How to improve the NFL season

        The days of the perennially dominant team in the NFL are, and have been, over for quite some time now, due to the collective bargaining agreement and salary cap restrictions that threw wide open the doors to the free agency system and has very successfully accomplished the purpose of creating parity that is almost unparalleled in any other major professional sport. ...
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Who will win Superbowl XLVIII?

As the NFL season kicks into top gear, football betting tips on who the favourites are to win this seasons Superbowl begin to become more popular. According to the bookmakers, there are just four teams in the running for the Vince Lombardi trophy. They are Denver Broncos with odds of 100/30, Seattle Seahawks at 11/2, then New England Patriots and San Francisco 49er’s at 8/1 and...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss


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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Countdown: Day 16

In conjunction with this year’s draft and my new book, Draft Daze, here’s Day 16 of the countdown. Did you know? ESPN’s first televised the draft in 1980. Bengals Thought: In Todd McShay’s latest mock draft, published today on, McShay has the Bengals taking Desmond Trufant, with Florida State tackle Menelik Watson and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy as backup plans...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Countdown: Day 17

In advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, here’s Day 17. Did you know? Bill Shakespeare was taken third overall in the first NFL Draft in 1936. (Not that Bill Shakespeare).   This year:’s Mock Draft Central has Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as the consensus No. 3 pick in this year’s draft.
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Countdown: Day 18

Did you know? Draft picks didn’t always know right away when they were drafted. Long-time personnel man (and current contributor) Gil Brandt remembers a time when team officials brought rolls of quarters to the draft, so they could call the draft picks with the help of an operator, who would tell them how much each call cost in quarters.   Bengals Thought In Brandt’s...
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Draft Countdown: Day 19

In advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, here’s Day 19 of the countdown. Did you know? There is a website at that attempts to analyze the NFL Draft on a statistical basis. In a sense, it’s the Moneyball approach to the NFL Draft.   Bengals Thought: If you’re rating draft success based on the number of five-year starters your team selects (and...
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Draft Countdown: Day 20

In advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, here’s Day 20 of the countdown. Did you know? There’s a a fantasy game at where you create a portfolio featuring stocks of different players and attempt to accumulate as much money as possible as those stocks fluctuate during the draft process. Bengals Thought: According to ScoutsInc., Alabama offensive...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Countdown: Day 21

In advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, here’s Day 21.   Did you know? Todd McShay was a high school quarterback and played at the University of Richmond before joining ScoutsInc. and ESPN.   Bengals Thought: McShay has the Bengals taking Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant in his latest mock draft and he said in his latest poodcast that he caught some flack...
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April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Countdown: Day 22

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25. In advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, here’s Day 22 on the countdown.   Did you know? Former Bengals tight end Reggie Kelly, who was drafted in the second round of the draft by the Atlanta Falcons, thought he might be selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former head coach Tony Dungy.   Bengals Thought:  I’ve seen...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Countdown

Bernard could be a good fit with the Bengals   In advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, the draft countdown continues.   Did you know?  NFL Network Mike Mayock was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round of the 1981 draft. His dad was a Steelers draft pick in the 1950s.   Bengals Thought:  In Mayock’s most recent draft rankings, his running backs...
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Draft Countdown: Day 23

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25.   Continuing the draft coutndown in advance of this year’s draft and my upcoming book, here’s Day 23 (a day late). Did you know? Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. was nearly hired in the Baltimore Colts personnel department before joining ESPN.   Bengals Thought: Kiper predicted Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree for the Bengals in his latest...
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Draft Countdown: Day 25

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally emerged from a bout of seclusion that would have made a hermit cringe. For the past year, I’ve been busy writing a book about the NFL Draft that should be published later this month. And because I bleed orange and black, it will feature a healthy amount of Bengals content. Now I’m finally free to write about the upcoming draft and share...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

A Failure To Communicate

Frustration with the lack of activity from the Bengals is reaching a level I haven’t seen since Mike Brown’s press conference following the 2010 season announcing Marvin Lewis’ new contract. Fans see the mountain of cash that the Bengals are sitting on (the tallest in the league) then look at the short list of transactions made by the team while other teams make move after...
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March 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Free Agency Around The AFCN

