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Sports Today: Sorting out reactions to the Reds’ firing Bryan Price

Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams said pretty much exactly what I wanted to hear in regards to the firing of Bryan Price.  Beyond that, I have seen the argument made that firing Price was pointless because the team wasn’t really good enough to win.  That’s a pretty dumb way to look at it.  For one thing, it ignores just how terrible the Reds have been since...
Breaking down the Bengals schedule game by game

Breaking down the Bengals schedule game by game

The Cincinnati Bengals will play three of their first four games and three of their final four on the road, and they have just one primetime game. The last time they played three of their first four on the road was 2012. The last time they played three of final four on the road was 2009. The last time they did both? Never. This season also will be the first time since 2011 they aren’t scheduled...
Bengals open, close 2018 season on the road

Bengals open, close 2018 season on the road

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2018 season at Indianapolis and end it at Pittsburgh. The schedule, which the NFL announced tonight, has the Bengals playing three of their first four and three of their final four on the road. That means the team will play six of eight at home from Week 5 through Week 13. The Bengals only have one primetime game, which comes in Week 2 on Thursday night against...
Bengals single-game tickets to go on sale Thursday

Bengals single-game tickets to go on sale Thursday

The Cincinnati Bengals will begin selling single-game tickets the instant the schedule is revealed at 8 p.m. Thursday, the team announced today. “This is the first time single game tickets to all regular season home games will be available as soon as the schedule is released,” Director of Ticket Sales and Service Duane Haring said in a press release. “We’re excited to eliminate...
5 predictions for the Bengals 2018 schedule

5 predictions for the Bengals 2018 schedule

The Cincinnati Bengals will find out who they open the 2018 season against — and where — at 8 p.m. Thursday when the NFL announces its regular-season schedule. The Bengals already know who their 16 opponents will be. They will face Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Oakland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Miami at home, and Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Carolina, Atlanta...
Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Nothing represents the craziness of the NFL draft better than the juxtaposition of J.T. Barrett and Malik Zaire.  For the second time in their lives, the two quarterbacks are pretty much peers.  Five years after being four-star college football prospects, their potential in the pros is much more in doubt — even though virtually nothing about the intervening years is similar. ...
Alter grad Zaire works out for Bengals alongside OSU’s Barrett

Alter grad Zaire works out for Bengals alongside OSU’s Barrett

As two of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class, J.T. Barrett and Malik Zaire struck up a friendship at the Elite 11 quarterback camp and have remained close since. But while Barrett went on to become the all-time leading passer at Ohio State, Zaire was stuck in a backup role at Notre Dame, and the two never got to compete against each other. Until Tuesday. Zaire, an Alter High School...
J.T. Barrett on NFL draft prospects: ‘I don’t think I’m a finished product yet’

J.T. Barrett on NFL draft prospects: ‘I don’t think I’m a finished product yet’

What’s J.T. Barrett been up to since finishing up at Ohio State?  Football.  The former Buckeye quarterback has learned that he needs to be ready for anything — any time — when it comes to preparing for the NFL Draft.  Of course there is the physical side of it, making sure he is in shape for any workouts that might be scheduled on short notice, but he’s also...
Dalton says Bengals in for ‘complete change’ in 2018

Dalton says Bengals in for ‘complete change’ in 2018

When the Cincinnati Bengals announced a two-year contract extension for head coach Marvin Lewis on Jan. 2, the sentiment from most of those outside of Paul Brown Stadium was “more of the same” and “nothing’s every going to change.” But with the players reporting for the first day of voluntary offseason workouts Monday, the feeling inside the locker room was much different...
Sports Today: Blue Jackets halfway to a breakthrough as Reds’ descent continues

Sports Today: Blue Jackets halfway to a breakthrough as Reds’ descent continues

The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a strong early case to be the story of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The CBJ went to Washington and won the first two games against the Capitals, who are favored by seeding but seen as vulnerable by just about everyone who follows hockey.  That is because the Capitals have a tendency to disappoint at this time of the season, but also because the Blue Jackets...
Latest mock draft has Bengals going different direction, same position

Latest mock draft has Bengals going different direction, same position

Since the last mock draft , the New England Patriots have added a first-round pick, Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito retired and there are still shifting thoughts and deceptive dances across the rest of the NFL landscape. So here is a look at how I think the first round of the draft will play out April 26. And it’s an ideal scenario for both of Ohio’s teams....
Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Sports Today: Another Vontaze Burfict letdown for the Bengals

