Bengals bites (1/23): News, links and open thread

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at the stories and links regarding the Cincinnati Bengals, the Super Bowl and the NFL. Use this as an open thread too.

Daugherty: County shouldn't fight Bengals on lease
Paul Daugherty writes: Maybe ask the Bengals to see "their" stadium as "our" stadium. Seek their sense of quid pro quo, Latin for, "Give as good as you get." Whatever you do, county, please stop fighting them on the lease.

Three years later
Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese did some research before he went to this week's Senior Bowl.Giggles Mock 1

24. Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Pac-Man Jones, Terrance Newman and Leon Hall are the teams top 3 CBs. Although Jones and Newman weren't terrible last year I believe it was more of an anomaly than anything else. Easy to see all three players taking a major step back. Verrett makes more sense to me here over players like Roby and Roberson.

Lewis on rebooting the reboot
In 2011 there was the famed Marvin Lewis reboot which was less than three weeks old when the Bengals were coaching the Senior Bowl. Three years later and with a reworked coaching staff watching practices, Lewis termed the beginning of this offseason as a reboot of the reboot.

Zimgram thanks everyone
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wrote an open letter to Bengals fans to say goodbye after the most successful run by any defensive coordinator in franchise history.

Another reboot
As Marvin Lewis wrapped up his scouting trip to the Senior Bowl he pledged the third reboot of his tenure.

Another Joseph in Bengals secondary finds a good fit
Vance Joseph will team with incumbent Bengals DBs coach Mark Carrier to direct the largest position group on the roster.

Could Georgia's Aaron Murray wear Bengal stripes?
We’ve been saying it for the past couple weeks, but once again and this time with feeling – the Bengals are not taking a quarterback in the first two rounds!!! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way again …

Giggles Mock 1
24. Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Pac-Man Jones, Terrance Newman and Leon Hall are the teams top 3 CBs. Although Jones and Newman weren't terrible last year I believe it was more of an anomaly than anything else. Easy to see all three players taking a major step back. Verrett makes more sense to me here over players like Roby and Roberson.

Cincinnati Bengals position outlook: Wide receivers
With the offseason here, let's spend the next two weeks taking a position-by-position review of the Cincinnati Bengals' 2013 season and give a sneak peek at what may lie ahead in 2014.

NFLN survey/Super Bowl player: Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals were nearly completely passed over in an ESPN.com NFL Nation survey that anonymously asked players across the league to pick an opposing player they'd most like to see in the Super Bowl.

AFC playoffs end early for Colts, Chiefs, Bengals, Patriots, Chargers
Everyone pilloried Andy Dalton after Cincinnati’s 27-10 wild-card loss. But the third-year quarterback never had a chance. Cincinnati’s offensive line was utterly dominated by San Diego’s variety of blitz and zone exchange concepts. On more snaps than not, Dalton was under significant pressure—often right up the middle. Even when he avoided pressure, the play designs broke down. Dalton doesn’t have the requisite raw talent to overcome that.

Super Bowl Saturday (or another day) a possibility if weather doesn't cooperate
Super Bowl Saturday? If the idea of Super Bowl XLVIII being played a day earlier than Sunday, Feb. 2, or even the next evening, seems preposterous, it could happen if a massive snow storm is forecasted for northern New Jersey that weekend.

Could Peyton Manning retire if Broncos win Super Bowl?
Peyton Manning put together the greatest season by a quarterback in NFL history but has one more bit of history to achieve — becoming the second-oldest QB to win a Super Bowl.

How Should We Judge Quarterbacks in the Postseason?
You can't fall off the top of the mountain if you never made the climb, yet we live in a media-driven world where only winning gets glorified this time of year. For what are supposed to be the most important games of the season, the post-game analysis practically gets simplified into a caveman-like "winner clutch, loser choked" mantra where no one on the losing team could have possibly played well. I have always refused to buy into that. My earliest game-charting work was for playoff games, scrutinizing every drive to find out what actually won and lost the game. I have collected a large volume of postseason data over the years and will be sharing some in this series of articles that will run through the Super Bowl. Next week we'll run playoff drive stats; the week after the Super Bowl, we'll have DVOA and DYAR playoff quarterback stats back to 1989. Today, we'll start with some general concepts about measuring playoff success.

