virtual shot every time he says it."

http://www.network54.com/Forum/90650/th ... 0/Bell+Cow
Belated answer: Yes!


INSTANCE 13 --- Hopeful Rudi on the clock (posted Mar 11, 2005)
With about $1 million to spend, indications heading into the weekend are the Bengals aren't looking to bring on a major salary via a trade or free agency as they try to wrap up Johnson, their bell-cow running back, and the only other signings they seem ready to make are a tweak instead of an overhaul.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/H ... 2237375D74
INSTANCE 14 --- Rudi on brink of 'Corey'-like deal (posted Mar 15, 2005)
If you simply go by the fact that the two sides were still working on a multi-year deal deep into Tuesday night, they should have beat the blackout deadline of 4 p.m. Wednesday. The hours spent negotiating certainly pointed to something big as the Bengals worked overtime to lock up their bell cow back. ESPN.com reported the deal at $26 million, much in the neighborhood of what Dillon signed on May 11, 2001 after two Pro Bowl seasons and four 1,000-yard years.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/R ... 4316D14517
INSTANCE 15 --- C.P.: Initial run with C.D., J.B., Rudi J. (posted Aug 11, 2005)
The addition of Perry marks more than a passing element in the transition away from the Dillon years. Except for his first and last years in Cincinnati, Dillon carried at least 262 times. The bell-cow theory stayed last year in the first post-Dillon season when Johnson lugged the biggest percentage of his team's carries in the NFL with a club-record 361 attempts.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/C ... 9B130C89C2
INSTANCE 16 --- Even more Rudi, Rudi, Rudi (posted Dec 13, 2005)
But with Rudi so comfortable as the bell cow, the Bengals are looking for a guy to give them only five or six carries at the most. It's just that they got spoiled with Perry's 5.1 yards per carry.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/E ... 1BC077F5B0
INSTANCE 17 --- Notes: Taking care of business (posted Jun 15, 2006)
On a day Corey Dillon fumed in Foxboro about being disrespected and glowered at questions about possibly backing up a rookie, Rudi Johnson showed up quietly Thursday to punch the clock on his third straight season as the Bengals' Bell Cow back.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/N ... 4DBA24E3AC
INSTANCE 18 --- Notes: Perry unlikely for opener (posted Aug 20, 2006)
The Bengals are right back where they started before they drafted Chris Perry in 2004. They've got very few bell-cow carries behind Rudi Johnson at running back for what could be the first half of the season.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/N ... 10E5950664
INSTANCE 19 --- Notes: Bengals defend Geathers (posted Sep 11, 2006)
"He's much healthier, a lot quicker, faster, top-end speed is faster," said Palmer of his bell cow who is no longer hampered by torn knee cartilage. "So he's going to be a lot better than last year this year, which is hard to imagine."

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/N ... F6F4DD864E
INSTANCE 20 --- Rudi looks to legs (posted Jun 6, 2007)
Johnson turns 28 on Oct. 1 and if you think he's ready to step aside and split the carries with rookie Kenny Irons, well, he's not that old. Johnson takes pride in the title, "Bell Cow." The man who averaged 345 carries the last three seasons without missing a game still expects to get the bulk of the carries as the No. 1 back.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/R ... 5D292CA2CD
INSTANCE 21 --- Backup in backfield (posted Jun 12, 2007)
RB Rudi Johnson, 5-10, 215, seventh season: The bell cow who takes pride in exactly that. No one has carried the ball more in the NFL since he became The Cow in 2004 and only three men have more yards.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/B ... 76659B3094
INSTANCE 22 --- Hobson's Choice: Signing deals and names (posted Jul 23, 2007)
Given that Perry racked up 4.6 yards per carry, there was a certain buzz that he should have had some more carries. It remains to be seen how well Irons plays, but he's certainly not the receiver that Perry is. That gave the Bengals 51 other occasions to get Perry the ball. If they can't do that for Irons, will they give him more chances to run with it? Maybe, but not enough to change Johnson's role of bell cow. Plus, remember, Perry was in his second season and not a rookie.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/H ... 30BF219C38
INSTANCE 23 --- Irons shelved for season (posted Aug 10, 2007)
The Bengals are in a precarious position with depth behind starter Rudi Johnson. They are left with Kenny Watson, primarily a third-down back who has carried the ball an average of 25.5 times during his last three full seasons in Cincinnati and who is a solid receiver. Quincy Wilson is a clone of Johnson and while he has just two NFL carries he's probably a leading option at the moment if the team felt like it needed a bell cow for a game or two.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/I ... 446FF1DCA1
INSTANCE 24 --- Five observations (posted Aug 10, 2007)
Remember, the thinking last Cutdown Day had been if you needed a bell cow to replace Rudi Johnson for a game or two or more, you had to do it with the bigger, more durable Quincy Wilson instead of the 195-pound Dorsey?

