Tag:Mike Brown
Posted on: June 26, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 9:21 am

Chad Ochocinco is going to wrestle alligators

Posted by Will Brinson

Have you heard about some of the zany things that Chad Ochocinco has done this offseason? You probably have. But if not, you should probably know that he's ridden bulls and tried out for a Major League Soccer team.

These "stunts" resulted in Bengals owner Mike Brown joking (maybe) that Ocho should pick up snake wrangling. Now the wide receiver says he will wrestle alligators.

"I just one-upped (Brown): I am wrestling alligators," Ochocinco told WXIX-TV following a recent training session. "Actually, catching them in the wild, which is going to be really interesting, I am catching them in the wild."

"Don't laugh, like I am serious and you'll see it. And I am living life.

"It's pretty dangerous, I could lose an arm, lose a leg, you know ... so was bull riding," Ochocinco said. "So the chance of me getting hurt on the bull is similar to the chance as me winning the lottery, slim to none. And the same thing with alligators. If he bites me, I can still play with one arm [because] I can kick, seriously."
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Ochcoinco CAN kick ... but whether or not he can safely manage to wrestle alligators is an entirely different story altogether.

It may not matter, of course -- there's a new labor deal (hopefully) on the horizon, and once the lockout's lifted, Ochocinco can bank his current -- and any other future -- employer making sure that he's aware of certain clauses in his contract which prohibit him from engaging in dangerous activities.

Although, really, can it be any less safe than associating himself with Terrelle Pryor?

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 6:13 pm

Hot Routes 6.17.11: Palmer still could be traded

Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • When quarterback Carson Palmer said he would retire if the Bengals didn't trade him, owner Mike Brown didn't budge. And Brown still hasn't. But NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, who played for the Bengals in the 1980s, thinks Brown will eventually cave and try to move Palmer.
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Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 8:57 pm

Mike Brown not thrilled about Ocho's activities

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 6:50 p.m. EST: It didn't take long for Chad Ochocinco to catch wind of Mike Brown's comments and respond via Twitter. Ocho wrote, "damit Geoff tell Mike Brown to leave me alone with my off field endeavors,he knows what he has,don't like it cut/trade him!"

(The Geoff he's referring to is Geoff Hobson, lead writer of Bengals.com.)


Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Bengals owner Mike Brown and asked him what he thought of Chad Ochocinco’s latest stunt (bull-riding).

“He’s going to do the things he does," Brown said. "Next maybe he’ll be a snake wrangler and we’ll watch to see if he gets bit. He’s always up to some stunt. They amuse me in a way. They concern me because, let’s face it, we want a football player. We aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer, a soccer player. We want a football player. It’s simple. And that should be the focus, not on other things.”

Normally, Brown’s assessments would be fair. After all, in a player’s contract, it’s usually specified that things like bull-riding are prohibited. Brown is right when he says “we aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer, a soccer player.” Problem is, he’s only right due to a technicality: The Bengals aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer or a soccer player because they’re not actually hiring Ochocinco at the moment. You see, Brown and his cohorts chose to lock Ochocinco out.

A question this poses: Would Brown really be that interested in Ochocinco's off-field activities if he planned on trading him?

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 10:26 pm

Ralph Wilson has been vindicated

Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson was one of two owners not to sign a CBA extension in 2006 (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When presented with the extension of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2006, Bills owner Ralph Wilson wasn’t interested in signing it. It didn’t matter that 30 of the league’s 32 owners gave their approval – Bengals owner Mike Brown was the other dissenter – Wilson didn’t think it was a good deal for the owners.

Now, the rest of the NFL agrees with him and Brown.

Before the rest of the owners caught up to him, Wilson was saying the deal was too rich for the players (though the New York Daily News points out that others DID agree with him but signed the CBA extension anyway) and he didn’t like the revenue sharing plan that he felt didn’t give small-market teams enough money.

"I came into this game 50 years ago because I enjoyed the game of pro football. Not to make money," Wilson told the Daily News. "In those days, everybody was hoping to break even. We lost money for a number of years. I am really not into the game to make money, but I would like to break even or make a little."

Wilson actually bought his spot in 1960 in the first year of the old American Football League, and for a few years, the NFL’s competitor barely stayed afloat. Eventually, the AFL began beating out the NFL to sign the top stars coming out of college and had the NFL worried enough that they agreed to an NFL-AFL merger in 1966.

Wilson, these days, is 92 years old, doesn’t catch many Bills games in person and doesn’t have a role in the current negotiations. But he’s hoping like hell none of the season will be lost to the current lockout.

