Cincinnati Bengals


5 things for Bengals fans to watch at next week’s NFL Combine

Indianapolis will be the center of the football world next week when it hosts the annual NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. More than 300 draft-eligible players will be poked, prodded, drilled and interviewed in preparation for the NFL Draft April 26-28. Players begin arriving Tuesday and on-field workouts start Friday. Here are five things to watch for at this year’s Combine: Podium...
5 reasons drafting QB would make sense for the Bengals

5 reasons drafting QB would make sense for the Bengals

Before we get started, let me say two things. First: I doubt the Bengals will draft Lamar Jackson even though I believe it could make them better in the long run.  Second: I am always a proponent of sitting a quarterback early in his career. Perhaps that makes the Bengals and Jackson a more natural fit in my eyes than someone else’s.  Admittedly, this is more a fun thought experiment...
Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

In my view, Mina Kimes did an excellent job examining a topic that has become rather tortured over the past two years.  It doesn’t gloss over problems nor overemphasize any of them, either, which puts her in the minority of people who have tried to tackle this topic.  At this point, I have come to the conclusion just about everything that has been cited as a possible reason for declining...
Cincinnati Bengals: Lessons from AJ McCarron debacle

Cincinnati Bengals: Lessons from AJ McCarron debacle

The main takeaway from Cincinnati backup quarterback AJ McCarron being declared an unrestricted free agent, as with most of the events of the last two years, is not to trust the Bengals’ judgment anymore.  The organization had a nice run there for a while starting with the surprising first return of Marvin Lewis as coach after the 2010 season, but not much has gone right since Jeremy Hill...
Report: AJ McCarron wins grievance against Cincinnati Bengals

Report: AJ McCarron wins grievance against Cincinnati Bengals

An independent arbiter has ruled in favor of AJ McCarron in his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a Tweet from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, meaning the quarterback will be an unrestricted free agent this season. That means he is free to sign with any team, including the Bengals, which isn’t likely given Andy Dalton’s hold on the starting job and McCarron&rsquo...
Bengals sign free-agent offensive lineman

Bengals sign free-agent offensive lineman

The Cincinnati Bengals signed free agent offensive lineman Bobby Hart on Wednesday. A fourth-year player from Florida State, Hart appeared in 33 games with 21 starts in three season with the New York Giants. ›› AJ McCarron ruling expected this week He played in 10 games with seven starts in 2017 before the Giants waived him the day before the season finale after he reportedly refused...
Cincinnati Bengals: AJ McCarron ruling expected Thursday

Cincinnati Bengals: AJ McCarron ruling expected Thursday

AJ McCarron is expected to find out this week what type of free agent he is.  The Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback has argued he should be free to sign with any team (unrestricted) while the team believes it should have some control over where he goes (restricted).  An arbitrator will decide, and that decision is set for Thursday per statements by McCarron late last month. ...
Pair of Cincinnati Bengals greats weigh in on Marvin Lewis returning as coach

Pair of Cincinnati Bengals greats weigh in on Marvin Lewis returning as coach

This got lost in the Super Bowl shuffle of news last weekend, but it’s worth a second look.  While Marvin Lewis’ return to the Cincinnati Bengals as coach caused a lot of head-scratching locally and nationally, two famous former Bengals in the media told the team website they approve.  Both Cris Collinsworth and Boomer Esiason seem to think the team is not far from returning...
NFL offseason schedule and Bengals to-do list

NFL offseason schedule and Bengals to-do list

Here are four words no football fan wants to hear (or read): “Welcome to the offseason.”  On the one hand, it’s nice for every every team that didn’t win the Super Bowl to get a chance to hit the rest button.  Then again… there won’t be another NFL game for about six months.  To navigate that period of time, here’s a rundown of the key points...
Super Bowl ratings decline but news not all bad

