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Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis

I think going in to the football game there are things we’ve got to get done. First off, [we] give them the ball first and they go down and score a touchdown. Then we come back and we don’t convert [on] third down. We go down and actually get the stop defensively, then we come back and we have the interception on offense. Those things put ourselves behind a little bit in the football game. We’re just playing catch-up and it was unfortunate. We don’t want to get in a situation in this football game and you know, I took the fourth on a half-yard and we don’t convert that fourth down, which was a huge play and defense does a nice job and holds them to a field goal there. We have been conspiring against ourselves so much. I realize we have some younger guys, some newer guys on defense, but we got to find a way to get them in position to play winning football, productive football for us.

 

Q: Is the ESPN report from this morning about you walking away after this season accurate?

A: No, it’s the same report you guys have bee Green Bay Packers n reporting on all season. There’s nothing changed since August. It’s speculation that people keep throwing out there. We’re all wasting time talking about that.

 

Q: Doe Packers Jersey For Sale s the ESPN report catch you by surprise?

A: I don’t see it, so, it doesn’t.

 

Q: Have you made up your mind on where you will be professionally next season?

A: I have not made any decisions about anything as I’ve told you how many times?

 

Q: Would it be inaccurate to say you have made a decision, as of now, to move on?

A: Yeah, I think it is [inaccurate]. I’ve not made any decisions, as I’ve continued to tell you.

 

Q: Moving forward this season, will you consider playing AJ McCarron?

A: No, I will not.

 

Q: You know all about Mike Zimmer’s defensive. Did anything surprise you there today?

A: No, they did a nice job. We had an opportunity to make a couple plays and we just have to keep … you know. The guys did a nice job.

 

Q: Any words between you and Zimmer after the game?

A: Good luck to him.

 

Q: Anything you can put your finger on offensively that hasn’t been working? This is the second straight game where not much happened there.

A: No, we didn’t get much. We have to find a way to do a better job, particularly on early downs. I don’t know what the first third down was – third and four or five? And we had the penalty and that sets it back a little bit. We have to convert third downs and we’re not making any plays down the field. We need to keep making plays and opportunities, and we didn’t get anything done that way.

 

Q: You know the team is on their phones before the game and this report spread like wildfire. Do you think the report about you from this morning had any impact o Martellus Bennett Jersey n performance today?

A: No, these guys are on their phone with somebody that’s not watching or has anything to do with the NFL.

 

Q: Did you have to address it when it came out?

A: I just addressed it in there to them [after the game].

 

Q: Did you tell them it wasn’t true?

A: I just said, ‘Don’t be concerned.’

 

Q: What affect does this report have on you personally?
A: Well it’s ridiculous. We’re wasting time; that’s all. And it affects people around you, which is unfortunate. I understand that’s what drives media, but people just throw things out on Monday night and everyone has to respond. Everybody wants to be first. They don’t care if they’re accurate necessarily, right? They want to be first.

 

Q: Do you intend to be coaching somewhere in 2018?

A: Again, we’ll see what happens.

 

Q: Marv, there is a quote in there that says you are exploring other opportunities. Where do you think the quote comes from?
A: I don’t know.

Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton

Q: Did the pregame reporting about your head coach effect the game?

A: No. Regardless of whatever went on, we have to go play a football game David Bakhtiari Jersey , and we weren’t able to play the way we wanted to. We have to look at this and find everything we can to fix it, because this isn’t the type of team we feel like we are, and we have to get better from it.

 

Q: Did your head coach talk to you at all about the situation?

A: He just mentioned it. But, I think at the end of the day we just have to keep playing. That’s all that was really said.

 

Q: What were the Vikings doing that was so effective against you guys?

A: They’ve got good players. They are playing really well. They are playing at a high level. They obviously played a lot better than we did today. I think that they are not just doing it on one side of the ball, they are doing it at all three phases, and they are a good team.

 

Bengals Wide Receiver A.J. Green

Q: How did the news about Marvin Lewis impact the game?

A: I don’t think it impacted it at all. We are all professionals. We have a job to do and that’s what we get paid for.

 

Q: Was that defense as good as you’ve faced this season?

A: They’re a good defense. [Mike] Zimmer was here what I first got here and we all know what he’s capable of. He a great defensive minded coach and he has them playing well. They have a great scheme, great corners, great front four and they’re playing great.

 

Q: What do you do with two weeks to go? How do you motivate yourself?

A: I’m always motivated. My motivation is to be great, I don’t need extra motivation. No matter how the season is going, I’m going to give it all I have. It’s all I know.

 

Q: Did Marvin address the situation at all before the game?

A: He didn’t address it and he didn’t need to address it. Like I said, we all get paid to do our job, no matter what happens. My heart is in every play and we have to deal with the results. All I can do is go out there and control what I can control and that’s myself.

 

Q: The offense has been painful to watch, what’s wrong?

A: We’re not getting first downs. We are behind the sticks a lot. The type of season we’re having is tough. All I can do is control what I can control. I’m trying to make the plays whenever my number is called.

 

Q: We know this team is depleted with injuries, is that a factor, or is the team not playing well?

A: We’re just not playing well. We all have jobs to do, we all get paid. We’re not doing our job right now.

 

Q: Is this as disappointed you’ve been in the last two weeks, considering the way this team has played?

A: This is the most disappointed I’ve been in the last couple of years. It’s been a tough season. Tough times don’t last long, tough people do. That’s my motto. It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to keep fighting.

Bengals Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell

Q: Was the news about Coach Marvin Lewis before the game distracting?

A: From what I have heard it has been like that for the past few years, so it is what it is. We can’t control what the media has going on, or what Marvin has going on. We are football players, we have to come out here and play our game and we didn’t.