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Vontaze Burfict has been suspended by the NFL.  I happen to agree with those in charge of the Cincinnati Bengals who have suggested Burfict gets a bad rap at times, but how long can the team continue to rely on a player who is so often unavailable to play in its games?  At least his new contract allows the team to recoup some of the...
Burfict loses appeal, four-game suspension official

Burfict loses appeal, four-game suspension official

The NFL officially announced the four-game suspension for Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict that was first reported last month. The announcement means Burfict lost his appeal of the suspension for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances. ›› RELATED: Bengals invite 40 to local player workout While he is ineligible for the first four games of the regular...
Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 5 defensive back prospects

Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 5 defensive back prospects

Since 2012 the Cincinnati Bengals have spent a first-round pick on a cornerback every even year, signaling how important the franchise thinks it is to keep that position stocked to stay competitive in the pass-first NFL. It began with Dre Kirkpatrick in 2012, followed by Darqueze Dennard in 2014 and William Jackson in 2016. All three of them are still on the roster, but adding another first-rounder...
Bengals announce preseason opponents

Bengals announce preseason opponents

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2018 preseason at home against the Chicago Bears the weekend of Aug. 9-12, the team announced today. Also part of the schedule is a trip to Dallas to the play the Cowboys the weekend of Aug. 16-19 and a Week 3 dress rehearsal on national television against some familiar faces in Buffalo on Sunday, Aug. 26. ›› Full list of 40 players the Bengals invited...
Bengals invite 40 local players to pre-draft workout

Bengals invite 40 local players to pre-draft workout

The Cincinnati Bengals will hold their local player workout next Tuesday, April 17, at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals have invited 40 draft-eligible players to participate in an on-field session. NFL teams are permitted to hold a workout for players who played their high school and/or college careers in the team’s metro area. Here is the tentative list of players scheduled to participate, followed...
Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 4 prospects at linebacker

Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 4 prospects at linebacker

If there is one position where the Cincinnati Bengals have struggled to convert picks into value of late, it’s linebacker. But if there is a position where need alone would dictate the direction of the team’s first-round pick, it would be linebacker, especially with Vontaze Burfict facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The...
Hartman: Of course Mike Brown would ask free agent Eric Reid about kneeling during the anthem

Hartman: Of course Mike Brown would ask free agent Eric Reid about kneeling during the anthem

If Mike Brown really did ask free agent safety Eric Reid about kneeling during the national anthem (as reported), the Cincinnati Bengals owner was merely being prudent — and acknowledging a reality that seems to be ignored most of the time.  The act has obscured the message since Colin Kaepernick, Reid’s former teammate with the 49ers, first sat during the anthem two years ago...
Bengals announce dates for start of rookie camp, training camp

Bengals announce dates for start of rookie camp, training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals will report to training camp on Thursday, July 26, the team announced Wednesday. That means the first public practice likely will be Friday, July 27. Times and dates for all camp practices will be formally announced later this summer. ›› Ranking all 16 Bengals first-round picks under Marvin Lewis The team also announced the rookie minicamp will be held the weekend...
Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 5 defensive tackle prospects

Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 5 defensive tackle prospects

In the Cincinnati Bengals’ perfect world, they sign Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins to an extension before the start of the season to ensure he stays in stripes through at least 2021. But even working under the assumption they will agree on a new deal won’t stop the team from drafting another defensive tackle this year, perhaps as early as the first round. History, however, might...
Sports Today: Hunter Greene gives Dragons fans night to remember, Reds fans reason to hope

Sports Today: Hunter Greene gives Dragons fans night to remember, Reds fans reason to hope

Long-time director of media relations Tom Nichols called it a night unlike any other in Dayton Dragons history.  Hunter Greene proved several things in his Class A debut Monday night at Fifth Third Field, including that the young phenom is human.  He battled through adversity in the first and third innings, showing not only a blazing fastball and deceptive slider but also the needed stubbornness...
Cincinnati Bengals reportedly meeting with FA Eric Reid

Cincinnati Bengals reportedly meeting with FA Eric Reid

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7, safety Eric Reid #35, and linebacker Eli Harold #58 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel before a game against the New Orleans Saints with the U.S. flag unfurled in honor of the armed services on November, 6 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Saints won 41-23. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals reportedly meeting with FA Eric Reid

