July 30, 2014

A Trade Would Be Nice

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Reports surfaced this week that the Kansas City Chiefs have negotiated a trade to acquire Alex Smith, sending the #34 pick and a conditional pick in 2014 to the San Francisco 49ers. With five picks between #31 and #93, the rich get richer. It got me thinking about how nice it would be if the [...]

Draft Strategy Recap: The Top Priorities

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Over the past few days, I have taken a look at the positions that have significant needs to be addressed either through free agency or the draft. I put a poll with each to gauge your opinions on how the Bengals should approach each position. And you have spoken.

Draft Strategy: Offensive Line

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The offensive line is not slated for an overhaul like the running backs or linebackers, and it isn’t in need of a significant addition like safety or receiver. But there is still a significant move to be made: re-signing Andre Smith. If the front office cannot get that deal done, then there will be another [...]

Draft Strategy: Linebackers

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The linebacker group is another position that could be in for a complete overhaul this offseason. All of the veteran players are currently free agents. How many are worth bringing back? Could the Bengals turn them all loose and start over?

Draft Strategy: Running Backs

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Another position headed for an overhaul is the running backs. Only BJGE and Dan Herron are signed with them team past March 11. With the rest as free agents, now is a perfect time to reshape a position that has been a significant culprit in the under-performing offense.

Too Smart By Half?

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On Thursday, PFT (among many outlets) ran a story

Draft Strategy: Secondary

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When is the last time you can remember the Bengals having a formidable secondary? Not just good corners (Joseph/Hall), but an entire secondary? It’s been a while. You might cite the ’05 team that generated turnovers at a prolific rate, but I could also argue that their steep decline in ’06 indicated that they were [...]

Draft Strategy: Receivers

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Until free agency begins in a few weeks, it is difficult to know just how the Bengals are crafting their approach to the draft. And the group that we could debate about most over what the right approach would be is the wide receivers.

Focus On: Safeties

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This position has been more patchwork than plan for too long. It is time the Bengals take a quality safety high in the draft or snatch a guy the way the 49ers swooped in and stole Donte Whitner a couple of years ago.

Congratulations, Ravens

ray-lewis

As unexcited as I was about the teams participating in this year’s Super Bowl, congratulations are still in order to the winner. So here is a tip of the hat to the Baltimore Ravens, along with as many nice things as I can muster. (Sorry it isn’t a longer list.)