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  1. 6 points
    Hard to put it all into thought. My son and I were there, it was his first playoff game. A big smile on his face hearing just how fucking loud that crowd was and we were at 4 games this season. Standing and screaming the ENTIRE game. Game ends and he jumps in my arms screaming for joy !! Everyone around hugging everyone else. No one leaves and just dancing, cheering, high fives all around. The walk back to fountain square parking and the streets are packed. Horns beeping, hanging out of sun roofs, WHODEY chants, insanity. Then we end up at Smoke Justis in Covington, we walk in and stir the crowd and it’s nothing but deafening WHODEY !!! Much like Stripes, voice sounds like I’ve been gargling on glass chips after drinking gasoline all day. FUCKING WHODEY MY BROTHERS !! WHODEY !! BRING ON THE TITANS !!
  2. 5 points
    We did it And I was there to see it!!
  3. 5 points
    *movie trailer voice* In a world where the Cincinnati Bengals successfully cover the tight end
  4. 5 points
    Run defense has a lot to do with effort. This team has quit listening to Marvin's message. He's lost this locker room. The total lack of accountability (not sitting Bodine or Ogobuechi, not replacing Nugent) has tainted the locker room. Fortunately, the new coaching staff are going to have: * two high draft picks with a lot of promise that have never played a snap. (Jackson, Billings) * some really talented pieces (Dalton, AJ, Eifert, RBs, OGs, Atkins, Dunlap, Burfict?) * a high draft pick position * a backup QB with some trade value * some cap room with all of the old dead wood that will be leaving (kicker, D Line, Center, DB) I think this team played better when they bought into Marvin's message and Gruden and Zimmer (two current head coaches) were the coordinators. Their replacements aren't nearly as good. Maybe they covered up some of ML's deficiencies?
  5. 4 points
    I followed COB’s suggestion, got hammered outside a Cleveland convenience store adjacent to a discount laundromat, slept outside on a steam vent, and waited for Jimmy Haslam to leave (he has to make his morning runs to clean the lipstick off of his trousers before sweet Dee finds them in the hamper). I clawed at his leg, wide-eyed and full-teethed, and rasped “Keep Baker Mayfield forever, James, keep Baker Mayfield forever.” Then I bit deeply into his ankle and ejected my venom to ensure he must obey.
  6. 4 points
    The average NFL fan is… not very smart. It really shows on massive high-traffic forums like that one, and I’ve seen it on the biggest Bengals boards. That’s why I never post links to Bengalszone anywhere else. People might actually click them and register. We have a good thing going here.
  7. 4 points
    Guys I fking cried real tears as that fG went in. Too may of us fans give up on this team me included at times within 2 quarters, some after the first defensive series. This is different team and yeah we have all heard this time after time but this is the real deal. I can see a long reign for this team in this league. They just need to do one thing(this is for TJ) GIMME A LINEMAN WHODEY GONNA BEAT THOSE BENGALS NOOOOOOOOOOBODY
  8. 4 points
    Let Burrow loose, let him call audibles, let him throw downfield, let him play special teams, let him pursue his passion for interior design, let him have the office between Katie's and Mike's, let him have a portfolio of head shots taken now that he got his teeth fixed, let him run on broken plays if he agrees to slide conservatively, let him pitch seriously for the Reds, let him have 10% of the profits from that cellphone case and accessories bodega at Vine and Liberty, let him wear a hat inside if he wants, let him run the locker room, let him get appointed to the school board, let him listen to Limp Bizkit a lot, let him throw to the tight end 90% of the time, let him stomp on the terra.
  9. 4 points
    I have been lurking around here for a VERY long time. Thanks for getting things back up and running, it was an empty feeling not being able to check in here every day!
