The Bengals lost one of the architects of Paul Brown's record-breaking expansion team of 1968 and the Super Bowl teams of the 1980s with Tuesday's death of senior vice president for player personnel Pete Brown.
After Bengals president Mike Brown announced the death of his younger brother Wednesday morning, reaction began to pour into Paul Brown Stadium.
Gil Brandt, NFL.com draft and former Cowboys player personnel chief: "An all-around class guy that probably never got credit for as much as he did and the things he accomplished … I have the utmost respect for him."
Ken Riley, all-time Bengals leaders in games played: "Pete was always around training camp, but he was quiet. I liked the way he carried himself. Quiet. Friendly. Wouldn't say much. You didn't see him often, but you knew he was around doing his job and he did it well …. If you at a lot of talent on those (early) teams, it was from small schools and, yeah, he had to be plugged in."
Ray "Rock," Oliver: University of Kentucky assistant athletic director and former Bengals assistant strength coach: "He knew about as much football as anyone I ever met. It's a sad day for Bengals' fans, but it should also be a great celebration of what the guy is. As smart of a guy as you'll ever meet. He knew players. I've known him for 30 years. I remember when I was coaching at Pitt and we had a bunch of NFL prospects. And by the end of it, he was telling me things about my guys that I didn't know."
Ced gets another say
Record sack race underway
Carl Lawson is one of the many guys happy to see voluble and valued veteran left end Carlo Dunlap surface for this week's mandatory minicamp. Lawson, who usually sets up at right end on passing downs, nearly broke Dunlap's rookie sack record last season and he likes the competition. And on Tuesday he offered a challenge to a guy he calls "like an older brother to me."
Scrutiny is mandatory for offense
Just the presence of the very large Cordy Glenn at left tackle at Tuesday's start of mandatory minicamp is evidence of the effort to shore up the offense since he arrived via trade for a first-rounder. But the hopes of a little-used role player also reflect how this offense may be changed by as much philosophy as looks. Remember Ryan Hewitt, the forgotten fullback?