I had a pretty interesting conversation with my pops about the Bengals last night. He brought up the idea that if the Bengals fired Marvin, who would you bring in? There has been a load of people around the area complaining about Marv, and most of the complaints are quality.
Football grading website Pro Football Focus released its annual All-Pro team on Wednesday, giving four Bengals players a nod. Bengals right guard Kevin Zeitler and rookie kick returner Alex Erickson were both named second-team All Pro, while left tackle Andrew Whitworth and linebacker Vontaze Burfict earned honorable mentions.
Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was released from jail on bond Wednesday morning, more than 24 hours after being booked on misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, as well as a felony count of harassment with a bodily substance.
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It’s that time again, everybody’s favorite. It’s time to discuss Pro Football Focus and how much they know or don’t know about football, because yesterday they published their own All-Pro selections, and, wouldn’t you believe it, the teams that were well-represented even went ahead and Tweeted about their players being recognized for their skill.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. played down a historic season that saw him eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in his first full season at wide receiver. The former quarterback and Ohio State star still had an overtime loss to the Steelers on his mind Monday.
Baltimore Ravens guard John Urschel continues to be the NFL's most popular backup offensive lineman. Urschel, the league's mathematics genius, has been featured in everything from the Wall Street Journal to national commercials with J.J. Watt.
Congratulations, Detroit Lions. You’ve just become the Cincinnati Bengals. Congratulations, Martha Ford. You’ve become Mike Brown. And if you’re wondering, neither is a compliment. Just ask any Bengals fan about their team and its owner.
For all the talk about potential coaching shakeups in Chicago, the changes so far have been subtle at best. But even though Bears chairman George McCaskey pledged confidence and patience in coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace, the reality that they’re 9-23 in two seasons with those two at the helm is not lost on him.
Aaron Rodgers called his shot by saying his team could “run the table” after starting 4-6, and they did. But the Packers quarterback wasn’t ready to make any more flashy predictions in advance of Sunday’s game against the Giants.
The insanity of this Tom Brady season gets taken for granted because of the insanity of his entire career. Oh, of course the 39-year-old all-time great authored one of his best campaigns, largely without Rob Gronkowski, after being suspended for one of the most ridiculous reasons in sports history. That's just what Tom Brady does.
Adam Vinatieri isn't the only guy to lose out on huge payday on the final day of the season. Vikings return man Marcus Sherels was on his way to finishing his season as the league leader in punt return average. That distinction would trigger a $100,000 escalator in the two-year deal he signed with Minnesota last March.