  10. 4 points
    Here is my perspective, if anyone cares. I give the Bengals a solid B+, the reason for a relatively low grade is in a word uncertainty. The Bengals are banking hard on guys becoming better pros than college players and there is some evidence to back that position. If you go simply on college production this is a very meh draft, maybe a C. Here is my breakdown of the drafted players. 1 (5): Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 6 (first of the WR class), Dane Brugler Overall Rank 4 (first of the WR class) Everyone on this board knows how I feel about Chase, so I am not going to rehash this argument again. I have him graded as the best overall WR prospect in the last 5 years. A faster / more athletic version of DeAndre Hopkins or DeVonte Adams which is high praise. I think the single greatest need for this offense, in the wake of AJ and Ross and Erickson's departure, was a WR that can win at all levels of the defense, this is something they have not had since....well...I guess Chad and AJ would be the closest but even they did not have Chase's athleticism. Chase opens the field for Higgins, Tate, and Boyd to be their best selves. He also forces defenses to guard the entire field which should open up the LoS for Mixon. All this being said without mention that he has two years experience playing with his Pro QB and they made sweet music together on the playing field in 2019. Pick Grade: A 2 (46): Jackson Carman, G/T, Clemson: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 48 (10th best Tackle), Dane Brugler Overall Rank 90 (8 best Guard) If they would have taken Carman at #38 without gaining draft capital I would have been critical of this pick. However, they eschewed normal Bengals draft philosophy and traded down to a spot they could ensure they would get their man and still pickup needed additional impactful picks (anything for me past Rd. 5 is not impactful because the hit rate on those picks is laughably low). With this said, the Bengals did their homework, identified the guy that they wanted, manuevered the draft to get him at the right spot and maximized draft position. As a prospect Carman is a projection. He has never played Guard in his life. He has never graded (per PFF) above an 80 for an entire season in college. He was a 5 star recruit and the top prep recruit from Ohio in his draft class. He has the tools and athleticism to be great. He seems to be a very bright kid and he is enthusiastic about getting better at his craft. Carman had minor back surgery after the season in 2021 which caused him to miss much of the evaluation season, I believe this is the reason for the relatively low prospect grade. Carman was called a first round pick by Paul Alexander and Willie Anderson when prompted which, combined with Pollack's grade, is enough to convince me that he is a great pick for the Bengals especially when considering they obtained two 4th round picks for sliding back to take him. Pick Grade: A 3 (69): Joseph Ossai, OLB/Edge, Texas: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 60 (9th best Edge), Dane Brugler Overall Rank 46 (8th best Edge) Two things with this pick. One...I wanted them to take another Offensive Lineman here. Two...I watched alot of Teven Jenkins tape and the Okla. St./ Texas game was shown prominently where Jenkins used Ossai as his own personal floormat. On one play he took Ossai from the line of scrimmage and pushed him 10 yards away from the LOS and then continued to push him 5 yards out of bounds. Since Jenkins is the one of the few top tier lineman Ossai faced, I am concerned about his ability to win at the next level. Athletically Ossai is everything you want in an Edge. He is smart, aggressive, hard working, his Relative Athletic Score of 9.49 is elite and his AIM score is the best of this Edge class. I will admit I am holding my breath to see if he can take his athleticism and win in the NFL. Mostly I am still stinging that the Bengals did not use this pick to further solidify the offensive line. Brady Christensen, Wyatt Davis, Kendrick Green, Spencer Brown, Ben Cleveland, Quinn Meinerz, and James Hudson were all taken between Ossai's pick and the next Bengals pick in the 4th round. Particularly with Meinerz, Davis and Green on the board I would rather them have drafted a lineman here. Pick Grade: B- 4 (111): Cam Sample, 3 Technique/Edge, Tulane: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 88 Overall (13th best Edge), Dane Brugler Overall Rank -- (Brugler only grades up to 100 in his big board) 18th Best Edge I love Cam Sample's versatility, he can win on the Edge, he can win inside at 3 Technique. Reading between the tea leaves, I think the Bengals envision Sample to play the Geno Atkins role on the defense i.e. Interior Disruptor. Sample was the defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl eliminating (at least for me) any concerns I had about level of competition. I love this pick. Pick Grade: A 4 (122): Tyler Shelvin, NT, LSU: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 116 Overall (10th best IDL), Dane Brugler Position Rank 12th among IDL This pick confuses me. They have DJ Reader signed to a relatively long contract, Reader is the same kinda player and plays the same role in the defense. I am guessing this was the pick because they were concerned that Reader could be injury prone and last year they had noone else to plug is. Love the Belichek story about him calling out #72 as a must have future Patriot. Did not play college football last year because of concerns regarding COVID but was a key cog in the LSU Defensive Line during their Championship run in 2019. No doubting his ability, it just seems like a high pick for an insurance policy. Pick Grade: C+ 4 (139): D'Ante Smith, T, East Carolina: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 179 (19th best Tackle), Dane Brugler Position Rank 11 (86 overall) Yup, Brugler actually had Smith ranked higher than second round pick Carman, PFF not so much. This pick is all about what might be. This kid only played 78 snaps in 2020 but started as a true freshman in 2018 and 2019. All of his college snaps came at LT which is definitely his natural position. He actually weighed in at his pro day at 295 which is hella light in todays game. He is an explosive athlete (113" broad jump) with long arms (35") and fluid movement but he is RAW, his overall season grades