The NFL said Thursday that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s suspension has been upheld after the appeal was heard by Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks and he’ll miss the first three games of the upcoming season.
If Tony Perez was the Mayor of Riverfront Stadium, then Bernie Stowe was the Sage of Cinergy Field who tucked away Riverfront and Crosley Field into eternity with the same tender loving care he christened Great American Ball Park. When Stowe, the Reds’ long-time clubhouse man, died earlier this week it was a blow felt on both sides of The Banks, where in a galaxy far, far away his team and the Bengals once shared a stadium.
The 2015 partnership between the Bengals and the Campbell Soup Company in the Tackle Hunger program has resulted in the donation of more than 21,000 cans of soup to the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank.
A few takes after Peyton Manning Marshal Dillon-ed the Panthers in Sunday night’s Super Bowl and rode off into a Carolina sunset. For one, how good are the Bengals tackles like Pro Bowler Andrew Whitworth?
SAN FRANCISCO - Super Bowl 50. But isn’t it like the 49 before and always about the quarterbacks Sunday (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) when Denver’s Peyton Manning tries to stave off the future fittingly worn by Carolina’s No. 1 named Cam Newton? Boomer Esiason paved the way for Manning in Cincinnati.
SAN FRANCISCO - It is Super Bowl 50 and that means Boomer Esiason has been involved in more than a third of them.
Forget the downtown hotel bars or the Super Bowl Media Center work room or the teams’ headquarters. In the Communications Age when everyone is their own media entity, the center of it all is where all the microphones are and where people simply have to move from table to table to hit someone’s favorite sports talk show from Boston to Dubuque. You never know who'll see you on radio row.
SAN FRANCISCO - One Hall-of-Fame evaluator said Thursday the NFL’s best team isn’t here at this Super Bowl.
SAN FRANCISCO - This Super Bowl on Sunday (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) is about grandfathers and big brothers and nephews and beating cancer and winning state titles and favorite Bengals and making the West Side and the East Side proud all around town.
SAN FRANCISCO - They’re getting ready to play Super Bowl 50 about an hour down the road from here on Sunday and the greatest offensive lineman who ever lived is simply pleased to have played in two of them.
The Bengals got good news Tuesday on tight end Tyler Eifert less than 48 hours after he left his first Pro Bowl in a walking boot.
Thirty-two (32) youth flag football teams from 14 states will compete Sunday, Jan. 31, and Monday, Feb. 1, in the NFL FLAG Championships at Super Bowl powered by USA Football.
HONOLULU - The Bengals-dominated Team Irvin rolled over Team Rice at Sunday's Pro Bowl, 49-27, and what would a big win be without a big play from A.J. Green? . . . Although Tyler Eifert hurt his foot and he feels like there have to be tweaks to the game, Andrew Whitworth thinks they should keep playing the Pro Bowl . . . One guy on the opposing sideline knew Cedric Peerman was running a fake punt . . . Richard Sherman loves Adam Jones and the Bengals defense . . .
HONOLULU - The initial examination of Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert’s foot didn’t reveal a break Sunday night after the Pro Bowl. But he left Aloha Stadium in a boot and plans to undergo further tests in Cincinnati to make sure he’s got only a bone bruise.
HONOLULU - Bengals running back Cedric Peerman is in Sunday’s Pro Bowl mainly because he blew up kick NFL return teams at a devastating pace.
In the never-ending Adam Jones' debate of perception vs. reality, the reality is this heading into Sunday’s Pro Bowl (7 p.m.-ESPN) at Aloha Stadium. The artist formerly known as Pacman is a Hawaiian hit as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Finally. Deservedly. Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth has heard it.
KAHUKU, HI - The peers that gravitate to him in all his giant Whit-ness this week at the Pro Bowl are rejuvenating Andrew Whitworth. “A renewed spirit,’ is what he calls it.
KAHUKU, HI - Bringing your position coach to the Island Pro Bowl is a long-standing NFL tradition. Tyler Eifert may have started another one when he brought Bengals rehab boss Nick Cosgray.
KAHUKU, HI - Cedric Peerman found out Monday night he had become the first Bengals special teams cover player to make the Pro Bowl. Wednesday morning he stood in the lobby of the Turtle Bay resort looking at a Hollywood set of cartoon-vivid waves crashing against a sand-stretched beach framed by palm trees.