Raiders cheerleaders sue team for wage theft, unfair practices
The Oakland Raiders are being sued by current and former cheerleaders claiming wage theft and other unfair employment practices. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court alleges that the organization withholds all pay from the Raiderettes until the end of the season, does not pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses.

Vince Young files for bankruptcy
Young, 30, the former University of Texas and NFL quarterback and favorite son of Houston’s Hiram Clarke neighborhood, has filed for federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the wake of a series of on- and off-field setbacks that have reduced him, for the moment, from NFL star-in-the-making to cautionary tale on the expense of excess.

Exclusive - Jadeveon Clowney: 'I want to be the No. 1 pick'
"It’s because I want to be the No. 1 pick, not the money," Clowney said in an exclusive interview. "I want to be No. 1."

Mike Munchak to join Steelers as offensive line coach
Mike Munchak is going back to his roots, and heading closer to home in the process. A person familiar with the decision said Wednesday night the former Tennessee Titans head coach will join the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive line coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official.

Richard Sherman discusses Michael Crabtree, word 'thug'
"I’m really surprised that it did [garner so much attention]. If I’d have known that it would blow up the way it did, I probably would have approached it differently. Just in terms of the way it took away from my teammates’ great games. Kam Chancellor played a fantastic game and had an interception. Huge plays, and he played almost a perfect ballgame. Marshawn [Lynch] ran for … freakin’ Beast Mode ran for 100 yards-plus and had a great touchdown run. [Linebacker] Bobby [Wagner] had 15 tackles. So many people had great games, you’d think the stories would be about them. That’s the only thing I feel regretful about."

NFL: Wes Welker’s hit on Aqib Talib was legal | SI Wire
"Under the current rules, this is a legal play," NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Denver Broncos WRs pose unique threat to Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII
Peyton Manning has been in the NFL for 16 seasons. His offenses have ranked in the NFL's top three in points eight different times, and in the top three in yards seven times.

Snow, cold will be good for Super Bowl XLVII in New Jersey
The Super Bowl will be cold, and snowflakes may fall, and there seem to be two opinions on this. One is that it would be an embarrassment to the NFL, to commissioner Roger Goodell, and to every loyal and proud American who has ever voted in an election, or at least thought about it.

Cleveland Browns down to two finalists for head-coaching job, with Mike Pettine favorite - ESPN
League sources believe Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has emerged as the favorite, though Cleveland has not made any decision yet. Pettine will be one of the two candidates to fly to Cleveland to interview with the Browns again on Thursday. The Browns also met for five hours Wednesday at a Tampa, Fla., airport with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, sources said. They also spoke Wednesday morning with Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, sources said.

Jackson won't run away from run
Hue Jackson, the new Bengals offensive coordinator, is making his stand down here at the Senior Bowl. Yes, the Bengals are making the run a foundation of their philosophy. There is a titter that has been going through Bengaldom ever since Jackson was promoted two weeks ago. The fear is he's going to sentence the franchise to bread and water. Three yards and a cloud of dust.

Josh Brent, former Dallas Cowboys player, convicted of intoxication manslaughter
Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent has been convicted of intoxication manslaughter in deadly 2012 crash. He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation.

Adrian Peterson of Minnesota Vikings to have groin surgery
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has opted to have surgery on his groin in the near future, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Adrian Peterson's surgery coupled with Norv Turner's arrival raise the specter of a slightly different role for Peterson in the future, Ben Goessling writes. Analysis Peterson met with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia Wednesday and it was determined that surgery was necessary.

Star Wars and Marvel in Twitter Fight
When the official Star Wars Twitter account hosted an "AskStarWars" Twitter event Wednesday night, the people behind Marvel's official account just couldn't resist the urge to make a little nerdy social media magic.

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