were 63.8 in 2018, 71 in 2019, and (admittedly only one game) 64.8 in 2020...at East Carolina! He needs to gain 20 lbs of muscle before he sees the field in the NFL, he has the frame to handle it but can he add muscle without losing the flexibility and movement skills that makes him special....no one knows. Could be a home run, could be a strikeout, again lots of uncertainity. Pick Grade: C 5 (149): Evan McPherson, K, Florida: PFF Prospect Overall Rank N/A (PFF doesn't grade specialists), Dane Brugler Position Rank 1 Did the Bengals need a high level kicker, yes. Does this guy fit the bill, his tape is strong but who knows. Kicker is THE most volatile position to give a prospect grade. No one knows if, when the lights are on and you are playing in the NFL, you are Justin Tucker or Austin Seibert. I am going to give this grade an incomplete because only time will tell if this was a brilliant pick or a catastrophic one. Pick Grade: Incomplete 6 (190): Trey Hill, C/G, Georgia: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 266 (8th best Center), Dane Brugler Position Rank 8 This is the pick that they had to take because they did not take an offensive line prospect at 69. I know very little about Hill, he was completely off my radar screen coming into the draft. I have read some reports (after the draft) that he is a really good guard prospect, that he is a tough, strong, smart football player whose best is yet to come, others? Meh. Guys that I trust have said that Trey Hill is a major reach at this position, so for me it is a reach of a pick at a position of need. Pick Grade: C- 6 (202): Chris Evans, RB, Michigan: PFF Prospect Overall Rank 106 (7th best RB), Dane Brugler Position Rank 14 Evans evaluation is all over the map. He missed all of 2019 to academic cheating (which he acknowledged and owned). In 2020 he needed to win back his job (which Harbaugh did not make easy) and he only got 16 rushing attempts in 2020 (with 10 targets in the passing game of which he caught 9). Evans 2018 tape was very promising with 423 yards and 4 TDs rushing on 81 attempts (5.2 YPC) and 18 catches on 19 targets for an additional 148 yards. Athletically this is a slam dunk. His RAS Score of 9.85 was the second highest of the drafted RBs (behind Kene Nwangwu) ahead of Travis Etienne, Michael Carter, and Javonte Williams. Evans runs good routes and is an easy catcher of the football in the passing game. He is a very capable blocker as well and has the size to stand up in the passing game (5'11" 211 lbs). He was initially recruited as a slot receiver to Michigan. This pick is all guesswork, his body of work suggests he shouldn't be drafted but his measurables suggest he is a second round talent. At this point in the draft it is a risk worth taking. Pick Grade: B+ 7 (235): Wyatt Hubert, Edge, Kansas St: PFF Prospect Overall Rank - Not ranked in the top 300, Dane Brugler Position Rank 34 Middling Production from a middling athlete (5.99 RAS) at a middling program who has a big time attitude. This pick screams Practice Squad. With 14 d lineman on the roster right now (15 with Kerrigan) Hubert has next to no chance to make the final 53 but he is worth a flier at pick 235 because he is a reported football junkie and a great hair on fire persona. Pick Grade: Meh (let's face it, no 7th round selection is going to make or break your draft) Notable UDCFA: Pooka Williams, RB, Kansas - had a very draftable grade by both PFF and Dan Brugler (153rd overall by PFF). He is a Gio Bernard clone, quick, fast, small has a chance to stick Pro Wells, TE, Texas Christian - Also had a draftable grade from PFF...short, slow, TE who can do a little of everything. I don't even see him as a PS Drew Christman, P, Ohio State - Was Dane Brugler's 4 best graded Punter, could stick...Hubert is getting old. This is the clip of Teven Jenkins murdering Joseph Ossai. https://youtu.be/dw5E8Pks17g
  11. 4 points
    Interesting to see how far Wyatt Davis has fallen in this process, two months ago he was a fringe 1st rounder. I still think he would be a great pickup in the 3rd or 4th. I have 12 OL with a first round grade in this class, i.e. I have 12 linemen that in an average class would be a first rounder. They are in order: Penei Sewell Rashawn Slater Alijah Vera-Tucker Christian Darrisaw Tevan Jenkins Landon Dickerson Dylan Radunz Alex Leatherwood Sam Cosmi Liam Eichenberg Walker Little and Creed Humphrey On average 5-7 olinemen go in the first round and 4-6 go in the second. If we break down this class here is the way I see it playing out 5 QB's are almost certain to go in the first round. At a minimum 5 WRs are going to go probably more (LV betting line is 5.5). Leaving out linemen for the moment, 1 TE will absolutely go (Kyle Pitts), I believe three LBs will go in the first round at a minimum (Michah Parsons, J.O.K., and either Nick Bolton, Jamin Davis, or Zaven Collins). IDL I think only one will go which will be Barmore. Edge we should have 4-5 at a minimum (at minimum Paye will go, Ojulari will go, Jaelan Phillips will go, and at least one of Ronnie Perkins, Tryon, Rousseau, Oweh or Basham with the ones that don't going high in the 2nd). That leaves Oline and DB, historically 5-7 of each go in the first round. In this draft I think only one safety goes (Moehrig) but Surtain, Horn, Newsome, Farley, and Samuel all go in Rd. 1. So out of 32, 5 QB, 5 WR, 1 TE, 0 RB, 1 DL, 4 Edge, 3 LB, 1 S, and 5 CB this is 25 picks minimum which will leave 7 picks for offensive line at most. Sewell, Slater, Darrisaw are all locks, I think Tackle gets priority over IOL so I think Jenkins is also likely a lock which is 4, I think Vera-Tucker goes as well thats 5.....then it will come down to all the fringe guys at other positions and 2 of the other tackles and/or Dickerson at most....every other linemen will drop into the second round. I have 40 players in this draft with a first round grade so it is possible only the 5 locks go for offensive line in the first which will leave a a cornucopia of linemen available to us at #38....especially when you throw in guys like Meinerz, Carmen, Mayfield, Wyatt Davis, Trey Smith and Cleveland which I have as having second round grades and Hudson which I have as still starter quality in the 3rd. Even if we have 7 olinemen go in the 1st and 7 olinemen go in the 2nd (which would be historic) someone really good is still going to be available to us at #69.
