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  1. 5 points
    *movie trailer voice* In a world where the Cincinnati Bengals successfully cover the tight end
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 4 points
    "Training camp starts this week ?? Does Wal-Mart's equate brand make a comparable Gatorade ??"
  12. 4 points
  13. 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 !!
  14. 4 points
    Love it. Haters can bite me. That is all.
  15. 4 points
    Now I remember why I avoid this board for months after the draft.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 4 points
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 3 points
    For locals: apparently this is up on the big digital advertising board on I-471
  22. 3 points
    Err.. Mixon ran a 4.46 / 40 at his combine, he is both fast and agile and far from being one of the slowest in the league, I will say it again the Bengals have not had an outside deep threat since Marvin Jones left and that allows defenses to key on the LOS. Mixon has been fighting 8 men boxes since he got here. He may not have Gio's shiftiness but I believe you are going to see marked improvement with Joe this season provided we can bring in a deep threat. Not that Chase is a panacea but you will be surprised at how much that will transform this offense IMHO.
  23. 3 points
    Yeah, with this workout any hope of Marshall falling to us at #38 have been dashed. I feel much better about Chase/Leatherwood than I do about Sewell/Moore (Elijah or Rondale). I would love the following guys to the Bengals at #38... Leatherwood, Cosmi, Jenkins, Davis, Vera-Tucker (unlikely), Darrisaw (also unlikely), Radunz, Little, Eichenberg, or Dickerson. There is no chance that one or more of those guys are not available to us at #38 and any of them would start immediately at RG. Sure Sewell is a great prospect, probably the best left tackle prospect I have ever seen but Chase is likely also the best WR prospect I have seen since Calvin Johnson and the instant rapport with Burrow is too good to pass up. BTW I believe the best non-QB prospect in this draft is actually Kyle Pitts but I also believe he will go at #4 to Atlanta barring someone trading up for a QB. There are 10 first round graded OLinemen in this draft AFTER Sewell and Slater go....that is incredible and unheard of. On top of that, I also think Meinerz, Hudson, Carmen, Mayfield, and Humphery are also starting grade players. You end up with Chase, Leatherwood, and Meinerz or Humphrey in the first three rounds it almost doesn't matter what the rest of the draft looks like, you have won. BTW Jenkins is my favorite of the #38 pool but I believe he will be long gone by #38, Leatherwood or Radunz would make a fine consolation prize.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    So that leaves, Wyatt Davis, Alex Leatherwood, Walker Little, Sam Cosmi, Landon Dickerson, Dillon Radunz, Jalen Mayfield, and Jackson Carmen as folks available to us at the top of round two that carry a starting caliber grade at oline. I like my chances of one of them slipping to us at #38.
  26. 3 points
    Matt Miller gave them Rashwan Slater, the T from Northwestern at 3rd with Sewell 2nd in his latest mock. Said some scouts have Slater ahead of Sewell. They can win and still find a REALLY good T. They don't need to be 3rd. If not Slater, then the Texas OT (Corsi), There's 3 or 4 worthy of top 10-15 considedration.
  27. 3 points
    I disagree with this. It’s a workplace situation. And this longtime, very loyal, employee is being demoted. It’s a very public demotion. I think common courtesy requires a little meeting to explain what the team is doing, what he needs to do going forward. It’s not 1955. Ultimately showing Dunlap the respect he deserves would serve the team as well because you don’t get this public dragging they’re getting right now.
  28. 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.
  29. 3 points
    Can’t draft Burrow. Character issues:
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    I will always remember where I was and what I was doing the day Randy Bullock set the franchise kick record.
  32. 3 points
    STATEMENT FROM ROGER GOODELL, GOD-KING OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE “Earlier this week, the League was made aware of allegations of illegal sideline filming by the New England Patriots. Normally, such a repeat violation of the rules would be met with harsh punishment. However, since the offense was made against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are only an NFL team by a strict reading of League bylaws, we are going to let this one slide. We will be fining Bengals head coach Zac Taylor $10,000 for disclosing the existence of the investigation and linebacker Vontaze Burfict $15,000 just because. In conclusion, all hail Me, Roger Goodell, God-King of the National Football League.”
  33. 3 points
    Mea Culpa,. I am high functioning autistic so detecting sarcasm for me is very nearly impossible under normal circumstances....on a forum post, no chance.
  34. 3 points
    Noo, gotta keep the dream alive. 0-16 or bust.
  35. 3 points
    Sad to hear that Billy and others like him are what have kept me coming back to this board even though not as much as id like to... This ones for you Billy ❤ R.i.P
  36. 3 points
    "What was this trade deadline thing I heard about recently"? "Did I miss an opportunity to increase my stock in Werther's again"? "There's just something about those hard candies that makes me.... Hey I forgot to write a check to the icebox repair man".