 

Q: Did you hear about Coach Marvin Lewis leaving on social media?

A: I heard about it from AJ Green to tell you the truth. A few guys were talking about it on the bus ride here, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter.  

 

Q: Did Marvin Lewis address it at all?

Coach Lewis addressed it a little bit. But whatever happens, happens. We still have to go ahead and play football.

 

Q: Did the news distract you?

A: No, it doesn’t distract me. I don’t get distracted by things I cannot control. All I can control is what I do on the field, and obviously I didn’t do well today.

 

Q: How did you react to him moving on after he has been here so long?

A: It is hard to answer that question, because he is still here. Until the season is over and until whatever happens he is still going to coach us to death. We are still going to look forward to meetings tomorrow, watching this film getting it behind us, and moving on to the Detroit Lions.

 

Q: Marvin Jones is the only coach these guys have ever had at least as a Bengal, what does it mean to hear he is leaving?

A: It will hurt a lot of guys, it will hurt. Like you said this is the only coach they have ever had, this is the only coach that has been here for 10 years. To change, it will hurt. But we have enough guys, we have enough professionals around here that they will know there is a new coach coming in, pick up your jockstraps, continue to practice, and prove to the next coach that you can play.

 

Q: Was it a frustrating day out there today for everybody?

A: It was very frustrating. We prepared well for this team, we knew it was just going to be like facing our defense, because Coach Mike Zimmer came from our system and it’s the same defense we still run. We knew what type of defense we were going to face. We just couldn’t convert on anything today, 3-and-out after 3-and-out. If we did get a play it was a holding, or a penalty. We played terrible today as a whole offense.

 

Q: It seems like it has been that way the last two games, any particular reason?

A: I can’t put my hand on one particular reason, I just feel like we haven’t been professional. We just haven’t performed the way that we should be performing.

 

Q: Did they do anything with their coverage tonight playing mostly man-coverage right?

A: No, they played man maybe a few snaps. They zoned it out, they let Xavier Rhodes follow AJ Green and did what we expected them to do.

 

Q: How disappointing have these last two weeks been for you?

A: Last two? Hell, the last three. It has been real disappointing. It was close in Pittsburgh, last week get embarrassed, at home by the Chicago Bears, then we come on the road. We told everybody if we don’t come out to play this team will blow us out of their arena because they play really well at home and have a really good defense. Guys didn’t come to play, and that is exactly what happened.

 

Q: Looked like Terence Newman was in the huddle he was jumping routes all day wasn’t he?

A: Yeah, he is a veteran. 15 years, he has seen every route, every combination, every plan you can run. He can dissect plays really fast, and he played a good game. I left Andy Dalton out to dry on that interception. I should have kept going but I tried to stop and catch it with my hands, rather than continue to run and catch it with my body. I am the one that cause that interception it’s on me, and not on Andy.

 

Q: You have been on the highest of highs winning a Super Bowl, how hard is it when a team is spiraling like this?

A: It is extremely hard. Me and AJ Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Nick Perry Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey  Green talked about it on the sideline. But, you  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Elite Salute To Service Jersey have to find a way to stay motivated. You have to motivate yourself, you cannot be looking to the next man, or to the coaches for motivation, Nick Perry Jersey  you have to motivate yourself. At the end of the day you have to play for yourself and have to have pride, and you have to play for your teammates. As hard as it is, you have to find a way. We need to find a way, as soon as possible.

Bengals Defensive End Carlos Dunlap

Q: How aware was the team that Marvin Lewis was going to step aside after the season and was there any talk about it during the game?

A: We didn’t’ talk about it during the game and I didn’t hear it on the bus. I found out on social media.

 

Q: What was your reaction to the reports of Marvin Lewis stepping aside?

A: I don’t think Marvin is that messy to say something like that before a game, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

 

Q: Did Marvin Lewis address the team about the reports?

A: No, he didn’t even address it. If you don’t feel guilty or have a guilty conscience, then why would you address it? It may or may not be true, but at the end of the day, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. I still had a football game to play.

 

Q:  If Marvin Lewis does leave after the season, what do you think will happen to the team?

A: We’re 4-10. What do you think is going to happen at the end of the season? We’ll see. We’ll figure it out. We’re 4-10. We’re trying not to go 4-12. Whatever happens after the season will happen at the end of the season. Right now, I’m trying to control what I can control. I’m trying to stay healthy and win the next game.

 

Q: What do you think the difference has been between the last few weeks and the beginning of the season?

A: We’re getting out executed and we’re playing really good football teams. The Vikings are probably going to host a few games in the playoffs and the Super Bowl is in their stadium. They have everything they want in front of them and they are playing very disciplined.

 

Q: Since the defense if very depleted, do you think that’s why the defense is playing poor?

A: We’re playing a lot of snaps. Anytime you have to play a lot of snaps, you’re going to have mental lapses. It is what it is. We have to get off the field and our offense has to stay on the field.

 

Q: You have lost back-to-back by over 20 points in the last two weeks, is that the lowest you can remember in you tenure as a Bengal?

A: Yeah, it’s embarrassing. I’ve put way too much into this to feel like this after a game and to not even be in a close game. I’m not alone in this, obviously. Everyone in this locker room has invested their lives in this.

 

Q: Do you think the reports about Marvin Lewis had an effect on how the team played today?

A: There’s no telling. We played this bad last week.

Vikin Martellus Bennett Jersey gs dominate, 34-7

MINNEAPOLIS – Kicking the game off with a report that head coach Marvin Lewis isn’t coming back for a 16th season, his offense went nearly on track for its worst performance in his 15 seasons when the Bengals promptly fell behind the Vikings, 24-0, in the game’s first 25 minutes generating all of 35 yards, a first down, three sacks and five three-and-outs on seven possessions on the way to a 34-7 loss.

MINNEAPOLIS – Kicking the game off with a report that head coach Marvin Lewis isn’t coming back for a 16th season, his offense went nearly on track for its worst performance in his 15 seasons when the Bengals promptly fell behind the Vikings, 24-0, in the game’s first 25 minutes generating all of 35 yards, a first down, three sacks and five three-and-outs on seven possessions on the way to a 34-7 loss.

The din of U.S. Bank Stadium provided a brutal bookend to last week’s 33-7 loss to the Bears at Paul Brown Stadium, marking their biggest back-to-back losses and fewest points in consecutive games since the Carson Palmer-less year of 2008 and the 34-3 and 35-3 losses to the Ravens and Colts.

 If the report didn’t open a can of worms, the game certainly did. It was the fifth time they failed to hit double-digits this season and they’re trending to score fewer points than the 2-14 Bengals in the 2002 season that gave rise to the Lewis Era. Their low under Lewis is 72 yards in a game t Green Bay Packers hey didn’t need to win, the 2009 finale against the Jets after they had already clinched the AFC North. They finished with 161 Sunday, one of the six worst outings since Lewis arrived in 2003. It was the third fewest in the Green-Dalton Era, two of them coming in the last six weeks with the 148 in Jacksonville.

The only one doing any clinching Sunday was Vikings head coach Martellus Bennett Jersey  Mike Zimmer, a Bengals’ old friend who  steered his team the NFC North Sunday in what very well should be a Coach of the Year season since he hasn’t had his starting quarterback from the first week.

Capping it off, of course, was the Cincinnati Kid, Vikings Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph catching a wide open one-yard touchdown pass to make it 34-0 with 12:53 left in the game and celebrating with the Bengals’ own iconic Ickey Shuffle.

The ironies abounded. The last time they were shut out that badly was 37-0 by a Marvin Lewis Baltimore defense in Bengals head coach Bruce Coslet’s last game on Sept. 24, 2000.   

The Bengals got buried immediately in Sunday’s first 13:30 with a pick-six, a 53-yard field goal, and a defense that didn’t allow a first quarter first down as Minnesota eased to a 17-0 lead.

The offense continued its miseries from last week. Quarterback Andy Dalton was a painful four of 10 for 38 yards in the first half. Wide receiver A.J. Green didn’t get his first target until their last play of the first quarter and that was an incompletion thrown past him as he jockeyed with cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Dalton’s first quarter? Two of six for 17 yards.  Green had just one catch for 14 yards on his only other target of the half.

The Bengals didn’t convert their first third down until three minutes left in the third quarter when wide receiver Brandon LaFell made a leaping 45-yard catch between two defenders down the middle that finally put them in Vikings territory for the first time all day. The drive died when Green couldn’t get his feet down in bounds after a catch.

The Bengals offered no resistance on the opening drive that consumed 75 yards in a little more than four minutes and lost another defensive starter in the process.

Nose tackle Andrew Billings limped off the field on a drive the Vikes pulled off three plays of at least 20 yards by basically attacking their back-up linebackers. Billings came back on the next series, but safety George Iloka left on that series when he hurt his left shoulder when he couldn’t secure an interception on the sidelines.

On second-and-20 rookie Jordan Evans couldn’t get off a block on a screen pass and running back Latavius Murray picked up 28 yards. Then quarterback Case Keenum got flushed out of the pocket and scrambled for 20 before he found wide-open wide receiver Adam Thielen on third-and-three crossing across the middle. Thielen, with his league-leading 31st catch on third down, didn’t get touched for 21 yards. That set up Murray’s one-yard touchdown run.

On the game’s first snap Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins picked up his eighth sack and the NFL lead among interior players. Atkins added another one late in the first quarter that set up a third-and-23 from the Vikes 49. But Rudolph picked up 16 yards down the seam that was enough for Kai Forbath to knock a 53-yarder off the left upright.

The Bengals went three-and-out on their first possession despite quarterback Dalton’s roll-out pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah picking up nine yards on first down.  Running back Giovani Bernard (14 carries for 30 yards in a Red Badge of Honor effort) got cut down for a loss on a run to the left edge and on third-and-three Dalton fired a high slant to LaFell covered by Bengals old friend and Vikings cornerback Terence Newman.

Dalton’s accuracy problems steamed into Sunday off his 14 of 29 performance against the Bears. On the next series he had LaFell open on a crossing route, but he threw it at his helmet and not out in front and LaFell couldn’t catch it. Then on the next snap on third-and-six from the Bengals 23 Dalton tried to gun into coverage across the middle to wide receiver Alex Erickson  but linebacker Eric Kendricks undercut it and burned Dalton for his first  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Nick Perry Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Alternate Yellow Jersey pick-six of the season on a 31-yard return to make it 14-0 just 9:06 into the game.

Dalton finished just 11 of 22 for 113 yards in what are probably the worst back-to-back performances of his seven seasons and he  got pulled for A.J. McCarron with ten minutes left in the game.  McCarron led the Bengals to their only score of the day in a game that finished with back-up quarterbacks. Teddy Bridgewater’s return got a huge welcome but his pass bounced crazily off a pad into the arms of Bengals safety Shawn Williams for an interception th Packers Jersey For Sale at put the ball on the Vikes 23. Bernard follow the left side for a two-yard TD run that made it 34-7 with 6:22 left.

Tough day for the Lewis Era and the Green-Dalton Era. Green finished with just two catches for 30 yards Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Martellus Bennett Elite Salute To Service Jersey  and is still 20 yards shy of 1,000 with two games left.