  12. 4 points
    I think Billy would next have posted a pic of Ms Cates with her, uhm, upper half uncovered We're still thinking about you Billy
  13. 4 points
    Cris Crocker, who on November 20th, 2008, knocked Santonio Holmes into the shadow realm, then stared down the Steelers' sideline? All in retaliation for the cheap shot 5 weeks earlier that Hines Ward laid on Rivers, breaking his jaw? That Cris Crocker? The guy who finally stood up to the Steelers bullying and said "enough"? Yea, I've heard of him.
  14. 4 points
    There is a very good reason for that. Dalton’s performance in games other fans might have seen, like nationally televised games and playoff games, was absolutely, almost unbelievably, horrible. It was hard to believe the same guy we’d watch carve up Baltimore in a regular season game, could play as badly as he did in nationally televised games. Again, and again, and again.
  15. 4 points
    I logged back in today to make this comment and will step back away... I believe in the philosophy that "If you don't have a franchise QB, you try to get one". Well.... That is exactly where we find ourselves and sitting at the #1 spot allows us to take the best shot. Take it. Don't be a pussy. Make the selection and move forward. The rookie wage scale makes it possible to swing and miss without it crushing the franchise for the next 7 years. A true franchise QB can make everything else around them better, so if they swing and hit, the payoff is massive. Someone can argue all they want about whether Joe Burrow is the best QB in the draft, but i'm not that guy. I believe him to be the clear #1 QB in the class and fully deserving of being the Bengals pick at #1. Just take Burrow and move on to addressing how the organization can actually use free agency to help build around him. Also cannot forget having the top pick in the other rounds as well. USE THEM WISELY. That being said, much like the last Bengals related post I made, I still do not believe they care enough. For that reason I have not given much thought to anything they have done and won't until closer to the draft. Will it to happen Mem. I'm with you. WILL THAT SHIT !!! Later...
  16. 4 points
    Billy essentially IS Bengalzone. I’ve spent around half of my life contributing to this board in some capacity, and he has always been its spiritual foundation. Rest easy, Boobiemeister.
  17. 4 points
    Very sad news indeed. Billy has been a huge part of this board since as long as I've been here and the one that asked me to be a moderator all those years ago. Him and I had a chance to meet up a while back at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport. I found the pic here, but it wouldn't let me pull it up. We sat at the bar together, had lunch, drank beers and shot the shit about our beloved Bengals and all other matters we could think of. It was like sitting down with someone I knew my whole life. When I was deployed to Afghanistan, he sent me music and movies on CD. Most notable from that group was a copy of the Bengals and Chargers playing in the freezer bowl. I still have all of the stuff he sent to me. He was also my brother in arms in being a proud Marine !!! I will say a prayer for our friend and also keep his family in our thoughts and prayers through the Holiday season. I am very saddened by the loss of Billy. Rest in Peace my brother !!! Mark
  18. 4 points
    "Training camp starts this week ?? Does Wal-Mart's equate brand make a comparable Gatorade ??"
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    We are headed out on vacation and when we were at the Cincinnati airport, we ran into John Ross. Was super cool with my son and we got a great pic with him. Funny thing is, the people around us were like, who is that guy ?? My son is still amped up. Good guy !!
  21. 4 points
    Love it. Haters can bite me. That is all.
  22. 4 points
    Now I remember why I avoid this board for months after the draft.
  23. 4 points
    His teams play, durability, selfless attitude, oh, and he was clearly the best running back on the team. i would have given him a 4 year deal with escalators for downs played. He's basically Peerman but better.
  24. 4 points
    In regards to dumping Pac Man, this draft is packed full of CB's and bet there will still be quality into the 4th round. Just move on and don't look back. Buh Bye.