KAHUKU, HI - They call Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin “Playmaker,” so he ought to know. He thinks the Bengals’ contingent of Pro Bowl players, second most in their history, has at least two playmakers worthy of Canton if they keep doing the things that got them into Sunday’s game (7 p.m.-ESPN) at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium.
Bengals HB Cedric Peerman and CB Adam Jones have been named to roster spots for the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. Their additions raise the Cincinnati total for the game to eight players, second-most in franchise history behind the nine-player total of the 1988 season.
Ken Zampese’s father, who called plays for Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Fouts and Troy Aikman and helped pump the oxygen into Air Coryell during his 28 years in the NFL, and is two months shy of 80 years old, is about to make another call.
Buoyed by the sale of nearly 1,000 deposits since November, the AFC North champion Bengals are amping up their season ticket campaign by adopting a new pricing structure and enhancing their customer service with the creation of the Season Ticket Member services department.
The Bengals today set 2016 Season Ticket Pricing which introduces a two-tier model – one tier for preseason games and another for regular-season games.
The drafting of Pro Bowl captain Geno Atkins is a good example of how the art scouting can be seen as one of the forerunners of analytics . . . Greg Seamon, the Bengals' East Coast scout and college coach of Hue Jackson, has followed him to Cleveland . . .
When the defensive meeting room underwent the biggest facelift of Marvin Lewis’ 14 seasons as head coach of the Bengals this past week, he and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther opted for experience. “I didn’t care if it was a 50-year guy or a first-year guy,” Guenther says. “I just wanted the best guys that were out there and we went and got them.”
But not without a few look-backs now that we've had a self-imposed 10-day cooling off period. One thought for '16: Andy Dalton's new playcaller is striving for balance between passing and handing off.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis moved quickly to fill his coaching vacancies and when the dust cleared Monday he had the most experienced staff of his 14 seasons in Cincinnati. Among the three hires was old friend Kevin Coyle, one of three former NFL cooordinators on staff.
Vontaze Burfict may be public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the National Football League, but his new boss can’t wait to coach him. After being introduced as the Bengals new linebackers coach on Friday, Jim Haslett called him one of the top players in the league.
Ken Zampese, who has coached the two best passing seasons in Bengals history, replaced Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator Friday in a move that keeps quarterback Andy Dalton in the same structure. Dalton called it "a perfect transition." The club also announced former NFL and UFL head coach Jim Haslett is the club’s new linebackers coach in what looks like the start of the biggest defensive staff facelift since Marvin Lewis became head coach in 2003.
Carlos Dunlap capped off his break-through season on and off the field Thursday when he moved from first alternate to the Pro Bowl. But he's already got a new goal for next season.
This one last time, former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson didn’t want to talk about the Cleveland Browns. He wanted to talk about his old team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and his old bosses, president Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis.
Bengals president Mike Brown refuted Wednesday’s published report that speculated he was one of two owners to vote against a proposal putting the Rams and possibly the Raiders or Chargers in Inglewood, Calif.
The Browns hiring of Hue Jackson as head coach comes straight out of the Bengals playbook and one day shy of 13 years ago when the Bengals tapped Marvin Lewis, an assistant coach also immersed in the AFC North elite. Andy Dalton and Andrew Whitworth, the offensive captains, left him with high praise.
As he packed up his locker on Monday, AJ McCarron wore an Alabama sweatshirt and hat. He was obviously looking forward to seeing if his alma mater would beat Clemson later that night for college football’s national championship.
Like everyone else, Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth was devastated Saturday night. But it didn’t take it all out of him. He's ready for his 11th season . . . Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph became the Dolphins defensive coordinator Tuesday and Cincy is mulling a familiar face to replace him . . . Vontaze Burfict is hoping to take his appeal all the way to the top . . .
The two guys who were around here in 2006, the 8-8 year after that traumatic play-off loss to the Steelers ten years ago, say the Bengals won’t have any kind of a hangover after coming so agonizingly close to post-season victory on Saturday night.
Unless it was quarterback Andy Dalton, no one had a better year on the Bengals than cornerback Adam Bernard Jones. Just look what he did on Saturday in the AFC Wild Card Game at Paul Brown Stadium.
His defensive coordinator who lives on the edge with Vontaze Burfict knows how important he is and how well he played in the biggest game of the year.