The Bengals lost Rey with a jaw injury early in the fourth quarter, leaving them with the three rookie backers, but even before then McKinnon kept torching them. In the second half no one still covered him and he ended up with seven catches for 114 yards for the game and two of the catches were longer than 25 yards.

The Vikings defense showed them no mercy until they ran out the first half with 1:16 left. On the series  David Bakhtiari Jersey after the pick the Bengals ran Bernard four times and still didn’t have a first down after Minnesota stuffed a fourth-and-one off the right side at the Bengals 40.  

More problems? Left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi left late in the first quarter with a recurring shoulder problem and that left Eric Winston playing his first snaps of the season against a guy sniffing the NFL sack lead in Everson Griffen.

The Bengals did get that elusive first down and Green that just as elusive catch when Dalton rolled out on play-action early in the second quarter, but that was it.

Like Mitchell Trubisky last week, Keenum (a seamless 13 of 15 in the half for 150 yards) had no problem flipping it to the middle of the field and getting yards. The Vikes took advantage of the inexperience and the Bengals had no one near the backs out of the backfield all day. The Bengals were forced to replace one rookie backer when Jordan Evans injured his forearm and was replaced by Brandon Bell, a rookie making his debut, before Evans returned.  

Running back Jerick McKinnon was wide open on a 41-yard on a swing pass and even when he wasn’t he caused problems. He drew a third-down pass interference call on linebacker Vincent Rey and that set up Keenum’s 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs with 6:47 left in the half that made it 24-0.

That showed you how the Bengals’ injuries gave this one more of a pre-season finale feel to the game. Diggs was working against slot corner Tony McRae on one of his first snaps since being signed from the practice squad a few weeks ago.

Newman bedeviled his own team with his first pick of the season early in the second quarter when he jumped a route to LaFell and became the fourth 39-year-old to ma Nick Perry Jersey ke a pick in a game.

 

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It is downright eerie when the Bengals play for pride Sunday in Minnesota (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) while the Vikings play for play-off position. The Bengals might as well be playing their play-off selves during Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s final five seasons at Paul Brown Stadium.

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2017 Bengals vs. 2013 Bengals

Mike Zimmer said it.

In his reunion with the Cincinnati scribes this week via conference call, he allowed when he watched tape of the Bengals he said it was like watching his Vikings play defense.

Of course it should.

 When Zimmer arrived in 2008 after Joe Biagini Jersey  the Bobby Petrino fiasco in Atlanta (and every day Bengals fans should sink to their knees and thank God for egos and motorcycles), he not only changed Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  the culture of an offense-first franchise, he also put in the place the defensive scheme that his third-down guru Paul Guenther draws up today with his own wrinkles, complete with their pioneering Double A Gap Blitz.

But it is downright eerie when the 5-8 Bengals play for pride Sunday in Minnesota (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) while the Vikings play for play-off position. The Bengals might as we bell playing their play-off selves from when the defense was the first name in the Bengals’ two division titles and four post-season berths from 2009-2013 in Zimmer’s final five seasons at Paul Brown Stadium.

Eerie? Not only are the styles similar with a relentless front four and versatility in the back end, but the numbers are right there, too. Injuries have robbed Guenther of his starting linebackers and cornerbacks, stealing what a month ago looked to be Sunday’s intriguing showdown of two top defenses coached by the student and the teacher.

But Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s short-handed scouting report conjures up what he faces every day in practice when the Bengals are healthy.

“They’re as good as we’ve seen this year,” Lazor said. “Some of their guys have been there three plus years and you can see that. They play very smart. They’ve got no holes. They rush four and play coverage well, or when they break a blitz, th Justin Smoak Jersey ey bring it. A pretty heft blitz … With this defense they don’t try to trick you. You’re going to have to out-execute them.”

Lazor also could have been describing Zimmer’s last season in Cincinnati. Go back to Zimmer’s next-to-last Bengals home game when they played, of course, the Vikings in their last road game without Zimmer as their head coach.

Dec. 22, 2013.

The Bengals went into the game 9-5 commanding the AFC North with Zimmer’s defense that would finish third in the league in yards allowed and fifth in points allowed with a suffocating third-down defense at 30 percent, good for second in the NFL. And it complemented quarterback Andy Dalton’s No. 10 offense that would finish sixth in scoring.

Adam Zimmer with the Bengals in 2013.

Fast forward to Sunday. The Vikes are sailing to a seed at 10-3 allowing the third fewest points and third fewest yards with the league’s No. 1 third-down defense at 28 percent. And Case Keenum or no Case Keenum they are seventh in offense and tenth in scoring.

The Bengals certainly hope that game at PBS four years ago doesn’t replay itself, a 42-14 Cincinnati victory. But they would like to keep the streak going that began that day, when Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis beat one of his former defensive coordinators turned head coach in Leslie Frazier. To this day Lewis is 6-0-1 in matchups against former aides.

Adam Zimmer, Zimmer’s son who is already an estimable 12-year NFL veteran and on his own fast track, coached the Bengals secondary that day in 2013. More fast forward. You can see the family resemblance in the Vikings linebackers he now coaches. Speedy and smart and seasoned in fundamentals. While young Zimmer is spending this week worried about the Bengals’ own speedy skill players in running backs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard and wide receiver Adrial Jeremiah Green, he can also see some of the similarities from four years ago.

“Strong up front and good in the back. We stopped the run and that’s what we’re doing here. We had three really good cornerbacks in Cincinnati and I think we do here,” Zimmer said. “The styles of the players are different, but the effectiveness is the same. Keep the points down, stop the run, that’s the big thing, and get set up well for third down. Put pressure on the passer. They rushed the passer well and stopped the run and that’s what we’re doing here.”

