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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AFC North – Everything is about to change

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Let’s face it – the AFC North was a hot mess last year! With Le’Veon Bell sitting out, the once-dominant Pittsburgh Steelers had to root for the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs.

The Baltimore Ravens benched quarterback Joe Flacco and began the new era of Lamar Jackson football. Can Jackson keep being the leading rusher for this team and avoid injury?

The Cincinnati Bengals landed at the bottom of a division where the Browns had held that spot for too many years to count. But the once 0-16 Browns, under the leadership of rookie QB Baker Mayfield, are making their case to take over the division.

Let’s take a team-by-team look at the moves they’ve made so far to get ready for the battle to be “Kings of the North.”

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New, Young Head Coaches Smart to Add Veteran Coordinators

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

With the success that the NFL’s youngest head coach, LA Rams HC Sean McVey, it was no surprise NFL owners wanted to try to find the same needle in a haystack. This offseason brought a fury of hirings of young head coaches. Smartly, those coaches are looking to veteran coordinators to fill out their coaching staff.

While teams like Tampa Bay decided to go with a veteran head coach in Bruce Arians, most other coach-needy teams decided to go young. Arizona, Green Bay, Miami, and Cincinnati have all hired coaches between the ages of 35 – 39.

Not that age has anything to do with coaching, but it does have to do with experience. Bringing in veteran coordinators and specialist not only is savvy, but it allows the HCs to be educated by some of the best.

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Marlin Briscoe: The first African American quarterback

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

To look at the NFL today it’s hard to imagine it without the diversity it displays, but there was a time when there wasn’t. In honor of Black History Month, we will look at the changes the NFL has gone through as it pertains to African American players.

Let’s begin with a pioneer in his own right, Marlin Briscoe.

African Americans have been a part of the American Football evolution as far back as the 1920s with players like Fitz Pollard and Bobby Marshall leading the way. The position of quarterback had not been a position that was openly offered to African Americans, but in 1968 that all changed with Marlin Briscoe.

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Bengals, Dolphins hire head coaches from Super Bowl LIII teams

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the last two open head coaching positions in the NFL have been filled.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that Zac Taylor will be their new head coach. Taylor was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

The Miami Dolphins announced that Brian Flores will be their new head coach. Flores was the linebackers coach and defensive play caller for the New England Patriots.

It would appear that the Bengals will be focusing on offense this season, while the Dolphins are looking for defensive strength to help them finally top the Patriots in the AFC East.

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Cincinnati Bengals release head coach Marvin Lewis

Wanda Wiedman,
Bengalss contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It has been a long time coming, but the Cincinnati Bengals have finally parted ways with head Coach Marvin Lewis.

After 16 seasons, Lewis’ tenure is over in “Who Dey” nation. For the past several years there was speculation as to why the Bengals held on to Lewis for so long, but it was simply their trust and respect in how he managed to turn around this team, a team that sat below .500 for several years prior to 2003.

Lewis took over the head coaching job in 2003, when he replaced Dick LeBeau who tanked the Bengals for the worst win percentage in franchise history. Lewis improved the Bengals to winning seasons with a band of young players such as quarterback Carson Palmer and receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

He was voted AP Coach of the Year in 2009. His regular season record, 131-122-3, holding just above .500. But it was his postseason record, a sad 0-7, that was always black mark on his coaching record.

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Cincinnati Bengals off to a cool 4-1 start

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@Latinlove729

Cincinnati Bengals are off to a cool start with a 4-1 record heading into our sixth week. Although the path to victory has not been a smooth one the Bengals have managed to only fall behind the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, which puts them in second place in the AFC.

Examples of that “rocky path” are their defeat over the Atlanta Falcons by one point, and then having to overcome a 17-point deficit this past Sunday to beat the Miami Dolphins at home. Luckily, due to a couple of wild touchdowns from defensive ends Sam Hubbard and Michael Johnson, they were able to beat a team that was favored to win by six points in another come-from-behind victory.

This style of winning has caused some to be cautiously optimistic and not ready to declare this “the year”. In fact, most believe the Bengals should’ve dominated a team like the Dolphins, but let’s face it even good teams have off weeks. The difference between a legitimate contender and an average team is finding a way to win, even when they aren’t playing their best game. That is what Cincinnati did this week.

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The Dolphins second straight loss has fans worried

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Bengals 27 – Dolphins 17

As the Miami Dolphins rolled into Cincinnati, hopes were high that they would bounce back after that horrible showing in New England.

The first couple series showed the Dolphins offense poised and ready to take control. Building a 17 point lead by half-time had Dolphins fans rejoicing. Then, as most fans will tell you, came the most frustrating thing about football…a momentum swing.

Going into the third quarter the Dolphins offense seemed to completely fall apart. Protection disappeared. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill made some very questionable decisions while under heavy pressure. Turnovers, penalties, and mostly momentum had clearly swung the Bengals way.

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Cincinnati Bengals still adjusting team after second preseason game

NFL Reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@Latinlove729

Cincinnati Bengals have started the season off on a positive note, with two games behind them and a win for each. That being said, their next move was a little puzzling as the Bengals release safety George Iloka and now list rookie Jessie Bates as the starter at free safety.

George Iloka was a fifth-round selection by the Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft. Iloka had become a very important piece to the franchise and a leader on the Bengals defense since starting in 2013. Iloka’s performance included 227 tackles, 32 blocked passes, 9 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles since joining the Bengals. I am sure this will have big ramifications for the team moving forward.

The offensive line will remain a huge question for the Bengals as they get ready to meet up against the Buffalo Bills in their 3rd preseason game. During the Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys, the offensive unit seem to struggle throughout the game. Frank Pollack, the new offensive line coach, will have a lot to consider before this next game.

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Week 16: Detroit Lions Pride Report

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Bengals 26 – Lions 17

Handle your business and win.  Get some help from a couple of teams, and the Lions could get into the playoffs.  Easy enough.  In their last 4 games, the Lions faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers.  They were favored in all of them. They beat both the Buccaneers and the Bears.  Today they had to go on the road and face the 5-11 Bengals who were thoroughly beaten by the Vikings and the Bears.

This game should be no problem.  Despite a slow start from both teams, tight end Eric Ebron scored on a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford.  Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay was getting calls, breaking up passes.  But the game took a slow turn.  The Bengals scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to make the score 13-10.  Lions fans just started to get “That Feeling”.  That some way, somehow, this team was going to lose to the Bengals. Continue reading “Week 16: Detroit Lions Pride Report”

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