Bengals Bites (1/26): Senior Bowl, Super Bowl, Bengals

Stacy Revere

Taking a look at the stories around the NFL and the Senior Bowl.

Even 25 long years later, Bengals' Super Bowl loss lingers
It was a week of a broken soul and a broken leg, ending in a game of broken dreams. Twenty-five years ago this week, the Bengals went to Miami with arguably the best team in football, and finished second.

Super Bowl ticket prices continue to plummet
Two hungry fan bases and the wealth of the New York metropolitan area had some guessing that Super Bowl XLVIIII would turn out to be most expensive ticket in Super Bowl history.

Gospel of St. Vince
Before elevating the Packers — and the world — with his wisdom, Vince Lombardi taught and coached at St. Cecilia High School in New Jersey. These are the still-vivid memories of students whose lives he touched seven decades ago.

Senior Bowl: Biggest winners, losers from Saturday's game - NFL.com
A few things we learned from Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl in a 20-10 win by the South squad:

Auburn's Dee Ford making bid for first round with impressive Senior Bowl week
From the start, Ford was bouncy, smiling, loose, trading barbs back and forth with Florida State players before the beginning of the first practice, offering handshakes to people in the crowd, chattering encouragement at the rest of the South's defensive linemen in one-on-one drills.

Aaron Donald impresses at the Senior Bowl
In a year when the Senior Bowl is lacking in top-level talent, the best college player who chose to attend was Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who won the Outland Trophy as the best college lineman, the Lombardi Award as the best lineman or linebacker and the Bednarik and Nagurski awards as the best defensive player. The best college players don’t always turn out to be the best pro prospects, but at this year’s Senior Bowl, Donald looked like both.

Derek Carr, David Fales lead South to win in Senior Bowl
Derek Carr and David Fales each threw touchdown passes and Auburn's Dee Ford had two sacks in the South's 20-10 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

2014 Senior Bowl: Auburn's Dee Ford headlines list of Risers-Fallers
A year ago a relative unknown offensive tackle from Central Michigan began his climb towards the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft with a dominant performance at the Senior Bowl. With underclassmen expected to dominate this year's first round, no one from the 2014 Senior Bowl is going to match Eric Fisher's perch atop the draft. However, revealing performances during the all-important week of practice and the game, itself, is certain to impact NFL draft boards.

Norris: Senior Bowl Review - All Star Circuit
Josh Norris reviews the week in Mobile, including positional rankings and the top 25 players exiting the event.

Cream of the crop
Vontaze Burfict has assured Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green he doesn't have to worry in Sunday's Pro Bowl.

Tez All Biz
Vontaze Burfict, the starting middle linebacker on Team Rice in the Pro Bowl, is all business out there in Hawaii.

2014 NFL Draft job interview process begins for some at Senior Bowl
For the players at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., the week of practices doubles as an introduction to pro football. For the scouts and coaches in attendance, it's an opportunity to see how the players handle tough questions and situations

These eight players disappointed during Senior Bowl week
Many have struggled or shined at the Senior Bowl and then performed drastically differently when they played in the NFL. But it certainly doesn't help a player's NFL draft day buzz to show their weaknesses with everyone watching. Here are eight who did just that.

Vikings' Adrian Peterson 'is not going anywhere,' GM says
The Vikings general manager was asked in an interview with Pro Football Talk host Mike Florio what might happen if the star running back asked to be dealt. Spielman wasted no time in his response. "Adrian is not going anywhere," he said. "We have him under contract. He's the face of our franchise. He is a blue-chip player. And we have a new coaching staff in place, and (the Vikings are) very excited about what's coming ahead for us."

2014 NFL Draft top 200 big board
Nothing has changed at the top, but some new names have moved up our NFL Draft big board.

These players stood out at Senior Bowl practices
Although the Senior Bowl will not be played until Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Central Time, nearly all NFL personnel have left Mobile, because the practices carry much more weight than the game. It's important to remember that many players, such as offensive tackle Chris Williams, receiver Andre Caldwell and cornerback Alphonso Smith, have shined in Mobile and struggled in the NFL. On the other hand, prospects such as cornerback Richard Sherman, running back Chris Johnson and quarterback Russell Wilson did not have great weeks of practice in Mobile but are now top-flight NFL players.

No plans for SEC Channel here – for now
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer who wants to ESPN’s new Southeastern Conference channel premiering Aug. 21, you need to tell that to Time Warner. The spokesman for Time Warner’s Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky franchises says the company doesn’t plan to add the SEC Network, as of now.

Bengals fill out coaching staff with familiar face
Braswell, the club's new assistant offensive line/quality control coach, worked last spring and training camp with the Bengals in the NFL’s Bill Walsh Minority Internship coaching program. He also spent the spring and summer of 2010 with the Steelers. He'll work closely with assistant head coach/offensive line coach Paul Alexander and also handle some game preparations.

Ohioans break record on booze spending in 2013
Ohioans spent a record amount of money on booze in 2013, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce.

Unbelievable Story of Seahawk Derrick Coleman: He's Not Supposed to Be Here
"Everyone is impressed by him," said Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. "Not just as a player but as a person." "I don't know if I could overcome what he's overcome," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Jay Gruden: 'Foolish' to make RGIII a pocket passer - NFL.com
"I'm not going to try to turn RGIII into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn't them. They're not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RGIII into a pocket passer. It would be foolish. The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I'm going to let him be himself."

Roger Goodell: NFL would consider allowing medical marijuana if it helped with concussions
Commissioner Roger Goodell might be willing to think outside the box when it comes to helping NFL players deal with head injuries. During a panel Thursday for the league’s "Head Health Challenge", Goodell said that the league would continue looking for ways to improve its players’ health, including the possible use of medical marijuana.

Yankees Pitcher To Lose Over Half of $155 Million Contract to Taxes
However sweet this $155 million dollar deal seems, the reality is that Tanaka will lose almost $90 million over the 7-year life of his contract with the Yankees.

Atlanta Falcons GM high on offensive linemen in 2014 NFL Draft - NFL.com
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is high on the top three offensive tackles -- Jake Matthews of Texas A&M, Greg Robinson of Auburn, and Taylor Lewan of Michigan -- in the 2014 NFL Draft.

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Fritz Pollard Alliance
Going forward there needs to be more Black participation among NFL players, head coaches, assistant coaches, owners, league management, referees, team physicians, head trainers, and radio/TV announcers.

Bruce Allen: Redskins will ‘be active in free agency’
The salary-cap penalty is gone. And that means the Redskins will be able to spend — money has never helped them win a title, but it will enable them to rebuild their defense. They’ll have approximately $30 million in salary-cap space; of course, they’ll need to spend a decent amount to fill out their defense since six players who started at least seven games are free agents. But the Redskins can be active.

NFL scout: Vikings' Zimmer should worry Packers more than Lions' Caldwell
One NFL scout Press-Gazette Media consulted this week said if he were with the Packers, the Zimmer hire would worry him more than Caldwell. Zimmer, 57, has a reputation around the NFL as an excellent architect and teacher of defense and for handling interpersonal relations with a direct manner. He reportedly had interviewed for five head-coaching jobs the past few seasons and might have come off as too blunt for some owners and executives when assessing their teams.

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