It's Time for the Cincinnati Bengals and BenJarvus Green-Ellis to Part Ways
One of the bigger storylines heading into the 2013 NFL season was how big of an impact newly-drafted Giovani Bernard have on the Cincinnati Bengals backfield. It was a reasonable question considering Bernard was the first running back selected in the 2013 draft, going 37th overall. The only legitimate roadblocks were veterans BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard Scott and Cedric Peerman – none of those guys had proven that they had the ability to single-handedly take over a backfield.
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If there's one truth to hold self-evident this season it's that no team has more at stake, and more possibility for wildly disparate outcomes, than Cincinnati. Everything from ultimate triumph to the end of an era seems in play this year for the talented Bengals, who have come so far in the first 11 seasons of Marvin Lewis' coaching tenure, and yet obviously haven't achieved the success that truly matters in the NFL.
The top receivers in the NFL all capture the eyes of football fans around the nation because of their gifted abilities. Spectacular leaping grabs, stellar route running, toughness, strength and athleticism ascend these players above many in the league. A.J. Green has the innate ability to garner the leagues crown for the best receiver in the game. Newly promoted running backs coach Hue Jackson now offensive coordinator looks to challenge Green to be the best he can be this upcoming season and beyond. Green stated, "He’s always in your face. There is always something you could be working on. That’s the biggest thing with him with me. He’s always on me."
In an appearance on the "Around The League" podcast, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks said he could see McCarron take over for Dalton as soon as this coming season. "If they (the Bengals) can create enough of a punch in the run to draw that extra safety in the box to make it easier for Andy Dalton to throw outside," Brooks said. "But Andy Dalton has to grow up. …I’m not all in on Andy Dalton being a franchise quarterback that can get them to the next level. "I think they’ll do everything in their power to put him a situation where he can’t fail. But I can see them real soon playing another quarterback in Cincinnati."
Online oddsmaker Bovada.lv released Wednesday its over/under win totals for each NFL team. Perhaps not surprisingly, it put the Cincinnati Bengals' win total at nine.
Cincinnati's defense had two five-game streaks last season in which it recorded at least 2.0 sacks in a game. The unit accomplished that feat from Weeks 2 through 6, as well as Weeks 8 through 13. Twice during those streaks they had 5.0 sacks as a team. The first came in the 27-24 overtime win at Buffalo, and the second came in the 20-17 overtime loss at Baltimore.
Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for almost two decades, passed away Wednesday at the age of 85, the club said. Also the Buccaneers' president, Glazer purchased the franchise from Hugh Culverhouse in March 1995.
Prosecutors say former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez gunned down two men in their car in 2012 after one of them accidentally bumped into him at a Boston nightclub, spilling a drink.