Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis Says He’ll Leave if the Team Wins the Super Bowl

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The Bengals have been a playoff team the last few seasons, but this year could bring a different twist, as head coach Marvin Lewis says if the team wins the Super Bowl, he’ll walk away.

The Cincinnati Bengals have gone 24 years without a postseason victory, the NFL’s longest active streak of ignominy.

If Marvin Lewis puts an end to that drought in emphatic fashion with a Super Bowl victory in February, he plans to honor owner Mike Brown and walk off into the sunset.

“I want to hand Mike the trophy,” Lewis said Tuesday, via the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty, “then just walk away.”

Although the 13th-year head coach signed an extension in April, he was not joking about the sunset, Daugherty added.

Since the 1970 merger, Lewis and Steelers Hall of Famer Chuck Noll are the only head coaches to last 12 consecutive seasons in one organization without a Super Bowl appearance. Whereas Noll’s four Lombardi Trophies in the 1970s provided bulletproof job security, Lewis shares the worst playoff record (0-6) in NFL history.

To Lewis’ credit, he has managed to compile a 100-96-2 record, which stands in stark contrast to the combined 55-149 (.270) mark for all other Bengals coaches under Brown.

Bengals Place Rookie OT Cedric Ogbuehi and LB Vontaze Burfect on Active/NFI List

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The Bengals have placed both rookie offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and linebacker Vontaze Burfect on active/NFI roster for the start of training camp according to Bengals.com.

It is very possible that both players miss the preseason and end up on PUP, which would cost them the first six gmes of the regular season. The Bengals plan to be extremely cautious with Ogbuehi, their first-round draft pick out of Texas, as they do not want to jeopardie his future as he recuperates from a knee injury. The team has left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right tackle Andre Smith written in as starters until Ogbuehi is ready.

Burfict situation is even more serious. Arguably the Bengals’ best defensive player, it is conceivable that he could miss the entire 2015 season as he recovers from microfracture surgery and neck issues.

The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Bengals History? SI Has One Everyone Can Recall

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Bengals included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is one everyone recalls – a game that saw the Bengals be oh-so-close to winning a championship.

Cincinnati Bengals: Jan. 22, 1989, Super Bowl XXIII—49ers 20, Bengals 16

Bengals coach Sam Wyche was Bill Walsh’s offensive assistant in San Francisco before Paul Brown tapped him to become the Bengals’ head coach in 1985. And between Wyche’s inventive mind and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s zone blitz schemes, the Bengals were game to win this thing. But fortune was against them from the start. Wyche had to bench running back Stanley Wilson the night before the game due to drug issues, and defensive lineman Tim Krumrie suffered one of the most garish broken legs in NFL history early in the contest. The Bengals didn’t score an offensive touchdown in the game, but went up 13–6 in the third quarter on the wings of Stanford Jennings’s 93-yard kickoff return. Then, after a Joe Montana-to-Jerry Rice touchdown tied the game, Cincinnati kicker Jim Breech put the Bengals back on top with less than four minutes left.

And as Wyche has said so many times since, that was too much time to give Walsh and Montana, who carved Cincinnati’s defense up on a masterful 92-yard drive. Wyche knew it was coming, as he’d coached Montana long enough to know what he was capable of. It seemed fated that this gut-punch for the Bengals would go Montana’s way.

Daughter of Devon Still ‘Almost Back to Her Normal Self’ Following Cancer Treatment

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ESPN reports today some good news in Bengals Country, that being the daughter of Devon Still continues to be on the mend, as Still says his daughter, Leah, is ‘almost back to her normal self.’

Devon Still flashed a quick smile as he let the world know Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles that normalcy was on the horizon for his family and, specifically, his 5-year-old daughter Leah.

“This is the best I’ve seen her in a long time,” the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle told ESPN’s Hannah Storm from the ESPYS red carpet two hours before the event’s live broadcast. “She’s almost back to her normal self now.”

Leah has spent the past 13 months fighting the rare pediatric cancer neuroblastoma. In late March she went into remission from the disease but has still been going through treatments to rebuild her immune system. Still told Storm that doctors tell all patients who have gone through stem-cell treatments like Leah’s to avoid the public for 90 days. That’s why she was unable to make the trip to Los Angeles with her father to receive the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award on Wednesday night.

Report: Green and Bengals Could Have Long Term Deal Done by Start of Season

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The future for A.J. Green is going to be an ongoing issue for the Bengals going forward, as his deal is set to expire at the end of 2015. Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated gives Bengals fans some good news – stating that a deal may get done before the start of the season.

 

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Bengals WR A.J. Green Not Worried Right Now About Deal for 2016

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Star wide out A.J. Green of the Bengals is done with his contract next Summer unless he and the Bengals come to a deal before then. Coley Harvey of ESPN wrote today about the situation.