Super Bowl ratings decline but news not all bad

A thrilling Super Bowl win for the Eagles over the Patriots did not prevent the game’s ratings from declining for a third straight year.  According to numbers from Nielsen, Super Bowl LII earned a 47.4 rating.  That is lowest since 2010’s rating of 46.4, although 2018 marks the fourth time in the past nine years the game had a rating in the 47 range.  The best number of...
Sports Today: Takeaways from a classic Super Bowl

Sports Today: Takeaways from a classic Super Bowl

Big thanks to the Eagles and Patriots for putting on a great Super Bowl, eh?  I predicted a Philadelphia win, but I think that’s the only part I got right.  I thought it would be more of a defensive slugfest like the games the Pats lost to the Giants, but Nick Foles and New England’s offensive line outperformed expectations.  Philly finally got to Tom Brady in the end, though...
Area connections on Eagles roster celebrate Super Bowl win

Area connections on Eagles roster celebrate Super Bowl win

Former Cincinnati Bengals kicker Jake Elliott didn’t have to make his 46-yard field goal attempt with 1:05 remaining for the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LII. But the kick still came with plenty of pressure. Had Elliott, who was one of several players in the game with area connections, missed, the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady would have had the ball at their own 36...
Site of NFL’s first game is inconspicuous today

Site of NFL’s first game is inconspicuous today

A couple of miles north of downtown Dayton, the home of the first NFL game leaves plenty to the imagination.  At least that’s what I found at Triangle Park on Friday afternoon, two days before Super Bowl LII will be played in Minnesota.  The air temperature at the site of the NFL’s first game and its next one were probably pretty similar, but that’s about it.  Heck...
Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

Sports Today: Super Bowl edition

So, who’s gonna win the Super Bowl?  I am going with the Eagles over the Patriots.  Is that to go against the grain?  Maybe a little bit, but this feels like it is leading up to a classic upset in the making.  Obviously, New England has the best coach in NFL history and the ultimate trump card in Tom Brady.  They proved again last season they can overcome almost anything...
Alter grad Thuney can make history in Super Bowl LII

Alter grad Thuney can make history in Super Bowl LII

Mike and Beth Thuney readily admit they are spoiled. The Centerville residents are in Minneapolis to watch their son, Alter graduate Joe Thuney, play in his second consecutive Super Bowl as the starting guard for the New England Patriots. “Everybody gives us grief about the dynasty things and there’s definitely a sense from non-Patriots fans of ‘enough is enough,’” Mike...
Trotwood’s Grigsby family eager for their version of Freezer Bowl at the Super Bowl

Trotwood’s Grigsby family eager for their version of Freezer Bowl at the Super Bowl

Trotwood resident Ernestine Grigsby is in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, and as eager as she is to attend the game, she’s most looking forward to the three-ring circus. “I’m at my happiest when I’m with my boys, and I can’t wait to spend time with those clowns,” Griggs laughed, referring to sons Bam Bradley, Chris Wright and Nicholas Grigsby, the latter of whom...
Sports Today: Beat goes on for Buckeyes against Archie’s Hoosiers

Sports Today: Beat goes on for Buckeyes against Archie’s Hoosiers

I guess renewing the rivalry will have to wait.  Ohio State beat Indiana last night, and it wasn’t much of a contest.  Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes led for all but 1:30 en route to a 71-56 victory that guaranteed a winning Big Ten record in the coach’s first season in Columbus.  The Buckeyes, of course, are thinking of bigger things after Holtmann’s hiring reinvigorated...
Watch: Bengals player sets Guinness World Record at Pro Bowl

Watch: Bengals player sets Guinness World Record at Pro Bowl

Cincinnati Bengals long snapper Clark Harris will make his first Pro Bowl appearance Sunday afternoon, but he wasn’t waiting for the game to make his mark. On Saturday in Orlando, Harris set a Guinness World Record for the longest snap, hiking the ball 36 yards and 8 inches to break the previous mark of 33 yards. A nine-year veteran from Rutgers, Harris has delivered 1,284 consecutive snaps...
Pro football: Can the new XFL be a success?

