Tag:Cincinnati Bengals
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:54 pm

Hot Routes 1.17.11 "big name" headed to Carolina?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Broncos officially named eight coaches to their staff, including holdovers Mike McCoy (offensive coordinator) and Eric Studesville (interim head coach after Josh McDaniels firing; once again the running back coach).

Gruden could be joining the Panthers as an offensive assistant. Jay Gruden, that is.

The Patriots and Falcons staffs will coach the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl squads. “We’ll scout the golfing,” Bill Belichick said of the opportunity.

Dennis Byrd, a former Jets player who was paralyzed in 1992 during a game, addressed Rex Ryan’s squad Saturday night. Not a dry eye in the room, it sounds like.

Bears TE Greg Olsen played decently Sunday.

Darryl Talley is upset that Vince Young disrespected him. But honestly, we don’t quite know why he’d care.

Charlie Weis has left town, but Matt Cassel’s tutor, assistant Nick Sirianni, is still around.

Charles Woodson on the Chicago Bears: “They’re in the way.” Nice.

Remember David Pollack? Cincinnati’s first-round linebacker in 2005 who was sensational in 16 games before neck problems ended his career? He’s a sportscaster now.

Needing a replacement for Rob Ryan, the Cleveland Browns are awaiting an interview with lightning rod (OK...just regular rod) defensive coach Dick Jauron.

Nnamdi Asomugha says it’s not out of the question that he’ll return to the Raiders.

Can you believe Mark Sanchez’s four road playoff wins is an NFL all-time record? (More shocking: one of the players Sanchez shares the record with is Jake Delhomme!)

Special teams coach Danny Smith is returning to the Washington Redskins.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 12:47 pm

Hot Routes 1.12.11 coaches fighting SNOW!?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Bengals bust Peter Warrick is joining Cincinnati Commandos, an indoor football club where, we believe, all the players eschew underwear.

The unattractive Seahawks-Bears matchup (unattractive by divisional round playoff standards) is hurting ticket brokers in Chicago.

In his introductory press conference, Ron Rivera said the Panthers defense would remain a 4-3. (Rivera ran a 3-4 in San Diego but a 4-3 in Chicago.)

Bucs special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is jumping ship to San Diego. The Bucs replaced him with former fringe journeyman Dwayne Stukes.

Because of the snow in Atlanta, Mike Smith and some of his colleagues have turned the Falcons’ Flowery Branch headquarters into their personal residence.

Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter touted his head coaching experience during his interview with the Broncos. (The former Boise State head coach is obviously familiar with leading a Broncos team.)

Aaron Rodgers, who notched his first playoff win this past Sunday, said there never was a monkey on his back.

The Raiders are holding one of their near-annual head coaching searches.

After Drew Brees won it last year, Matt Hasselbeck is looking to take the “Best Postgame Celebration Photo With Your Kid” title for 2011.

Vernon Davis would love for Donovan McNabb to be a 49er.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 4:52 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The latest prop bets from bodog.com (playoff and offseason edition):

Who will be the starting QB for Carolina Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Free Agent QB 11/10

Jimmy Clausen 2/1

Matt Moore 5/2

A 2011 Draft Pick QB 6/1

Here’s what new coach Ron Rivera said today when asked if Clausen was his starter going into next season: “You assume right now until you find that other guy to come in and compete... He is a young man with some talent and some abilities and we have to be sure the guy who comes in as the coordinator as well as the quarterbacks coach understand that.” I think Clausen will get every chance to start next season, and I think he’ll be OK enough in the preseason to earn the starting nod for Week 1. And maybe not much longer after that.

Who will be on the Bengals roster for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Chad Ochocinco only 3/2

Terrell Owens only 5/1

Both Ochocinco & Owens 3/1

Neither Ochocinco & Owens 3/2

I don’t think Owens will be there at all. Since Marvin Lewis will return as coach, I can see Ochocinco coming back for another season as well (despite the fact he’s still “mopey”). But I don’t think he will. So, I’d go with neither.

Who will be the starting QB for Denver Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Tim Tebow 1/1

Kyle Orton 3/2

Other 3/1

It has to be Tebow, doesn’t it? Isn’t it written in the stars or something?

Will Michael Vick be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes -700

No +400

Yes. As the team’s franchise tag.

Will Kevin Kolb be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes +150

No  -200

Yes. As a well-compensated backup.

Who will Nnamdi Asomugha sign with?