Just like the Bengals gave up nothing on third down in that ’13 season at 30 percent, the Vikings are replicating it with a league-best 28 percent. Dalton has seen it.

     “The way they play tight coverage, plus some of their blitz schemes that they have — maybe it’s some of the double-A  that they do,” Dalton said. “They try to get you off (balance) a little bit and try to confuse you with what they are doing. I think that’s a big reason why they’ve been really successful on third downs.”

 A big reason is the versatility that both Zimmer and Guenther seek in a nickel package they love to use. Enter one of the guys Adam Zimmer coached in Cincinnati, cornerback Terence Newman. Newman is still rolling at 39, but now he’s more like the Bengals’ Chris Crocker of ’13 after Leon Hall tore his Achilles’ halfway through the season. If Newman’s not the nickel corner in the slot, then he could be at safety in the nickel or base. It was Crocker who was the man when Hall was sidelined and the Bengals held the Pats’ Tom Brady to 1-for-12 on third down in the 13-6 Zimpiece of Oct. 6, 2013.

“Terence can still cover well, but he’s playing all over for us,” Zimmer said. “He’s so smart, he can play any position on defense. That’s what Chris gave you after Leon got hurt. When Leon got hurt, he was the best nickel in the  Josh Donaldson Jersey league.”

Terence Newman, in 2013 for the Bengals,has inherited Chris Crocker’s role in Minnesota.

Like Zimmer’s Bengals ’13 secondary, the Vikes have blanketed wide receivers with the press coverage Dalton sees. Two weeks ago no Falcons receiver had more than three catches including a two-catch masterpiece on Julio Jones courtesy of cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Or, if old friend Marvin Jones nicked him for 109 yards in a win o Toronto Blue Jays ver Detroit, nobody else did anything else and Golden Tait had just seven yards on four catches. Straight from a 2013 Bengals practice, Washington head coach Jay Gruden worked against Zimmer a few weeks ago and he didn’t get more than four catches from a wide receiver.

 Also bringing that versatility is safety Harrison Smith, a second-year player in that ’13 game who has flourished under Zimmer, a guy that Adam Zimmer says is “a one of a kind player.”

“He’s a good at blitzing, he can cover man, he’s extremely smart, one of the smartest guys we have. He can do it all,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer saw a one-of-a-kind player in Bengals WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Between his nickel backers in Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, he thinks he’s got that.

“Anthony Barr is one of the best linebackers in the league. He can run, he can cover, he can rush the passer, he’s physical,” Zimmer said. “Kendricks is really a great cover player. He’s got tremendous instincts and sees the ball. (They’re) a combination of Burfict, a guy that just did it all when I was there.”

Zimmer sees that type of dominance in right end Everson Griffen, one off the NFL sack lead with 13 and Bengals left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi’s biggest challenge of the season.

“Energy all the time,” Adam Zimmer said. “He really gets after the passer, but he’s a team-first guy. He helps on the run a JA Happ Jersey nd he runs those stunts inside that outside guys don’t always like to run.”

The way the Vikes approach the run is also similar in the way those ’13 Bengals did it. Adam Zimmer says Linval Joseph is the best nose tackle he’s ever seen, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t like what Domata Peko did in Cincy. He cleared the way for the linebackers.

Guenther’s problems on Sunday in this battle of blueprints are that he’s down to his new linebackers. But Mike Zimmer said it. There are enough of his guys still playing (safeties George Iloka and Shawn Williams, ends Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap, nose tackle Pat Sims) that will make it more than interesting.

“Yeah, they’re my guys,” Mike Zimmer said. “That’s why I know it’s going to be a tough game.”

 

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George Iloka broke in under Mike Zimmer.

This how Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer changed the Bengals’ culture on defense:

Carlos Dunlap won’t pick up the phone to call Zimmer. But he’ll still sing his praises.

“Not a very friendly guy,” Dunlap recalled this week. “I feel like he helped me as a young player. Very blunt. He told me what I needed to work on. There was no gray area. Very adamant. You won’t play until you fix it. There’s your motivation.”

Zimmer’s motivation Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) against his old team is even starker than that. A win means his second NFC Central title in three years. Sure, great to see everybody, but …

“I had a great six years with everybody there,” Zimmer said this week to the Cincinnati scribes. “Marvin was always great to me and my family, and the Browns, and the players. There are still a lot of play Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey ers there that were there when I was there. It’ll be a nice thing, but we have to go out and play football, and play the right way this week.”

When Marvin Lewis arrived Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap  as head coach in 2003, he transformed everything but the defense. While the offense and special teams flourished, the defense finished 28-29-28-30-27 in the five seasons before Zimmer arrived. With Zimmer and Paul Guenther at the helm during the next decade, they’ve finished below No. 12 just three times.

This is how Zimmer changed the culture:

“Tough love,” said safety George Iloka. “The way my daddy was. I don’t need all that mushy stuff.”

It was Iloka that Zimmer grabbed out of a DBs meeting in during training camp and told him to get his butt upstairs into his office. He wanted to talk. Iloka was already in the dog house after breaking his hand swinging on a helmet in training camp. He wasn’t playing, but the thinking was he was still going to be the starter once the real games started.

But Zimmer asked him, ‘Why aren’t you playing?” and when Iloka showed him the cast Zimmer said, “What does that mean? Tape up that thing and let’s go. If you think you’re starting because of a couple of good practices in minicamp and OTAs and training camp, you’re mistaken.  You better get out there.”

