Yes you read the headline right, and when I say Bengals I mean every one of them. It seems that Cincinnati Bengals strength coaches Chip Morton and Jeff Friday want to add Mixed Martial Arts into their training regimen this spring. They wish to employ a company owned by Fox Sports own Jay Glazer and MMA legend Randy Couture that worked with the Rams and Falcons last off season. The Bengals own Keith Rivers and Andrew Whitworth have participated in this program as well as other NFL stars Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing, Ryan Grant, and Chris Long. These sessions would be in four or eight week blocks that Hobson says will complement the work on the field and in the weight room. The coaches were seen at the Senior Bowl chatting with Glazer about the situation. Nothing is set in stone due to the problems with the new collective bargaining agreement, but I find this interesting nonetheless. As a fan of MMA I can say this will be great to add to the programs and to see the success of teams that did it last year gives you optimism.
Chip Morton seems to think it might help as well:
"It's understanding leverage; where your body is in space; the mobility of the hips," Morton said. "I use the term 'combat training' because the similarity between fighting and football is they're both combat sports. They both involve close contact; they both involve striking, and taking an opponent to the ground. A lot of the conditioning, a lot of the training, the mobility, there is lots of carryover."
A look into Glazer's camp: