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Morning Bites (11/15): Bengals news and links

Taking a look at the stories and news around the internet concerning the Cincinnati Bengals.

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NFL Week 10 The MMQB Pressure Points by Greg A. Bedard
If their first game after losing All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins is any indication, the Bengals will be just fine when it comes to pressuring the quarterback.

3TFO: Browns @ Bengals, Week 11
Our own Jake Liscow talks about a great matchup between A.J. Green and Joe Haden in the second meeting of the year between Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Retool and Replace
Forget the Bend-But-Don't Break Defense. Try Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's Retool and Replace Defense.

Zimmer's system makes a new star every week
Following a breakout game with 13 tackles, three sacks and an interception, a stream of reporters flocked to the locker of Vinny Rey inside Paul Brown Stadium this week.

Update: Browns notice Thompson; Winds beckon Nugent again; Tez works; Crocker sits again
There had to be a sigh of relief when defensive tackle Brandon Thompson returned to practice Thursday.

The Morning Line, 11/14, Go For It on 4th Down. All the time.
Going for it on 4th down is all the rage now. Marvin Lewis ordered it up five times at Baltimore. He’s done it 13 times this year. That’s about 13 times more than almost any coach would have dreamed of doing that as recently as five years ago.

Reedy: Bengals' run game 'stuck in neutral'
The Bengals are sixth in the league in run plays and quality rushes, but most would agree that the run game has been stuck in neutral for most of the season. Cincinnati hasn't had a 100-yard rusher through 10 games.

Can Bengals' Gio Bernard win Offensive ROY?
I'll be honest. I haven't been giving the question posed above as much contemplation as I probably should. That will soon start to change.

Weather is all part of the game
Both Southwest Ohio kickers landed on Southwest Ohio's professional football franchise. Their arrival isn't for fan recognition or a geographic coincidence. They come by design.

Matchup of the Game: Green, Haden no ordinary Joes
The A.J. Green-Joe Haden matchup is so intoxicating and compelling, it overshadows everything.

Hue Jackson has good memories of Jason Campbell
The breakup was difficult. Some on the outside looking in might even call it ugly. But if it wasn't for Hue Jackson's ill-fated split from Oakland nearly two years ago and Jason Campbell's own eventual departure from the Raiders, we wouldn't be where we are this weekend: with Jackson and Campbell standing on opposite sidelines in an AFC game that has postseason implications written all over it.

Injuries may test Bengals' creativity again
The Cincinnati Bengals' roster shuffling creativity may be put to the test again this weekend when they host the Cleveland Browns. That's because there is a chance that after appearing to come out of last week's game at Baltimore injury-free, they could actually be without a pair of key players Sunday afternoon.

Bengals look for turnaround against Browns defense
Cincinnati players haven’t forgotten being shut down in Cleveland earlier this season.

Double Coverage: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Stop us if you've heard this before: The eyes of the entire AFC will be upon Cincinnati this weekend for a key, late-season conference clash between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

Battle of Ohio regaining importance
The "Battle of Ohio" is a pretty solid moniker for a rivalry game. Certainly bragging rights over an entire state is something to get excited about, right?

Browns vs. Bengals - Streaks, stats and notes
The Browns have won the last two games in the intrastate series and trying to sweep for first time since 2002.

Secret Superstars: Week 10
As a backup in the NFL, players know they need to take advantage of every opportunity they get and, in his second start for the injured Rey Maualuga, Vincent Rey (+3.9) turned in the best performance of his career and surely gave the Bengals something to think about going forward. After playing sparingly over the first three years of his career, limited mainly to special teams, the 2010 undrafted free agent out of Duke has missed just five defensive snaps over the past two weeks.

Inside Slant: Andy Dalton and class of 2011 - NFL Nation Blog
The start of this season seemed a good time to place an ultimatum on the NFL's quarterback class of 2011. As the second half of the season begins, now seems a good time to start rendering judgment. It's reasonable to believe that the class, in its present form, could be halved by next season.

NFL Nation Says: AFC's best team
Peyton Manning's weekly exploits this season have crafted a narrative that assumes the Denver Broncos are the NFL's top team. A quick look at the standings, of course, reveals they are not even atop their own division. If the postseason began today, the Broncos would be the AFC's No. 5 seed and would be preparing for a wild-card playoff game at the Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL to discuss expanding rules that protect quarterbacks
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino says the league's competition committee will take a look this offseason at whether to expand rules that protect quarterbacks.

Richie Incognito files grievance vs. Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has filed a non-football injury grievance against the club, challenging his status as indefinitely suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, according to sources.

Researchers inundated with requests from former college, pro football players to be tested for CTE
The researchers who say they can determine whether a living person has chronic traumatic encephalopathy say they have been inundated with requests from former college and professional football players to undergo testing for signs of the disease.

Top 10 potential head coaches for 2014
The only reason people can figure that Zimmer, whose defenses impress every single season, hasn't received an offer for a head coaching job is because he reportedly doesn't play nice at interviews. He apparently tells the truth, and perhaps, he's too rough when interviewing with owners and general managers. Doesn't suck up as much as he should. Or maybe he just doesn't interview well in general. Either way -- and we said it in this space two years ago -- it's time for Zimmer finally to get his chance. He's more than earned it.

Decline of Pop Warner football doesn't bode well for NFL
Largely because of concussions, participation in Pop Warner football is down nearly 10 percent in three years. The number of school football players is declining, too. How long before these trends impact the college and NFL game?

Frustrated Dolphins fans fill up GM Jeff Ireland's voice mail
Some Dolphins fans took out their frustrations on GM Jeff Ireland, whose contact information found its way to Twitter earlier this week.