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Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:30 am
 

Boomer could give Palmer some lessons

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals.com Geoff Hobson is your kindly history professor today* as he compares the trade request/demand of QB Carson Palmer to that of former Bengals star Boomer Esiason.

*If your history professor happened to have a thick Boston accent and couldn’t stop talking about Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” more than 40 years after its release.


Writes Hobson:

When Boomer Esiason secretly slipped into Mike Brown's office to ask for a trade after coach Sam Wyche left following a 3-13 season in 1991, Brown responded by drafting Houston quarterback David Klingler in 1992 and trading Esiason to his hometown New York Jets for a third-round pick after the '92 season.

There were niceties Monday, so maybe that could be in play here.


Although Brown said Monday he would not trade his franchise QB, that’s not necessarily the end of the matter. He could change his mind, I suppose. But there’s also this: as WR Chad Ochocinco will tell you, demanding a trade through the media is not the way to convince Brown of anything.

And there’s this: the trade of Esiason certainly didn’t help the Bengals, a fact I’m sure Brown remembers. Klingler was a disaster, going 4-20 as a starter in Cincinnati and lasting only five more NFL games during the next three seasons after he lost his position.

And FYI Bengals fans, if you need something to distract you from your current malaise, you could always check out this video feature on the oldest cheerleader in the NFL, a Ben-gal. Honestly, I hope I look that good when I'm 42 (um, you know what I mean).

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:26 am
 

Bengals say they rejected Palmer's trade request

Posted by Andy Benoit

Carson Palmer, frustrated with the state of affairs in Cincinnati, is reportedly threatening to retire if the Bengals don’t trade him. Well, Palmer had better start looking into country club memberships in Arizona or Florida. Or start denying that he ever requested a trade.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said, via the team’s Twitter account, “We are not trading Carson.” Brown, for some reason, also said that Palmer did indeed request a trade last week. (This will make it much tougher for Palmer to deny his trade desires.)

So what the Bengals have is an overpaid quarterback whom they’ve publicly acknowledged does not want to be there. Palmer, unlike Chad Ochocinco, did the organization a favor by keeping his request quiet. The organization repaid him by publicly rejecting his request.

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Report: Palmer wants trade or will retire

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Bengals QB Carson Palmer wants out of Cincinnati and, if he’s not dealt, he could retire from football.

Palmer is coming off a tough year – though his statistics (61.8 completion percentage, 3,970 yards, 26 TDs and 20 INTs) aren’t that terrible – and despite the organization’s attempts to surround him with receiving weapons, it appears he’s already on the downside of his career.

But, like I wrote earlier, it doesn’t appear the Bengals, coming off a 4-12 season, feel the need to make improvements.

That might have something to do with Palmer’s desire to leave, although he has four years and $50 million of base salary left on his contract (how bad must Palmer want to go if he’s going to leave THAT much money on the table?).

And what will Cincinnati do without Palmer if he’s dealt or retires, considering backup QB Jordan Palmer – Carson’s brother – is not a starting NFL quarterback? Well, the Bengals have the No. 4 pick in the Draft, so they could take a QB there, or they could grab a veteran free agent like Marc Bulger for a short-term solution.

But losing Palmer is a big deal, and no matter how mediocre he’s been the past two season, this is bad news for the Bengals.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 10:06 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 11:30 pm
 

What will become of the Bengals offense?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE (11:28 p.m.):
Well, maybe Bratkowski isn't as safe as Lewis led us to believe. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Marvin Lewis and former Vikings coach Brad Childress were spotted having dinner together tonight.

An interesting twist, eh?

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We mentioned it earlier in Hot Routes, but I wanted to bring up once again the assumption that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis will NOT terminate offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski – who’s been in the position for more than a decade, longer than Lewis has been head coach.

C. Benson might not return to Cincinnati next season if offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski is back. (Quick aside about Bratkowski: aside from game day and from events that demand you cover your legs, you never see the guy in pants. He ALWAYS wears shorts. Twenty degrees outside at practice? Bratkowski wears shorts. Figure skating at Fountain Square in the snow? Bratkowski wears shorts. An expedition to the North Pole? Shorts.)

The Bengals fans seem fed up with Bratkowski, who put together some wonderful offenses in the middle of this decade (Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Rudi Johnson, etc.) but lately has not had the winning formula. That’s with the exception of last season when Cincinnati became a run-based offense that, perhaps not coincidentally, won the AFC North.

