October 22, 2014

Draft Countdown: Day 24

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25.

  Continuing the draft coutndown in advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, here’s Day 23 (a day late). Did you know? Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. was nearly hired in the Baltimore Colts personnel department before joining ESPN.   Bengals Thought: Kiper predicted Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree for the Bengals in his latest [...]

Draft Countdown: Day 25

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I’m happy to report that I’ve finally emerged from a bout of seclusion that would have made a hermit cringe. For the past year, I’ve been busy writing a book about the NFL Draft that should be published later this month. And because I bleed orange and black, it will feature a healthy amount of [...]

A Failure To Communicate

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Frustration with the lack of activity from the Bengals is reaching a level I haven’t seen since Mike Brown’s press conference following the 2010 season announcing Marvin Lewis’ new contract. Fans see the mountain of cash that the Bengals are sitting on (the tallest in the league) then look at the short list of transactions [...]

Free Agency Around The AFCN [UPDATE 2]

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For the fans of teams like the Seahawks and the Broncos, the start of free agency has been a double-scoop of football goodness. For us Bengals fans, however, it has been about as appetizing as a rice cake with a side of celery. Healthy, disciplined, and boring. Let’s make ourselves feel better by looking around [...]

It Will Be OK, I Promise

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We go through this every year. The doors to the candy store burst open, and all the kids on the street flood the shop with gluttonous screams as they race toward the prizes of NFL Free Agency they have been dreaming of for months. Meanwhile, Bengals fans sit outside on the curb watching all of [...]

When Will FAs Demand Front-Loaded Contracts?

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As I was scanning the headlines this weekend, the impending release of James Harrison by the Steelers was one that came up a number of times. I couldn’t help but smile at the though of Harrison being told, “Sorry, Jimbo, but you ain’t that good any more.” But then a question began to form in [...]

Right On Target: Little Free Agent News

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In the first few days of free agency, the Bengals are generally about as active as a university library on a Friday night. This year is shaping up no differently. If you were watching the headlines over the weekend for teams looking to bring in new guys, you saw plenty of teams being discussed. But [...]

High Priced FAs Are A Mixed Bag

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Every year we build our free agent “Wish List” that will turn a weakness into a strength in one fell swoop. Every year the front office at PBS marks those names off of their list, replacing them with guys who elicit groans, tirades, or questions (“Hey Mike, who the **** is…?”) Free agency is built [...]

Bring Takeo Home

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On Thursday, the San Diego Chargers announced that they released Takeo Spikes, making him a free agent. So if he follows through with his intention to play in 2013, it will have to be with another team. That team should be the Cincinnati Bengals.

Options At Backup Quarterback

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Despite the complaints of a small (but vocal) minority of fans, Andy Dalton will undoubtedly be the starting quarterback in 2013. The coaching staff knows that he has to improve his level of play, as evidenced by recent comments from Jay Gruden, but they are also committed to giving him every opportunity to take that [...]