Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Loss to Bills Makes One More Win a Must

Carson Palmer suffered a groin injury and is probable for our final game against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. Coach Lewis has not said whether Palmer will start or if John Kitna will play but the players seem confident that Palmer will be leading them in this very important match up. Sunday’s sloppy loss to the Bills puts us in a tight situation not wanting to start the playoffs on a two game losing streak. The Bengals are going to have to play a near perfect game to beat the Kansas City Chiefs and they are a tough team to dominate.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Palmer to Pro Bowl

The Cincinnati Bengals were on fire on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Our team was a force to be reckoned with and dominated the Lions fully for the whole game. It’s no surprise that we have five players going to the Pro Bowl from different parts of our team. The chosen are Willie Anderson right tackle, Chad Johnson wide receiver, Carson Palmer quarterback, and Shayne Graham kicker. Palmer has an NFL record thirty touchdown passes and has more completions than anyone in the NFL. He’s been making records and breaking them all season and has led his team to the playoffs.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Bengals Run the Cleveland Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals proved they are a tough team on Sunday in their 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Rudi Johnson rushed for 169 yards in 30 carries, which was a season high. He consistently broke through the Browns defense and made the big plays we needed to win the game. We can’t ignore the fact that he is not Chris Perry and we are hoping to have Perry back for the Playoffs if not before. Jeremi Johnson will fill in on passing plays and Johnson will do the rushing until then. It is good that we have the depth that we do at the running back position or we might have been sunk this season.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Bengals Steel Division Lead

The Cincinnati Bengals quieted the crowd at Heinz Stadium with their 38-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Bengals defense was on its game forcing four turnovers and beating the Steelers offense up with the pass rush. This puts the team at 9-3 for the season and we are no two games ahead of the Steelers for the division. Notable performances in the final minutes won this game. Odell Thurman caught the third interception of the night and Chad Johnson got the touchdown on the ensuing drive gaining the lead that would win the game. Now we can really start talking playoffs for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Bengals Sure to Take AFC North

The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-3. I just like saying it. They have almost clinched the AFC North title now that the Indianapolis Colts beat the Pittsburgh Steelers bringing them down one game below us at 7-4. We have some key injuries on the line. Bryan Robinson, defense, and Nate Webster, linebacker, are doubtful for Sundays battle with the Steelers. With a tough schedule ahead and behind Carson Palmer is only getting better. Fans can’t wait to see the big plays he is going to pull off against the Steelers. Even Cincinnati Mayor Mallory has high hopes for this team’s best season since 1988.

I may not know if we are going to reach the Super Bowl but I do know we have a better record than some of the teams that are predicted to win it, and that’s saying something.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A Strong Game against a Stronger Team

We played the best team in football and lost this Sunday. Eli Manning and the New York Giants looked extremely good and we were lucky to have had such a close game with them. Carson Palmer even had a better quarterback rating for the game than Eli Manning. So this wasn’t an embarrassing loss by any means, but an honorable battle with a valiant team. Penalties and a lack of fourth down conversions really held us back in this high scoring game. We scored 37 points to the Giants 45 and not a lot of teams have been able to score like that against this New York squad. I would say we are ready for the Steelers and I am curious who will step up to help us beat them. Will it be Chris Henry or Chad Johnson? Or maybe Chris Perry or Rudi Johnson?

Friday, November 18, 2005

Throw It to Me Brett

Deltha O’Neal has almost enough votes to become a Pro Bowl Corner and is pretty adamant that he’s the best choice for the position. His skills are apparent in his stats. The most interesting of which is the fact that he alone has six interceptions for the season, two of which were picked off Brett Favre. I’d say he has magnets in his hands if the football were made out of metal. It was a perfect 58 degree day for football at Paul Brown Stadium and O’Neal, Odell Thurman, and Tory James were the big stars of the game each picking off passes from Brett Favre and we won the day.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bengals’ Best Start In Over 10 Years

