Bengals Fans Donate Nearly $5000 to Jaguars QB Blake Bortles’ Charity After the Jags Beat the Steelers

Bengals fans had a fun Sunday watching the rival Steelers fall to the Jaguars 45-42 in the AFC Divisional Round, ending the hopes for the Steelers of reaching the Super Bowl.

Cincy fans were very grateful for the outing for Jags QB Blake Bortles, so much so that a number of themy donated to his foundation in a ‘thank you’ of sorts for the win over their bitter enemies.

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The nearly $5,000 in contributions donated so far started to come in after the Jaguars beat the Bengals’ rival, the Steelers, 45-42.

“Fans are at the core of the football experience and it’s truly exciting and rewarding when they band together, regardless of the team they cheer for, to make a positive impact in the lives of others. I greatly appreciate the support displayed by Bengals fans and they should know their support will make a difference,” said Bortles.

Cincinnati sports radio host Mo Egger encouraged Bengals fans through his blog, Twitter page, and during his show Monday to, as he said, “pay it forward” and support the Bortles Foundation.

Established in 2016, the Blake Bortles Foundation supports first responders in Oviedo and Jacksonville, Florida, and partners with organizations in Jacksonville and Oviedo to help children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Report: Jon Kitna Chats with Bengals About Spot on Coaching Staff

A source told Alex Marvez of the Sporting News that Jon Kitna has interviewed for a position on head coach Marvin Lewis’ staff.

Although the exact role wasn’t immediately known, Kitna may be under consideration for the team’s vacant quarterbacks coach job. Cincinnati created the opening early this season when Bill Lazor was promoted to offensive coordinator to replace the fired Ken Zampese.

Kitna, 45, was Lewis’ first starting quarterback when the latter was hired as Cincinnati’s head coach in 2003. That is the same year Cincinnati used the No. 1 overall draft pick to select Carson Palmer, who replaced Kitna with the first-team offense in 2004. Kitna spent two seasons as Palmer’s backup before leaving for a starting position with the Lions in 2006.

Kitna is one of the NFL’s most improbable success stories. He rose from undrafted college free agent (NAIA Central Washington University) in 1996 to a 124-game starter in the NFL (50-74 overall record). He retired after the 2011 season, although the Cowboys brought him back as an emergency backup for one game in 2013.

Bengals Denied Permission to Chat with Bears DC Vic Fangio

A league source said the Bears denied a request from the Bengals to interview defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for an expected opening on their staff, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is expected to join Jon Gruden with the Raiders.

Fangio, the Bears defensive coordinator under John Fox for three seasons, remains in the mix for the Bears’ head coach vacancy. On Wednesday, Fangio was the first candidate to interview for that job with general manager Ryan Pace.

However, Fangio will be free to meet with other teams, including the Bengals, beginning Tuesday. At that point the Bears will not be able to block Fangio because both his three-year contract and the grace period at the end of the season that prevents coaches from bolting immediately without permission will have expired.

The NFC North rival Packers are expected to be interested in meeting with Fangio as coach Mike McCarthy looks to replace defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Multiple sources have indicated the Bears have potential interest in retaining Fangio, 59, if they go in a different direction at head coach. It’s unknown how Fangio would react to an opportunity to remain in place working for a head coach who was hired instead of him after three solid seasons in Chicago. The Bears defense finished this season ranked seventh against the pass, ninth in points allowed, 10th in total defense and 11th against the run. They tied for 13th with 22 takeaways.

The Bengals Lose Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther, What’s the Best Option Moving Forward?

2017 clearly wasn’t a good season for the Cincinnati Bengals. From injuries, to an unsettling situation with the head coaching position which oddly enough stayed the same, to players not playing to their potential, the team sputtered to seven wins, not good enough to challenge in the AFC North.

Consider the fact that the team they need to catch is the Steelers, they won 13 games (two against the Bengals), and that means the Bengals were six wins away from the top spot in the division.

As the team starts already to look to 2018, you can check out sports betting sites uk and notice that the team isn’t going to get much run as a contender in the AFC or even the AFC North next season.

The first key for the Bengals is to try and figure out who is going to coach the teams defense, as defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is moving on to join Jon Gruden in Oakland.

Marvin Lewis has always been a defensive guy at heart with Guenther leaving, he’s going to want to bring in a new coordinator that believes in the same defensive philosophy that he does.

On Wednesday Lewis wouldn’t commit to a 4-3 base scheme, but based on the teams roster at the moment, and with Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap still each at a high level, it’s tough to think the team is going to stray from a 4-3 defense in 2018.

They should look at the draft or free agency to add another linebacker, as well as a cornerback, but if you are going to be honest the 4-3 defense is still the best way for the Bengals to go.

Back to Guenther, he’s been a steadying force for the Bengals defense since he’s been the guy that runs the defense, and just finding a replacement for him is not going to be super easy.

Jim Haslett, linebackers coach, is a guy that might be able to step in and run the defense the way that Lewis wants it, or co-secondary coach Kevin Coyle is another veteran guy that could step in and do the job if need be.

Bringing in an outside guy might not only mess up the chemistry, but it might also put the Bengals behind the 8-ball as they learn a whole new system.

Which is why at the end of the day, Lewis and the organization has to be careful and make the right choice at this spot. The best thing to do is stick with the 4-3 and look within at the guys that are already on the sideline.

If they do that, losing Guenther won’t be as bad as people are making it out to be. If not, the Bengals defense in 2018 might be just as tough to watch as it was in 2017 in games like the Packers, Steelers, Bears and Vikings, teams that ran it up rather easily on the Cats.

Video: NFL Films Highlights the Bengals Thrilling Win Over the Ravens

NFL Films did a sensational job on the Bengals-Ravens battle on Sunday, with the Bengals winning in the final minute to pull out a crazy win to push the Ravens right out of the postseason.

Take a check at the video below.

‘Don’t Call it a Comeback’ – Marvin Lewis to Stay Coaching Bengals Though 2019

Despite rampant speculation – and even some expectation – that Marvin Lewis had tired of coaching the Cincinnati Bengals and was ready to move on, the organization and the 59-year-old head coach agreed to continue their partnership through the 2019 season, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Next year will be his 16th on the sidelines at Paul Brown Stadium, and he remains the second-longest tenured head coach in the league behind New England’s Bill Belichick.

In a statement released by the club, Bengals owner and president Mike Brown said “Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15 years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement. Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018.”

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict and RB Joe Mixon to Play Sunday vs Lions

Both linebacker Vontaze Burfict and rookie running back Joe Mixon have cleared the concussion protocol and are expected to play for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16 according to Jay Morrison of Cox Media Group.

Both players were hurt in the team’s Week 13 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and have been out ever since. Burfict holds PFF’s No. 4 grade among 4-3 outside linebackers this year. The Bengals defense has been an absolute trainwreck without him the past two weeks.

Mixon has had an up-and-down rookie season but has gradually taken over as the team’s starting running back with 157 rushes for 518 yards and four touchdowns. Those are rather pedestrian numbers for a player with Mixon’s level of physical talent coming out of college but most of the blame should be placed on the offensive line rather than any of the Cincy running backs. Mixon should resume his role as a workhorse this weekend against the Detroit Lions, sending Gio Bernard back to his familiar role as a th

ird-down back.

Video: ESPN’s NFL Live Breaks Down the Lions vs Bengals Week 16 Game

The NFL Live crew agrees that the Cincinnati Bengals have packed it in and the Lions will dominate the Week 16 matchup.