Cincinnati Bengals


Pro Football Focus pessimistic about Bengals offensive line progress

Pro Football Focus still thinks the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line will be bad this season.  This seems to be predicated on two things: Ohio State rookie Billy Price being no better than last year’s center and Trey Hopkins both being the starting right guard and being no better than he was a year ago.  I’m not sure I agree on any of those points of view.  (You can find...
T.J. Houshmandzadeh recounts embarrassing details from his early Bengals career

T.J. Houshmandzadeh recounts embarrassing details from his early Bengals career

Remember the bad old days of the Cincinnati Bengals?  T.J. Houshmandzadeh does, and this week he offered up a reminder during a visit with Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd.  The former Bengals receiver recounted a few ways the franchise was dysfunctional at the turn of the century.  Turns out when he first got there, players’ access to water and Gatorade was strictly limited. ...
Which new Bengal is most likely to have an immediate impact?

Which new Bengal is most likely to have an immediate impact?

Will Cordy Glenn help the Bengals offensive line protect Andy Dalton better this season?  The team sure hopes so or they wouldn’t have acquired him from the Buffalo Bills via trade prior to the NFL draft.  Pro Football Focus seems to think they are onto something as the site named Glenn one of the 20 players most likely to have an immediate impact on his new team in the NFL this fall...
2 Bengals on list of players favored to win NFL MVP

2 Bengals on list of players favored to win NFL MVP

Online sportsbook Bovada has released its future odds for the NFL MVP award, and there are two Cincinnati Bengals among the list of 48 players. Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green both have odds of 100/1 to win the award, placing them well down the list. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Like our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the favorite at...
Bengals sign final two draft picks

Bengals sign final two draft picks

The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday signed both of their third-round picks, defensive end Sam Hubbard and linebacker Malik Jefferson, to four-year contracts. The signings mean all 11 picks from the 2018 draft class are under contract. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Like our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page Hubbard (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) played in 40 games with 22 starts at Ohio State. He recorded...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 reasons to buy John Ross stock in 2018

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 reasons to buy John Ross stock in 2018

The Cincinnati Bengals might have answered a lot of questions during the offseason.  They revamped the offensive line, experienced lots of turnover on the coaching staff and added some players who could give the defense a different look.  They also found out what a healthy John Ross looks like, at least in shorts and a helmet.  The true test of the his being “back” will...
Year-by-year look at Bengals ranked in NFL Network’s Top 100

Year-by-year look at Bengals ranked in NFL Network’s Top 100

The NFL Network will continue its countdown of the Top 100 players at 8 p.m. tonight, but the Cincinnati Bengals are not expected to have anyone else ranked. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins came in at No. 63, and wide receiver A.J. Green was No. 22. ›› Bengals rookie gets news he’s been waiting for This marks the third year in a row and fifth in the last six the Bengals have had at...
Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie Billy Price gets news he’s been waiting for

Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie Billy Price gets news he’s been waiting for

Minutes after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Billy Price in the first round with the 21st overall pick, the former Ohio center said he expected to be fully cleared by the start of training camp. Today, Price announced on Twitter he got the news he had been waiting for, writing “Fully cleared for football again” with the emjoi of two hands raised in the air. Price injured his pectoral while...
A.J. Green praises rookie WR after impressive minicamp

A.J. Green praises rookie WR after impressive minicamp

If there was one consistent theme for the Cincinnati Bengals throughout their recently completed minicamp, it was rookie wide receiver Auden Tate making amazing catches. A seventh-round pick from Florida State, Tate quickly got the attention of a guy who knows a little something about making great catches. “Incredible,” Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green said when asked about Tate&rsquo...
Hartman: A return to the playoffs? Bengals are headed in the right direction

Hartman: A return to the playoffs? Bengals are headed in the right direction

I walked out of Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday feeling much more optimistic than I would have expected to in January.  Maybe it’s just the time of year — no one has lost an NFL game since early February, and no one is going to lose one that matters for another 12 weeks or so — but it’s not hard to look at the 2018 Cincinnati Bengals and think good things could be...
Bengals want Mixon to be complete back; he says he already is

Bengals want Mixon to be complete back; he says he already is

The last two running backs the Cincinnati Bengals spent high draft picks on – Giovani Bernard in the second round in 2013 and Jeremy Hill in the second round in 2014 – saw a slight dip in production in their second seasons. But 2017 second-round pick Joe Mixon is hoping to reverse that trend this year. Mixon ran for just 626 yards with a 3.5 average as a rookie due in large part to the...
5 things from the last day of the Bengals’ 2018 offseason program

5 things from the last day of the Bengals’ 2018 offseason program

The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up their 2018 offseason program Thursday.  Before departing for various corners of the globe, they got in one last practice at Paul Brown Stadium and dropped some knowledge on reporters in the locker room afterward. Here are five things to know from the last day of football on the riverfront until July 26:   1. Offensive line coach Frank Pollack had the...
Bengals QB responds to DUI arrest

