Tag:Cincinnati Bengals
Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:52 pm

T.O.: the next Bill Shakespeare?

Posted by Andy Benoit

You may have heard about the open letter Terrell Owens wrote to Bengals fans in the Cincinnati Enquirer Friday. While no one is describing T.O. as the next Thomas Paine, he seems to be getting plenty of praise.

There’s a discussion to be had here. On the one hand, the motif of Owens’s letter is basically “team first, it’s all about winning.” That’s good. But on the other hand, is it really putting the team first when you write a letter to the fan base to begin with? You think the Bengals asked Owens to do that? Of all the free agents who have joined new teams in NFL history, how many felt it necessary to write a letter to the new fan base? (And after signing a one-year contract, no less.)

Below is the letter. It’s up to you – fair or foul?

Dear Bengals Nation,

Feb. 6, 2011 is now marked on my calendar with a big orange circle. As I joined the Cincinnati Bengals and continue my career I'm very excited with the opportunity to be in pursuit of the championship.

First off, I'm thankful to Mike Brown and the Bengals organization for giving me another opportunity to play football.

Second, I'm certain in life nothing is guaranteed - but for us to win the Super Bowl it will take a total team effort.

Third, I'm promising you that the focus will be stronger than you've ever seen it. Life isn't always easy but it's the bumps along the way that makes you stronger. With my "me against the world" mentality as a young man, I've learned that life can be more challenging but I've matured.

If it wasn't for the support of my grandmother and the love of my family and true friends, I would be lost. My faith, confidence and maturity keeps me strong and focused on more than just T.O.

The Bengals are now my extended family and I look forward to learning more about your city, teammates, coaches and you all. This is my home and I'm happy to be in the Midwest. I'm confident in our team's chances of winning the title, so anything less than the playoffs is unacceptable to us. It will definitely take a fight but if my gut is correct, Who Dey Nation will be proud this season. I signed here for a reason.

With hard work and unity, this team will restore power and respect. We're focused on playing in Texas on Feb. 6. Just take a look at my calendar, the date is saved. Let's make the Jungle roar this season!

Yours truly,

Terrell Owens aka T.O. aka "I'm Batman!"

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 12:27 pm

Bengals safety Gibril Wilson out for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com is reporting that safety Gibril Wilson suffered what appears to be a season-ending knee injury in Friday night’s game against the Eagles.

Soon after Wilson left the locker room on crutches, his agent Alvin Keels tweeted, “ACL/MCL for Gibril Wilson what a bummer. I felt he would really contribute this year. He will bounce back.”

This is a major setback for Wilson, as the former Giant is trying to reclaim his reputation after failing as a pricey free agent in Oakland and Miami.

Losing Wilson hurts depth, but, frankly, the Bengals still have plenty of resources at safety. Roy Williams, if healthy, is the starting strong safety. Chris Crocker is the free safety. Superb run-defender Chinedum Ndukwe is the top backup off the bench. Rico Murray, a cover specialist, and special teams captain Kyries Hebert now figure to fight for the fourth safety job.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 12:06 am

Vick awful against Bengals

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Vick (US Presswire)
Arguably the NFL’s two most famous reclamation projects were on the same field Friday night: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones. The latter showed encouraging flashes; the former was awful.

First, Vick. He was sacked twice and did not get great help from his offensive line, but he also showed poor awareness in his pocket movement. He completed only two of his first four passes, which wouldn’t have been so bad if not for the fact that both completions went to a member of the Bengals. His struggles in identifying coverage under pressure were concerning.

Vick did rush for 34 yards on three carries, but 13 of those yards came on third-down and 17. And, while Vick has shows hints of his old speed, his lateral agility is nowhere near where it once was.

Jones had a better night. He returned a punt 22 yards after enduring a fair-catch interference (it was a heads-up play – a lot of guys wouldn’t have realized they could legally return the ball in that situation). Jones also had a 40-yard kick return. Clearly, the Bengals are trying to make him their top return specialist.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 11:01 pm

Ochocinco is about to get fined

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s only the preseason, but Chad Ochocinco is in mid-October form. The flamboyant wide receiver will surely be fined by the NFL for Tweeting during the third quarter of the Bengals-Eagles preseason game Friday night.

Ochocinco took a thundering hit in the second quarter. He staggered off the field but returned for the next series.
At 9:53 ET, Ochocinco sent out this tweet :

"Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason s***! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease."

Last year, the NFL made it clear that the use of social media is prohibited during games.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:30 pm

Eagles-Bengals tonight: why to watch

Posted by Andy Benoit

Just one game on the preseason slate tonight: Eagles @ Bengals (8:00 ET FOX). So what’s a reason to watch?

