Andrew Whitworth gave his high school strength and conditioning coach an all-expenses paid trip to the Pro Bowl in Orlando this year.
At the risk of ticking off all my good friends that detest the term “draftnick,” most draftnicks would tell you the Bengals have drafted as solidly as any team during the last decade. And the major reason why is they haven’t done what they did at No. 9 in 2008 and took Keith Rivers because they needed a linebacker. It’s hard to find a reach since.
We're bringing back the Bengals Twitter mailbag, offseason edition, this week. I've decided to expand on one question that has been asked often this year
In an exclusive interview, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin talks having a top 10 pick, AJ McCarron, moving up in the draft, reveals the kicker position is not yet settled.
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Lost amid the Ben Roethlisberger retirement talk, the questions on Antonio Brown and the doomed game plan against the Patriots was one quote from Mike Tomlin’s season-ending news conference. It was Tomlin’s response when was asked if he has long term concerns about tight end Ladarius Green.
Davis Webb has felt comfortable working with a coach that cares as much about quarterbacks as Hue Jackson does. The Cal quarterback is accustomed to a hands-on head coach. During the early stages of his career at Texas Tech, Webb worked closely with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who similarly called plays and served as the team’s quarterbacks coach. With the Golden Bears, Webb saw his head coach, Sonny Dykes, regularly attend his quarterback meetings.
Ray Lewis was known for his film study and incredible attention to detail during his 17 years as an NFL player. Those skills are also critical to the coaching profession, and ever since Lewis retired in 2013, the future Hall of Famer has pondered making the transition to the coaching profession.
Former Maryland and Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo is down in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl this week.
The first event of the NFL draft process is here. The 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl is this week, and in the stands of Ladd-Peebles Stadium, you'll see John Elway, Reggie McKenzie and Ted Thompson among the other NFL general managers evaluating the 100-plus players on the North and South rosters.
Entering Super Bowl week, plenty of attention will be thrust on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' unstoppable offense. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan thinks it's ridiculous that some are discounting the Patriots' No. 1 scoring defense.
Cardinals gunslinger Carson Palmer was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2003 NFL Draft ... just six spots in front of his new quarterbacks coach: Byron Leftwich. Arizona announced the coaching move Friday. Leftwich served as a coaching intern for the team this past season.