For the fans of teams like the Seahawks and the Broncos, the start of free agency has been a double-scoop of football goodness. For us Bengals fans, however, it has been about as appetizing as a rice cake with a side of celery. Healthy, disciplined, and boring. Let’s make ourselves feel better by looking around the division at the woes of others. THE CLEVELAND BROWNS ADDED...
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March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

It Will Be OK, I Promise

We go through this every year. The doors to the candy store burst open, and all the kids on the street flood the shop with gluttonous screams as they race toward the prizes of NFL Free Agency they have been dreaming of for months. Meanwhile, Bengals fans sit outside on the curb watching all of the fun because Dad won’t part with our allowance just yet. It stinks to watch. Every...
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March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

When Will FAs Demand Front-Loaded Contracts?

As I was scanning the headlines this weekend, the impending release of James Harrison by the Steelers was one that came up a number of times. I couldn’t help but smile at the though of Harrison being told, “Sorry, Jimbo, but you ain’t that good any more.” But then a question began to form in my mind. How long will free agents continue to allow their contracts to be back-loaded...
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March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Right On Target: Little Free Agent News

In the first few days of free agency, the Bengals are generally about as active as a university library on a Friday night. This year is shaping up no differently. If you were watching the headlines over the weekend for teams looking to bring in new guys, you saw plenty of teams being discussed. But the Bengals were not one of them. That is not to say that the Bengals have not been...
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March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

High Priced FAs Are A Mixed Bag

Every year we build our free agent “Wish List” that will turn a weakness into a strength in one fell swoop. Every year the front office at PBS marks those names off of their list, replacing them with guys who elicit groans, tirades, or questions (“Hey Mike, who the **** is…?”) Free agency is built for the big splash, the daring move, the lauded signing. Yet the Bengals...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Bring Takeo Home

On Thursday, the San Diego Chargers announced that they released Takeo Spikes, making him a free agent. So if he follows through with his intention to play in 2013, it will have to be with another team. That team should be the Cincinnati Bengals. Spikes played his first five years in the league during the worst period of the Lost Decade. The team was 19-61 in his time here, so it...
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March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Options At Backup Quarterback

Despite the complaints of a small (but vocal) minority of fans, Andy Dalton will undoubtedly be the starting quarterback in 2013. The coaching staff knows that he has to improve his level of play, as evidenced by recent comments from Jay Gruden, but they are also committed to giving him every opportunity to take that next step forward. Even if they weren’t, where are they going...
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March 06, 2013  |  Discuss

A Trade Would Be Nice

Reports surfaced this week that the Kansas City Chiefs have negotiated a trade to acquire Alex Smith, sending the #34 pick and a conditional pick in 2014 to the San Francisco 49ers. With five picks between #31 and #93, the rich get richer. It got me thinking about how nice it would be if the Bengals could swing a trade and acquire an extra pick. Trade who, though? The Bengals have...
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Strategy Recap: The Top Priorities

Over the past few days, I have taken a look at the positions that have significant needs to be addressed either through free agency or the draft. I put a poll with each to gauge your opinions on how the Bengals should approach each position. And you have spoken. With a little more info now that the Combine is complete, let’s recap. Running Back: This position drew the strongest...
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February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Strategy: Offensive Line

The offensive line is not slated for an overhaul like the running backs or linebackers, and it isn’t in need of a significant addition like safety or receiver. But there is still a significant move to be made: re-signing Andre Smith. If the front office cannot get that deal done, then there will be another position of need to address in free agency or the draft. If you missed them...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Strategy: Linebackers

The linebacker group is another position that could be in for a complete overhaul this offseason. All of the veteran players are currently free agents. How many are worth bringing back? Could the Bengals turn them all loose and start over? The hidden gem of the entire 2012 draft was clearly Vontaze Burfict. He took the “typical Bengals move” punchlines made in the wake of his...
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February 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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