  37. 3 points
    Having had a short night to reflect (couldn't sleep, stayed up to drink in an as much ESPN and NFL network as I could since I couldn't sleep and was anticipating a happy day at work amongst all the Ravens fans...), the following:1. I absolutely will not kill them for the play selections to end the first half. I have railed for years that Marvin is too conservative there, I will not get mad at him for allowing them to try and put foot on throat. Execute better next time, but keep trying to score. That's how you get ready to win playoff games and other big games, frankly.2. The Lazor offense is a joy to watch. So creative, not just at scheming guys open, but in protecting Andy and maximizing the effectiveness of the line.3. Cool to see what Green looks like with help and someone to move him around in various sets. He is uncoverable in man in that scenario, and if they do double cover him, it makes the other weapons that much more effective.4. Uzomah looks like Eifert's replacement in real time. 5. Mixon looks like the real deal to me for sure, putting the ball and team on his back in 4th quarter for that last drive to go up eight and then to set up the clinching field goal felt right. 6. Tyler Boyd is a legit weapon. Once they start sprinkling Ross in more effectively, I see no reason for them to take their foot off the gas at any point.7. Gotta give Austin credit, that defense does look like it is trying for turnovers at all times. That's a nice change. And, while we are at it, loved the aggressiveness from Austin on the blitz call that resulted in the Williams forced fumble and recovery late in the 4th. Guenther would have had them in a shell. 8. Big kicks from Bullock again, he has earned my trust. Wish he had a bigger leg, but nice to be able to count on him when they need him.9. NO sacks allowed by the offensive line. That's quite something, considering what everyone expected and feared heading into the game...Thrilled with this start to the season. Just huge. It was fun to watch the national narrative shift in real time last night...
  38. 3 points
    That sounds like a fun road trip, especially the leaving bmore part. Have fun at camp.
  39. 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.
  40. 3 points
    Happy turkey day BZ'ers! Hard to believe it's been 13 years since joining.
  41. 3 points
    This kid is going to do GREAT things in Cincinnati until injuries derail him and he leaves in FA after four years.
  42. 3 points
    Whoa, how did I miss the dick cake promoting weed ?? That's just some funny shit right there. In regards to Eifert, I just got another box of "Tyler's Touchdown Crunch" and opened it up to see the surprise inside. I hit the big time with what appears to be one of the collector "Bonus Boxes". Inside was an autographed ace wrap, a Ziploc bag to put ice in, and what appears to be bone fragments from his recent back surgery. SCORE !!!
  43. 3 points
    The scene - a secret room, deep in the bowels of PBS. A disheveled old man stares at a wall filled with a collection of photos, clipped headlines, and handwritten notes. Push pins and yarn connect various facets of the board to other parts. An unflitered cigarette hangs from the old man's lips. A much younger but much dumber looking man sits in a chair and watches the old man while he stares at the board, occasionally moving a picture here, a headline there. Finally, the younger man speaks, "Mike, you haven't slept in 72 hours, and you're living off coffee and the greenies we took from Pete Rose's personal stash from Riverfront. Take a break, man." The old man grimaces, and says, "Paul, you're my line coach, not my Doctor. I'm close here, I'm close. This is the culmination of fifty years of work. So shut the fuck up." The younger man leans back in his chair, resignation is very apparent on his crushingly stupid looking face. The old man suddenly gasps. He falls to his knees, hands on the side of his head, "My God! I've got it! I should have seen it 8 years ago!" The young man leans forward, "You've got what Mike? Don't tell me you've cracked the code, don't tell me unless you really have!" "Oh, I've cracked it all right. I've decoded the whole NFL. Decades of work, late night study and corporate espionage have finally paid off! We'll own the fucking Super Bowl, Paul. They'll have to rename the fucking trophy after my dad by the time we're done. I've finally got it." "What is it, Mike? What's the secret?" The old man stands. He violently tears his shirt off. He yells, "Oh, there'll be plenty of time for that Paul, plenty of time! But first, I pledged my whole being to this quest, and now it's time for the shit to jump off!" The old man uncaps a bottle of Old Crow whiskey, and takes several slugs straight from the bottle. "Urrrggghh. 