The NFL was put in an impossible position after Damar Hamlin‘s injury on Monday night.
In a game that held massive implications for playoff seeding, a declaration of a “no contest,” was the opposite of helpful for both teams.
After the NFL decided to make a few changes to the playoff structuring, many pundits believed the ruling to be the most unfair to the Cincinnati Bengals.
We didn’t initially hear anything from the Bengals camp, but, earlier this afternoon, Bengals coach Zac Taylor went on record to voice his opinion on the NFL’s decision.
Bengals coach Zac Taylor on the proposed playoff changes: “It seems like there’s positives for a lot of teams and negatives for us.”
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) January 6, 2023
Taylor has every right to be upset with the NFL’s proposal, and teams will have the opportunity to review their options.
Although some initially believed that this was an imposing decision that the league offices made, this proposal has yet to be set in stone, as the league has passed this off to teams across the league to vote on this afternoon.
If the proposal is rejected, the NFL’s front offices will need to reconvene and figure out the next best solution for the playoffs and playoff seeding.
The Bengals, although seemingly upset with this ruling, will need to move on and try to focus their attention on the task at hand, beating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Thankfully for the Bengals, the Ravens will be without star quarterback Lamar Jackson, which should significantly increase their chances of winning.
This set of circumstances that the league offices and the teams have undergone has certainly been a trying time.
How will the Bengals respond to this adversity?