Pro football: Can the new XFL be a success?

The sports world is buzzing today about the announcement Vince McMahon is getting back into the professional football business.  That begs one obvious question: Can another pro football league succeed?  Only time will tell, but there are several reasons it’s worth a shot.  NFL teams take 90 players to training camp and cut almost half of them before the start of the season...
3 Ohio State Buckeyes are rated highest as NFL draft process ramps up

3 Ohio State Buckeyes are rated highest as NFL draft process ramps up

Although there is no shortage of NFL draft information all year round these days, things don’t really start to get serious until the senior all-star games roll around.  With the East-West Shrine Game having been held last weekend and the Senior Bowl coming Saturday, that makes this a good time to take a look at where some players of interest rank as the evaluation process really ramps up...
Bengals QB Dalton finalist for NFLPA Community Award

Bengals QB Dalton finalist for NFLPA Community Award

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is one of five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP. The other finalists are Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ›› Bengals Report Card...
Andy Dalton or Nick Foles? Depends on the month

Andy Dalton or Nick Foles? Depends on the month

On the heels of our wildly successful discussion about whether or not Andy Dalton is better than Blake Bortles (anymore), there is only one logical next step.  Who is better: Andy Dalton or Tom Brady?  Just kidding… But seriously, have you seen the guy who is quarterbacking the team that will oppose Brady’s Patriots in the Super Bowl?  Let’s talk about whether or...
Super Bowl LII: A look at the area players, former Bengals in the game

Super Bowl LII: A look at the area players, former Bengals in the game

When the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, there will be a number of players with local connections. Some played for area high schools or colleges, others are former members of the Cincinnati Bengals, and one began his coaching career nearby. Here is a look at the local flavor in Super Bowl LII: The 2011 Alter High School grad already has one ring and has...
Cincinnati Bengals: Ranking the team’s 10 unrestricted free agents

Cincinnati Bengals: Ranking the team’s 10 unrestricted free agents

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he didn’t “win” anything in his postseason meetings with team owner and president Mike Brown prior to signing a two-year contract extension. But Lewis hinted at some changes and was more direct about others during a 40-minute press conference – the longest of his 15-year tenure with the Bengals – that...
Bengals long snapper headed to Pro Bowl

Bengals long snapper headed to Pro Bowl

A third Cincinnati Bengals player has been named to the Pro Bowl after long snapper tweeted that the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff extended the invitation to him Tuesday afternoon. Harris joins defensive tackle Geno Atkins and wide receiver A.J. Green as Pro Bowl selections of the Bengals, although Green will not be playing due to an undisclosed injury. Long snappers are not voted to the Pro...
Bengals defensive end makes all-rookie team

Bengals defensive end makes all-rookie team

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson has been voted to the Pro Football Writer Association All-Rookie Team. A fourth-round pick out of Auburn, Lawson recorded 8.5 sacks, which were just a half sack shy of the team lead despite playing just 41.6 percent of the defensive snaps. The other three defensive lineman on the all-rookie team — Cleveland’s Myles Garrett, Philadelphia&rsquo...
Cincinnati Bengals fans taking their turn giving to another QB’s charity

Cincinnati Bengals fans taking their turn giving to another QB’s charity

In the latest reminder there is more to sports than wins and losses, Cincinnati Bengals fans are opening their hearts — and wallets — for the foundation of an opposing team’s quarterback.  The Blake Bortles Foundation reportedly has collected close to $5,000 from Bengals fans who heeded Cincinnati radio host Mo Egger’s calls to give to the Jaguars quarterback’s foundation...
Bengals land guard, Ohio State defender in mock draft

Bengals land guard, Ohio State defender in mock draft

In Matt Miller’s latest mock draft for Bleacher Report, the Bengals get stronger up front. Cincinnati lands Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson at No. 12, a coup given that he’s a top five player in the class, according to Miller. “The Bengals offensive line was (and I'm being nice) trash this year,” Miller said. “Both young tackles (Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher) struggled...
Bengals fans show love to Blake Bortles’ foundation after upsetting Steelers

