Tag:Marvin Lewis
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: March 22, 2011 9:22 am

Kickoff rules tweaked to save touchbacks, wedge?

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, the NFL was able to distract the world from the current labor negotiations with the news that kickoffs might get a drastic makeover; one that would involve pushing touchbacks to the 25 and killing the wedge via a kickoff from the 35-yard-line.

According to Marvin Lewis, Bengals coach and a member of the Competition Committee, there's a new proposal on the board that's got some tweaks.

"I think it caught everyone off guard a little bit. I like the proposal as it stood but I understand the push back," Lewis said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Those tweaks involve, according to the official Bengals Twitter account as well as Reedy, leaving touchbacks on the 20-yard-line and eliminating any ban on the two-man wedge.

Of course, it's entirely possible that even this "tweaked" proposal might not pass; Lewis, via the Bengals' Twitter account, said that he "still sees a battle" for getting the new, tweaked rules to garner approval from the needed 75 percent of owners.

"Sometimes as coaches we need to take a look at the whole picture," Lewis said.

He's right. However, as members of the Competition Committee, Lewis and others also need to make sure that when they take a look at the bigger picture they're not killing off an important part of football and/or handicapping certain teams by overextending a particular set of rules.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:56 pm

After strong Pro Day, Gabbert could go No. 1

Posted by Rob Rang

A strong throwing session from Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert could push him to the No. 1 overall pick.

According to a Twitter note from Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune, Gabbert completed 44 of 49 passes and characterized "at least three" of the incompletions to drops by the collection of D-II receivers organized for the workout. With Missouri having no draft-eligible receivers, he was left to rely on others, rather than former teammates to catch his passes.

A source on the scene characterized Gabbert's workout as a "8" when asked to score it on a scale of 1-10. The source pointed out some "little issues intermediate and deep." But also noted "good velocity and accuracy on the move."

Gabbert's "little issues" on deeper passes wasn't unexpected. This was a primary concern based off of the largely horizontal (rather than vertical) passing he was asked to do while operating Missouri's spread attack.

In demonstrating good footwork from under center and accuracy while on the run, Gabbert helped alleviate concerns about his ability to translate to a more traditional pro-style offense.

As expected, the Missouri Pro Day was well attended by NFL decision-makers, including Carolina head coach Ron Rivera, Jets' head coach Rex Ryan, Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis, and Jaguars' head coach Jack Del Rio.

This post was cross-posted from Rob Rang's NFL Draft blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 10:17 pm

Has Ochocinco 'lost his nerve and work ethic'?

Posted by Will Brinson

A lot of mock drafts -- including those of Rob Rang and Chad Reuter here on this very site -- have A.J. Green, the seventh-overall prospect on our board, going to the Bengals with the fourth overall pick.

While Green's talent certainly elevates Cincinnati's interest, so does the likelihood that they're ready to move on from the Chad Ochocinco/Terrell Owens era. Firming that theory up a report Wednesday from CSN New England's Tom Curran on that very subject.

Curran reports, via a "well-informed source," that Ocho "has lost his nerve and work ethic."

Burn. This probably means that Curran can expect an offer to rumble at some point from Ochocinco. Oh, and that the Patriots aren't interested in inking Chad, which was actually the point of the whole thing in the first place.

El Ocho and the Bengals

One interesting trade Curran does mention, though, is getting Steve Smith from the Panthers for a third-round pick.

I'd actually argue that the Panthers need to get a touch more than that, particularly because the Patriots currently hold the Panthers' second-rounder (the first pick in that round), and, unless Carolina's front office is completely devoid of human emotion, they'd probably like to recoup close to as much as they gave to New England last year so they could draft Armanti Edwards. Who, um, hasn't quite panned out like Smith.

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 5:52 pm

Signs of a Carson Palmer trade on the horizon?

C. Palmer (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

The Cincinnati Bengals insist they won’t give in and trade disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer. Owner Mike Brown’s history supports this claim (Brown has refused to trade Chad Ochocinco and he held onto malcontent running back Corey Dillon for several years).

But read between the lines and you might see a different outlook.

First off, thebelief around the league is that Palmer’s threat to retire if untraded is not an empty one. The Southern California native has two young kids, tens of millions in the bank and a wife who doesn’t like the Cincinnati area. The Bengals know this.

More directly, look at the recent behavior of Cincy’s coaching staff. We wrote in a post about Cedric Benson’s likely return that new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden casually referred to Benson as someone who could carry the ball “20 to 25 times a game if we need to if we have the young quarterback.” When Gruden mentions a “young quarterback”, he’s not referring to the 31-year-old Palmer.