Dallas Cowboys 6/1

Baltimore Ravens 7/1

Green Bay Packers 15/2

Jacksonville Jaguars 15/2

Detroit Lions 9/1

Houston Texans 10/1

Philadelphia Eagles 10/1

Denver Broncos 12/1

Oakland Raiders 15/1

Any Other Team 2/3

No idea. You’re on your own for this one.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:21 pm

Hot Routes 1.10.11 wild card aftermath

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL wild card games averaged over 32 million viewers -- a new record.

Not surprisingly, there are now questions about Reggie Bush’s future in New Orleans.

The Baltimore Sun wants to know….Joe Flacco’s playoff beard: hit or miss?

Michael Oher spent most of Sunday’s game scuffling with KC players.

A fed up Bengals fan is auctioning off his NFL allegiance to the highest-bidding NFL city.

Monday night's BCS National Championship will feature Clay Matthews’ brother (how many Matthews stars are out there?)

Brian Cushing has fired his agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus.

Roger Goodell dressed like Joe Fan and attended a town hall meeting with 60 randomly selected Chiefs season ticket holders Sunday.

As expected, the Bucs exercised their one-year option on GM Mark Dominik.

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Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:56 am

Will a miffed Cedric Benson return to Cincy?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Scanning my Google Reader Friday morning, a headline from Joe Reedy on Cincinnati.com grabbed my attention. On first glance, the first two words in the headline looked like the name of my CBS NFL blogging colleague and podcast partner. The headline C. Benson (US Presswire)read: Will Benson stay if Bratkowski goes?

Glad I clicked on the article. Reedy offered up an interesting (and informed) opinion. Benson, a free agent to be, will likely leave the Bengals if changes aren’t made to the offensive coaching staff. The veteran running back was not happy with the offense shifting to more of a pass-oriented approach in 2010. Can’t blame Benson, really. He rushed for over 1,200 yards and the Bengals won the AFC North in ’09. Then he reaches a contract year, the team makes him priority B and the losses pile up. Those events are not necessarily related, but it’s understandable if Benson perceives them to be.

On Monday, Benson said, “There is a time for change and I think now is a pretty good time. We found ourselves being very successful a year ago and kind of didn’t master the thing going into this year that made us successful the previous year. Somebody missed that somewhere.”

The data agrees.

If we’re to believe the latest report from former Bengal and, now, AllProBlogger.com contributor John Thornton, Benson is likely gone. Thornton writes that no changes are expected on the offensive coaching staff. Of course, the man calling the plays in ’09 was also Bratkowski. Perhaps Bratkowski will be willing to recommit to the run like he did prior to this past season. It’s not inconceivable that the play-caller could go back to the power approach. Will Benson be willing to take the risk of sticking around and finding out? 

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:35 pm

Ochocinco still upset with Marvin Lewis

C. Ochocinco is still upset with coach Marvin Lewis. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though many of his players seem excited that Marvin Lewis will remain the head coach of the Bengals, WR Chad Ochocinco – who’s been coddled for most of Lewis’ eight years in Cincinnati – isn’t sure how to feel.

He told Sporting News Radio, via sportsradiointerviews.com, that he feels betrayed by Lewis. That’s why he didn’t have much to say when asked about Lewis’ return.

“I have nothing to say about that. I’m not the owner of the team. My hands are out of that situation. The only thing I can remember, as of right now, about Coach Lewis, is Coach Lewis throwing me under the bus. When it was time to play the Chargers, knowing that I was hurt. That’s the only thing I can remember at this point.”

Ochocinco is referring to the incident in which Lewis referred to Ochocinco as “mopey.” Of course, Ochocinco absolutely IS mopey, one of the mopiest players around when he’s in one of his moods. Not to mention sensitive and thin-skinned.

But if Ochocinco HAD to work with Lewis next season, could he do so?

“I don’t know,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t know. To say some of the things that have been said in the past, for some reason, when I was especially down. When you look for support, it’s always got to come from the one higher up. For the one higher up to say the things he said, it really hurt. I don’t see myself really feeling (that).”

Luckily for Ochocinco, that probably won’t be a problem. Considering it doesn’t make much sense for the Bengals to pick up a $6 million option on a 32-year-old WR whose play diminished alarmingly last season, it doesn’t seem likely he’ll stay in Cincinnati. That way, he can go mope somewhere else.

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Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:06 am

The (many) problems of the Bengals

M. Lewis got a contract extension. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Bengals, it seems, had a chance to make some fans happy today, to bring a little light to the disappointment they’ve felt all season long – and in reality, for most of the past two decades – and to give them a chance to feel good again. And maybe give them enough confidence to buy tickets for next year.

OK, that’s probably not true. After another disappointing season – and a number of blackouts and empty luxury boxes toward the end of the year – it would have been a tough play to make the Bengals fan base smile.