  25. 4 points
  26. 4 points
    Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I have decided to call myself Jolly Old St. Who Dey. Not pictured: My Bengals socks.
  27. 3 points
    Beginning of this season: The AFC North has 3 very good quarterbacks and a 4th, Burrow, who is developing into one. End of season: Ben’s a straight up bum, Lamar is inconsistent and injury prone, Mayfield has completely lost it and is the reason a good roster can’t win, and finally, Joe Burrow got his teeth fixed and has turned into fucking Godzilla.
  28. 3 points
    I’m in the glass half full camp as well. They’re a year ahead of where we thought they’d be. It’s hard to believe the pre season prognosticators had us last in the North. And the amount of “The North will continue to go through Pittsburgh” takes were nauseating, and completely without evidence or reason. The Browns? They’re a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in an anonymous sex act in a strip mall Olive Garden parking lot.
  29. 3 points
    Hey Wink Martindale, how did that defensive game plan go for you today? Oh yeah, that’s right. EAT A DICK
  30. 3 points
    If this place ever goes away, forums will cease to exist for me. There is only one Bengalszone and I appreciate all of you here.
  31. 3 points
    I think it speaks volumes that they identified him early and did their homework. It really doesn't matter what Mel Kiper, or Daniel Jeremiah, or I think of the prospect, only what the coaches think. Frank Pollack has been coaching offensive line for 40 years, seen it all and stuck his neck out to draft this guy. They spoke to his line coach in college, his head coach in college, his HS coaches, the guys that he was training with and his surgeon. They had many zoom meetings and decided that out of a very deep offensive lineman pool Carman was the guy they needed. They didn't panic and just took the next guy on their list and they didn't half ass the preparation. This is their guy and I am perfectly comfortable with the process they used to choose him. And one other thing,. People are talking about this as a huge reach. I have seen no mock draft that did not have Carman drafted in the second or third rounds, at pick #46 that was not a reach....it would have been at #38 so kudos to the draft team analyzing the board dropping down, getting extra impactful draft capital, and still getting the guy they wanted.
  32. 3 points
    this is exactly the reason you take Chase in the first. It is highly likely that Marshall and Bateman are gone by #38, it is an almost certainty that Waddle, Chase and Smith are gone. Even if one of the five slips into the 2nd round they will likely be snapped up before we get to our pick. If those five WRs are gone, the well is pretty dry at #38, you can always double dip on the oline, that would be fine but that leaves the WR group lacking much needed athleticism. Schwartz and Brown ran very simplified routes in college, they did not have much of a route tree and were purely vertical guys in college. Schwartz is John Ross 2.0, bad hands, can't run routes, concentration lapses....will get over drafted because of speed. Brown is a better prospect but because he was used almost exclusively as a vertical threat in UNC's offense, you have no idea if he can run good routes or not. On top of that Brown is not shifty and can't shake guys after the catch with only 4.9 yards after reception. Chase can do everything at an incredibly high level, you take him at 5 because he makes every play look better.
  33. 3 points
    Much more than a swap, that’s for sure. Gio’s 771 combined yards were his most since 2017 and his 6 TDS were the most since 2014, his second year. And he caught a career-high 79.7% of balls thrown his way. I’m in no rush to see him leave.
  34. 3 points
    Coaching - Would prefer a clean slate. I think there is a high probability that we could attract Eric Bieniemy from KC with Burrow, if not then we would have to look at Robert Saleh or Joe Brady. There will be a number of high profile defensive coaches on the marketplace to be DC because of firings My target would be Raheem Morris. We need to also attract a REALLY good Offensive Line Coach....my wishlist would start and end with Andrew Whitworth (i think it is HIGHLY likely that this is his last year playing). Free agency: First Target, a high profile ORG signing. Three choices here Brandon Sherff, Joe Thuney, or Larry Warford. My inclination is that we would go the Larry Warford route because he is local, has already expressed interest and is still under 30. You resign Spain and WJ3. You let Green, Atkins, Price, and Ross all walk. That will SUBSTANTIALLY free up cap space. One of the things not often mentioned is that the Bengals have a chance to really clean up in FA because the cap is likely to remain static which will put alot of teams up against it from a cap perspective and also mean that many teams simply will not be competing. The Bengals go into the season with $41 million free before releasing Atkins, Price, and Ross. we should be buyers. One target I would love for them to go after is Kyle Rudolph. Good all-round TEs are rare, MN will be in cap hell again and will likely cut him because they have the heir apparent in Irv Smith Jr. We should also go hard after a quality Vet. WR I think it likely that one of the three Cowboys WR will be released (likely Amari Cooper if they can get around the cap implications). Draft: I am usually a more is better guy but if you have a chance to draft a generational talent at Tackle you do it. I feel the same way about Sewell as I felt about Quentin Nelson when he came out and he totally re-made the Colts oline. In the second you trade down a little with eyes on Edge, Corner, TE, and Interior Oline. BPA from those position groups. BTW if Travis Étienne is still available at our pick in the 2nd, snap him up!