Bengals and quarterbacks

On Tuesday, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis attended Auburn’s pro day workout. The Bengals currently hold the fourth overall pick in the draft. Auburn only has two early round draft prospects this year: defensive Nick Fairley and, of course, quarterback Cam Newton.

It’s possible Lewis was there to see Fairley (though the Bengals don’t figure to be in the market for a defensive tackle). It’s also possible that Lewis just happened to be in the area (other southern schools have pro days this week). It’s possible he was there for smoke screening purposes (never hurts to have teams drafting below you think that you might surprise them with your selection).

Or it’s possible that the Bengals are listening to all those who continue to whisper about Palmer actually making good on his threat to retire.

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Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:45 am

Hot Routes 2.26.11: I cry for Keisel's beard

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio thinks the previous injuries suffered by former Colts S Bob Sanders were fluky and he doesn’t judge them to be a current problem. That's good news for the free agent Sanders.
  • I’ve been meaning to mention this for a couple days, but Adam Jones – you know him better as Pacman – got probation for his role in the 2007 Las Vegas melee.
  • Titans DE Jason Babin and the Tennessee organization haven’t spoken recently. Sounds like the Titans want to wait until a new CBA is finalized before they think about a new deal with the Pro Bowler.
  • Apparently, if Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara is available for the Lions with the No. 13 pick, they’d be happy to take him. If not, it’s not expected Detroit will take another CB instead.

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 3:19 pm

Bengals take Eagles QB coach for their WR coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The offensive make-over continues in Cincinnati.

A few weeks after releasing former offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski and replacing him with Jay Gruden, the Bengals have hired Eagles QB coach James Urban as the team’s WR coach, which had been vacated by Mike Sheppard (who went to Jacksonville to be the Jaguars QB coach).*

*Does all of that make sense?

Urban had been in Philadelphia the past seven years, and he got much of the credit for Michael Vick’s resurgence this year.

“I am very excited to be able to bring Jim to Cincinnati to work with our receivers,” said head coach Marvin Lewis in a statement. “He brings us a wealth of knowledge in an offensive system very similar to what (new offensive coordinator) Jay Gruden is installing for us. This is a very good fit for our team.”

The move makes sense. Since Gruden plans to install a West Coast attack for the Bengals – and get away from Bratkowski’s vertical attack – it seems like a good idea to bring in a coach like Urban, who has spent so much time in Andy Reid’s system.

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:46 am

Carson Palmer's unhappiness a 'one-way street'?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carson Palmer dissatisfaction issue in Cincinnati is an odd one -- the Bengals won't trade their "franchise" quarterback, even though he wasn't very good in 2010. And Palmer, even though the Bengals inexplicably love him, wants out.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post has some interesting info in his Sunday Blitz though, especially the fact that he hears the apathy in Cincy is a "one-way street." (Running east from Palmer to Brown.)

Reportedly, the team is "taking Palmer off the hook" for his shoddy performance last year and pinning his lack of success on the people that surrounded the quarterback offensively. Pompei writes that the team will "try to rectify the situation by making sure the locker room understands Palmer is the only leader."

Now, without pointing fingers, um, "Terrell Owens." It's also possible that the Bengals could dump Chad Ochocinco, although it might be difficult to put him in the "best situation" with just youngsters Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham serving as receiving options.

Bottom line is this: the Bengals truly believe that Palmer hasn't lost a step performance-wise (arm strength, etc.) and is capable of returning to Pro Bowl form in 2011.

Well, either that or they're doing a hell of a job trying to prop him up as a desirable trade asset for someone like the Vikings or Redskins once the labor situation is sorted out.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:47 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 6:48 pm

Lewis says Belichick is smarter than to take Chad

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chad Ochocinco is tremendously sensitive to criticism, especially if it’s by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. You’ll recall that, a few weeks ago, Lewis called Ochocinco “mopey,” and Ochocinco is still smarting from that comment, saying Lewis cliched him (ie. threw him under the bus).

Well, Ochocinco won’t like the conversation Lewis had with the Boston Herald’s Ian Rappoport today at Senior Bowl practice.

A portion of it:

Herald: (Ochocinco) did send me a message recently about possibly playing with the Patriots. That surprised me…

Lewis: “Belichick’s smarter than that.” (Laughs)

Herald: Well, they did take Randy Moss in ‘07…

Lewis: “Yeah, and what did he do this year?”


In response, Ochocinco added this hash tag to his retweet: “##AssWhoopnTime.”

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