Reports: Bengals Ink Another Vet For NFL's 'Best Tight Ends Coach'
PHOENIX, Ariz. _ On Monday, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor called his tight ends coach the best in the league. By the end of the day James Casey received what looks to be his new Opening Day starter when multiple reports said the Bengals agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings' Irv Smith Jr.
As NFL Coaches Meet Again, Bengals' Zac Taylor Moves To The Big Kids' Table For Year Five
Since the only two things that really hold Zac Taylor's interest are his family and coaching the Bengals, he only has to look at the biggest items in his Paycor Stadium office to realize how far both have come. He gets another reminder this week at the NFL owners' meetings, where he and his buddy Matt LaFleur are the league's eighth longest-tenured coaches as they start their fifth seasons in an industry that eats its young.
How Nick Scott Fits Bengals' Specs For Starting Safety
Nick Scott, who has picked off Patrick Mahomes in the end zone, Tom Brady in the playoffs and Jared Goff in the final seconds, intercepted Joe Burrow on his way to the Paycor Stadium sauna Monday to shake hands and officially start his Bengals career as the starting safety opposite Dax Hill. Here's why the Bengals pursued Scott in free agency:
Bengals Following Their Roster Formula With Reports Of Landing Another Starter
A college captain. A postseason vet. A seamless locker room fit ascending into his second contract. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and his staff have followed their Roaring '20s Super Bowl formula in the first week of NFL free agency and reportedly came out of it with another starter this weekend.
Newest Bengal Orlando Brown Jr. On Lunch With Joe Burrow: "He's a lot cooler"
That power lunch in Midtown Manhattan Thursday where Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow met his new Pro Bowl protector turned out to be an X-and-O session with Orlando Brown Jr., as they munched on Shake Shack's high-end burgers and chicken at Brown's hotel. "He's a lot cooler," said Brown Friday of his first impression.
Reports: Bengals Strike With 4-Time Pro Bowl LT Orlando Brown Jr.
For the fourth straight year the Bengals opened free agency with a swashbuckling move for an elite starter. Multiple sources reported late Wednesday night that the Bengals gave four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. a record $31 million signing bonus to protect quarterback Joe Burrow's blindside just a month after helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.
Chidobe Awuzie's Offseason Of Rehab Took Towards Pro Bowl And Bigger Leadership Role For Bengals
Thanking his parents for what the Bengals training staff calls "unbelievable genes," cornerback Chidobe Awuzie plans to go from this offseason's rehab to this season's Pro Bowl while also taking on a bigger leadership role.
Germaine Pratt's New Bengals Deal Is Business As Usual For A Mother's Son
It's not like the gritty old days back in High Point when she worked three jobs; one for each son that she was raising by herself. Yet, it is a bit poetic when Germaine Pratt's first call after he agreed to his new Bengals deal went to Shemeka Bland as his mother got ready to go to work.
Quick Hits: Joe Burrow's Market Presence; Keepers Of Bengals Secondary Culture; Pratt Predicts Dax's Immediate Impact
Joe Burrow doesn't even have to roll out the cookies and crackers for prospective free agents now that March is here: just being around for a while is enough to keep some guys already here in Paycor Stadium-- just take linebacker Germaine Pratt Tuesday after he signed his three-year deal.
Bengals Extend Germaine Pratt: "We're Close ... I Want To Win"
As NFL free agency began to swirl Monday, the two-time AFC finalist Bengals were true to their word when their first big move of the offseason kept one of their core stars in linebacker Germaine Pratt. Pratt, whose clutch play has earned him the nickname "Playoff P.," confirmed that he had agreed to a three-year extension.
New Joe Burrow Bio Is Music To The Ears Of Bengals Fans
Scott Burson, the college philosophy professor who has written a book about C.S. Lewis, and Sam Smathers, the resourceful electrician who re-built a carburetor on his kitchen table when he was 14 and hasn't stopped, have teamed up to jolt Bengaldom with the best look yet at the ever-elusive Joe Burrow.
Bengals Brace For Different Free Agency With Same Approach
The NFL's new year begins next week with the advent of free agency and even though the numbers are now in the astronomical billions, the philosophy remains grounded in the same economic principles that guided the Bengals through five straight playoff appearances from the previous decade to back-to-back AFC title game berths the last two seasons:
Training Room Facelift Mirrors Bengals Efficient Playoff Formula
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has bottled his playoff chemistry with a cork of connectivity. Whether it's between coaches and players, offense and defense, veterans and rookies, Taylor has emphasized knocking down walls and the Bengals are literally doing that this offseason as Paycor Stadium's training room undergoes a massive facelift bringing everybody even closer.
Combine Quick Hits: Fellow Buckeyes QB Emulating Burrow; Local Knowledge For Bengals As NFL Mulls TEs
INDIANAPOLIS _ Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin says he only compares Joe Burrow, his quarterback, to Joe Burrow, a Pro Bowler and two-time winner of the AFC North. Another former Ohio State quarterback who has been compared to Burrow appreciates the comparison.
