Does anyone know what it means to be "Bungalized"?
Of course, I can't take credit for this term nor can I take credit for the definition for it that I am about to share. It was posted on another site dedicated to enraged Bengal fans.
"Being bungalized is clearly not all all-or-nothing phenomenon. Its rather a smooth continuum from the mildest to the most severe manifestation. While any effort to divide it into discrete stages is necessarily arbitrary, intrepid diagnosticians might find it helpful to do so. For our purpose, let us consider five stages.
Stage 1: Trepidation
Unless a player has been living in a cave somewhere, he has heard about the historical futility of the franchise. This understandably leads to concern in a number of areas, such as long-term career development and prospects for the post-season. While wary, our player in Stage 1 Bungalization nevertheless "hopes for the best" and takes a "wait and see attitude". You will note that all Bengals players, by definition, are at least at this initial stage.
Stage 2: Evaluation
Our player looks around and starts to notice substandard practices. Comapared to what his buddies on other teams say, the coaching staff is small. So is the personnel department. The trainers seem to work with less sophisticated methods and equipment. Player services in general are lacking. And some of his teammates seem to easily get away with bad behavior. At Stage 2 bungalization, our player has not made any severe judgments, but this sense of discomfort is growing. Ever so slightly, his performance and development slip as his focus is compromised.
Stage 3: Endurement
Our player starts to see the negative outcomes (all involving losing). Many are a suprise because "on paper" the team is supposed to be much better. He notices the pattern repeating itself, and his sense of discomfort grows. At Stage 3 bungalization, however, our player is holding steadfast to hope. "Next year", he believes, "things can only get better". But while he is in waiting mode, it is becoming steadily more difficult to play up to his ability.
Stage 4: Recognition.
Now it comes to pass that our player sees the light. The team is dysfunctional to the core. Management is in a state of denial and shows no inclination of ever "getting it". He wants out, but he knows the team is peculiar in how it handles such situations. At Stage 4 bungalization, he begins to feel trapped, and his game performance becomes noticeably inconsistent.
Stage 5: Tanking it.
Finally our player has given up. He may not know it consciously, but deep down he knows his efforts are futile. It's impossible to look forward to anything, and even offseason mini camps are anticipated with dread. Stage 5 bungalization leads to huge and consistent drops in performance, but our player might be on of the favored few who is not held accountable.