Cincinnati Bengals reportedly meeting with FA Eric Reid

Have the Cincinnati Bengals found the man to upgrade their safety situation?  NFL Network reported Monday afternoon the team has scheduled a meeting with Eric Reid, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers.  In February, Pro Football Focus rated Reid the No. 3 safety and No. 42 unrestricted free agent on the market.  He was among the first players to join then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick...
Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 4 prospects at guard

Cincinnati Bengals draft preview: The top 4 prospects at guard

Editor’s note: In the days leading up to the NFL Draft, we will discuss the top prospects at the positions the Cincinnati Bengals are most likely to target. Today’s look is at the guards: In the final two games last year, the Cincinnati Bengals moved their best guard to tackle and rotated a pair of guards with almost no NFL inexperience and still won both games while posting two of their...
Mock Madness: A roundup of Bengals predicted first-round picks

Mock Madness: A roundup of Bengals predicted first-round picks

We’re inside the three-week mark until the NFL Draft, but the prognostication season has been going on for months. You can find mock drafts in every corner of the Internet. It’s Mock Madness. But to keep you from clicking here, there and everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more well-known analysts and who they think the Cincinnati Bengals will select in the first round...
Johnny Manziel reveals just how unready for NFL he was to succeed with the Browns

Johnny Manziel reveals just how unready for NFL he was to succeed with the Browns

Remember when the Cleveland Browns used a first-round pick in the NFL draft on Johnny Manziel?  Well, it turns out that was an even bigger mistake than anyone might have realized at the time.  Just ask Manziel.  The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner told the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday just how unprepared he was for the NFL – and how little the Browns did to make up for his shortcomings...
Former Bengals coach Dave Shula returns to football after decades away

Former Bengals coach Dave Shula returns to football after decades away

Here’s a blast from the past for Bengals fans: Dave Shula is back in coaching.  Yes, that Dave Shula.  For those of you blessedly young enough to have missed pro football in Cincinnati in the 1990s, Shula helped kick off that disastrous decade as coach of the Bengals from 1992-96.  The son of legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula went 19-52 before his tenure mercifully ended seven...
Ranking all the Bengals first-round picks in Marvin Lewis era

Ranking all the Bengals first-round picks in Marvin Lewis era

The Cincinnati Bengals have selected 16 players in the first round during Marvin Lewis’ 15 seasons as head coach. Some of have exceeded expectations, while some have fallen well short. Big things will be expected of whomever the Bengals select with the 21st pick of the draft next month, but until then, here is a look back as we rank the 16 first-round picks of the Lewis era: 16. Chris Perry...
Bengals announce offseason schedule

Bengals announce offseason schedule

The Cincinnati Bengals will begin their voluntary offseason workout program April 16. The first week of on-field OTA practices will be followed May 22-24, followed by sessions May 29-31 and June 4-7. ›› Top free agents remaining for Bengals to consider The mandatory minicamp is set for June 12-14, and the rookie minicamp is tentatively scheduled for May 4-6 — the weekend after...
Cincinnati Bengals: Top remaining NFL free agents

Cincinnati Bengals: Top remaining NFL free agents

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Johnathan Hankins #95 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Top remaining free agents for Cincinnati Bengals to consider

Top remaining free agents for Cincinnati Bengals to consider

NFL transactions have slowed to a trickle even though it’s been less than three weeks since free agency began March 14. Most of the deals are done at a furious pace in the opening 48 hours, but there are still some good players on the market, many of which play positions the Cincinnati Bengals are likely to target in the NFL Draft later this month. But it’s been five years since the Bengals...
Sports Today: Delay shouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for Cincinnati Reds return

Sports Today: Delay shouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for Cincinnati Reds return

Welcome back baseball!  Well, everywhere but Cincinnati (and Washington, but that city gets enough attention as is).  As I sit here on Thursday, I have to say the Reds proactively bumping everything back a day was probably the right call.  Nothing is better than spending 2-3 hours at the ballpark, especially after a long, cold winter, but is there much worse than spending 5-6 hours...
Hartman: NFL invites more problems with latest rule change