Bengals fans show love to Blake Bortles’ foundation after upsetting Steelers

Bengals fans are thankful the Jaguars sent the Steelers home. So thankful they’re showing it with their pockets. Bengals fans have donated roughly $5,000 to the Blake Bortles Foundation since Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh 45-42 on Sunday. Perhaps the generosity was motivated from Bills fans, who donated to Andy Dalton’s foundation after the Bengals upset the Ravens to put Buffalo in...
Sports Today: Does Jags postseason success mean Bengals have a fighting chance?

Sports Today: Does Jags postseason success mean Bengals have a fighting chance?

After a three-day weekend there’s one obvious question to ask this morning: Was the NFL divisional round good or bad for the Cincinnati Bengals?  Well, it probably won’t affect the team.  They are going to be the same either way. That’s kind of their thing.  Even when there are changes, I have succumbed to the feeling the Bengals are the Bengals. They’re not...
Bengals were only team to blow 14-point halftime lead - twice

Bengals were only team to blow 14-point halftime lead - twice

The Vikings almost blew a 17-point lead to the Saints on Sunday, but a miraculous touchdown as time expired spared them the infamy. Leaving the Bengals as the only team to squander a halftime lead of 14 or more this season. And they did it twice. Cincinnati led Green Bay 21-7 on Sept. 24 before falling 27-24. It led Pittsburgh 17-3 at the break only to lose 23-20 on Dec. 4. <div></div>...
Bengals fans relish in Steelers’ defeat

Bengals fans relish in Steelers’ defeat

Jacksonville eliminated the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday, and the Bengals fans loved it. Tired of seeing their AFC North adversary and New England run the AFC, Bengals (and other fans) enjoyed the Jaguars’ rise to prominence. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fun Fact: Bengals and Steelers have...
How did ESPN grade the Bengals’ rookie class?

How did ESPN grade the Bengals’ rookie class?

The Bengals’ latest draft class was a story of high highs and low lows. First round pick John Ross had no contributions as a receiver. Fourth round pick Carl Lawson blossomed into the pass rusher they needed. Kicker Jake Elliott was cut, only to find success in Philadelphia. ESPN graded draft classes as perfection, near perfection, average and below average. The Bengals came in at average. &ldquo...
Report: Another former Bengals coach heading to Cleveland

Report: Another former Bengals coach heading to Cleveland

Former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther isn’t the only member of the 2017 Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff the team will playing against in 2018. Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Cleveland Browns have hired former Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach. The move reunites Zampese with Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who was on the...
Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Sports Today: Wright State and Ohio State remain unbeaten with big conference wins

Yesterday we said Ohio State and Wright State faced interesting challenges.  Today we say both passed with flying colors.  The Buckeyes blasted Maryland 91-69 to remain in a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings with Purdue.  The Buckeyes shot the ball well, which is always nice, but perhaps more importantly they held a good Maryland offense below 40-percent shooting. And that...
Bengals hire offensive line coach

Bengals hire offensive line coach

The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Frank Pollack as their offensive line coach. Pollack coached the Dallas Cowboys offensive line from 2015-17. He replaces Paul Alexander, who coached the Bengals offensive line from 1995-2017. ›› New Bengals defensive coordinator introduced While Pollack was signing his new contract in Cincinnati, Alexander was in Dallas interviewing with the Cowboys...
Former Bengals coach interviews with Cowboys

Former Bengals coach interviews with Cowboys

Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander is interviewing for the same position with the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Alexander spent 24 seasons with the Bengals, including 23 in a row as offensive line coach, before head coach Marvin Lewis announced last week he would not be returning. ›› Bengals announce new defensive...
Bengals avoid another trip to London in 2018

