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A long read about the Ohio River Offense and the too-sad story of Greg Cook, a look at training camps that opened this weekend, protecting James Harrison from himself and more headlines around the NFL.

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The Ohio River Offense |

The NFL as we know it owes its existence to a series of innovations that took place decades ago in Cincinnati. So why aren't the Bengals widely revered for their role in the history of the game? The answer reveals some essential truths about how new ideas shape (and are accepted by) the league -- and it begins with a story of painfully unfulfilled potential.

2015 Division Series Preview: AFC North | National Football Post

Can new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman find success in Baltimore? Unfortunately for Trestman and the Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler‘s cowboy mentality, no improvement on the defensive side of the ball, and too many tough losses ended Trestman’s tenure as head coach. After being fired, Tretsman immediately became a sought-after commodity in the free-agent coaching market, given his aptitude on the offensive side of the ball.

Steelers Training Camp: Recap Day 1 - Behind the Steel Curtain

Coach Tomlin loves training camp, and he is happy to be part of the fiftieth anniversary at St. Vincent's. In today's press conference he explained, "We have the comforts of home here. That's something that 50 years gives you."

Cincinnati Bengals: Winning in the Trenches

Cincinnati Bengals must win up front in 2015. If the Bengals have any chance at winning in January, it starts up front in the trenches.

Steelers OLB James Harrison held out of first practice to "protect him from himself" - Behind the Steel Curtain

The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got to work at training camp with their first official workouts of training camp. James Harrison worked out on the side, and according to Mike Tomlin, it was completely planned.

Adrian Peterson returns to the field for training camp | The MMQB with Peter King

On Sunday, all eyes were on Adrian Peterson. As the Vikings became the first NFL team to open training camp, Peterson talked to The MMQB about getting back on the field, what he learned during his suspension and why he thinks he’ll have rare longevity in the NFL. Plus, the latest on the Russell Wilson negotiations, the Junior Seau Hall of Fame speech controversy and Junior Galette’s release.

Losing Gresham Will Cost Bengals - Today's Pigskin

Letting Jermaine Gresham slip away in free agency could inevitably prove to be costly for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals, Green Closer Than First Thought - Cincinnati - Scout

Reports are circulating suggesting that the Bengals and standout wide receiver A.J. Green may be closer than first believed to hammering out a new contract. The Pro Bowl standout is unsigned for 2016, but he could get a deal done before then.

How valuable is A.J. Green to the Cincinnati Bengals? - NFL Nation - ESPN

A.J. Green deserves a massive new payday, and the Bengals plan on giving it to him. But when will it happen?