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Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Why Jennings is an important piece for Bengals

K. Jennings was traded from Seattle to Cincinnati (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After losing Johnathan Joseph to Houston in free agency and with Adam Jones battling injuries and potentially about to miss at least the first six games of the season, the Bengals were in need of some help in their secondary.

That’s why Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson calls it a “no brainer” that Cincinnati would trade defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to the Seahawks for cornerback Kelly Jennings. Automatically, Jennings -- a former first-round draft pick -- becomes Leon Hall’s tandem partner as long as Jones isn’t playing.

As Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner Jr., points out, the deal also might be bad news for Brandon Ghee -- who now finds himself squarely up against the 53-man roster bubble, even though he was a 2010 third-round pick. This is what Zimmer had to say about Ghee, who has not played in any preseason games this year, earlier today: “We've got to play him a lot this week and see where he's at. Athletically, we have seen that. It’s about finishing plays and making plays."

It’s the second trade in eight days the Bengals have made to help Cincinnati improve the secondary: already, the Bengals gave up a seventh-round pick in 2013 for former 49ers safety Taylor Mays.

Obviously, Cincinnati has no problem swapping personnel with other NFL teams. And after the Jennings swap, Zimmer intimated the Bengals might not be done making trades. Somewhere in southern California, Carson Palmer gnashes his teeth.

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Posted on: March 6, 2011 7:24 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.6.11: Are the Pats short-sighted?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz


  • Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe thinks the Patriots are a bit short-sighted in the way they chose not to renegotiate a player’s contract until the final year of the old deal. He writes the club’s insistence on conducting business this way is one reason why the Patriots and All-Pro G Logan Mankins haven’t been on great terms lately. Bedard also points out that Mankins’ representation also hasn’t helped matters either.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Top Ten With a Twist: Potential head coaches



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Wade Phillips getting the pink slip last week and with much discussion about the job security of Minnesota’s Brad Childress, it’s become obvious that it’s that time of the year when fans debate the merits of firing the coach of their favorite teams. That obviously equals bad times for coaches like Marvin Lewis, John Fox, Gary Kubiak, Norv Turner, Josh McDaniels and Mike Singletary.

Since Phillips is gone and Childress might as well be gone, let’s dive into the intriguing possibilities of who will be available – some long-time assistants who hunger for their first shot at a head coaching job, some former head coaches who wouldn’t mind getting back into the business and maybe a college coach or two who want to test himself at the pro level.

Many of the following likely will get interviews after the season when the current coaches who can’t work themselves off the hot seat clean out their offices. Until then, let’s speculate on who might be available.

10. Dick LeBeau: I know, I know. He’s probably not going anywhere, and his three-season stint as the Bengals coach wasn’t so good (12-33). But LeBeau has been such an innovator on defense, I’d like to see the Steelers defensive coordinator get another shot at running a team. It’s not going to happen, because he’s 73 years old, but there would be a ton of smiling faces around the league if he got another chance.

9. Rob Ryan: We need – I mean, we NEED – another Ryan brother as a head coach in the NFL. Aside from being the most entertaining coach out there today – publically, at least – Rex Ryan has done a wonderful job turning the Jets into Super Bowl contenders. Now, Rob Ryan, the Browns defensive coordinator, needs to get his chance. With the marked improvement in Cleveland, does Ryan deserve the shot? Probably not at this point. But how awesome would it be if somebody gave him a job?

8. Mike Zimmer:
He arguably performed his best coaching job of his career last year when, despite the death of his wife and of Bengals WR Chris Henry, the defensive coordinator led Cincinnati’s defense to the No. 4 ranking in the NFL. For as long as the Bengals have tried to improve their defense, Zimmer finally was the one to make it happen. Cincinnati’s defense ranks 15th this season, but his players respect him and his coaching style. At some point, you’d think a team will take a chance on him.

7. Jon Gruden/Bill Cowher: Yes, they’ve both got lucrative analyst deals with ESPN and CBS, respectively, and both seem to do a pretty nice job (although Gruden spends a little too much time being a little too positive on his Monday Night Football gig). It’s hard to tell if Cowher is serious about getting back into coaching, but it wouldn’t be hard to believe Gruden wanting to jump at the chance (those are the whispers you hear, at least). He just seems hard-wired for the long hours, and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he were to return. For Cowher, it’d probably have to be the perfect job. And I’m not sure that kind of job will appear in the offseason.

6. Marty Mornhinweg: The 5-27 mark he recorded while coaching the Lions is pretty difficult to swallow. But one of the biggest achievements this season made by Mornhinweg – the Eagles offensive coordinator – has been the transformation of QB Michael Vick from a playmaker with brilliant talents to a complete quarterback that’s nearly unstoppable with his legs and his arm. The Eagles rank second in points scored and third in yards per game, and much of that is a credit to Mornhinweg.