Bengals QB responds to DUI arrest

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Logan Woodside said he is embarrassed by his DUI arrest Saturday and thankful to still be a part of the team. “It was obviously embarrassing for the situation I was in,” the seventh-round pick from Toledo said after Thursday’s final minicamp practice. “I’m over it now, and I’m going to discipline...
Bengals D picks off three passes in practice

Bengals D picks off three passes in practice

It’s just practice — and one in shorts sans pads at that — but a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has struggled forcing turnovers the last two years will take them when they can get them. And Wednesday they got a lot of them with three interceptions, which had to please new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. “It’s plus and minus for me,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis...
Marvin Lewis says no injury setback for Eifert, just caution

Marvin Lewis says no injury setback for Eifert, just caution

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said there has not been any sort of injury setback that has kept tight end Tyler Eifert out of the first two days of mandatory minicamp. “We’re just getting him ready to be able to play football when it counts and when the season’s here,” Lewis said following Wednesday’s practice. “That’s all we’re shooting...
Cincinnati Bengals: Heart ailment behind him, Fisher excited for a minicamp without restrictions

Cincinnati Bengals: Heart ailment behind him, Fisher excited for a minicamp without restrictions

The first day of minicamp marked a fresh start for Cincinnati Bengals tackle Jake Fisher, who was cleared to participate in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since a heart ailment ended his 2017 season in November. “I was able to get out there and put my best foot forward and just keep getting better, knock some rust off,” Fisher said. “I’ve been trying to get back, so it&rsquo...
Bengals introduce Jungle Pass, a unique season-ticket plan

Bengals introduce Jungle Pass, a unique season-ticket plan

The Bengals announced a new ticket plan Tuesday called the Jungle Pass. The $200, mobile-only plan includes tickets for all 10 home games — two preseason, eight regular season — and goes on sale Thursday. ›› RELATED: Dunlap returns for minicamp, discussess absence from OTAs Tickets are non-transferable and must be used by the purchaser. They will be delivered through the...
Cincinnati Bengals: Price benches 305, nears full medical clearance

Cincinnati Bengals: Price benches 305, nears full medical clearance

Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick Billy Price still isn’t able to do any drills against the defense, and won’t be for the duration of this mandatory minicamp, but the former Ohio State center said it’s only a matter of days before he gets full medical clearance on the pectoral injury he suffered at the Combine. “I’m going to be cleared next week when I go for my all...
Eifert misses first practice of mandatory minicamp

Eifert misses first practice of mandatory minicamp

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap was back on the field for the first day of mandatory minicamp, but the team still was short of perfect attendance as tight end Tyler Eifert was not present. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis didn’t offer specifics but said the only reason for Eifert’s absence would be health related. “He was here all morning...
Cincinnati Bengals: Dunlap talks about decision to skip voluntary OTAs

Cincinnati Bengals: Dunlap talks about decision to skip voluntary OTAs

While his teammates were voluntarily sweating it out during OTA practices and his agent was trying to negotiate a new contract, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap spent the last few weeks surfing the black-sand beaches of Costa Rica, riding four-wheelers in the rain forest, buying a house in Miami, taking the speed train to Milan and touring Army and Air Force bases in Italy and Germany...
Bengals rookie QB arrested for DUI

Bengals rookie QB arrested for DUI

Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Logan Woodside was arrested for DUI on Saturday in Bellevue, Ky., according to police records. “We are aware of the incident involving Logan Woodside and are gathering more information,” a Bengals spokesperson said. According to the arrest report, an officer pulled over Woodside at 3:46 a.m. Saturday for going 10 miles per hour above the speed...
Sports Today: Bengals wrapping up intriguing offseason work this week

Sports Today: Bengals wrapping up intriguing offseason work this week

The 12th of June means football talk, right?  These days it does because the local baseball squad is not very good (but we’ll still get to them in a bit).  And this will be the last week we have new Bengals stuff to talk about until training camp starts July 26, so we might as well take advantage.  Jay Morrison offers five things to watch at Bengals minicamp this week, including...
Where is Bengals receiver A.J. Green ranked in NFL Network’s Top 100 players?

Where is Bengals receiver A.J. Green ranked in NFL Network’s Top 100 players?

