Bengals Prime For Combine (Don't Forget The Defense)
Week In Review: Electric Outlook
Rodney Heath To Represent The Bengals At The 1st NFL Legends Community Coaching Clinic
Former cornerback Rodney Heath will be representing the Bengals at the first NFL Legends Community Coaching Clinic Feb. 22-23 in Indianapolis during the Scouting Combine. The goal of the NFL Legends Community coaching clinic is to help former players develop as football coaches.
Quick Hits: Big Willie Has His Say; John Ross Burrows Into Workouts
Willie Anderson, the Bengals' all-time right tackle and Pro Football Hall-of-Fame candidate, looked back this week on his career in Cincinnati and questioned the cheap tag that has been applied to Bengals president Mike Brown...John Ross looks to build on last season's first three games while taking in some throws from Joe Burrow.
The Roots And Rising Of Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow uttered electrifying words halfway through his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, which, much like his senior season as Louisiana State's record-breaking quarterback, had been passionate, poised and uncannily accurate. Now this Sunday or Monday at the NFL scouting combine the Bengals sit down for the first time with the NFL's potential No. 1 draft pick. Here's what they'll see across the grease board.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Something To Talk About
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcaster Dan Hoard interviews the Bengals director of college scouting Mike Potts to preview the upcoming NFL combine and draft. Topics include what the Bengals scouts value in the combine interviews, pro days and how they rank prospects.
Week In Review: Illusion And Reality At The Top
In the latest "Week In Review," it's a look at cutting through the noise of illusion versus reality as the Bengals hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Also this week, profiles on the two new Bengals assistant coaches, the top moments from the 2020 Senior Bowl and running the option "Netflix or Hulu?"
Colt Anderson Looking To Give Bengals' No. 1 Special Teams A Kick
Darrin Simmons, who has been coordinating the Bengals special teams since Colt Anderson played on them for Butte High School, had the old Montana Grizzly in his sights on his computer screen. The video clicked out of 2016, when Anderson, the Bengals' new assistant special teams coach, played just two games running down kicks for the Bills before he broke his arm. It's that bruising hands-on experience that sold the Bengals.
NFL Vet Walters Knows The Routes
Troy Walters, the Bengals' new assistant wide receivers coach who backed up Cris Carter at the end of his career, gave a few breathers to rookie Calvin Johnson and in between once ran a reverse behind a Peyton Manning block, saw how to get to Canton during 98 games and eight seasons with four teams as a Stanford-smart-steel-belted-second-line NFL wide receiver.
Draft Season: Illusion And Reality At The Top
The Bengals hold the No. 1 overall pick on each day of the draft and that can only mean one thing in the Spy vs. Spy mentality of the NFL. Facts are on sabbatical until selections start the night of April 23.
The date is fitting. The birthday of William Shakespeare. The scribe who covered illusion and reality long before the slings and arrows of Super Bowl I. The guy who wrote, "Foul is fair and fair is foul," (Macbeth) and "One may smile, and smile, and be a villain,'' (Hamlet) would have been a great NFL general manager.
Week In Review: A One In A Hundred Week
In the latest "Week In Review," a week unlike any other with Bengals legends Anthony Muñoz, Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh at Super Bowl LIV. Also, a Hobson's Choice looking ahead to the offseason, Carlos Dunlap earns high marks from Pro Football Focus and a Bengals Booth Podcast where Dave Lapham answers questions from fans.
Anthony Munoz Enjoys One In A Hundred Week
Anthony Muñoz, the greatest Bengal of them all, played in 185 NFL games, eight more in the playoffs and two Super Bowls. It is safe to say he never had a bus ride like the one he had after the last Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday night. That's what happens when you've been selected one of the NFL's 100 best players of all-time and they honor you before the 54th big game. You spend the week walking around like one big goose bump.
Catching Up With Chad In The Show That Never Ends
The last time Chad Johnson caught an NFL ball came in the Super Bowl of eight years ago and the laces might as well be turned the same way because nothing has changed. As this Super Bowl weekend whirred about him, Johnson slowed down long enough to duck into another locker room and let us catch up.
Housh Giving Burrow Helping Hands
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who has the most catches in a Bengals season, caught on to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow early. Like back on Sept. 7. And promptly anointed him the best quarterback in the country. Now Houshmandzadeh is helping to train Burrow for his first NFL pass, when another Bengals receiver is the likely target this September.
