With the NFL Draft a month away, the Bengals are drawing rave reviews from the national media for their work this offseason. After chronicling the pirating of defensive end Michael Johnson to the in-house signings of middle linebacker Rey Maualuga and left guard Clint Boling, the pundits returned from last week’s NFL owners’ meeting with thumbs up.
The man the defensive line dubbed with affection "The Dancing Bear,” for his light feet and anchor bulk waltzed back to Cincinnati Thursday when run-stopping Pat Sims took a one-year deal to join Michael Johnson as the second down lineman this month to return to the team that drafted him.
After spending Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, I am prepared to describe four key players that the Bengals anticipate adding to the roster next season. A sideline-to-sideline tackling machine at linebacker with a high football I.Q. Plays with an attitude. Prone to excessive penalties. Possible concussion concerns. A fluid receiver with the ability to […]
The Arizona Cardinals had little chance of advancing in the playoffs with third-stringer Ryan Lindley at quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers were much easier to defend when Le’Veon Bell was sidelined before the opening round loss to Baltimore. And the Bengals latest postseason failure was significantly due to injuries at wide receiver, tight end, and linebacker. […]
Moments before kickoff on Monday night’s broadcast, I encouraged Bengals players, coaches, and fans to close their eyes and imagine they were on Wake Island – a small atoll in the central Pacific Ocean where the local time is 17 hours ahead of Cincinnati. In other words, when it’s 8:00 at night in Cincinnati, it […]
Here’s a key lesson from the Bengals 30-0 win over Cleveland: The video screen is more powerful than the bulletin board. For all the talk of the Browns getting added motivation from Jeremy Hill’s “they’re worse than I thought” comment or Marvin Lewis’s “midget” gaffe, that was nothing compared to the Bengals doing a slow […]
Let’s review some of the events of Sunday’s win at Tampa Bay shall we? On the first play from scrimmage, the Bengals upchucking quarterback (no, not you Matt Scott), hurls the first of three first half interceptions. In the second quarter, a red zone sack by Geno Atkins that would have forced the Buccaneers to […]