But the chance was there. Even if owner Mike Brown wanted to keep Marvin Lewis – who owns a 60-67-1 record in his eight seasons as head coach – Brown could have soothed the sore feelings that have overrun the banks of the Ohio River.

He could have done so in three ways:

1) He could have announced he was hiring a GM and enhancing his player personnel staff.

2) He could have announced he was building an indoor practice facility.

3) He could have made sure he and his coach, at the news conference announcing Lewis’ return, didn’t come off so aloof and condescending.

Alas, none of that happened. Why would they? Despite the fact the Bengals have been to the playoffs only twice since Mike Brown took over as team owner in 1991, nothing ever changes in Cincinnati. Yet, the Brown family makes enormous amounts of money (we assume this, anyway) while putting a team that’s gone a combined 115-204 in the past 20 seasons on the field.

Here’s what really happened at the presser:

1) Brown is the GM, and he feels like he and his staff have done a good job with free agents and draft picks. Said Brown at the presser:

“The scouting thing is another criticism that rises up when we don’t do well. If you look at the last 10 years, we rank 10th for the number of games played by players we drafted. I don’t apologize for our scouting. It’s an easy target. But if you look at the real facts, you’ll see it different.”

Yeah, but if those players aren’t any good, that statistic makes absolutely no sense. Honestly, I’m not sure the statistic makes much sense either way.

2) All Brown said was that he was thinking about it.

Said Brown: “Marvin has a desire to have a practice facility. I have a desire, but not as keen. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a desire to do it. The timing is important. Right now, we’re faced with major issues in the National Football League. Those are at the front of our agenda. When we get through that, then we’ll have to consider this issue.

“Some of this is perception. We worked in the cold weather. We played in the cold weather. It didn’t seem to hurt us any to practice in the cold weather. We played pretty well in it. But that’s the way it is trending. The fact we have been left behind with what others are doing, whether that makes them better than us because they have an indoor facility is a question. But it’s coming.”

I understand: Paul Brown, Mike’s father, was old-school. No water at practice. Practice in zero degree weather. Like segregation in football, that’s not the way it’s done anymore. The time has come to evolve.

Still, it's good to know Brown is somewhat keen about the issue (though not as much as others).

3) Lewis has a habit of treating reporters with condescension. At times, he’s charming and funny. Most of the time, he’s paranoid and unhelpful. Maybe the fans like that. Or maybe the fans are tired of the act.

Like when TV anchor Brad Johansen, a respected member of the media and the team’s radio play-by-play announcer started off a question with something like, “Maybe I missed this, but how long is the new deal?”

And Lewis, with a snap and a smug smile said: “We didn’t say that, Brad.”

Later, Johansen tried again. Said Brown: “You keep asking, and the answer isn’t going to change. No.”

Why be snarky? Why be an ass about it?

Especially when the Bengals OFFICIAL website wrote that it was a two-year deal.

Listen, I’ve talked with Mike Brown off the record, and I think he’s a nice man. And he’s awfully loyal to his employees, for better or for worse. But for him to act like he cares whether the team wins is an insult to the fans who give him their money. Because if he cared, he would change. But he’s content. So he doesn’t.

I’m sure he’d rather win than lose. But above all else, he’d rather have the money than spend it on a scouting department and an indoor facility. Hey, it’s his right. He’s the owner of the team.

But at some point, the fans will stop buying tickets and merchandise and that money will begin to run dry.

And then, maybe just maybe we’ll see how much Brown thinks the team should change. You know, if he happens to be keen on the idea.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 5:06 pm

Marvin Lewis signs deal to return to Bengals

Posted by Will Brinson

The will he or won't he return to the Bengals saga with Marvin Lewis (at one point he left the campus when negotiations started to fall apart) ended in an agreement Tuesday between the coach and the team to have him return in 2011.

"Marvin Lewis signs deal to return," the Bengals announced on their official Twitter feed.

Lewis' return will mark his ninth consecutive season as coach of the Bengals, making him the longest-tenured coach in Cincinnati history. Lewis is 60-67-1 in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs as Bengals head coach.

Logically, the team will have given him a multiple-year deal -- it seems unlikely that Lewis would be willing to go through the same process a year from now, particularly when there was immediate (albeit reported) interest in his services both at the college and pro levels.

Lewis' return won't mean things stay the same all around in Cincinnati, though. It seems likely that wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco stand a good chance of being shown the exit. Owens is a free agent and Ochocinco's extension would need to be picked up in order to return, but there was significant strife between he and Lewis late during the 2010 regular season.

UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): According to the Bengals website, Lewis' new contract calls for a two-year deal.

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