“That’s the PG-13 version,” said Iloka with a nod to Zimmer’s creative vocabulary. “I think it was the last pre-season game and I taped it up, took some pain pills, and it worked out … I appreciate him having me go out there. You’ve got to. One thing I learned about playing in this league, you have to play hurt … I expect myself and everybody else to play hurt. There’s only so many guys on the team. There’s only 46 on game day. They’re going to need you.”

Even though the Bengals may have up to seven defensive starters out against the seventh best offense in the league, that’s why Zimmer thinks it’s going to be a tough game. He still considers Dunlap, Iloka, right end Michael Johnson, tackle Geno Atkins, and safety Shawn Williams as “my guys,” and to him that means they’ll play hard. One of the week’s themes is how Zimmer instills almost a blind loyalty into his players and this is why:

Johnson, an Alabama native and a Texas resident who once played in Tampa Bay, found himself visiting the Vikes on a free-agent tour that led back to Cincinnati. Johnson knew there were only two reasons he would ever go to the NFL’s Ice Station Zebra.

Michael Johnson once visited Mike Zimmer’s Ice Station Zebra.

“An away game and Mike Zimmer,” Johnson said.  “One, he’s a good coach. He coaches every position,” Johnson said. “And he coaches everybody the same.”

These guys playing Sunday don’t know anything but a Zimmer-Guenther crafted defense. The kids who are pla Custom Twins Jersey ying learned it from Guenther, Zimmer’s chief lieutenant.  The old-timers like Dunlap and Atkins (2010), Johnson (2009) and nose tackle Pat Sims (2008) have never been ranked lower than 22 while being in the top 11 five times.

This how Zimmer changed the culture and this is why he thinks it’s going to be a tough game. Maybe out of a sense of loya Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey lty:

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“He told me the things he expected out of me the same way he talked to the older guys and the Pro Bowlers,” Iloka said. “He’s consistent. He won’t settle for anything less than your best. You have to give him your best.

“A lot of my game is from the things he taught me,” he said. “As a player you gravitate to any person or coach who is able to bring the best out of you. That’s just human beings in general. You fa customized minnesota twins jersey cheap ll in love with a person who brings the best out of you, you better gravitate toward them.”

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Marvin Lewis will only talk about Sunday. If the Marvin Lewis Era is dow Women’s Authentic Personalized New York Yankees Home White Baseball Jersey n to its last three games, you wouldn’t know it. He checked in with the media after Friday’s walk-through and shrugged off any questions about a future with a contract.
“My future is Sunday. Just win the game,” Lewis said. “You get paid to do a job.”
Even though Lewis talks to Bengals president Mike Brown every day, he has apparently not yet had “The Talk.” It will be recalled the last time Lewis was in this situation during the 4-12 season in 2010, he had the epiphany that he wanted to stay during a run the Thursday morning before the last game. Asked if he’s had such a moment yet he said, “I’m not going to tell you.”
“At some point we’ll have a conversation,” Lewis said of meeting with Brown.
His staff is also waiting.
“They’re good coaches. They’ll be fine,” Lewis said.
LEWIS CUTS BALONEY:  Another game, another player on injured reserve. For the second straight week a Bengal starter saw his season end and replaced by a practice squad player. Friday it was middle linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring) replaced by rookie Brandon Bell, on the squad all year after signing a free-agent deal out of Penn State.
With starting outside linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil already out, that leaves backup veteran Vincent Rey left with three rookies in Bell, Jordan Evans, and Hardy Nickerson. Look for Nickerson to start in the middle with Evans and Rey flanking him, which has to be of major concern since youthful mistakes were at the core of allowing 482 yards last Sunday to the NFL’s last-ranked offense.
“It just wasn’t the linebackers,” Lewis said. “No area was l Custom Athletics Jersey eft unscathed.”
Lewis was unhappy with one of the post-game explanations of the blowout. A lack of energy.
“That’s baloney,” Lewis said. “We had top speeds in practice. We had 20 mile-per-hour practice guys (on the GPS) on Thursday as we normally do. Like this week. It’s a mental copout. They didn’t come up with that themselves. Somebody stuck those words in their mouths. It not going to be me. Lack of execution. I can put those words in their mouths.”
Lewis knows A.J. Green and Andy Dalton can’t have another performanc custom mlb jersey e like last Sunday on the road against the NFL’s No. 3 defense. Dalton compl Custom Yankees Jersey eted less than half his passes at 14 of 29 and Green had a couple of drops and a fumble.
“We’ve got to catch the ball down the fie oakland athletics custom jersey ld. We’ve got to make accurate throws down the field. They have to go win the game. They have to keep us in the game. That’s why they are who they are.”
INJURY REPORT: Starting running back Joe Mixon (concussion) and starting safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) were listed as questionable after going full Friday. Also out besides the backers is starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion). Plus, even though he went full Friday, back-up guard/center T. J. Johnson (pectoral) was listed as doubtful. Everyone else is good to go.

Top 50 Moments: Bengal custom Yankees jersey s blank NFC Central champ Vikes to eye AFC Central lead

The r Men’s Authentic Personalized Oakland Athletics Home White Baseball Jersey ampaging Viking are 10-1 and headed to the Super Bowl next month. But a funny thing happened new york yankees custom jersey  on the way to the big game on Dec. 2, 1973 at Riverfront Stadium. They run into the Bengals’ defensive juggernaut and are shut out in stunning fashion for the first time in 12 years and 160 games, 27-0.

