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Bengals Bytes (7/8): Memories from Cincinnati’s past

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Sam Wyche joins Geoff Hobson for a trip down memory lane. Aaron Rodgers has beaten every NFL team, except the Bengals. And, Chad Johnson’s daughter may be faster than her former NFL receiver father.

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Bengals Bytes

Hobson's Choice Podcast: Sam recalls first Bengals training camp
It was this week back in 1968 that head coach Paul Brown convened the first Bengals practice in history at the club’s training camp and rookie quarterback Sam Wyche was there at Wilmington College.

Rodgers Joins Elite Company with Win over Bengals
With a win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will join a list of past and present NFL quarterbacks that is currently only six deep. The Bengals are the only opposing team that the Packers haven't beaten with Rodgers as a starting quarterback.

Chad Johnson’s 12-year-old daughter Cha’iel is nation’s top-ranked 800-meter runner in her age group | USA Today High School Sports
Chad Johnson was fast. His daughter Cha'iel might be even faster. The former NFL receiver once raced a thoroughbred ... and won. His daughter has yet to discover latent talents across such short distances, but she has excelled in middle distances, including the 800 meters, where her 2:16.

"Joe Mixon will have a better rookie season than Corey Dillon" | James Rapien | ESPN 1530
Luke Kennard's NBA potential, why Joe Mixon will be great as a rookie, plus a question UC and XU basketball fans have wondering for years.

Bengals 50: Bill Walsh, a Bengals innovator who won titles elsewhere
Perhaps there is no greater coaching influence in Cincinnati, or across all of professional football, outside of Paul Brown than one of his original assistant coaches with the Bengals – Bill Walsh. Brown plucked Walsh out the Continental Football League in California to join his expansion franchise to help run the offense – a Cleveland Browns-style system that employed the talents of big-armed quarterbacks, like 1969 American Football League Rookie of the Year Greg Cook.

Dave Shula: 'You can't blame everything on me'
The sixth head coach in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals was an unexpected one, in many ways. On Dec. 24, 1991 Sam Wyche was, quite suddenly, no longer the head coach of the Bengals. Four days later, his receivers coach for one year, 32-year-old Dave Shula, was being introduced as his replacement.

How the Bengals went from last place to AFC Champs
The Cincinnati Bengals went from last place in 1987 to AFC Champs in 1988. Head Coach Sam Wyche and QBs Boomer Esiason and Mike Norseth share the story of how a visit to a comedy club helped the team heal the wounds of the 1987 NFL players strike.

Hobson's Choice: schemes and dreams
The readers want to know when guys like William Jackson will get their chance. Plus, Hobson thinks Cedric Ogbuehi is going to play well enough to win and so is Jake Fisher. They’re too talented and rookies like running back Joe Mixon and wide receiver John Ross give them another speed gear that should help.

AFC North Bytes

Madden predicts: Week 1 at Cincinnati - Baltimore Beatdown
Another season of Ravens football is about to begin in a few months, and with that in mind, many fans find it hard not to recklessly speculate about what the team’s final record will be. Week 1 has the Ravens traveling to Cincinnati to take on A.J. Green and the division rival Bengals. Without further ado, take a look at the video simulation of the game.

After Le’Veon Bell, which contract extension is most critical for the Steelers? - Behind the Steel Curtain
The Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell is going to command a lot of money. But it’s not imperative to sign him to a contract immediately, especially if that would prevent the team from locking in other valuable players. Of those other players, which is the most critical to the team’s long-term success?

Joe Thomas joins other NFL types in 'Celebrity Family Feud' on Sunday
A group of present-day players will face off against a team of "Legends" in an NFL version of the Steve Harvey-hosted game show. Expectations of "good answer" shouts might best be kept to a minimum.

Baltimore Ravens lucky to get help from run-game doctor Greg Roman
The Baltimore Ravens didn't add any starting offensive linemen this offseason. They didn't sign someone to replace a Pro Bowl fullback, and their biggest acquisition in the backfield was pass-catching running back Danny Woodhead.

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