Quick Hits: Gio's Story Inspires The Best; Sunnin' Sam Hubbard
The story of Bengals NFL Man of the Year Giovani Bernard inspired another nominee Friday ... Sam Hubbard has moved his off-season home, but he's going to Sunday's Super Bowl with one of his Ohio State buddies making headlines in Cincinnati.
Week In Review: Seal Of Approval
In the latest "Week In Review," a Bengals legend gives his seal of approval for the potential No. 1 overall pick. Also, the Bengals promote Dan Pitcher to quarterbacks coach, an inside look at Carlos Dunlap's Miami restaurant and the players remembering basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
One No. 1 Pick's Advice To Maybe Another 18 Years Later
Back in 2002 the expansion Texans took Fresno State quarterback David Carr with the first pick in the draft and it didn't go very well. But Carr, an NFL Network analyst, thinks it can go a lot better for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and the Bengals if they select him No. 1.
Dan Pitcher Promoted To Quarterbacks Coach
Dan Pitcher has been a Bengals assistant coach on offense since 2016. He was an offensive assistant with a focus on wide receivers from 2016-17, then an offensive assistant with a focus on quarterbacks in '18. He moved into the role of assistant quarterbacks coach last year.
Why Boomer Thinks Bengals Draft Burrow
Last month Boomer Esiason gave Joe Burrow the stripes of the Bengals helmet. On Wednesday he gave him his seal of approval. "I know what I see. I see greatness," said Esiason after his morning radio gig, transplanted for this week in the city where he led the Bengals to the title of Super Bowl XXII 3/4 all those years ago.
North Beats South As Bengals Go Into Evaluation Mode
The Bengals didn't coach the winning team in Saturday's Senior Bowl, but they did call the shots for the game MVP when Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert led the South to a touchdown on the first drive of the North's 34-17 victory at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Herbert seemed to pretty much cement the label of the second-rated quarterback in the NFL Draft behind LSU's Joe Burrow.
Special Teams Gets Added Kick In Senior Bowl Student-Pupil Matchup
Lions special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs ended last season assisting Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons while they directed the No. 1 kicking game in the NFL. Less than a month later in Saturday's Senior Bowl (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network), pupil faces student.
Lap Returns To Mobile To Find Another World
Dave Lapham flung open the door of his Senior Bowl hotel room all those years ago and found himself face-to-face with pro sports' first Super Agent. That was one of those not-in-Kansas any more moments of that week. When the long-time Bengals radio analyst returned this week after 46 years, he really wasn't in Kansas.
Campbell's Chunky And Bengals Partnership Tackles Local Hunger With Donation of 52,800 Servings of Soup to Cincinnati Foodbank
As part of the hunger relief program, Campbell donated 30 cans of soup for every Bengals defensive tackle during the 2019 regular season. The Bengals finished 2019 with 1076 tackles on defense, and maxed out the donation with two weeks remaining in their season. This year's donation topped last season's (25,000) by 1400 cans.
Quick Hits: O-Line Summit; Grades Not Trades; Return Of Willie
There are a slew of interesting offensive linemen here at the Senior Bowl this week (Willie Anderson likes South Carolina State tackle Alex Taylor and Dave Lapham thinks St. John's guard Ben Bartch is intriguing). Duke Tobin, the Bengals director of player personnel, is going to watch them all. But he also likes the tackles who were prospects a year ago at this time and arrived in Cincinnati during this past season via various venues.
Duke Of Quick Hits: More Burrow; Respecting Andy; Free Agency To Be Explored; All In On A.J. Green; Mixon In Mix
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin gathered with the Cincinnati scribes Wednesday morning before the club's coaches sent the South team through its paces here at the Senior Bowl. After all the gags about not caring if a certain quarterback likes Skyline Chili or not, he reiterated the Bengals are impressed with said quarterback, but they're also looking at other players to potentially take with the NFL Draft's overall No. 1 pick.
Quick Hits: Jackson's Old School Corner; Taylor Counts On Return Of A.J. Green While Scouting Prospect A.J. Green
The decision to become a coach came 20 years ago. After his Titans lost the Super Bowl. "By a yard," said Steve Jackson on Tuesday, the Bengals new cornerbacks coach, setting some kind of a franchise record by working his first practice less than 48 hours after he agreed to a deal. Jackson cut his teeth in the rough-and-tumble AFC Central of the 1990s and he'll bring the old school down hill.