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green came in at No. 22 on the NFL Network’s rankings of the Top 100 players in 2018. Green, who dipped five spots from his No. 17 ranking a year, is the second Bengals player to appear on the countdown. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins was No. 63. This is the seventh consecutive year Green has appeared on the countdown. His highest ranking was ninth in...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch for at minicamp

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch for at minicamp

The Cincinnati Bengals will hold their minicamp Tuesday through Thursday, which marks the beginning of the end for the offseason program. When the minicamp ends Thursday afternoon, players will scatter across the country to enjoy a six-week break before reporting to training camp July 25. The only difference between the minicamp and the OTA practices the team has been conducting the last three weeks...
Bengals announce 2018 training camp schedule

Bengals announce 2018 training camp schedule

The Cincinnati Bengals will hold their first training camp practice Thursday, July 26, the team announced today. The 2018 training camp schedule features 13 practices open to the public, including the annual Family Day inside Paul Brown Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Like our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page The majority of the practices will be held on the practice...
Bengals A.J. Green says he’s healthy, good to go for minicamp

Bengals A.J. Green says he’s healthy, good to go for minicamp

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said he expects to return to 11-on-11 drills next week for the team’s mandatory minicamp after injuring his quadricep May 29 during an OTA practice. “I’ll be back,” Green said Friday morning during a break from his youth camp at Sycamore High School. Green participated in position drills Tuesday in the first practice open to the media...
Bengals announce broadcast teams for 2018 season

Bengals announce broadcast teams for 2018 season

The Cincinnati Bengals announced their 2018 broadcast teams today, and includes some familiar voices. Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham will return to the radio booth for all preseason and regular season games. This will be Hoard’s eighth season as the play-by-play voice, and it will be Lapham’s 32nd as the color analyst. ›› Bengals players weigh in on Trump/Eagles dispute Wayne...
Sports Today: The Warriors are just too good for the Cavaliers

Sports Today: The Warriors are just too good for the Cavaliers

We love sports for the surprises.  A key part of following athletic enterprises is thinking we know something then finding out we don’t.  That’s the straw that stirs the drink of sports fandom, the paradox we encounter daily.  Somehow being wrong turns out to be a good thing.  Well, we were right about the Golden State Warriors.  Their NBA Finals Game Three win...
Baseball draft brings back memories for Bengals quarterback

Baseball draft brings back memories for Bengals quarterback

The Major League Baseball draft doesn’t draw near the interest in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room as the NFL event, for obvious reasons. But for one Bengals player, the MLB draft always stirs old memories. And a laugh. “I hadn’t played baseball since high school, but I had a lot of friends who were getting drafted that year (2013) so I was really following along when all of a...
Sports Today: Another disappointing episode in Reds rebuild

Sports Today: Another disappointing episode in Reds rebuild

Anthony DeSclafani is back in Cincinnati!  And if you don’t count the first two innings last night against the Rockies, he was pretty good.  Unfortunately for the right-hander and the Reds, that isn’t how it works. At least his last three innings of work could be signs of brighter days ahead, unless he gets hurt again...  Such is the life of a Reds fan these days, eh? ...
Cincinnati Bengals players weigh in on Trump/Eagles dispute

Cincinnati Bengals players weigh in on Trump/Eagles dispute

Many Cincinnati Bengals were reluctant to comment on President Donald Trump canceling the White House celebration for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, but one was willing to weigh in even when he wasn’t asked. After overhearing a reporter ask safety George Iloka if he would go to the White House if invited, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick offered an emphatic, “Hell no&rdquo...
Kirkpatrick embracing new role as elder statesman of Bengals secondary

Kirkpatrick embracing new role as elder statesman of Bengals secondary

During a one-on-one drill Tuesday at Cincinnati Bengals OTAs, rookie cornerback Darius Phillips was struggling with his back pedal and leverage and gave up an easy completion. Shortly after dejectedly making his way to the sideline to await his next turn, starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was waiting for him. »RELATED: Five former Bengals on CFB Hall of Fame ballot “He told me to keep...
Sports Today: Reds make familiar move in MLB draft

Sports Today: Reds make familiar move in MLB draft

The headlines say the Cincinnati Reds drafted another third baseman Monday night.  I prefer to see it as selecting another hitter.  The comparisons between 2018 first-rounder Jonathan India and 2016 pick Nick Senzel are only natural.  Both are third basemen from the SEC (Florida and Tennessee, respectively) known best for their bats.  Senzel tore up the Midwest League and...
Five former Bengals on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Five former Bengals on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announce today the names for the 2019 ballot for induction, and the list includes five former Cincinnati Bengals. Four of the former Bengals are among the 76 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision, while another is listed among the 100 players from the divisional ranks. There are also are two Dayton natives among the nominees. The five...
Dalton Foundation raises $220,000 to “pass on”

Dalton Foundation raises $220,000 to “pass on”

The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation held its inaugural “Night To Pass It On” event Friday night at Music Hall, with the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and his wife raising nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Proceeds from the event, which replaced the foundation’s Celebrity Waiter Night, will fund the foundation’s five programs that provide support, resources and unique...
Versatility key for Uzomah, Hewitt in revamped Bengals offense

Versatility key for Uzomah, Hewitt in revamped Bengals offense

There are lots of fun questions to ask about the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason, mostly centering on the new scheme coordinator Bill Lazor is installing. Will A.J. Green get the ball more? »RELATED: New Bengals LB ‘everything you want in a pro’ »RELATED: Will Marvin Lewis be first coach fired in 2018? Will the running game thrive with a more-experience Joe Mixon running...
Cincinnati Bengals: Will Marvin Lewis be first coached fired in 2018?