Bengals avoid another trip to London in 2018

The Cincinnati Bengals were candidates to return to London for a game in 2018, but that will not be happening after the NFL announced Thursday which six teams will be making the long trip. The Seattle Seahawks will play the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 14 in the first of three London games. The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of playoff teams Oct. 21 or 28. And the...
Austin aims to shape, not overhaul, Bengals defense

Austin aims to shape, not overhaul, Bengals defense

New Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin made two things clear during his introductory press conference Wednesday at Paul Brown Stadium. The first was that there will be some changes to the defense, but not a complete overhaul. And the second was that he chose to come to Cincinnati to win games, not a head coaching job. “The biggest selling point is you have a chance to come...
Sports Today: Dayton’s win part of busy basketball night

Sports Today: Dayton’s win part of busy basketball night

The Dayton Flyers went on the road and took care of business, downing Richmond 87-81 Wednesday night.  Anthony Grant’s team is back to .500 — again.  Is this the time the Flyers turn the corner and start to play like a conference contender?  No one really knows.  Again the formula for success was seniors Josh Cunningham and Darrell Davis leading the way (a combined...
Centerville native Nugent asking for help after home burglarized

Centerville native Nugent asking for help after home burglarized

Centerville native and former Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent is asking for help from the public after his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., was burglarized. Nugent tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the he lost his Bears jersey and helmet, along with game-used cleats and some Christmas gifts in the theft. Nugent played for the Chicago Bears for the final four games of the 2017 season and spending four...
5 things new Bengals defensive coordinator needs to address

5 things new Bengals defensive coordinator needs to address

New Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin takes over a group that has a solid foundation but is in need of some upgrades. With elite players at each level with defensive tackle Geno Atkins, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and emerging star cornerback William Jackson, Austin inherits a more talented group than he left behind in Detroit, where he was the defensive...
Who’s the better QB? Andy Dalton or Blake Bortles?

Who’s the better QB? Andy Dalton or Blake Bortles?

First off, like any self-respecting journalism school graduate, I abhor clickbait.   But sometimes when you just know a topic is gonna get click-baited somewhere, you might as well do the click-baitin yourself, right?  That's how we got to this admittedly questionable moment in my sports journalism career when I just have to ask:  I find it inevitable someone out there with a website...
Sports Today: Fallout from the national championship game, Saban’s decision and more 

Sports Today: Fallout from the national championship game, Saban’s decision and more 

So Alabama had a national championship-caliber quarterback in the bullpen all along?  I guess now we know how the College Football Playoff committee concluded the Crimson Tide were better than anyone else who had a claim to that fourth spot in their tournament.  If they would have just told us that on decision day in December, it could have saved them a lot of grief, but maybe Nick Saban...
Bengals announce new defensive coordinator, new wide receivers coach

Bengals announce new defensive coordinator, new wide receivers coach

The Cincinnati Bengals have added two assistants to Marvin Lewis’ staff with the hiring of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell. Austin was the defensive coodinator in Detroit the last four seasons. “I am excited to add Teryl to our coaching staff as defensive coordinator,” said head coach Marvin Lewis in a release. “He is a bright and aggressive...
New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

New details on arrest of former NFL player, local coach

Court and police records obtained by this news organization provide more details about what happened on Statehouse Court in Sugarcreek Twp. the night former NFL player and current Centerville High School football coach P.K. Sam II was arrested. The records obtained from Xenia Municipal Court allege that the 34-year-old ex-wide receiver broke into his own home after returning from a night in downtown...
COMMENTARY: Cincinnati Bengals bringing back Marvin Lewis boggles the mind

COMMENTARY: Cincinnati Bengals bringing back Marvin Lewis boggles the mind

The Cincinnati Bengals announced late Tuesday afternoon they don’t care about winning or selling tickets.  The second part is a lot more surprising than the first (to be honest).  OK, these things weren’t spelled out specifically in the press release confirming Marvin Lewis will be back as the team’s coach next fall, but they didn’t have to be.  While Lewis...
6 things to know about Bengals win against Ravens