Combine Quick Hits: Jackson Carman In Mix At RT As L.C. Rehabs; Bengals Again Eye Punters In Draft; Lou Soothes Ossai
INDIANAPOLIS _ Returning Wednesday to the spot where at last year's NFL scouting combine he declared he was on the look out for "Glass-Eaters," Bengals offensive line coach Frank Pollack said Jackson Carman chewed enough chards in his two playoff starts to be in the mix at right tackle if La'el Collins isn't ready Opening Day.
Combine Notes: Bengals Scouts 'Hitting On All Cylinders'
INDIANAPOLIS _ If you bump into the Bengals scouts here at the NFL scouting combine, tell them they're having a heck of a decade. And how the next three drafts may have to be better than the last three as they shift from building to maintaining.
At Scouting Combine, NFL Power Bengals Court A Different Offseason: "We're Going To Be Trying To Maintain Our Team"
INDIANAPOLIS _ Two of the Bengals' top decision-makers met the media for the first time this offseason Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine and director of player personnel Duke Tobin and head coach Zac Taylor spoke of a different world beckoning a franchise that has become an NFL power over the past two seasons.
Quarterback History On Side Of Burrow, Bengals As Offseason Kicks Off At Next Week's Scouting Combine
After moves in the last three offseasons have translated into back-to-back AFC title games, what can the Bengals front office do for an encore as it preps for next week's NFL scouting combine? In this Bengals' version of the Roaring '20s, it again revolves around Joe Burrow.
Bengals Salute Inspiration Of Cincinnati Innovator Candice Matthews Brackeen
Candice Matthews Brackeen, who began inspiring change when she found out she was one of 88 black women in the country who do what she does, breaks trends much the same way she roots for the Bengals. With an uncommon singular focus that can still distill the big picture. That's how she became the Bengals' first Inspire Change Changemaker Award winner.
'Mad Scientist,' Lou Anarumo Returns To Bengals Lab To Fire Up More Defensive Gems
Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo may not have been named the head coach in Arizona Tuesday, but "Coach Lou," returns as a centerpiece of Bengals head coach Zac Taylor's remarkably stable AFC power, as well as an immensely popular figure in a Bengals locker room where players routinely drench him with complimentary sobriquets. Such as "the mad scientist," or "the professor."
Intact Bengals Offensive Staff Feels Super Urgency Steering Joe Burrow Into Year Four
It has become increasingly clear that Team Burrow, the offensive staff Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has assembled, is staying intact as offensive coordinator Brian Callahan quoted the quotable Jim Harbaugh.
"Don't try to out-happy, happy."
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Begins Celebration Of The Life Of Riley
PHOENIX, Ariz. _ The euphoria of the announcement and the surrealism of the luncheon have given way to the busy nuts-and-bolts of inducting a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. From crafting a bust to fitting a ring to finding artifacts, Ken Riley's family begins planning for Aug. 5.
Ken Riley's Hall Of Fame Nod Thrills Bengals Of All Stripes
PHOENIX, Ariz. _ Willie Anderson shook off the disappointment of not reaching the Pro Football Hall of Fame Thursday night despite his second straight trip to the finals and echoed all of Bengaldom hailing the election of fellow Bengals Ring of Honor member Ken Riley. "I'm in a good mood because Kenny Riley is in," Anderson said.
Bengals Great Ken Riley Finds A Corner In Canton With Election To Pro Football Hall of Fame
PHOENIX, Ariz. _ Ken Riley II vowed never to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame until his father's induction. The door opened Thursday night when the Hall announced its 2023 class and the date is set for Aug. 5. That's when Bengals Ring of Honor member Ken Riley, the late, great Bengals cornerback, carries his 65 interceptions into the Canton, Ohio, shrine forever.
Right Stuff On Display Super Bowl Week As Paths Of Bengals Great Willie Anderson And Eagles All-Pro Lane Johnson Meet
PHOENIX, Ariz. _ The fate of two Bengals in the finals of the Pro Football Hall of Fame balloting is revealed with the 2023 class Thursday night here during Super Bowl week's red-carpet NFL Honors and the best right tackle of this time is rooting for the best right tackle of his time.
Quick Hits: What Chiefs DC Told Burrow; Former Bengal Bieniemy Backs Willie As Hall Set To Announce Class; Carlos Salutes A.J.
PHOENIX, Ariz. _ Even in the swirl of Super Bowl Opening Night, Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wanted to tell you what he said to Joe Burrow after he finally got the Bengals quarterback on his fourth try in last week's AFC title game.
A.J. Green's Retirement Unleashes Memories For Marvin Lewis And Andy Dalton: 'So Many Plays It Looked Like A Man Against Kids'
A.J. Green, the elastic wide receiver who seemingly made the boundary lines disappear while high-pointing the Bengals to five straight postseason appearances, retired from the NFL Monday the same way he tortured AFC North defenses. With barely a word, he put a bow on his career at age 34 in an Instagram post and then let everybody else do the talking.