50 fucking years of sobriety down the drain! Fuck yea!" He takes several more pulls from the bottle, sputters, coughs, and projectile vomits onto the floor in front of the wall with the headlines and photos. "Ha ha! Fuck you Rooney, you shriveled old bastard! This is it, motherfucker! You can try to hide Kathleen, but I'll find her, and when I do, the panties will be hitting the floor! Ha ha ha!" The old man chugs the rest of the bottle. The younger man looks alarmed, "Jesus Christ Mike, Kathleen Rooney? She's been dead for like 30 years!" "That's what they want you to believe. Haven't you studied my board?" the old man yells. "She's alive, and she's the best piece of ass I ever had, and now I'm gonna tap that ass again! I'm gonna burn that motherfucker down. King Kong ain't got shit on me. That's right, that's right!" Another bottle appears, and the old man chugs half of it. "Paul! My little brother, my little line coach! Come over her motherfucker!" The old man throws his arm around the younger, shockingly stupid looking, man. "See here, Paul! Know why I kept you all these years? You suck, you know that? Know why I kept you?" The old man pulls 3 huge gulps from the bottle. "I kept you because you're named Paul. I didn't even realize it when I hired you. But after you were here, I was like, 'Ain't no fucking way I'm firing a coach from the Cincinnati Bengals who's named Paul. Ain't ever gonna happen!" The old man chugs from the bottle, then throws it against the cinder block wall, shattering it and sending glass shards flying. "Hey NFL! I own your fucking ass now! Ha ha ha!" The old man grabs a walker that's been standing beside him. He approaches his conspiracy wall. "See this shit Paul? Hard fucking work. Hard work by a ***damn Dartmouth grad. Tha's right motherfucker, I'm smart. Not like these public school pukes that own these other teams. Jerry fucking Jones? Motherfucker went to Arkansas! My fucking german shepherd could graduate from Arkansas. Jones can barely fucking read! Do you know I hired some chinaman to develop an algorithm for this shit? Didn't fucking work. I figured it out with my conspiracy wall! Me!" "C'mon Mike, before all that Old Crow kicks in, what's the secret? What?" The old man smiles, pulls the younger man close again. He breathes his words out, "Paul, it all comes down to two words. Two little words. Know what those words are? Do you know what is going to win us the next ten Super Bowls in a row? Two words. And those two words are Compensatory Picks. That's it. Trade Dalton. Trade Geno. I don't even give a fuck any more. Trade AJ. Compensatory picks can be traded now, and we'll have 3 AJ Greens in here before you know it. It's all compensatory picks. We own this league now! Eat shit Kraft, you're a fucking paper salesman! I"m the scion of NFL royalty and I'm a ***damn Dartmouth grad! Go sell some cardboard boxes you fucking hack!" The old man pulls a cellphone from his pocket, dials and says, "Hello, Kathleen? It's on baby! Where you at? What? I don't care if you're wearing Depends. Daddy's ready to smash!!" He hangs up the phone, grabs his walker and begins walking slowly to the door. "Paul, get your car keys, you have to drive me to a nursing home in Altoona, Pennsylvania." He turns, and takes one last look at the board, "Compensatory picks. I should have known all along."
  44. 3 points
    Too busy in my life to let football get out of it's proper order spending too much time beyond watching the games, but the problem with this franchise is real simple, actually. There is only one constant with this franchise since 1991, the year he took over, Mike Brown. Coincidentally, they have not won a playoff game since then, let alone made a SB appearance. Coaches and players have come and gone and the only coach that may have made a difference was fired by Brown the year he was handed the baton. (Sam Wyche) Nothing will change until he passes the baton on to someone else, and even then, it's no guarantee depending on who ends up with the baton! Pick apart and analyze all you want until the cows come home, but it is, what it is! No 'fix' until/when he steps down!
  45. 3 points
    Well, I'll help us all out a little. Let's say a bengal's player, or a Jag, or a Chief, does it - that's holding. Now let's say a Steeler does it, or a Cowboy, or a Patriot - that's not holding.
  46. 3 points
    I am always unhappy with a loss, but 4 things made me happy in that "silver lining" sense 1) Much improved pass rush 2) Andy. He is absolutely not part of the problem. 3) Oogie Boogie benched. Thank you. Put Fisher out there next week and see how it goes 4) The big one - The era of TJ Johnson begins. No, I never like to see a player hurt. No, I am not a fan of TJ Johnson despite sharing initials with him. I AM glad - very glad - that someone not named Bodine was snapping to Andy. Start getting Westerman ready at C, please.
  47. 3 points
    I'll be making my annual pilgrimage from Scotland to PBS for this one too
  48. 3 points
    The fate of any later round, white, LB the Bengals draft. Caleb Miller comparisons.
  49. 3 points
    It's never going to end. Hell, just wait until the first game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati next season. It's a lock to be a primetime game and I guarantee you the promos for it will be 100% Dirty Burfict, Dirty Burfict, Dirty Burfict. And it will draw postseason-caliber ratings as people tune into see Burfict decapitate someone (which he will) allowing the media to go into holier-than-thou overdrive and the league to tut-tut and the network to make plans to flex the second Bengals-Steelers gang fight into prime time in December.
  50. 3 points
    The NFL is a joke, singles out certain players and suspends them, but could give a crap what other players do! They wanna suspend Burfict that's fine, but I think there are plenty of other players who could be suspended as well but they won't. What a joke!
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