Hartman: NFL invites more problems with latest rule change

Did the NFL just take another step toward banning football?   That’s a fair reaction to the new rule against “lowering the head” the league announced Tuesday.   I realize a lot of early freak outs on social media turn out to be overreactions, but in this case extreme concerns are justified.   Literally applying the rule as written would significantly...
Hartman: NFL approves much-needed changes to catch rule

Hartman: NFL approves much-needed changes to catch rule

It’s official: A catch should be more like a catch again this season in the NFL.  The league announced Tuesday that owners have approved a recommendation to change the definition of a catch after years of confusion surrounding the rule.  The rule now reads:  Multiple items describing other steps that were previously used to determine if a catch had occurred were removed, including...
NFL Draft: 5 positions Cincinnati Bengals could target in first round

NFL Draft: 5 positions Cincinnati Bengals could target in first round

The Cincinnati Bengals have always gone after the best player available rather than addressing specific needs, so there is no reason to expect them to stray from that course in 2018, especially after addressing one of their biggest needs by trading for tackle Cordy Glenn earlier this month . But while all options other than quarterback will be on the table when the Bengals...
Anthony Muñoz on sports in Ohio: ‘It’s special’

Anthony Muñoz on sports in Ohio: ‘It’s special’

Anthony Muñoz was a special player for the Cincinnati Bengals for 13 seasons.  In Columbus at the boys’ basketball state championships to be recognized as part of the OHSAA Circle of Champions, the California native explained the special place sports have in Ohio helped convince him to stick around long after his pro football career was over.  His daughter, Michelle, and son...
Here’s how the NFL will define a catch next year (hopefully)

Here’s how the NFL will define a catch next year (hopefully)

Remember how the catch rules in the NFL have been a disaster the last few years?  Apparently that might not be the case anymore.  I hesitate to be too quick to rubberstamp the announcement made by NFL director of officiating Al Riveron, but I would say it’s OK to be optimistic things will be better next season.  If the NFL competition committee recommendation is accepted, figuring...
Changes are coming to the NFL draft broadcasts

Changes are coming to the NFL draft broadcasts

The NFL has announced new ways fans can watch the draft in April, including one that could be intriguing to college football fans in particular.  NFL Network and ESPN will continue broadcasting the annual talent distribution festival, and Fox is jumping in as well via a partnership with the league’s channel.  For the first time ever, the entire draft will be available on broadcast...
Parking lot practices propelled the career of newest Bengals LB

Parking lot practices propelled the career of newest Bengals LB

Preston Brown’s path to the NFL – and ultimately to his hometown Cincinnati Bengals after signing a free-agent contract last week – was fueled by numerous pit stops at Burger King. But rather than burgers and fries, the visits centered around traffic cones and beanbags as Brown’s father, Mike, would help his son, a starter at Louisville, make the adjustment from outside linebacker...
Sports Today: College basketball’s strange new world could benefit Dayton, Ohio State

Sports Today: College basketball’s strange new world could benefit Dayton, Ohio State

Dayton basketball made news yesterday with the entirely unsurprising report Matej Svoboda is leaving the program to return home to the Czech Republic.  That is nothing against him. He might yet turn out to be a quality basketball player for a long time.  However, he was not an Anthony Grant recruit to begin with, he’s older than the average college basketball freshman and various options...
Bodine leaves Bengals for Bills

Bodine leaves Bengals for Bills

Russell Bodine will not return to the Cincinnati Bengals after signing with the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Bodine started all 64 games at center after the Bengals traded up to draft him in the fourth round in 2015. The unrestricted free agent signed a two-year contract with the Bills. ›› Burfict suspended for PED violation The only center on the Bengals roster is T.J. Johnson, a seventh-round...
The 7 worst 21st century Cincinnati sports moments

The 7 worst 21st century Cincinnati sports moments

The next time something bad happens to a Cincinnati sports team, you might want to have a list of the worst recent moments to compare it to.  Here are seven from the 21st century, in chronological order:   You think the hopes were high for Xavier and Cincinnati to do big things in the NCAA tournament this season?  You should have been around at the turn of the century.  Coach...
Tobin: “All options on table” when it comes to Bengals’ QB situation

Tobin: “All options on table” when it comes to Bengals’ QB situation

Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the only position the team would not consider with the No. 9 overall pick was quarterback. That will not be the case when the Bengals pick 12th this year. “All options are on the table,” director of player personnel Duke Tobin said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. But regardless of whether...
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...
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...
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...
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