The Cincinnati Bengals have not had a start like this since 1990. This team looks like they are going to be a good contender for the title in the AFC. This team looks like a well-rounded team that has respect for each other. When teams learn to respect each other, they look like SuperBowl contenders. If they don’t, you know what happens: they lose. I’m not going to say any individual names, but I can say a team--the Houston Texans. So, Cincinnati, be happy for your team, I’ll be cheering them on down here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Cincinnati Hanging Their Heads Up High

The Cincinnati Bengals give a beating to the Minnesota Vikings with a 37-8 win. Carson Palmer completed 27-40 with three touchdown passes. Palmer is going to be a very exciting player to watch. On the second play of the game Palmer completed a pass to Chad Johnson for a 70-yard touchdown that pretty much sealed the deal even though there was a lot of game to play. The next game we will see them in is against the Chicago Bears for week three in Chicago. This will be a great game to watch next Sunday. Here is a question for thought: What four teams in the AFC will make a run for the title?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bengals Looking Good for Opening Day

Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter. With the defense having intercepted the ball 2 times, making the Cincinnati Bengals look like a playoff team. The Bengals haven’t had a winning record in 15 years. But don’t leave the Cleveland Browns out of the race--there is still a lot of season to play. The next game for the Cincinnati Bengals they are hosting the Minnesota Vikings at the Paul Brown Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings coming off a lost on opening day will have them ready to win one for the season. Cincinnati Bengals are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first in the AFC North, which the Bengals and the Vikings will be facing each other on October 23rd.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Do or Die

What ever happen to Peter Warrick?

There was a lot of hope surrounding Warrick who was drafted six years ago. He was supposed to be an impact player and the number one receiver for several years to come. Now it seems he has become a mere shadow of his own self.

Warrick has been in and out due to injuries and has never really emerged as a deep threat. It seems like the Bengals plan to keep him around for one more year as a third or fourth receiver. It is a do or die season for Warrick if he plans to stay with Bengals.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Hobson Report

- from the official site of the Cincinnati Bengals

There have been some long ago offseasons that have snapped, crackled, and popped, but we always forgot how that felt because the real season became so bad so quickly. You’re right, though. None since the late ‘80s have been like this offseason in the sense that there seems to be a consensus that they’ve stuck to a solid two-year plan and now the third season is clearly the time it should blossom into a playoff spot.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Levi Jones getting closer to Full Capacity

Levi Jones has been pushing himself into bringing back his original form. Currently, it’s looking like he is well on his way to recovery. In 2003, Jones screwed up his knee in December of 2003.

Now, it looks as if Jones has gained most of the power and prowess that he once possessed. The line can slowly reassess itself and put the powers back into control.

“It’s nice to see Levi with a spring in his step again. Throw in Eric Steinbach and these guys have a new lease on life. It’s almost like they’re giddy out there.”
- Offensive line coach Paul Alexander

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

HONING THEIR GAMES:

- from FOXSports.com

FB Jeremi Johnson, who becomes a restricted free agent in 2006, is working to control his weight and improve his ball security so he can become more of a rushing and receiving threat. Johnson is an excellent blocker who has learned to sift through the line of scrimmage and not leave his feet when he blocks linebackers. He gets instant leverage because of his strength and low center of gravity. Thanks to a strict diet and more discipline in the weight room, Johnson has trimmed some weight off his 265-pound frame. He's showing better quickness and concentration. Now he's a more reliable runner in a one-back set and a better receiver coming out of the backfield.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Wide Receivers


Peter Warrick has been doing well in the mini-camps that have taken place so far in the Bengal’s organization. As of now, he looks like he has done well to rehab from his injury-filled season in 2004. Warrick had a career season in 2003 by recording 79 catches, 819 yards, and seven touchdowns. Following this, he had surgery to repair torn knee cartilage. Warrick also broke his fibula two weeks into the next season.

The Bengals looked partially to the draft for wide receivers. Third-rounder Chris Henry and sixth-rounder Tab Perry were added to the roster, but this does not place them above Warrick to start.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Bengals Release Hardy

After 9 years with the Bengals, Kevin Hardy has been released from the lineup. This has happened mainly on account of making space for newly acquired David Pollack who was this year’s first round choice for the Bengals.