5. Cam Cameron: It’s a testament to Cameron that the Ravens, previously known as a strong defense that couldn’t score points, are now known as a high-powered offense that has a more difficult time stopping opponents. Cameron has weapons (QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, a plethora of receivers), and he knows how to use them. It might not happen for a few more years, but Cameron deserves another chance (if a prospective owner can overlook the 1-15 season he had while running the Dolphins).

4. Perry Fewell: He had a taste of head coaching last season after the Bills fired Dick Jauron and made Fewell the interim. He led Buffalo to a 3-4 record – looking back on it, it was almost miraculous – but he and the rest of the coaching staff were fired anyway. Now, he’s the Giants defensive coordinator , and not surprisingly, they’re the No. 1 defense in the NFL in yards allowed.

3. John Fox:
He doesn’t have much longer in his current role, as the head coach in Carolina, and despite the team’s putridicity (?) this season, he remains a well-respected figure in the league. Why, you ask? Well, he led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two seasons after a George Seifert-led Panthers squad went 1-15. Overall, he’s 72-65 as the coach in Carolina, and you can be sure Fox will have a job somewhere in the NFL. And quite possibly as a head coach.

2. Jim Harbaugh: If the Stanford head coach still wants an NFL job, he will have an excellent shot to get one. The brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Jim – a 14-year NFL QB who made the Pro Bowl in 1995 – has done wonders in Palo Alto. The previous two coaches before Harbaugh went a combined 16-40, and in the past two seasons, the Cardinal has gone a combined 17-6. He already interviewed for the Jets job that Rex Ryan eventually won two years ago, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he beats out somebody else for a head coaching position.

1. Leslie Frazier: How long will it take before Frazier – perhaps the most respected assistant coach in the league - finally lands the head coaching position he so obviously wants? Well, considering his office is just down the hallway from Childress’, it would make sense for Minnesota to hire its current defensive coordinator when it fires Childress. For a defense that hadn’t been good in more than a decade before Frazier took over, he’s transformed the unit and made himself indispensible. No doubt about it, he should be a head coach.

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Mike Zimmer calls Petrino 'a gutless bastard'

Posted by Will Brinson

Bobby Petrino didn't crank up his popularity rating when he abandoned the Atlanta Falcons for the Arkansas Razorbacks (particularly when he did the ridiculous hog-calling at his introductory presser).

And Mike Zimmer, the Bengals DC who once coached for Petrino in the ATL, probably likes him less than anyone you know. Or at least anyone you know who gets quoted by people like Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"He is a coward," Zimmer said. "Put that in quotes. He ruined a bunch of people’s lives, a bunch of people’s families, kids, because he didn’t have enough nuts to stay there and finish the job. That’s the truth."

But wait! There's more!

"He came in and said he resigned, he would talk to us all at a later date, walked out of the office and no one has ever talked to him since. Not that anybody wanted to.

"He’s a gutless bastard. Quote that. I don’t give a s---."

When informed that the B-word might not be printable in the newspaper, Zimmer offered up, "gutless MF" instead.

The lesson(s), as always? A)We need to get Mike Zimmer back on "Hard Knocks" and b) no one likes Bobby Petrino.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Bengals D coordinator Zimmer takes the blame

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s not often that we believe an NFL coach when he says it’s his fault the team didn’t play well. Coaches tend to purposely shoulder the blame and protect their players. (Andy Reid is by far the best at blaming himself. If a fan at Lincoln Financial Field were to spill a $9 beer during the game and Reid were to somehow get asked about it in the postgame press conference, you can bet he would take full responsibility for not having the sober fans more prepared to help their drunk brethren.)

But Wednesday, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer pointed the finger at himself for his crew’s pathetic showing in New England. But, seemingly, he also used the event as an opportunity to motivate the players. Take a look at the quotes from this article by Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson:

“The whole thing was my fault. The whole fiasco was my fault,” Zimmer said. "I know better than what I did. I’ve got big enough shoulders to take it.”

Zimmer told his players as such, but he also said, “This week it’s on them. This is the last time I take it.”

“The players are good guys. They do what they’re asked to do,” Zimmer said.” They play hard. They always do. They played hard the other day. I had them (thinking about) too many things. Paralysis by analysis on a lot of things ... we forgot to play football. My fault … I thought we were the ’85 Bears.”

Not the ’85 Bears? What, exactly, does Zimmer mean by that?

Maybe it doesn’t matter. The Bengals host the Ravens this week in an important AFC North matchup. Time to move forward.
A few players complained about the complexity of the Week 1 game plan. You can bet the Bengals will be more focused on a traditional smashmouth approach for Week 2. The game should come down to which team can control the trenches.

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