Well…the McNabb-Owens thing no longer applies here. And Owens is facing his former team, but it’s in Cincy, not Philly, so that’s a little off the mark.

This game does mark the epic return of right guard Stacy Andrews to Paul Brown Stadium, but if we highlight that, then we’re assuming that people care about Stacy Andrews…

Okay, here’s a legit reason to watch: Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham going up against Bengals right tackle Andre Smith.
Graham has been turning heads in practice. Smith finally returned to practice this week (he’d been out with a left foot injury). We’ll assume Smith will see action with the backups in this game.

Both Graham and Smith are super talented and primed for breakout campaigns, as long as they can stay on course. They’re at the beginning of that course tonight.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:29 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 1:34 pm

Report: Maualuga won't be suspended

Posted by Will Brinson

Rey Maualuga will not be suspended by the NFL for a DUI arrest in January, according to numerous reports surfacing.

The NFL was considering suspending Maualuga for two games based on the DUI, but Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk reports , via a league source, that the league will instead fine Maualuga for two games instead (as Rosenthall notes, that works out to just under $50k in lost wages).

Maualuga not only entered rehab following the DUI, but has reportedly maintained his sobriety since that time.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:39 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:41 am

Could the Bengals be bailing on Antonio Bryant?

Posted by Will Brinson

That notion seems silly. After all, the Bengals JUST signed Antonio Bryant, the former Buccaneer who was their prized free agent addition on the offensive end, at least until the team landed Terrell Owens anyway.

But Bryant has yet to even start running for the Bengals -- Owens is already cheaper and actually on the field participating in football. Which may be why Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network has heard that it's a "distinct possibility" that Cincinnati will attempt to cut Bryant loose and reach a settlement on the four-year, $28 million contract that they gave him over the offseason.

Remember, Bryant's dealing with a left knee injury that's been an issue for about a full year now -- which makes one wonder how exactly he managed to bypass any examinations offered by the Bengals' medical staff. You know, the ones they usually administer before handing out multi-million dollar contracts?

Provided that the Bengals DID want to cut Bryant loose, they'd probably have to pay him on the high side of the $10 million that they guaranteed him with the contract; after all, even though they didn't completely overload his contract with guarantees and they could just cut him, it's going to take at least close to that amount for Bryant to walk away from a pretty sweet deal.

Given that Cincy has TO (and Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell) in the fold with Chad Ochocinco though, it wouldn't be that surprising if they decided they no longer needed to deal with the headache that Bryant's been thus far and tried to negotiate some sort of deal with the wideout.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 6:07 pm

Two people embarrass us all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’ve been sent messages and Tweets and e-mails all day. Were you the guy asking for Tim Tebow’s autograph? Were you the fool, the idiot, the embarrassment to journalism, the clown shoes who would do something so unethical and gag reflex-inducing? These notes came with sides of sarcasm, because Sunday night’s incident is so disgusting from a journalistic ethics point of view that it’s almost hilarious.

I live in Cincinnati, but I was not at Sunday’s Bengals-Broncos preseason game. So, it wasn’t me. And honestly, I’m not sure who it could have been. Ninety-nine percent of the people I know in the Cincinnati journalism community would not dream of trying to pull off something like that.

In case you need a refresher, here’s what happened after Sunday’s game. Two “journalists” – and I say that with all the mockery I can muster – approached Tebow in Denver’s locker room and asked him to sign autographs. He did. One apparently was a photographer. One apparently was a member of the Cincinnati media.

We don’t know who they are. Not yet anyway. But they were booted out of the locker room when the Broncos PR staff found out about the incident, and I imagine their names will surface at some point.

People outside the journalism community might not think this is a big deal, but inside our world, it’s a very big deal. And a very big embarrassment. You’re taught from the moment you enter a clubhouse or a locker room as a cub reporter that you WILL NOT ask for autographs. It’s on the fine print of your media credential, but it wouldn’t even occur to most of us. You’re there to do a job, not to score some memorabilia.

The players are in the locker room - their semi-private space - and shouldn’t have to be bothered by signing more autographs (although teammates approach each other all the time with footballs and 8x10 glossies) and the reporters are supposed to be objective. Most of us are. Which means we don’t ask for autographs. We don’t seek out business deals with players. We don’t use our access for exploitation. All are fireable offenses.

I hope we find out who asked for the autographs. I hope their season credentials – if they have them – are taken away and burned. I hope they’re ashamed of themselves today. Because they caused their entire profession a great deal of embarrassment.  

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