And this season was brutal. Palmer has completely regressed. Benson was overlooked at times. Ochocinco had the worst season of his career. So, why does it appear that Lewis will keep Bratkowski when it seems like the offensive coordinator’s tenure has grown rather stale?

Um, it’s kind of hard to tell. Read this quote and see if you can figure it out.

“(Fans) are clamoring for heads and I understand that. Right now at this point I’m not ready to give them heads yet and we’ll see what happens,” Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I understand the frustration. If we lop some heads maybe we’ll get better but maybe we wouldn’t but that’s what I’m looking at. Minimal might make things better and more productive. Making major changes rather than an overhaul of the system. A new system is harder than an overhaul and looking how we do it.”

Maybe part of the reason Lewis won’t fire Bratkowski is because owner Mike Brown won’t allow it. Other than that, it’s hard to figure why Lewis would keep his OC (Bratkowski being a nice guy and an extremely quotable coach probably don’t count as reasons).

ESPECIALLY, when you consider that RB Cedric Benson might not want to re-sign with the team if Bratkowski stays (Benson was irked that the team shifted away from that successful run-heavy offense and became more of a passing attack this season).

Said Lewis: “Ced’s passion and energy will make us a great football team again and I don’t want to curtail that and you have to take the bad with the good. I opened up the season talking that it was going to be difficult for Ced with all the attention going to the receivers and that he was going to have to hang through this.”

But one reason Benson might reconsider. Lewis plans to use fullbacks more often this season – Chris Pressley and Fui Vakapuna likely will compete for the starting spot that Jeremi Johnson used to hold.

And what about Chad Ochocinco? Well, if Lewis keeps firing so-called shots at his temperamental WR like this – “No one was talking about him. He couldn’t stand that,” Lewis said regarding some of Ochocinco’s latest Twitter offerings. “You want them to talk about you,
go win football games.” – he shouldn’t expect Ochocinco to want to return.

Of course, maybe that would be best for all anyway.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Ochocinco, T.O. swap barbs on Twitter after loss

Posted by Will Brinson

After Cincinnati officially blew up San Diego's playoff hopes last week, our own Gregg Doyel pointed out that the Bengals look much better offensively without Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

The same couldn't be said for a Cincy offensive unit that struggled to muster seven points in a season-ending loss to the Ravens Sunday.

Which may explain why Ochocinco and Owens took to Twitter immediately following the game to exchange a series of barbs about how they were both to blame for the loss (even though they didn't play).

It started with what appears to be a Kanye West-Taylor Swift joke:



And then escalated with this series:







Now, it appears that they're smack-talking each other across Twitter, even though neither of them played and, really, neither seems likely to come back to the Bengals in 2011.

What might be more likely, though, is that, because they know they're not coming back, the two wideouts are lashing out at everyone who tried to say that the Bengals were terrible offensively only because Ochocinco and Owens were on the field.

Either way, it appears pretty obvious that Ocho and T.O. will be taking their talents elsewhere in the coming season. The only question is who'll want to put up with drama?

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Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.27.10 playoff pushes

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Packers were 5/6 in the red zone Sunday. The Giants did not even reach the red zone.

Eli Manning became the first Giants quarterback since YA Tittle 71 years ago to have 30 touchdown passes in a season.

217 of New England’s 348 yards at Buffalo came on the ground.

How’s this for turnover differential: Patriots 0 turnovers, Bills 7. That’s not points off turnovers, that’s just turnovers.

Rookie free agent Kyle Love started at NT for the Pats. He recorded a sack and two tackles.

Chicago’s Johnny Knox had four catches for 92 yards against the Jets. He needs just 40 yards to reach 1,000 on the season.

Chris Harris recovered a fumble, snatched a game-clinching interception and led the Bears with 11 tackles. He also broke up a pass and registered a tackle for a loss.

The Ravens netted just 97 yards passing against the Browns.

The Browns’ only touchdown pass Sunday came from wideout Mohammad Massaquoi.

Time of possession continued to be a problem for the Titans. They controlled the ball for only 20:56 against the Chiefs.

Super talented but equally raw tight end Jared Cook led Tennessee with 96 yards on five receptions. Randy Moss was not even targeted.

With the running game stalled much of the afternoon, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford stepped up and completed 28/37 for 292 against the 49ers.