  35. 3 points
    Heh, saw a few replays and I am def in the shots kicked at that end zone. The burrow color rush to the left of the goalposts being kicked at. here are some obs from being there: Waiting for my flight - a few quick additional thoughts : I was in the north end zone 11 rows off the field - so a new vantage point for me. The second and fourth quarters when bengals were on offense i had as close to burrow’s vantage point on throws as I will ever get, and, damn. I have zero idea how he sees some of the windows he sees. There were five or six passes that he threw that I had time to think “where in the hell is he throwing it” and each time he competed a ball. He may be a wizard. The one in particular that sticks out was the 23-yarder to Higgins in the 4th. He. Was. Not. Open. Just an unreal throw. a few other things: —-I really now fear that AJ is cooked. The play in the first quarter where burrow rolled away from pressure and waved AJ downfield was coming at me - the old AJ makes that play but I could immediately see when Burrow waved him to get deep and AJ planted to go that there was no burst. None. I hope that it is still coming back, but that was rough to watch live as close to it as I was. —-the two Mixon 3rd quarter TD came at my end zone - on the second of them, the run up the middle, it looked like Redmond did a really good job sealing off his man and giving Joe the hole. It was like the Red Sea parting from where I was. —-thought the holding call to negate the Boyd TD was weak. Especially because on series before that Dunlap was dragged down right in front of us and the damn ref and he swallowed the flag while Jax converted a long third down. They also replayed the Lawson personal foul flag in the stadium and that was a fucking joke of a call. If refs were simply competent we blow them out in the first half. —-it is weird watching burrow live. He’s so in control, so calm , I’ve never seen anything quite like it in cincy. At least not four games in to a career. He’s an absolute superstar coming. —-I didn’t see him really miss on any deep throws he should have connected on. The receivers are simply not open. Very little separation deep to connect on the ones yesterday. —-hell, not a fuckton of separation on a lot of the intermediate passes either. Burrow is so damn accurate. If this was Dalton...yeesh. that’s most of what is at the top of my head this AM.
  36. 3 points
    "When the time comes, I'll be in the best shape to play my best ball this year no matter what happens. The best shape of my life." I like how he emphasized, "The best shape of my life". I'm really looking forward to watching this team play this season unlike any season I can remember is a God awful amount of time. I wish Billy was here to enjoy this with us !!!
  37. 3 points
    I will always remember where I was and what I was doing the day Randy Bullock set the franchise kick record.
  38. 3 points
    A boy receives a gift from a Boomer A helmet of stripes and a rumor That he'd be a Bengal not a year sooner With a frown he looked down At least, he mused, it's not Brown Sunny Miami, a new day arrives The Red Rifle powers multiple drives With his teammates he enjoys his high fives But the fans look on through tears For this victory confirmed all of their fears And the boy bought his Florida home He was going to have a practice dome! His girlfriend rests outside in the warm midnight gloam The stripes were memories and jokes Bless the Bengals for ensuring this hoax
  39. 3 points
    This is why not trading AJ for another first round selection was such a disaster. This issue could be solved with more picks in this draft. Of course I have zero faith in the Bengals front office to do something with those picks, so....we are screwed until Brown hires a general manager from outside the organization and ponies up for a professional scouting Dept. Until that happens this is all moot.
  40. 3 points
    They care about something. They truly don't care about what we care about. Won't pay Reggie Nelson so they replace him with half the player, Williams. Won't pay Whit, so we get Ogbuehi. Won't pay Zeitler, so we get revolving cast of characters. Won't pay Marvin Jones, so we get Ross, er, Boyd, er, whoever we can find on a rookie deal. Won't pay Mohammad Sanu, so we get anyone on a rookie deal, again. Truly, the new CBA and the incredible incentive it gave cheap owners to play youngsters on their first contracts - Mike used that just like we suspected he would. No team is all veterans. But Mike is pretty good at keeping cheap vets who are glad to have a job, like Peko, and letting guys who'll earn significant cash on their second deal walk out the door.
  41. 3 points
    I think Alexander was the ultimate company man. If he got fed shit, he thanked Mike for the caviar and asked for seconds. Its why he survived so long here. Mike says,"we don't want to pay all these vets their 2nd and 3rd contracts. Paul, you're the o line coach, are the new guys WHO ARE ON THEIR COST CONTROLLED UNDER THE NEW CBA ROOKIE CONTRACTS ready to take over?" Paul answers, "you bet they are sir! Bodine's a great player! Cedric's a natural left tackle, he's ready." Somehow I don't think Zimmer was that compliant. He's got players who follow him from one team to another. Alexander played a political game here, as many do, and it finally caught up with him. Marvin, loathesome as we all find him, at least deserves credit for getting Mike to drive his favorite golden retriever to the pound.
