May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for their third OTA session this week, with one more on tap for Thursday. Wednesday's session will be open to the media, with the trusted trio of Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Geoff Hobson with Bengals.com and Paul Dehner Jr. with CBSSports.com's Rapid Reports printing and tweeting their observations. And yes. Despite the differences that have aired through twitter, we still believe these guys are the best in the business. But before drinking our morning tea/coffee/red bull to start the day, let's recap the stories from Tuesday.
+ Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green stood up for his quarterback during an interview on NFL Network, emphasizing that accuracy is far more important than arm strength. Some will say that throwing a football the length of the football on your knees is what defines a good quarterback with awesome arm strength. Others will say winning nine games, many putting the team in a position for a last minute score, earning a playoff berth and eventually a Pro Bowl is good enough.
There has to be a threshold in which those in the media need to stop acting like scouts that salivate a player's physical qualities. There's a lot to be said about composure, leadership and intelligence. Because if a rocket armed quarterback has none of those features, then what good are they in the NFL?
+ Our own Mojokong scratches his head about one thing: Why are some people using the Jerome Simpson argument when saying that the Cincinnati Bengals won't be that good in 2012?
+ Another writer creates a list with the league's top wide receivers. This time Matt Williamson focuses on how the league's best wide receivers might look in 2015. Any guesses which Bengals wide receiver is on this list?
+ Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer compliments Terence Newman, saying:
"I can't figure out what was wrong with him. I've been watching seven days now."
We're not ones to point this out to a beloved coach in Cincinnati. But wouldn't that be an incomplete perspective? Playing at full speed with pads might change his perspective in time. Or not. Either way Newman was always a luxury. If he plays well, it's a low-cost solution to a position that could use depth. If he doesn't, then what exactly did the team lose?
+ With all of the changes in the secondary, including an entirely new coaching staff, Zimmer is keeping his eye on the team's defensive backs.
"I'm spending a lot of time with the DBs right now, which is OK," Zimmer said. "I've been spending so much time making sure everything is done properly with the corners and safeties. Plus, I'm trying to figure out that position. What's the best group and what's the best combination of guys and nickel backs and then when guys get hurt, it makes it more difficult."
+ And one last note on defensive backs, it appears that Taylor Mays is taking the bulk of the team's first-team snaps at strong safety.