Michael Crabtree had six catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. It was just Crabtree’s second 100-yard game season and only the third time he’s gone over 60 yards this year.

After going four weeks without a sack, Rams DE James Hall has now reached the quarterback in back-to-back games. Hall had 1.5 sacks on Sunday.

After losing an NFL-record 26 consecutive road games, the Lions have now won back-to-back contests away from home. Detroit’s win left Miami with a 1-7 record at Sun Life Stadium.

Bobby Carpenter, Nathan Vasher and Lawrence Jackson were Detroit’s top three tacklers Sunday. All were acquired as hugely disappointing castoffs from other teams.

The Redskins and Jaguars both failed to reach the 80-yard rushing mark Sunday.

Mike Thomas has evolved into Jacksonville’s No. 1 receiver. He was the team’s statistical leader once again with 96 yards on six catches. Also, emerging wideout Jason Hill added 77 yards on four receptions.

Hmmmm….maybe Carson Palmer CAN still play after all. Without having to worry about two diva receivers, Palmer spread the ball around against San Diego Sunday, completing 16/21 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Jermaine Gresham, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson all had at least four catches and 55-plus yards receiving.

Eric Weddle led the Chargers with 16 tackles…which tells you that top inside linebacker Stephen Cooper wasn’t playing.

With Andre Johnson out of the lineup, Houston wideout Jacoby Jones stepped up with five catches for 115 yards against the Broncos.

In a complete role reversal, the Colts outrushed the Raiders 191-80.

Jacob Tamme caught seven passes, giving him 60 on the season.

The Bucs outgained the Seahawks 439 to 174.

Kellen Winslow had his best game of the season, catching seven passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Geno Hayes led the Bucs with two sacks.


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Posted on: December 26, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2010 6:32 pm
 

Casserly: Palmer back, no T.O. for Bengals in '11

Posted by Will Brinson

Much has been made of the possibility that the Bengals could clean house after 2010, with Marvin Lewis, Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco all up in the air in terms of returning.

On Sunday, CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today that Palmer will return but Owens will not.

"First of all, Carson Palmer will be back as the quarterback next year," Casserly said. "Now, who he's going to throw to, I think you'll see some changes. Terrell Owens will not be back, the act has worn thin."

Casserly also commented on the status of Chad Ochocinco, who's quickly fallen out of favor with some public comments about his "mopey" nature.



"Now, our man, Chad Ochocinco -- he tweets last week that he'd like someone to pick up his option," Casserly said. "Guess what Chad? They picked it up three years ago. You're under contract for next year, $6 million, not guaranteed. I wouldn't bring him back, that act has worn thin."

Ocho's status as an expensive and older wide receiver make a tough pickup at $6 million and it seems really unlikely that the team would re-sign Owens as well.

They have young, talented receiving options with Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham, and adding one more younger star to the roster would give them significant weapons going forward without crushing the team's chemistry.

Whether Palmer can improve on his 2010 performance remains to be seen, but it appears the Bengals believe they're at least in contention with him at quarterback.

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Terrell Owens placed on IR, done as a Bengal?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals placed wide receiver Terrell Owens on injured reserve Tuesday, officially ending his season and, most likely, his career with the Bengals.

The Bengals announced the move via Twitter (of course), but they failed to mention whether or not Owens would be in the 'Nati next year. That's probably because he won't be -- Adam Schefter of ESPN cites a source indicating Owens' time is done there, and it's a logical conclusion to reach for a number of reasons.

First of all, the Bengals are cheap and Owens won't be signing as cheaply in his second run with them (especially considering he outproduced Chad Ochocinco this year). Secondly, Marvin Lewis is likely gone when his contract runs up. There's a chance Carson Palmer is gone too. Heck, Ocho could be shown the door. It's pretty obvious Owens is going with them (them = whoever goes).

Finally, it was pretty obvious that once the team really sunk into the depths of a losing season that Owens wasn't playing the happy camper role like he did with the Bills last season. Even if the Bengals' ability to manage personnel is terrible (and it is), they'll at least realize the stink he'd make if he returned for a second losing season in Cincy.

And, hey, maybe Owens doesn't want to be there. Although at this stage, it's hard to imagine him turning down any sort of contract that guarantees him playing time and money, especially considering he's likely to end up as a one-year rental once again in 2011.

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