Hardy (left outside linebacker) was a #2 overall choice by Marvin Lewis back in 1996. At 32, Lewis has decided to go with the youthful vigor of Pollack and thus Hardy has been released.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

College Free Agent Signees

- from the official site of the Cincinnati Bengals

Headed by LSU center Ben Wilkerson and a trio of safeties, the list of Bengals college free agents also includes another University of Georgia product. The 11 CFAs join the seven draft picks at this weekend’s rookie camp at Paul Brown Stadium.

Fullback Jeremy Thomas joins Georgia teammates David Pollack and Odell Thurman after they were taken in the first two rounds of the draft. Toledo safety Patrick Body, timed in the 4.3 range in the 40-yard dash, Indiana’s Herana-Daze Jones, and Georgia Southern’s James Young are the safeties the Bengals signed after not drafting any this past weekend.

The Bengals are also trying out some unsigned players at the camp, including Ohio State running back Lydell Ross and guard Clay Martin of Georgetown College in Kentucky, home of the Bengals training camp.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

College Free Agent

- from the official site of the Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals picked up one of the most coveted players in college free agency when they reached a deal with LSU center Ben Wilkerson hours after he went undrafted. Media outlets in New Orleans and Baton Rouge have reported in the two days since the completion of the draft that the man who had once been the draft’s leading center candidate on some boards had reached a deal with Cincinnati.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Lewis and Press

- from the official site of the Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis held his pre-draft news conference Tuesday and presented such a good poker face that he barely confirmed his team would pick in the first round Saturday, but he did offer some hints for the No. 17 pick.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Bengals Draft Show

To not miss out on all the action that is soon to acclimate, remember to tune your television to Local 12 (CBS) between the hours of 7-8 to catch the latest draft report. Head coach Marvin Lewis and the rest of the Bengals staff will get together to give as tangible of a game plan to us as they can provide. Take into consideration that everything does not always work out for the best, but hopefully this year it will.

Go BENGALS!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

Second-year OT Stacy Andrews (6-7, 346) has a chance to become the top backup at both tackle spots because of his versatility. He has the size and strength to be an effective run blocker, and possesses the foot speed and balance to be a capable pass protector. Finding playing time for him will be difficult because LT Levi Jones and RT Willie Anderson form a formidable tandem, but Andrews provides insurance with his massive size and raw talent. Andrews, who has an All-America track and field background, spent his rookie season getting acclimated to the NFL. Once he gets some experience, his enormous potential should be realized.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Bengalin

The most recent news coming from the Bengals is the presumed return of backup defensive lineman Carl Powell. Jerrold Colton, Powell’s current manager, stated Monday that in the next few days Powell will be resigned to the team.

The one-year deal was confirmed by the team following the next day. Powell was first signed with the Bengals in 2003 on free agent status. He had an impressive season but sat out part of it rehabilitating a knee injury.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Draft Buzz:

- from FOXSports.com

The signing of DT Bryan Robinson and SS Anthony Mitchell in free agency strengthens two weak areas on defense and opens up numerous possibilities. The biggest question is if they reward new defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan with a defensive lineman, a linebacker or a defensive back and wait until the second round to get a WR, or do they grab a speed receiver at No. 17. If DT Travis Johnson, DE Shawne Merriman, SS Thomas Davis and CB Antrelle Rolle are off the board, the club could take the offensive because QB Carson Palmer needs another weapon. Don't be surprised if the team trades down and fills a need by picking TE Heath Miller.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Anthony Mitchell

Anthony Mitchell has come to another one-year agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals. The team came to a deal with Mitchell last Tuesday. The Bengals, on top of this, have cut one of their veteran safeties Rogers Beckett.