"I hope the sides come to an agreement," he said. "I hope they can. I miss football like millions of other people."

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:39 pm

What the NFL draft taught us

C. Newton will try to make it big in Carolina (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

NEW YORK – Well, the 2011 NFL draft has come and gone. The ESPN and NFL Network sets, the podium and the big-screen TVs can be placed back into storage – along with the 2011 NFL season for now.

That being said, the draft taught us quite a few things about where the organizations are going and, maybe, why they won’t get there. Here are a few observations about what we learned.

1. The Panthers still have no idea about their quarterback situation – and about their direction in general: It feels like Carolina HAD to take Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick, and if the Panthers hadn’t, Newton could have fallen all the way until the middle of the first round. So, Carolina has taken a quarterback in the second round (Jimmy Clausen) and a quarterback in the first round (Newton) in back-to-back years. Are they any better now than they were three days ago? Probably not. Are they actually in a worse spot than they were three days ago? Quite possibly.

2. The Raiders still are too in love with speed:
Their third-round pick (CB DeMarcus Van Dyke) is really fast, but other than that, he has many way too many deficiencies. Their fourth-round pick (CB Chimdi Chekwa) is really fast, but he isn’t a great cover guy. Their second fourth-round pick (RB Taiwan Jones) is really fast, but he’s very brittle. It’s a replay of almost every other season. Which likely means Oakland still isn’t going to be much better than average for the foreseeable future.

3. The Patriots might be the new Bengals: OK, that’s perhaps a bit of a stretch, but maybe could you make the case that Bill Belichick’s arrogance of drafting players with off-the-field issues this year compares to Mike Brown’s indifference of drafting players with off-the-field issues. Either way, the Patriots took QB Ryan Mallett (you know his story well by now) in the third round and TE Lee Smith (who left Tennessee for Marshall after he was arrested on a DUI charge). Now, the Patriots will have to make sure they keep those guys in line. The Bengals haven’t always done such a great job of that, but I think Belichick can manage just fine.

4. Apparently, everything is cool with quarterbacks in Arizona, Seattle and Buffalo: Maybe those front offices forgot they’ll enter 2011 with Derek Anderson/Max Hall/John Skelton and Matt Hasselbeck/Charlie Whitehurst, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, respectively. I kid, I kid. The Bills apparently like Fitzpatrick, and the Cardinals almost certainly will go to free agency to find a QB. Maybe, though, those three teams also subscribed to the theory that this year’s quarterback class wasn’t really all that tremendous and decided to try another route to fill the needs of their team.

5.Maybe teams should look more toward the north part of the South for pro prospects:
Nine (!) North Carolina players were drafted (that’s right; I double-checked), six Clemson players were taken (and Da’Quan Bowers was only the third picked!), and, hell, even three Appalachian State players were nabbed. Why, then, were the Tigers and the Tar Heels a combined 14-12?

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 9:27 pm

Bengals early 1st round picks have not gone well

J. Smith has played very well the past two years, but it's been for San Francisco (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Nobody makes more top-five selections in the NFL draft than do the Bengals. As the Cincinnati Enquirer points out, next week will the eighth time in the Mike Brown era (since 1991) that Cincinnati has had a first-round pick that high – and it’s the most in the NFL.

And although Brown apparently feels the club’s draft strategy is sound (unbelievably, he said a few months back, “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.”), those early first-round picks have produced many more losers than winners.

Here is the good:

Carson Palmer – No. 1 in 2003: Palmer, at one point, was a top-10 quarterback (maybe even a top-five for a short time). The past couple seasons have been brutal for him, and he’s said he’d rather retire than play another game for the Bengals. But still, I think this was a good pick.

And here is the bad:

John Copeland – No. 5 in 1993: He wasn’t a bad defensive lineman, and in 1995, he recorded nine sacks. But you expect more from a No. 5 pick than he could give.

Dan Wilkinson – No. 1 in 1994: With Wilkinson and Copeland in the lineup, the Bengals could have expected their defensive line to be a strength for the next several seasons. And if Wilkinson hadn’t gone No. 1, he would have had  what we consider to be a pretty good career in Cincinnati. But he’s also a good reminder that it’s not usually a great idea to pick a defensive player No. 1 overall.

Ki-jana Carter – No. 1 in 1995: Ugh, his name is not remembered fondly in Cincinnati after tearing his ACL in the third snap of his first preseason game.