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/F ... E9225EBBD0
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March 27th, 2010, 9:05 pm #9

Well, I think they were hoping the characters would last a little longer so that they could get all the puns and cliches in. That short shelf-life deprived us of years of word-play!

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March 28th, 2010, 3:55 am #10

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription... is more bell-cow!

~ The Geoff Hobson on December 11, 2007?


INSTANCES 25, 26, and 27 --- Notes: Time right for Wilson? (posted Aug 11, 2007)
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Quincy Wilson has been the Bengals bell cow running back the two previous preseasons on 70 carries and all he's had to show for it is two real carries in three real games.

- snip -

Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski realizes that he has lost that dimension of perimeter speed the Bengals lacked until they drafted Irons in the second round. But he also says if there are going to be any changes, "They will be very minor," and he disputes the notion the Bengals don't have a change-of-pace back for the inside game of bell cow Rudi Johnson. Although Watson has carried just 51 times in his two full seasons as a Bengal, Bratkowski considers him a counter to Johnson. The newest Bengal, rookie free agent Curtis Brown out of BYU, scored a touchdown on his first carry Thursday night, but it was wiped away by a holding call.

- snip -

Conventional wisdom holds that with Irons out, the Bengals now have to keep a bigger bell cow-type back to replace Johnson if needed in the Wilson mold, a guy that is in the Rudi mold.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/N ... 97B77EE416
INSTANCE 28 --- Rudi gearing up again (posted Aug 13, 2007)
Johnson shrugs at this knock-on-wood durability. Since the Corey Dillon trade before the 2004 season, Johnson hasn't missed a snap as the Bengals bell cow back.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/R ... CDC0A6FE9D
INSTANCE 29 --- Bengals, Pats eye pros (posted Sep 29, 2007)
Following a career at Penn State where he played receiver to help the team, the Redskins cut him after a rookie season he logged two 100-yard games in place of Stephen Davis. When Washington opted for people like Trung Canidate and Ladell Betts, Watson came to a club that would give its bell cow job to Johnson, who turned into the NFL's most durable running back.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/B ... AD6FDCD571
INSTANCE 30 --- Notes: T.J. cools off (posted Dec 5, 2007)
As every Cincy school kid knows, the Bengals had the 24th pick in the 2004 draft and traded two slots down to St. Louis at No. 26 for a fourth-round pick. The Rams, with an aging Marshall Faulk, had their eye on Jackson. The Bengals, with Corey Dillon dealt to New England and Rudi Johnson never a full-time bell cow, had their eye on Perry.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/N ... 4AEA6E393E
INSTANCE 31 --- DeDelightful (posted Dec 9, 2007)
Then came the last drive, those lead-protecting snaps that Johnson thrives, and he responded with eight yards per pop on the six carries to set up Graham's clinching 46-yard field goal with 2:22 left. If you didn't know how much pride Johnson has taken in being this team's bell cow as the NFL leader in carries the previous three seasons to go with 4.1 yards per carry, you know now.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/D ... 36915DD96A
INSTANCES 32 through 37 --- Hobson's Choice: Rudi still bell cow (posted Dec 11, 2007)
Tough call given that they've only kept three tailbacks and one fullback. That means two have to go, right? Of the five, only one of them is a proven 20-carry, 16-game bell cow and that's Rudi.

- snip -

And, frankly, the other four backs are solid, even spectacular, but you don't know if any of them are NFL bell cows.


OK, so if you don't have Rudi, who is the bell cow?

-snip -

Once upon a time they thought Perry could do it and he's big enough, but how could you write him in as a bell cow now after missing three of his first four seasons with injuries? Dorsey (196 pounds) and Irons (202) are as exciting as hell. But for 20 carries a pop at their size? And I love both guys, but you can only have so many complementary pieces. And, maybe Irons will end up being one, but you don't know.

If the answer is you no longer have a bell cow, then you'd have to go back-by-committee. A 1-2 punch is good, even chic nowadays, and 1-2-3 sure looked good on Sunday. But one of those guys has to be a pounder so you know you're going to get the tough yards and kill the clock.


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