  42. 3 points
    Right on! He and A.J. will be great if Dalton isn't being sacked before they can get open.
  43. 3 points
    From "The White Star Zone", the public relations publication of the White Star Line, owners of the Titanic, written by White Star Line public relations chief Geoffor Hoobsin: "Most people don't know enough about shipping to realize that missing icebergs results in having to spend a lot on fuel to complete the journey. Also, if you miss icebergs, you are sacrificing a lot of insurance claims you could be making. Additionally, having your ship complete its journey without hitting an iceberg really is overrated. 50% of the time you end up getting sued by various passengers, harbor fees you didn't foresee pop up, union trouble, the list goes on. People act like just because our Chief Navigator, Pole Alexundster, has steered our last 4 ships right into icebergs, we should look for a new navigator. That's not how the White Star Line works. We're loyal to our employees. Mr. Alexundster has two years left on his contract and we will honor that commitment. Our next ship is scheduled to leave New York City for a 5 day cruise straight to the bottom of the North Atlantic, or Dublin Ireland, no way to tell just now, but anyway the ship is completely booked, so we're doing something right."
  44. 3 points
    Good complimentary rushes on all parts by the D-line. Some of the fastest sacks I've seen. Sack 1 - Dolphins line up shotgun with a 3 WR stack up top, 1 WR to the bottom, 1 RB to Dunlap's side. Bengals show double A gap blitz, at the snap of the ball the LBs back out into zone. This puts 4 Bengals in coverage towards the 3 dolphin targets up top. All Tannehill could do is stare at it and cry. Dunlap beats RT, Will Clarke gets pressure jumps and Dunlap knocks the ball out. Fumble recovered by Peko. Key was the LB backing out of the A gap blitz and they had a 4 person zone on 3 targets. Tannehill froze. Sack 2 - Dolphin in shotgun, Empty (not a good idea). Bengals show double A gap blitz, back out of it pre snap. Margus Hunt draws the double team leaving Atkins 1 on 1 and it was over quickly. Might have been the quickest sack I've ever seen. MJ beat his TE blocking rather quickly to get a .5 sack. Sack 3 - Dolphins in shotgun, 3 wide up top, 1 wide at the bottom, 1 RB. Bengals rush 4. Dolphins zone block (guessing) Dunlap jumps inside the tackle and the guard can't get over quick enough. Sack. Sack 4 - Dolphins in shotgun. 2 wide up top, 1 bottom, 1 TE, 1 RB. Bengals straight 4 rush. Will Clarke chipped by TE, TE releases and tackle can't pick him up, sack. Sack 5 - Dolphins in shotgun. Bengals rush 4. Margus and Atkins line up in 3 techs. Run a twist at the snap. Margus crushes A gap, draws double team and gets good push Atkins goes over the top and ends up 1 on1 with RG, sack. Really surprised to see Margus getting double teamed leaving Atkins 1 on 1 in both his sacks.
  45. 3 points
    I'd also like to add his and my family spent some good time together. I traveled a long ways to get to the game, but nothing compared to his trip from Scotland. I was in the middle of a corn hole game, and some guy I've never seen before walked up to me and smiled. I knew who it was. After 13 years we finally got to drink a beer together and the Bengals came away with a win. What a fantastic day.
  46. 3 points
    So, here I am, taking a break from being the most negative person on the game threads, to actually being at the game. Just thought I'd sign in before I was too drunk to type! Who dey!!!
  47. 3 points
    I'm sitting at my brother's house preparing for a tailgating party outside the stadium for tonight's game wearing a throwback Thursday #84 T.J. Houshmandzadeh jersey. Other than seeing the game, I must see Scottish tonight. Any other of you other bastards who may attend post where you're at and I'll try to find you as well. Who-Dey motherf**kers, Billy's in town!