6 things to know about Bengals win against Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals pulled off one of the most stunning wins of the Marvin Lewis era on Sunday when Andy Dalton converted on fourth and 12 by hitting Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left against Baltimore. The improbable score lifted the Bengals to a 31-27 victory and eliminated the Ravens from playoff contention. Here are 6 things to know about the...
Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson excelling after lost rookie season

Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson excelling after lost rookie season

A rough season for the Cincinnati Bengals has produced at least one bright spot. Bouncing back from a lost rookie campaign, cornerback William Jackson III has proven worthy of the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick. Jackson missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in training camp and hasn’t lost a step despite the long layoff from competition. Not only did he gradually...
5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Lions

5 things to watch for in Bengals game vs. Lions

Cincinnati Bengals fans will be hoping for a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past on Sunday when the team plays host to the Detroit Lions at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals are 3-1 when playing at home on Christmas eve. And they are 14-4 in their last 18 home finales, including 8-0 when they don’t have any playoff hopes on the line. That will be the case again as the Bengals sit...
Possible coaching replacements if Cincinnati Bengals move on from Marvin Lewis

Possible coaching replacements if Cincinnati Bengals move on from Marvin Lewis

Whether Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was being honest or simply doing damage control when he said in postgame press conference Sunday that he has not made a decision regarding his future, the reality is that the choice is not his alone to make. Bengals owner and president Mike Brown and the other key decision makers, namely executive vice president Katie Blackburn and vice president...
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on future: ‘I have not made any decisions’

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on future: ‘I have not made any decisions’

Following Sunday’s 34-7 loss at Minnesota, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis denied a report that said he will leave the team at the end of the season. Asked if the report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter was accurate, Lewis said, “No.” “It’s the same report you guys have been reporting on all season,” he added. “There’s nothing changed since...
Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals: It’s complicated

Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals: It’s complicated

The Cincinnati Bengals’ winningest head coach reportedly isn’t coming back next season, and nobody seems surprised or unhappy about it.  What a world, huh?  In case you missed it, ESPN reported Sunday morning Marvin Lewis has decided not to make any effort to return as head coach of the Bengals next season.  His contract is up, and he isn’t going to seek...
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch

While mathematically still alive for the playoffs, the reality of the situation is that today’s game against the Chicago Bears will be more of a test of will and pride than X’s and O’s for the Cincinnati Bengals. And more often than not, the Bengals have passed those types of tests when they’ve been presented with them under head coach Marvin Lewis. In the previous 10 seasons...
Bengals-Steelers: Injuries, ‘dirty’ hits pile up in latest edition of heated rivalry

Bengals-Steelers: Injuries, ‘dirty’ hits pile up in latest edition of heated rivalry

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fourth-quarter takedown of Vontaze Burfict drew mixed reactions among Cincinnati Bengals players after Monday night’s 23-20 loss at Paul Brown Stadium. While some called it a “dirty hit,” others were quick to write it off as an unfortunate football injury typical of a heated rivalry. Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary...
Bengals legend Boomer Esiason on Marvin Lewis’ lame-duck status: ‘I’ve never really seen anything like this’

Bengals legend Boomer Esiason on Marvin Lewis’ lame-duck status: ‘I’ve never really seen anything like this’

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason said his former team needs an infusion of energy, seemingly hinting it might be time for a coaching change. However, when asked specifically if he thought this should be Marvin Lewis’ last year, Esiason backed off his previous statement. Esiason, who led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl in 1988, was one of 20 “Bengals Legends” to be...
Battle of Ohio: 5 things Browns coach Hue Jackson said about the Bengals, his former team

Battle of Ohio: 5 things Browns coach Hue Jackson said about the Bengals, his former team

Cleveland Browns coach and former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson spoke with reporters in Cincinnati on a conference call this week. Here are five takeaways from what he said about his team and the one that used to employ him, as his Browns set to play the Bengals on Sunday in the 89th Battle of Ohio: Jackson speaks with the Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis every week – except when...
This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