The rampaging Vikings are 10-1, already NFC Central champs, and headed to the Super Bowl nex Women’s Authentic Personalized New York Yankees Home White Baseball Jersey t month. But a funny thing happened on the way to the big game on Dec. 2, 1973 at Riverfront Stadium. They run int Men’s Authentic Customized Oakland Athletics Road Gray MLB Jersey Sale o the Bengals’ defensive juggernaut locked in a desperate three-way race in the AFC Central and are shut out in stunning fashion for the first time in 12 years and 160 games, 27-0, as the 8-4 Bengals are poised to go into next week’s game against the Browns tied with the Steelers for first place and barely in front of 7-3-2 Cleveland. After Bengals cornerbacks Ken Riley and Lemar Parrish shut out dangerous wide receiver John Gilliam and the front seven holds presumptive NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Chuck Foreman to 36 yards rushing and chases Hall-of-Fame scrambler Fran Tarkenton out of the pocket to the bench in the fourth quarter, head coach Paul Brown realizes the heavily-favored Vikes were actually at a disadvantage. “I’ve been in the spot before where we had already won it. It’s a loss that didn’t hurt them, but we were fighting for our lives. It’s a seething situation that’s very difficult … The defense was the keynote of the game. That’s their world when they can shut out a team they respect.” Miffed that he loses his starting job this season, veteran linebacker Ken Avery fuels the Bengals’ second shutout ever when he fills in for the injured Ron Pritchard and forces two huge turnovers.

The first one late in the first half drives Vikings running back Ed Marinaro from the game with a hip injury when Avery runs past blocking back Bill Brown and separates the handoff from Marinaro. Parrish, who already in his career has scored on an interception, kick return, and punt return,  picks up the ball and races 23 yards with the fumble for his incredible ninth touchdown in his fourth season on defense. “I’m always thinking six, baby,” Parrish says after he gives the Bengals a 10-0 half-time lead. Then early in the third quarter Avery pops the ball from the unfortunate Brown after he makes a seven-yard catch down the middle and linebacker Bill Bergey makes a leaping catch off the rebound at the Vikings 40. On the next snap running back Essex Johnson runs a delay up the middle, cuts to the right, and outruns cornerback Nate Wright to the end zone for a 17-0 lead and Avery is left shaking his head at his missed tackle. “I got just enough,” Avery says and notes Bergey has made him look like a champ instead of a chump. “I always wanted the play-off money. This is the team that can do it and this is the year.”

That’s about all the Vikes can get. Of their 16 completions, 12 go to running backs as Gilliam fails to add to his line of 39 catches and 857 yards. Kicker Fred Cox can’t add to his NFL record 152 straight games scoring at least a point when he misses a 49-yard field goal. Naturally, the Bengals’ Jim Breech breaks his record 27 years later. Tarkenton is gone in th Custom Yankees Jersey e fourth quarter when Bob Berry mops up. Carl Eller, the Minnesota All-Pro defensive end, calls his team “a disgrace,” and says they should all be fined. “Astronomical,” Mike Reid says of the odds of shutting out Minnesota. Reid’s partner at D-Tac oakland athletics custom jersey kle, Ron Carpenter, agrees. “They don’t go that high.” But the zero is on the Riverfront scoreboard and the Bengals are about to go into first when Miami beats Pittsburgh tomorrow night. “No sacks, no fumbles, no interceptions,” says center Bob Johnson. “If you can do that against Minnesota you can do it against anybody.”

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George Iloka broke in under Mike Zimmer.

This how Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer changed the Bengals’ culture on defense:

Carlos Dunlap won’t pick up the phone to call Zimmer. But he’ll still sing his praises.

“Not a very friendly guy,” Dunlap recalled this week. “I feel like he helped me as a young player. Very blunt. He told me what I needed to work on. There was no gray area. Very adamant. You won’t play until you fix it. There’s your motivation.”

Zimmer’s motivation Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) against his old team is even starker than that. A win means his second NFC Central title in three years. Sure, great to see everybody, but …

“I had a great six years with everybody there,” Zimmer said this week to the Cincinnati scribes. “Marvin was always great to me and my family, and the Browns, and the players. There are still a lot of play Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey ers there that were there when I was there. It’ll be a nice thing, but we have to go out and play football, and play the right way this week.”

When Marvin Lewis arrived Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap  as head coach in 2003, he transformed everything but the defense. While the offense and special teams flourished, the defense finished 28-29-28-30-27 in the five seasons before Zimmer arrived. With Zimmer and Paul Guenther at the helm during the next decade, they’ve finished below No. 12 just three times.

This is how Zimmer changed the culture:

“Tough love,” said safety George Iloka. “The way my daddy was. I don’t need all that mushy stuff.”

It was Iloka that Zimmer grabbed out of a DBs meeting in during training camp and told him to get his butt upstairs into his office. He wanted to talk. Iloka was already in the dog house after breaking his hand swinging on a helmet in training camp. He wasn’t playing, but the thinking was he was still going to be the starter once the real games started.

But Zimmer asked him, ‘Why aren’t you playing?” and when Iloka showed him the cast Zimmer said, “What does that mean? Tape up that thing and let’s go. If you think you’re starting because of a couple of good practices in minicamp and OTAs and training camp, you’re mistaken.  You better get out there.”

“That’s the PG-13 version,” said Iloka with a nod to Zimmer’s creative vocabulary. “I think it was the last pre-season game and I taped it up, took some pain pills, and it worked out … I appreciate him having me go out there. You’ve got to. One thing I learned about playing in this league, you have to play hurt … I expect myself and everybody else to play hurt. There’s only so many guys on the team. There’s only 46 on game day. They’re going to need you.”

Even though the Bengals may have up to seven defensive starters out against the seventh best offense in the league, that’s why Zimmer thinks it’s going to be a tough game. He still considers Dunlap, Iloka, right end Michael Johnson, tackle Geno Atkins, and safety Shawn Williams as “my guys,” and to him that means they’ll play hard. One of the week’s themes is how Zimmer instills almost a blind loyalty into his players and this is why:

Johnson, an Alabama native and a Texas resident who once played in Tampa Bay, found himself visiting the Vikes on a free-agent tour that led back to Cincinnati. Johnson knew there were only two reasons he would ever go to the NFL’s Ice Station Zebra.