Votes Of Confidence Abound At Senior Bowl
Joe Burrow isn't here this week, but that hasn't stopped the rising tide of conventional wisdom (national and in the 513) from washing over the Bengals and the NFL here on the Gulf Shore saying he's that lock to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Some of his teammates are here and they'll gladly make his case, from his lethal post-practice stare when it didn't go well to a competitive streak as long as the national champion Tigers' winning skein that upended his first LSU conditioning test.
Full Circle At Top Of The Draft?
A week after his son completed a champagne season bubbling with the Heisman Trophy and national championship, Jim Burrow is musing about the cup of coffee he had in the NFL with the Packers in the bicentennial fall of 1976, where the Bengals had a prominent role.
Quick Hits: Joe, Defense Senior Bowl Topics
Early. So early Duke Tobin isn't ready to say the Bengals definitely won't trade the No. 1 pick in the April 23-25 draft. And he says there is plenty of time to get to know LSU quarterback Joe Burrow even though he won't play in Mobile. "It's early in the process," Tobin said Monday at the Senior Bowl. But it's never too early for defense.
Taylor Fills Coaching Slots With Experience
Shortly after settling into his Senior Bowl downtown headquarters where he's preparing to coach Saturday's all-star game (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network), Bengals head coach Zac Taylor continued to add experience to his staff when he made a couple of hires official on Monday. He turned to a pair of 50-year-olds in a two-time college head coach Al Golden and a Super Bowl safety in Steve Jackson.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Let's Stay Together
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcaster Dan Hoard interviews special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons about his decision to turn down interest from other NFL teams and sign a contract extension with the Bengals. Also, a Senior Bowl preview as Executive Director Jim Nagy and ESPN's Sean McDonough join the podcast.
Week In Review: Senior Bowl Prep Continues
In the latest "Week In Review," the Bengals coaching staff continues to prepare for the 2020 Senior Bowl. Also this week, Bengals.com Senior Writer Geoff Hobson answers questions from fans in the latest Hobson's Choice, a look at the Hall of Fame chances for legends Ken Anderson and Ken Riley and the top plays from last season.
Taylor-Made Takes: 'However We Can Improve This Team, We Want To Go Out There And Do It'
In his first comments since the end of last season, head coach Zac Taylor sat down this week for a conversation with Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson before his coaching staff leaves Sunday for Mobile, Ala., to work the Jan. 25 Senior Bowl (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network) coaching the South. He's impressed with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and hopes he at least visits with the team during the week.
Bengals Burrowing Into Draft, Senior Bowl Prep
In between meetings and film work prepping for the Senior Bowl, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan and his quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt can't help but smile when the topic is LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. They may not know yet if he's going to join them next week in some fashion when they coach the South in the Jan. 25 game (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network) in Mobile, Ala. But they do know they'll have no problem putting him in their offense that has several elements of what Burrow ran to virtual reality perfection in Baton Rouge.
Despite Senior Shake-off, Anderson And Riley Still Have Hall Support
On Wednesday morning the Pro Football Hall of Fame announces its list of 15 senior inductees (ten players, two coaches, three contributors) and Bengaldom already knows its two favorite sons won't be anointed by the shrine just down the road in Canton, Ohio that has proven to be light years away for Bengals of any era. But the absence of Ken Anderson and Ken Riley stunned some voters and they still have support on future ballots.
Carlos Dunlap Up For Microsoft Surface "Anything But Ordinary" Player of the Year Award At NFL Honors, Voted On By Fans
Carlos Dunlap has been selected to represent the Bengals in the award's inaugural year. The Surface "Anything But Ordinary" Player of the Year will be announced alongside the League's most prestigious awards.
Bengals Don't Stray Far From Senior Bowl Roots
No one has coached in more Senior Bowls or won more of them than Paul Brown. When his Cincinnati Bengals, one of the two NFL teams he founded, coach in the 70th anniversary of the college all-star classic next week they'll be doing it for the same reasons he coached eight straight. And from the great Harry Agganis that Brown coached to a Senior Bowl MVP to reigning Heisman Joe Burrow, quarterbacks have always been under the Mobile microscope.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Remembering Sam
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcaster Dan Hoard interviews former players and Bengals Team President Mike Brown after the passing of Sam Wyche. From memorable stories and analysis, a look back at the impact Wyche made on the Bengals as a former player and coach.
Week In Review: Simmons Signs Extension
In the latest "Week In Review," the Bengals bring back special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons after signing him to a contract extension. Also, a Q&A with Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy, the Bengals.com Awards and some of the best photos of 2019.