The Cincinnati Bengals have played six times on Nov. 26, and they are 3-3 in those contests. Here is a look at each game: Nov. 26, 2006 – Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 0 at Cleveland Browns Stadium Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Chris Henry and one to T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the Bengals improved to 6-5. Following the first TD pass to Henry, Shayne Graham kicked his 158th...
Predicting Bengals-Browns and all Week 12 games

Predicting Bengals-Browns and all Week 12 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 12 of NFL games. Minnesota Vikings (8-2) at Detroit Lions (6-4) Never pick against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Pick: Lions 27, Vikings 24 Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5) Never pick against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Pick: Cowboys 31, Chargers 24 Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter New York Giants (2-8) at Washington...
Cincinnati Bengals: Former first-round pick could be in line for more action with Pacman concussed

Cincinnati Bengals: Former first-round pick could be in line for more action with Pacman concussed

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones missed his second consecutive practice Thursday due to the concussion he suffered Sunday in the 24-20 loss at Tennessee, which means it’s unlikely he will play Sunday at Denver. That could create an opportunity for William Jackson to make his second NFL start if he is able to recover from the toe injury that forced him out of the Titans game in the...
Predicting Bengals-Titans and all Week 10 games

Predicting Bengals-Titans and all Week 10 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 10 of NFL games. Green Bay Packers (4-4) at Chicago Bears (3-5) The Packers have won 12 of 14 vs. the Bears, but those were with Aaron Rodgers. Pick: Bears 17, Packers 16 Cleveland Browns (0-8) at Detroit Lions (4-4) This is the week … that looks like all other weeks. Pick: Lions 34, Browns 10 ›› Nov....
Bengals AJ McCarron able to laugh about trade that wasn’t

Bengals AJ McCarron able to laugh about trade that wasn’t

Hearing that his trade to Cleveland had fallen apart when the Browns failed to submit paperwork in time was not the most disappointing thing Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron had to deal with on Halloween. “What I’m more upset about is we got all that candy and nobody showed up to the house,” McCarron joked with reporters who had flocked to his locker Wednesday afternoon...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Colts

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Colts

The win means the Cincinnati Bengals are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. The way they went about it might suggest otherwise. The Bengals had their hands full with a reeling Indianapolis Colts team Sunday night afternoon and appeared headed toward a long week of uncomfortable conversations before defensive end Carlos Dunlap rescued them. Dunlap’s 16-yard interception return for a touchdown...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Bills

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Bills

Just like that, the 0-3 start is a distant memory after the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills 20-16 Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The win moves the Bengals to 2-3 heading into their bye week, while the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers lost at home to Jacksonville to fall to 3-2. »RELATED: Bengals rally to beat Bills; move one game behind Steelers Here are...
Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests

Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests

Regardless of the way some people try to twist their message, they say they are not anti-American. They’re not against the national anthem, the flag or the military. And they’re certainly not SOBs. Late Sunday afternoon – following their 31-7 blowout of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Stadium – a trio of Cincinnati Bengals players showed themselves to be passionate,...
5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Browns

5 things to know about Bengals win vs. Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals took their first step toward rescuing a lost season Sunday at Cleveland in a battle of winless teams. The Bengals shook off a sluggish start and dominated the Browns for the final three quarters of a 31-7 triumph at FirstEnergy Stadium. The win moved Cincinnati to 1-3 with a home game against Buffalo (3-1) looming next Sunday ahead of the bye week. The Browns fell to 0-4...
6 things to know about Bengals loss to Packers

6 things to know about Bengals loss to Packers

The Cincinnati Bengals got the Bill Lazor era off to a fast start Sunday at Green Bay before eventually wilting in the rare September heat and even rarer talent that is Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback rallied his team from a 14-point deficit with a pair of second-half touchdown passes, including a 3-yarder to Jordy Nelson with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Bengals...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stopped just short of calling Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore in the season opener the most disappointing of his career. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been…,” he said before stopping himself. “It was a disappointing football game.” Here are five things to know about what went wrong...
6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2017 season at home Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a team they have beaten six of the last seven times overall and five of the six at Paul Brown Stadium. A Bengals team already bursting with youth will be even younger in the opener due to the suspensions of cornerback Adm Jones and Vontaze Burfict. The team could have as many as 13 players making their NFL...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