Michael Johnson once visited Mike Zimmer’s Ice Station Zebra.

“An away game and Mike Zimmer,” Johnson said.  “One, he’s a good coach. He coaches every position,” Johnson said. “And he coaches everybody the same.”

These guys playing Sunday don’t know anything but a Zimmer-Guenther crafted defense. The kids who are pla Custom Twins Jersey ying learned it from Guenther, Zimmer’s chief lieutenant.  The old-timers like Dunlap and Atkins (2010), Johnson (2009) and nose tackle Pat Sims (2008) have never been ranked lower than 22 while being in the top 11 five times.

This how Zimmer changed the culture and this is why he thinks it’s going to be a tough game. Maybe out of a sense of loya Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey lty:

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“He told me the things he expected out of me the same way he talked to the older guys and the Pro Bowlers,” Iloka said. “He’s consistent. He won’t settle for anything less than your best. You have to give him your best.

“A lot of my game is from the things he taught me,” he said. “As a player you gravitate to any person or coach who is able to bring the best out of you. That’s just human beings in general. You fa customized minnesota twins jersey cheap ll in love with a person who brings the best out of you, you better gravitate toward them.”

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This Day in Bengals History – December 16, 1973

HOUSTON – Even though his team wins today’s season finale in the flat atmosphere of the Astrodome that isn’t as quite as dead as the 1-13 Oilers team it hosts by a 27-24 count, Bengals head coach Paul Brown is livid. He can’t believe his team nearly kicked away the AFC Central tit Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey le and Sunday’s first-round playoff berth at the Ora customized minnesota twins jersey cheap nge Bowl against Don Shula’s defending Super Bowl champion Dolphins. Marty Williams of the Dayton Daily News reports that after a policeman shuts the door to the locker room during the cooling-off period before the media is allowed in, Brown can  Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap be heard delivering a screaming lecture. “He blistered us and we deserved it,” says center Bob Johnson. “We just weren’t ready to play.” “The pressure was on us,” Brown says. “They had two highly emotional men who were trying to show the old man he had made a mistake in trading them. And since this was probably Sid Gillman’s last game as coach, so I’m sure his players were trying to let him go out with a win. I could see all those things, but all our guys saw was their 1-12 record. That’s why I took a few minutes after the game to make a point. Maybe they’ll listen to me next time.”

Oilers running backs Paul Robinson and Fred Willis, traded away by the Bengals, have let the press know exactly how they feel about the old man. After ripping off 85 yards, Willis recounts how he told Brown, “‘Look, I’m tired of your ridiculous excuses. Play me or don’t.’ He traded me the next day. He should have t Custom Mets Jersey raded me where he wouldn’t see me twice every year … I’m on the worst team in football. He saw to that. Yet I’m still making yardage.” When Robinson gets his 100th yard of the day, it’s on a one-yard run that cuts the lead to 27-24 with 3:34 left. But Brown has the l Custom Twins Jersey ast word. The Bengals could have easily left the As custom mlb jersey trodome with two 1,000-yard rushers. In fact, Essex Johnson reaches it with three different runs but they are wiped away by two penalties and a five-yard loss on his last carr Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey y of the season, leaving him with 997. And Boobie Clark falls just 12 yards shy on a day that quarterback Ken Anderson has a career day with 293 yards on 15 of 23 dart throwing.

Still, after Brown’s lecture you can hear a pin drop instead of champagne popping. Even voluble linebackers coach Vince Costello can just manage, “All I can say is thank God for Isaac Curtis.” Curtis finishes off one of the greatest rookie seasons in NFL history with touchdown catches of 77 and 67 yards that stake the Bengals to a 27-10 lead, giving him nine touchdowns and nearly 19 yards per his 45 new york mets custom jersey  catches. The 77-yarder comes on Anderson’s 60-yard rainbow that finds gold in Curtis’ fingertips. The 67-yarder travels about 10 yards in the air and Curtis makes everybody in the secondary miss him before he finishes it off. “After I had run my route I looked back and Kenny had been flushed out of the pocket,” Curtis says. “I just kept trying to move forward and he finally saw me.” A broken play, but the Bengals don’t break their date with Shula and the Dolphins.

 

 

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 Toronto Blue Jays The Bengals are facing another rough patch at linebacker in Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Minnesota. On Thursday their starting linebackers remained out and are destined for the in Josh Donaldson Jersey active list: outside linebackers Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Nick Vigil (ankle) and middle linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring). Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 31 Joe Biagini Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey 
That means at some point rookie Brandon Bell or third-year vet Carl Bradford comes off the practice squad to join veteran backup Vincent Rey and rookies Jordan Evans and Hardy Nickerson on the active 46 against the Vikings.

Reports surfaced that they eyed former Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga in Wednesday’s on-campus visit but that’s apparently all it w Joe Biagini Jersey as.
It’s been tough since Burfict got concussed on a blind-side block Dec. 4 against Pittsburgh. When he left with six minutes left, the Steelers scored both times they had the ball and the next week the Bears scored six times on their first nine possessions.
Vikings Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph, who has yet to practice this week, looms as a dangerous threat to that middle of the field.
On t Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey he good side, running back Joe Mixon  (concussion), cornerback Darqueze Dennard (knee), and Tyler Kroft (knee) returned limited Thursday after missing Wednesday.  Running back Giovani Be JA Happ Jersey rnard (knee) was  Justin Smoak Jersey limited a second straight day.