Checking in on the Cincinnati Bengals

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

We don’t talk nearly enough about the Bengals here at OurTurf, so I figured I’d reach out to the experts.  In my search, I came across Ace Boogie on Twitter.   He’s a Bengals analyst and host of New Stripe City on YouTube.  The perfect person to talk to!  I asked him 5 questions to get the lowdown on Bengals Nation.

 

 

Bengals Analyst and host of New Stripe City on YouTube AceBoogie (@NewStripeCity)

Me:  How did the Bengals do in the draft?

Ace:  I think the sense around the NFL is that the Bengals did great. I’d have to agree with this because they really attacked fixing one of their biggest weaknesses by drafting [tackle] Jonah Williams.  [Tight end] Drew Sample was a bit of a head scratcher, but overall I think they did great. They were able to fill needs, add depth, and add character. One thing that changed was that they didn’t target any players with off-field issues and went after team captains.

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Yes, its too early but…2019 Season Playoff Predictions

Marquita Quinones
NFL reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@LatinLove729

Yes, it’s only May and yes experts are already weighing in on the 2019 NFL Season, so I thought I’d join in. As a NY Giants fan, I will admit I’m a little apprehensive about some of the moves they have made this offseason, but I want to keep my feelings positive. Although, certain actions made in this offseason has not been a beacon of success to me, but what do I know.

Let’s take a look at a few of my WAY too early predictions for this upcoming year.

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Big changes coming for NFL Network

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

As you know, the NFL Network is owned by the NFL.

Apparently, part of their yearly production budget is being used for the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season.

This has resulted in five shows being cut from the fall lineup. While there are concerns amongst the on-air talent regarding contract talks and possible salary reductions, at least one newly hired personality will be incredibly popular in the Cleveland market.

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NFL Rivalries

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I love a good rivalry.  Being that I’m a Michigan fan, and Kate’s a Buckeye fan, you know we go back and forth all the time. (Make sure you check in on us the last week of November.)

Lisa and I go back and forth about fantasy football (Yes, that’s me, your TWO-time OTFB Fantasy Football Champ)

I like to give Lucy a hard time about the Packers, and sometimes I give Wanda a hard time about the Bears.

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AFC North: Which team did the best in the draft?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone.

Since the Cleveland Browns are “my” team, I thought I’d try to take an objective look at the AFC North division overall and see who did the most to improve their roster. I said I’d TRY to be objective, but no promises…

When it comes to numbers, the division kind of stair-stepped up: Cleveland had 7, Baltimore had 8, Pittsburgh had 9 and Cincinnati chose a whopping 10 players.

As to positions, Defense has 17, Offense had 16 and there was one kicker taken. Yes, you read that right… my Browns took a kicker in the 5th round… we’ll talk more about that later…

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Do quarterbacks have to be leaders?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

 

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I’m taking a break from my quarterback series to discuss a trait found in some quarterbacks. Leadership.

Leadership has come into question quite a bit in the past month or so, especially among the quarterback position.  Specifically Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger,   whose leadership skills have recently been called out.

Of course, this could be just some silly, off-season stuff to keep us talking.  If so, I fell for it. But it did get me to thinking, do quarterbacks really have to be good leaders?  I don’t think it’s a true requirement.  Respect, yes.  Leadership skills? I’m going to go ahead and say no, and this is why.

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The Eight “Rookie” Head Coaches of 2019

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

This season an unprecedented eight NFL teams will have new head coaches. And for six of these coaches, it will be their first time running the whole show.

Bruce Arians has stepped out of the booth and back onto the field in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have floundered recently and Jameis Winston hasn’t grown or flourished the way we expected him to when he was drafted in 2015. Perhaps promoting former NFL QB turned offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will be the first step in turning Winston around.

But the seven other coaches have their work cut out for them. Let’s take a look at these “rookies” and, maybe the biggest key to their success, who will be under center as they take the field.

This week’s Blitzed Insider’s featured article!

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Browns get key piece in Odell Beckham Jr.

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As a fan of the Cleveland Browns, I am often on the wrong end of trades or free agent signings.

But things have started to change for this team, and for once they were on the winning side of a deal!

While I have some sympathy for New York Giants fans, it’s every fan for themselves in the NFL. And the addition of Pro-Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., has definitely lifted my hopes from having a winning season to now having playoff and – dare I say – Super Bowl aspirations.

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NFL Good Guys Give Back: AFC

OTFB Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

This week, we are focusing on the positives of the AFC, its teams, its players and its communities making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack

But before I get to that, some news on the retirement front.  Yesterday,  it was announced that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially retiring from the NFL, effective immediately. He will be missed. This week, there was another memorable retirement announcement from Philadelphia defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. He put new meaning into ‘going out on top’.

The Haloti Ngata Family Foundation‘s motto is: Improving the lives of others through love and strength. We wish him all the best in his future! Ngata definitely belongs on the #NFLGoodGuy list here at Our Turf Football.

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Kareem Hunt- A follow up

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

You’ll have to forgive me for taking on this issue again. I really don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but as a woman-owned site, I sort of feel a responsibility to speak about this.

Earlier this off season the Cleveland Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt. To recap, Hunt was released from the Chiefs after a video came out of him kicking a woman, in a Cleveland Hotel.

At the time, the League had yet to disclose a punishment for that behavior. The League announced late last week that they were suspending Hunt for 8 games.

That’s a start.

But you know what I find slightly funny, but not funny is the angle that some are taking with this.

Exhibit A:  CBS Sports has an article that’s called NFL Insider Notes:  Browns win again with Kareem Hunt return date. To be fair, that’s only part of the headline, but it’s the part of the headline that I feel is most impactful.

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