This Day in Bengals History: Bengals Thaw Freezer Bowl for First Super Bowl Trip
January 10, 1982: Ken Anderson's moustache. Dave Lapham's biceps. Ken Riley's sideburns. The smoke steaming off Eddie Edwards' ears when he catches on fire on the heated bench. The Riverfront Stadium scoreboard, locked at Bengals 27, Chargers 7. All frozen together in a historic tableau known as "The Freezer Bowl."
Quick Hits: Simmons Gets Title; Jeff Blake Teams With Marv; Burrow's Alluring Intangibles
It appears Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who has added an assistant head coach in special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, would like to fill any staff vacancies in time for the club's Jan. 19 departure for Mobile, Ala. But there is no drop-dead date and the jobs could be finalized after they coach the South in the Jan. 25 Senior Bowl ... Marvin Lewis is bringing Blakemania to a college all-star game ... The Senior Bowl is confident it can sign up LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
Important Dates To Know For 2020 NFL Offseason
The Bengals coaching in the 2020 Senior Bowl is one of the many key offseason dates to help shape next year's team. Here's a quick look at some important dates on the Bengals offseason calendar. The NFL's busy offseason includes free agency, the draft and training camp.
With Return of Coordinators, Bengals Bank On Consistency
A year after undergoing their biggest overhaul ever when they implemented their largest staff in history, the Bengals are banking on coaching consistency to supplement their off-season roster improvements. For what looks to be the first time since 2015, the Bengals are poised to begin and end back-to-back seasons with the same three coordinators as Darrin Simmons again returns as the NFL's longest-tenured special teams coach.
And The Envelope Please For Bengals.Com Trophies
The Bengals.com awards assembly has gathered in the Paul Brown Stadium draft room because there is no time to spare. Even when the last bit of business is handing out our awards for the 2019 season. We start with the Ken Anderson MVP and go through to Sam Wyche Assistant Coach of the Year.
Senior Moments Have Paid Off For Bengals
For the first time since they can remember the Bengals are coaching the South in college football's biggest all-star game set for Saturday, Jan. 25 (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network) at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. In their three appearances this century, the Bengals were assigned the North and took drubbings every time with the MVP always a South quarterback.
Week In Review: Remembering Sam Wyche
In the latest "Week In Review," the Bengals remember former coach and player Sam Wyche who passed away on Thursday. Also this week, the Bengals will coach in the 2020 Senior Bowl, awards for defensive end Carlos Dunlap and wide receiver Tyler Boyd and options for the Bengals picking No. 1 in the 2020 draft.
Bengals Pick Off CFL Interception Leader
Two days after finishing the season with the fourth fewest interceptions in the NFL, the Bengals plucked the Canadian Football League's leading interceptor Tuesday when they signed all-CFL Winnipeg cornerback Winston Rose to a two-year deal a month after he helped the Blue Bombers to the Grey Cup championship. Rose, who turned 26 the same week the Bombers routed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, led the league with nine interceptions and added another in the West Division title game.
Players, Including Two Of His Best, Rally Around Taylor And His Staff
The roll call of questions ranges from A.J. Green's contract, Andy Dalton's status, Joe Burrow's projections all the way to the fate of free agency and head coach Zac Taylor addressed none of them Monday because an end-of-season news conference is just the beginning. But one question was answered Monday. Despite the record, his players believe he's the man for the job.
Bengals Take Their Time To Burrow Into Draft
His name has graced banners hanging in Paul Brown Stadium for weeks now, but LSU quarterback Joe Burrow remains the elephant in the room. The Bengals are supposed to take the Heisman Trophy winner No. 1. But head coach Zac Taylor said Monday it's just too early since the coaches have yet to scout him, interview him and dissect him like a game plan.
Joe Mixon Nominated For FedEx Ground Player Of The Week
Bengals running back Joe Mixon in Week 17 rushed for a career-high 162 yards and two touchdowns to help the Bengals defeat the Browns 33-23. He became the first Bengals running back to have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons since Cedric Benson.
Bengals Place Waiver Claim On Tony Brown
The Bengals today placed a waiver claim on CB Tony Brown, who was waived by the Packers on Saturday. His rights will be awarded to the Bengals after the Super Bowl. Brown, who will be a third-year player in 2020, originally was a college free agent signee of the L.A. Chargers in 2018, though he has spent his first two seasons with Green Bay.