"We'll see how it goes this year, and see if he can get a long-term (deal) next year, hopefully with the Bengals."
- Mitchell's agent, George Mavrikes

Mitchell began his career being a grad from Tuskegee University. He was a first-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was waived and ended up with Baltimore. Mitchell wasn’t able to make a solid year in free agency status. He spent 3 seasons with Baltimore before moving to Cincinnati.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Rudi Johnson’s Contract

After making a name for himself in the Bengals, Rudi Johnson is ready to create a dynasty. Just recently he signed on for a five-year, $26 million contract.

“Of all the recent running back deals, Rudi’s got the best opportunity to earn every penny of his contract. He’s not going to be a cap issue. He’s not going to be a cap casualty. His odds are so much greater of any running back that has come down to see the whole contract. He won’t have to take a cut like Marshall Faulk took this year, or be a cap casualty like Garrison Hearst in San Francisco last year.”
- Peter Schaffer

This contract doesn’t seem to be all too classy to others that have been given such as that of running back Lamont Jordan of the Oakland Raiders. But, Johnson is very likely to get all the money he’s got coming to him and not become a cap casualty. The last year of his contract, he counts for only $4.8 million against the cap.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Hard Truth

-from FOXSports.com

There's a hole in the secondary at strong safety and the club needs a rugged enforcer to fill the void. Rogers Beckett's future is in doubt because of the series of concussions he endured in 2004. Kim Herring battled ankle problems and struggled staying healthy. He's a steady, reliable big hitter that's needed to shore up the run defense. The AFC North is loaded with big backs such as Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis, Baltimore's Jamal Lewis and Cleveland's Lee Suggs. The Bengals need the kind of strong safety who can cover, but most importantly, hold up as an eighth defender "in the box" near the line of scrimmage and get those big backs on the ground. That's why the club is drooling over Georgia SS Thomas Davis. He's an aggressive defender and nasty hitter who won't allow yards after contact.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Leading Stats for Last Season:


Passing:
Carson Palmer 60.9 pct. / 2897 Yds / 18 TDs / 18 INTs

Rushing:
Rudi Johnson 361 ATT / 1454 Yds / 4.0 Avg / 12 TD

Receiving:
Chad Johnson 95 REC / 1274 Yds / 13.4 Avg / 9 TD

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Rudi’s In

Rudi Johnson has been added on the AFC squad for the Pro Bowl. Being inducted so recently with only about a week until the game, Johnson had to void a family commitment. He was second in line for the running back position under Curtis Martin. Martin was not able to participate on account of an injury.

Johnson’s made a Bengals’ record high with 1454 rushing yards. He will be playing along side former teammate Corey Dillon. The Pro Bowl game is going down in Honolulu. For Corey Dillon, this will be his second hard hitting game in a week because of the Super Bowl. Dillon will be trying to win it with The Patriots. We’ll see what happens…

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Bengals keep Zampese

The Bengals have decided to keep the quarterbacks’ coach Ken Zampese. Due to the loss of Jack Del, the Jaguars are currently searching for a new offensive coordinator. Zampese has been put on the list of possible candidates for this position, but for now, he will remain a Bengal.

Zampese joined the Bengals in 2003 after a very prolific period with the St. Louis Rams as assistant coach. He began his career in football by playing with the University of San Diego as a wide receiver and punk/kickoff returner.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Defensive Upgrade

Chuck Bresnahan was promoted to defensive coordinator by head Marvin Lewis on Wednesday. Bresnahan takes the place of Leslie Frazier, fired two weeks ago by Marvin Lewis.

Bresnahan brings many things to the table for the Cincinnati Bengals' defense. Bresnahan has been with Cleveland and Indianapolis before he left to Oakland, in fact, in 2000 Bresnahan was with the Raiders and Lewis with the Ravens and they bumped head in the AFC title game.

Later on during 2002, in his tenure with the Raiders, Bresnahan defensive was ranked second in the AFC and third in the NFL.
"I'm enthused about the future of our defense, and about the experience that Chuck brings us," Lewis said. "I have great confidence in his ability to oversee the development of a unit that has shown us a lot of potential."