On Saturday Cethan Carter got the call. On Sunday, the car. Carter, a tight end from Nebraska, knew making the Cincinnati Bengals roster as an undrafted rookie was a longshot, so there was no reason to bring his car to town. But after he got a call from head coach Marvin Lewis on Saturday morning, his parents made the drive from New Orleans to bring him his car. “It means a lot, it means everything...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

The Cincinnati Reds are really working hard to erase all the positives they established in the first half of the season.  OK, that’s probably overstating it a bit. Maybe.  As things stand, they still have proven they have solid-or-better players at all eight every-day positions with Jesse Winker still a wild card and Nick Senzel on the way.  The overburdened bullpen has had some...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their final full practice of training camp Wednesday, and the first one void of any fans. After a walk-through Thursday, the Bengals will take Friday off and then face Kansas City on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium. After that, the schedule shifts into regular-season mode, where media are kicked out of practice after 30 minutes. That makes this final observation article...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

After a weekend spent mostly off the grid, I’m in catch-up mode this morning.  I missed the Bengals’ first preseason game, but my biggest takeaways from Jay Morrison’s takeaways were that new defensive ends Chris Smith and Jordan Willis has nice games and the offensive line wasn’t bad.  The ability of those guys — not to mention running back Joe Mixon...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

After unfurling banners, standing sculptures and counting down legends to honor their 50th season, the Cincinnati Bengals will finally get to hit the field, and an opponent, at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both teams’ preseason opener. Other than a couple of goal-line plays, the Bengals haven’t done any live tackling through the first 11 days of camp, which...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

If you’re really into the whole, “Hunter Greene is the next face of baseball,” thing, well, last night was a good night for you.  The Reds’ first-round draft pick made his professional debut last night in Billings, Mont., and he stroked a two-run triple for his first hit as a Mustang.  Greene is a prospect as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he got his feet wet...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

The star of day four of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was Joe Mixon if social media is any indication.  He put on a show at practice, reminding everyone he has a unique blend of size, speed and open-field elusiveness.  Mixon moves very fluidly, especially for a 228-pounder.  If he can give the Bengals a breakaway runner to go with the vertical receiving threats of A.J. Green and...
Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their first full-padded practice of training camp on Monday but did not do any live tackling periods. Here are some observations from the fourth practice, which drew a crowd of 1,350. Sooner speed Second-round pick Joe Mixon has flashed his speed since the start of camp, but he was at his most explosive Monday when he right tackle Jake Fisher and right guard Trey Hopkins...
Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals got going over the weekend down on the riverfront and…. so far, so good.  On offense, the big story was thought to be Tyler Eifert and John Ross getting clean bills of health.  Then everyone saw Giovani Bernard looking like, well, Giovani Bernard despite having ACL surgery less than eight months ago.  This is a huge development for a team with...
Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Maybe the first day of practice isn’t the time to make sweeping statements about a football team, but here’s one anyway: Ohio State’s offense won’t be held back by coaching this year.  New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said everything Buckeye fans should want to hear about fixing the scoring unit after day one of preseason practice.  While quickening the...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

With Andre Smith missing Tuesday’s practice due to illness, three young players saw increased reps at right guard, with Alex Redmond being the biggest beneficiary. Redmond, who spent all of 2016 on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA, got the bulk of the work ahead of Trey Hopkins, another 2016 undrafted college free agent and Christian Westerman, last year&rsquo...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make sure we feel good about it.” After drafting...
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Less than 24 hours after hearing his named showered in boos after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Friday, controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon when he arrived at the team’s draft party at Paul Brown Stadium. “It means a lot,” Mixon said. “Just to come here, walk in and...
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