  48. 3 points
    My thoughts exactly. And to some extent, I think Marvin may be thinking the same thing. How many years did we put up with Pittsburgh's bullshit? When Kimo took out Carson's knee, the media reaction was kind of, "oh well, those Steelers sure play physical football!" When Ward just blatantly used the crown of his helmet to cheap shot a totally unawares Keith Rivers, breaking his jaw and concussing him, the media reaction was, "those Steelers play physical football! Gotta keep your head on a swivel!" Ward got fined but not suspended. When Terrance Garvin used the crown of his helmet on our punter, cheap shot to the face, broke his jaw and cracked a vertebrae, they didn't even flag it. The NFL came out later and stated it should have been a flagrant hit on a defenseless player. The media reaction? They couldn't have cared less. Same old refrain, "Wow, you have to protect yourself when playing the Steelers, they play so physical!" Same Steelers no matter who they're playing. Remember Antonio Brown kicking the Browns punter in the face? Fined, again, but no suspension. The media reaction? I remember a lot of the media guys laughing about it. Sort of," that's what happens when a Cleveland Brown comes up against those physical Steelers! They're SO physical!" That's just on the field. The Joey Porter casino ambush, the Mike Mitchell shooting threat on twitter, what did the league do about those things? I'm just plain tired of it. I think Marvin and most of the Bengals are too. If the NFL doesn't like what has gone on in these last few games between the Bengals and the Steelers, they have no one to blame but themselves. Since the league wouldn't stop it, I think the Bengals just decided to do it themselves. I take no pleasure in seeing Antonio Brown get knocked out. If Shazier had been flagged and ejected for using the crown of his helmet, do you think that hit on Brown would have been made? I doubt it. And as far as the media goes, fuck them. They idolized the Steelers for this cheap shit. If Jim Nantz wants to act like Burfict is a mass murderer or something, it just reveals how uninformed he is regarding what has gone on between these teams for the last ten years. Burfict is doing nothing that a good number of Steelers have'nt done before him. That must be what the league wants, because they did nothing but fine a few guys in such a way that it was made very clear to everyone that, all other things being equal, paying twenty grand to knock out one of the other team's best players is well worth it. So any cries to cut Burfict are probably falling on deaf ears at PBS. Marvin didn't seem too upset about Burfict's play. In fact he may have noticed that Burfict had a great game. He also may have noticed that at one time or another, Bell, Roethlisberger, and Brown, all missed significant parts or allof that playoff game, all thanks to none other than our own Vontaze Burfict. There's a reason the Steelers hate Burfict so much.
  49. 3 points
    Sounds rough, but I'll be roughing it as well. We keep our house about 70, but I'll be watching the game Saturday night in the basement, which stays about SIXTY SEVEN DEGREES!!I That's cold, I might need a blanky. I'm not happy to be watching it down there, the upstairs is better for sure. But someone had to take a stand against the tyrannical rule of my wife. So I stepped up to the plate. That's right, I'm occupying our basement and am in the midst of a standoff. The time was now to take a stand, so I've done it. I'm not alone either. Both our cats come down here frequently, and my doberman who is trying sort of unsuccessfully to recover from surgery is down here too. On a scale of 1-10, his personal protection capabilities have deteriorated to about a 1. But his skills at laying around in a daze have sharpened considerably. And when it comes to seeping gross fluid from his infected incision, he's an absolute 10. Nobody does it better. Attempts on my part to end this standoff peacefully have so far been rebuffed. When informed by an intermediary that I was committed to laying around in the basement until changes are made, my wife played the old, "how is it a standoff when you're just doing what you always do," strategy. I should have seen that one coming. It's all about basement use, and if my wife thinks me and my half-dead dog are going to take it lying down while she pretty much takes over the whole basement with laundry drying racks, those shelves my sister gave us that we store cans and boxes of food on, and 8, count 'em, 8 old dining room chairs that we don't know what to do with since we bought our new ones, well, I guess now she knows that she's got another thing coming! This basement is for watching Bengals games on the giant TV she told me not to buy but I bought anyway, it's for hanging up my 3' x 5' Bengals flag on game days, it's for me and the dog to escape to when the women in our house are at each others' throats (those of you with teenage daughters know what I mean). If anyone wants to send snacks or anything, please do. I'm prepared for this to stretch on for years, or possibly just a couple days. We've named our little occupying force The People's Bible Force of Righteousness and Constitutional Freedom for Patriots. Though I didn't lobby for it, I have reluctantly and humbly accepted the title of Captain. The cats are and will remain in the rank of corporal, but as soon as my dog can demonstrate the ability to get up and walk across the room to his food bowl so I can quit hand feeding him, he's getting promoted to Sergeant.
  50. 3 points
    I took my 5-year old to see it and it was one of the greatest parenting moments of my life. She's been watching the original trilogy since she was 4 and is well-versed in the story/characters. To see her face as the opening sequence played was something magical. She could hardly sit still the entire time. On the way out of the theater, she grabbed my hand, kissed it, and said, "I'm glad I have a Daddy like you". Seriously kid? She knows how to pull all my strings. If she asks for a car next week, I'll likely say yes. As for the movie itself, I thought it was a lot of fun. Yeah, you can nitpick it and a lot of people are. But, any problems you want to point out with this one can be found in the original trilogy as well. The originals have been glorified so much, people seem to forget that they have poor character development, plot holes, bad acting, etc. But, it doesn't matter...Star Wars movies aren't meant to be arthouse cinema. It's a fun sci-fi romp with amazing special effects. Enjoy it for what it is, folks, and remember what it is to be a kid again.
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