“You know I watch ESPN all the time, and that’s all they talk about,” Green said Thursday during his camp for area children. “But like I say, I’m just here to play football. My body of work will speak for itself.”

Set to make $10.18 million in 2015 as part of his fifth-year option, Green expects to seek a new contract by season’s end. He still could receive a long-term deal at some point this offseason, but even he knows that’s a slim possibility right now.

“I don’t get into all the ‘I need a contract’ stuff,” he said. “I’m not here for money. I’m not broke. So I’m fine. I can wait until the end of the year to get a contract, but I know that time is coming.”

Instead of getting a new deal this summer, it is more likely one of two scenarios plays out: Either Green receives a new long-term contract at some point next year, or he gets slapped with the Bengals’ franchise tag in March.

Marvin Lewis Says AFC North Kickers At Disadvantage After PAT Change

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The NFL voted to move the point after touchdown back from a 20-yard kick to a 33-yard kick last month. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, a member of the competition committee in the middle of months of discussion regarding the change, wishes no alteration had occurred, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

“I’ve not been for it,” Lewis said. “Nothing was wrong with what we had. In this division it makes a big difference, a huge difference. It’s a disadvantage for our division because we are playing in it all the time.”

Lewis cites poor weather typical of the AFC North – in particular games at Pittsburgh and Cleveland kicking on grass. Regardless of location, he fully expects many more two-point conversions next season as teams deal with inaccurate kickers, wind or any number of factors dropping the percentage of extra points made.

Last year, 41 field goals were attempted from 33 yards with only two misses (95.1 percent). Over the past five seasons, 33-yard field goals have been converted at a rate of 92.8 percent.

Two-point conversions were cashed in at a rate of 47.5 percent last season. Over the last four seasons, the Bengals have gone 1-for-3, converting their lone attempt last season.

As a comparison, 99.6 percent of extra points were converted last year. If those current numbers hold, the decision of whether going for two points or kicking for one makes the most sense will prove more difficult.

These changes force staffs across the NFL to re-evaluate their equation based on their specific variables. Lewis still doesn’t fall on the side of those interested in going for two points far more often.

“If you are going to score less than 50 percent of the time why would you go for two and have a negative play after a positive play? It makes no sense,” Lewis said. “If you are going to score 40 percent of the time, to have a negative play after a positive play makes no sense to deflate your football team like that.”

Why Bengals can now sign decent NFL free agents

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For many years it seems like free agents were somewhat afraid to take and come to the Queen City to play for the Bengals, a team that has still never been able to win a Super Bowl. Check to NFL Odds to Win the AFC North Division at Mybookie.ag.

This offseason saw the Bengals bring back one of their former players that they hope will make a big impact with the team in 2015 – that being defensive end Michael Johnson.

The Bengals lost Johnson last offseason via free agency to the Tampa Bay Bucs, who inked him to a crazy five-year deal worth close to $45 million.

He lasted just one season there before coming home to Cincinnati. “We’re about to be a part of something special,” Johnson said. “When you’ve got something special, you want to try to keep it going. We’ve got it up here. I’m excited to get back and get it going again and take it to a whole new level.”

Johnson isn’t the biggest free agent to come to the cats this offseason, as on March 10th the team was able to secure the signature of one of the biggest free agents out there – former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk.

Hawk comes home to the team that he grew up watching, and gets a two-year deal worth $3.25 million. “I figured once the (Packers) were done with me, it would be kind of a dream to come back here,” Hawk said after officially signing his two-year contract. “Now it’s a reality. It was 100 percent my first choice.”

The 31-year-old has played in 142 regular season games, which is why the Bengals would only give him two years on a deal instead of longer.

Even Hawk has no idea just how much longer he will be able to go at it 100 percent and play at a high level.

“I get asked that a lot. I honestly couldn’t tell you,” Hawk said. “I want to play as long as I feel like I’m still able to contribute and mentally there. My head feels great. I’ve been very lucky when it comes to that, with injuries and everything. I’ve done my best to take care of myself. It’s hard to put a number on that. I love playing. I have a passion for it. So as long as that’s good, I’m going to try to do give it a shot.”

While Hawk and Johnson should be able to help the defense, they also brought back kicker Mike Nugent. The former teammate at Ohio State for Hawk inked a two-year contract the day before Hawk signed.

What it comes down to is that the Bengals now seem to be a destination for players to come to. They have been competitive in the ultra-tough AFC North, winning the division in 2013 and being a wild card team again in 2014.

Look for more players in the future to look to come to Cincy, and for this team to be on the rise as 2015 gets closer.