September 18, 2014

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 [...]

Focus On: Cornerbacks

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Sometimes in sports, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I would say that was the case with the Bengals’ corners this year. Largely a group of cast-offs from other teams, the team ended up ranked 7th in passing defense for the season. Who would have guessed that to start the season?

Question Marks vs Weaknesses

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The natural tendency for most people — analysts, fans and rivals alike — is to assume that any question mark about a team is by definition a weakness. If a player or position group is not considered a strength, then he/they must be a weakness, right? Not necessarily. It is understandable to want to see [...]

Relax! Part Two: CB

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Yesterday I addressed  the incessant hand-wringing in Who Dey-ville regarding the second starting WR position.  Today, I’ll look at another area that seems to get a lot of publicity from fans and “experts” alike:  The cornerbacks. It seems this area of the team is concerning to the overpaid and blowhard “pundits,” and with all due [...]

Bengals Add Newman; Ship Rivers to NYG

Thanks for...well...not a heck of a lot.

  Hello Newman!! It seems the Bengals are far from done retooling the roster in advance of the draft.  Reports surfaced today that the team finally reached an agreement with DB Terence Newman on a one-year deal, and they sent disappointing linebacker Keith Rivers to the Giants for a 5th-round pick.  Newman, formerly of Dallas, [...]