Quick Hits Down On The Bengals' Corner
Down here on the corner as the locker room closes up shop, you can get a pretty good representation of the Bengals' offseason as they try to become the first team to win three straight AFC North titles. A few notes and quotes from three cornerbacks heading into different parts of the offseason.
Bengals Begin Offseason Routine After One Of Their Best Seasons Ever Was Far From The Routine
The biggest equalizer in the NFL is the day after every team's last game. Whether you win it to avoid the first draft pick or lose it like the Bengals did in Sunday's AFC title game, the next day is always the same at 0-0.
Bengals Vow They Have What It Takes To Keep Coming Back After AFC Title Escapes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ This is why these Bengals did what no other team did before them in franchise history with those 10 straight wins, back-to-back division titles and Sunday. Playing in a second straight classic conference championship game. This is why Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow thinks Paycor Stadium is a place to be in The Jungle's Roaring '20s
Quick Hits: Bengals Stunned, But 'We're Building A Legacy'; Chiefs Unleash Pass Rush; Mates Rally To Ossai
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Strong safety Vonn Bell, who made one of the winning plays for the Bengals in overtime to win the AFC title game last year, saw this one taken away with three seconds left and choked back tears as they wrestled with the tables turned.
AFC Title Game: Quick Hits From Bengals Coaching And Radio Booths; Why Duffner Has Always Been Viral And Pitcher Breaks Down Burrow
Long before Bengals senior defensive assistant coach Mark Duffner went viral this season with his postgame "They've Got To Play Us!" he was doing it 40 years ago as the up and coming assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for Holy Cross. Just ask current Bengals doctor Kevin Reilly.
Joe Burrow's Business-As-Usual Bengals Go On Road To Court NFL First
Joe Burrow's Bengals, 60 minutes from becoming the first team in the history of the game to go on the road and win back-to-back conference championships, spent their last full day preparing for Sunday's AFC Conference Championship game in Kansas City (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) doing what they do on Fridays.
Bengals Left Tackle Jackson Carman's Postseason Of Opportunity And Mind Over Matter
Jason Krause, who loves Jackson Carman like he's one of his own, has named the text message thread with his other family "Road Trip To Arrowhead." His old head coach, more than most, knows the trail from Fairfield High School to Sunday's AFC title game (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) in Kansas City shows a lot more than talent.
Quick Hits: Bengals Try To Keep Winning Cold War; Hubbard Won't Pick Iconic Moment; Ja'Marr Chase Expecting More Attention
Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard said he voted Thursday to practice on the grass fields outside because Sunday's AFC title game (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) against the Chiefs is on the grass of Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium as the Bengals try to keep winning the Cold War.
Quick Hits From Bengals Coaches Corner: Frank Pollack's O-Line Hears His Moral Of The Story; Callahan On Re-Emergence Of The Run
As Bengals offensive line coach Frank Pollack takes his guys into Sunday's AFC title game in Kansas City (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12), they take with them a mighty lesson from last Sunday's 27-10 AFC Divisional win in Buffalo. And other notes and quotes from the coaches.
Mike Hilton: Why He Dominates Bengals' Slot With A Gritty Joy
After he helped beat the Bills from the inside out in last Sunday's AFC Divisional with that gritty joy he plays the slot, his head coach called Mike Hilton, Jr. "the best nickel in all of football," and that's no surprise to his best friend as the Bengals' second straight AFC title game looms Sunday (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) in Kansas City.
Zac Taylor On Bengals' Journey Back To AFC Title Game: 'They Know What It Takes'
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor joins the Steelers' Bill Cowher (2004-05) and the Ravens' John Harbaugh (2011-12) as the only AFC North coaches to take their teams to back-to-back AFC title games. He talks about the journey to Sunday's game (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) in his weekly chat with Bengals.com senior writer Geoff Hobson.
Quick Hits: Bengals Rookie CB Taylor-Britt's Impact; After Another Checkmate, Lou Anarumo's Next Match; Zac Taylor Savors The Ride
Cam Taylor-Britt, the Bengals' most impactful rookie cornerback since Leon Hall in 2007, helped defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo deliver one of his playoff clinics during Sunday's 27-10 AFC Divisional win over the Bills.
Confident Bengals Prep For Another Championship Game: 'We're A More Complete Team'
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ The Bengals' confidence these days is as long and as well-earned as the cigar Bengals cornerback Eli Apple made sure to puff Sunday in front of the media that documented its second straight trip to the AFC title game with an old-fashioned 27-10 pasting of the Bills in the AFC Divisional that was as much a coaching masterpiece as it was another clutch effort.
Bengals Win Chance To Defend AFC Title: Take A Bow O-Line
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y _The Bengals danced through the snow and into the visitors' locker room at Highmark Stadium singing about the refunds the NFL has to send to the folks who bought tickets to the AFC Title Game That Never Was. But the people who really should get their money back after the 27-10 Divisional win over the Bills are those who bet against the Bengals' night-at-the-improv offensive line as the three backups grabbed center stage.