Akili Smith – No. 3 in 1999: You know what really made this pick suck for the Bengals? The Saints, in a crazy effort to select Ricky Williams, offered Cincinnati nine (!) draft picks in order to take the Bengals spot in the draft. The Bengals refused. Brutal.

Peter Warrick – No. 4 in 2000: You know what Warrick is doing these days after a non-productive NFL career? Last I heard, he was playing for the Cincinnati Commandoes indoor team.

Justin Smith – No. 4 in 2001: Smith is coming off the two best seasons of his career. Unfortunately for the Bengals, he plays for the 49ers now.

Next Thursday, the Bengals hold the No. 4 pick, and optimism (or is that trepidation?), like every year, runs rampant in Cincinnati. History, though, indicates they probably won’t make the right selection. Another Carson Palmer? Not likely.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:36 pm

The Bengals looking at building indoor facility

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals owner Mike Brown does not have many fans in the city of Cincinnati.

Most of the reasons are valid (the team has been to the playoffs twice since 1991, the club got a sweetheart deal from Hamilton County to build Paul Brown Stadium which has turned out to be a terrible deal for the city, and he refuses to increase the size of his scouting department despite less than impressive draft performances), and many fans are fed up with the club.

One of the biggest reasons Bengals fans shake their heads at Brown has been his refusal to build an indoor practice facility.

Cincinnati is the northernmost city in the NFL that does not have an indoor facility, and it’s always a ridiculous sight to watch the team bus 30 minutes to the suburbs in order to escape the freezing December temperatures while they practice at an indoor soccer facility (hell, the University of Cincinnati, which lies about 10 minutes north of Paul Brown Stadium, just opened a practice bubble for its athletic programs).

Now that his franchise QB Carson Palmer has said he’ll retire before playing another game with the Bengals, perhaps Brown has had a change of heart.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals are considering preliminary assessments about an indoor facility – which the team (not the county) would build.

Obviously, the facility is still a dream – especially to coach Marvin Lewis. But if one of the reasons Brown convinced Lewis to return to the team was that he would build a practice facility, you’d guess that one will be erected at some point in the future. 

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 11:30 pm

Offseason Checkup: Cincinnati Bengals

Posted by Andy Benoit

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After the Bengals fell behind the eight-ball with a devastating turnover-infused loss to the Bucs in Week 5, they went into their bye a lowly 2-3 and searching the depths of their character for answers.

Problem was, the depths of their character included the collective souls of Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Pacman Jones, Rey Maualuga, Tank Johnson, Cedric Benson, Michael Johnson, Andre Smith, Carlos Dunlap, Frostee Rucker, Jonathan Joseph, Leon Hall and whatever other players on the roster who, at one point or another, have raised the red character flag.

None of these guys were individually heinous in 2010 (save for Owens), but collectively, they created a staggering void in the leadership department.

Offensive scheme

Bob Bratkowski is out as offensive coordinator, and deservedly so. In terms of complexity and sophistication, the Bengals’ system in 2010 was comparable to that of a really sophisticated Pop Warner team’s.

The receivers’ route combinations rarely worked off one another, making them easy to defend. The play-action game was non-existent, which was fitting because the run game was an afterthought.

Which brings us to the change: more power runs under new coordinator Jay Gruden. Expect Cedric Benson to re-sign and get about 25 carries a game. Not only is he best suited to be a bell cow, but the Bengals powerful but heavy-footed offensive line is best suited to play downhill, rather than in the frequent drop steps of pass protection.

1. Quarterback
Carson Palmer insists he’s retiring if the team doesn’t trade him. Owner Mike Brown may be great at playing hardball, but it would take a hardhead to keep Palmer around at this point. Besides, Palmer’s skills have declined (though not as much as you’d probably guess) and he clearly doesn’t trust his offensive line or receivers.

2. Pass Rusher
This need is almost as glaring as the potential need at quarterback. Antwan Odom has not been the same since injuring his Achilles. Robert Geathers was never the same after blowing out his knee. (Unfortunately for the front office, both players were inked to long-term deals before their injuries.) Athletic ex-Gator Carlos Dunlap earned some high marks as a second-round rookie last season, but equally as prominent were his low marks.

3. Interior Offensive Lineman
Right guard Bobbie Williams is aging. Left guard Nate Livings is the definition of average. Or maybe center Kyle Cook is. Whatever; the Bengals need more athleticism inside up front.

A healthy goal for the Bengals would be to regain respect. Self respect, that is. Individually, the Bengals are more athletically gifted than a lot of teams.

But their athletes have not lived up to potential or played well together. Ushering in a new wave of leadership would plant some positive seeds moving forward.

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