Cincinnati Bengals: Will Marvin Lewis be first coached fired in 2018?

The NFL season kicks off in 100 days, and in honor of the countdown the website SportsBettingDime.com has released a slew of future and proposition bets. One of them ranks Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis among the favorites to be the first coach fired in 2018, which is curious given that team owner and president Mike Brown had a chance to cut ties with Lewis at the end of last season and instead...
Former Bengals ‘villain’ goes viral as a hero

Former Bengals ‘villain’ goes viral as a hero

In one of the rare interviews he gave while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, tight end Jermaine Gresham said he was OK with the fact that fans paint him as a villain. Gresham was the exact opposite when he stepped in to help an Arizona woman who was in danger of missing her flight Wednesday. Delilah Cassidy described the incident in a series of tweets, writing that she was returning from a trip...
Hart on mission to start all 16 games for Bengals

Hart on mission to start all 16 games for Bengals

Things didn’t end well in New York for Bobby Hart, but the offensive tackle said he hoping for more than just a fresh start with the Cincinnati Bengals. He wants a season full of starts. “I want to start all 16 games this year,” Hart said during an appearance on the Scoop B Radio Podcast with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson. “I’m an...
Here’s the scoop: Bengals defense focusing on turnovers

Here’s the scoop: Bengals defense focusing on turnovers

Early in the first Cincinnati Bengals OTA practice Tuesday, cornerback KeiVarae Russell broke up a Matt Barkley pass intended for rookie wide receiver Ka’Raun White to set off a wild sequence where multiple players batted the ball back in the air four or five times. Eventually linebacker Brandon Bell squeezed it for an interception, prompting new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who was standing...
Hartman: The NFL tries to clean up its national anthem morass

Hartman: The NFL tries to clean up its national anthem morass

The NFL’s new national anthem policy probably makes about as much sense as anything the league could have done after two years of being damaged both coming and going on this topic.  No one should be required to acknowledge national symbols if they feel those symbols don’t represent them, but there is a difference between being absent and being disrespectful.  The line there...
Sports Today: Matt Harvey, Scooter Gennett give Reds interesting options

Sports Today: Matt Harvey, Scooter Gennett give Reds interesting options

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates last night with a pair of unlikely heroes who might be unlikely to be Reds when the summer comes to a close.  Matt Harvey allowed one earned run on three hits in six innings, leaving the bases loaded in the first but retiring the side in order in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam while driving in six runs...
NFL creates new policy to deal with anthem protests

NFL creates new policy to deal with anthem protests

The National Football League Players Association released a statement of its own critical of the implementation of the new policy. It reads: “The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 observations from rookie camp

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 observations from rookie camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their rookie camp over the weekend, and it resulted in three tryout players performing well enough to earn contracts . Here are five other observations from the weekend: Price participates First-round pick Billy Price not only was in uniform for the rookie camp, he was able to run a few drills despite recovering from a surgically repaired pectoral...
Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive rookies eager to learn from veterans

Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive rookies eager to learn from veterans

Cincinnati Bengals’ rookie minicamp was a little more difficult than safety Jessie Bates expected. The second-round draft pick out of Wake Forest said practice surprisingly went a little more smoothly Monday when the rookies joined the veterans at the team’s voluntary workout program for the first time. The Bengals draft picks and college free agent signees participated in a three-day...
Rookie quarterback’s dream of playing for Bengals off to positive start

Rookie quarterback’s dream of playing for Bengals off to positive start

Two weeks have passed since the Cincinnati Bengals picked Logan Woodside in the seventh round, but the Frankfort, Ky. native sounded just as excited for his first rookie camp practice as he did on draft night when his favorite team growing up took a chance on him. “That’s something I always wanted was to be drafted by the Bengals, and them taking me in the seventh round means they believe...
5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

5 things to know about the Cincinnati Bengals draft

One year after drafting one of the least productive first-round picks in franchise history, the Cincinnati Bengals will be back on the clock Thursday night when the NFL Draft gets underway in Dallas. Last year’s first-found pick, wide receiver John Ross, was injured most of the year and ended up playing 17 snaps with no catches, one rush and one lost fumble as the Bengals posted a second-consecutive...
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...
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...
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...
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