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The 2017 NFL Draft provides a warning for the Bengalsby Matt Minich on December 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images What Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky tell us about drafting Chase Young. Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky have each been infamous newsmakers this year in their own right. Garrett has been suspended for the remainder of the season and Trubisky has just been playing poorly, but not long ago they were the top two picks in 2017 NFL Draft—and that provides a lesson for the Bengals. I’ve written extensively about the idea of drafting a quarterback over the course of this season. Joe Burrow is a Heisman favorite and the likely top quarterback in next year’s draft. Despite his injury, Tua Tagovailoa is still in contention and Justin Herbert is still a dark horse candidate. Of course, the best player in college football is not a quarterback. It is Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, and few will argue against it. Young is a dominant pass rusher who has 16.5 sacks going into this weekend’s Big Ten Championship. In 2017, it was another defensive end who was the undisputed top dawg of the class: Garrett. After a one-win season, the Browns had the choice between Garrett and Trubisky, the man widely accepted as the top quarterback prospect. They chose Garrett and although they went on to 0-16 the following year, it was the right decision. At least it was the right decision between those two prospects. Trubisky was considered the top quarterback by most of the experts, but I would wager that he was not No. 1 on Andy Reid’s board for the Chiefs and he probably wasn’t at the top of Bill O’Brien’s board for the Texans either. Reid’s Chiefs traded up to take Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick and O’Brien’s Texans traded up to the 12th pick to take Deshaun Watson. I can’t say for sure about O’Brien, but Reid knew exactly what he was doing. When you throw in those names, the Browns were fantastically wrong to take Myles Garrett. Of course, Bengals fans will commiserate over not taking Mahomes with the ninth pick, but the fact of the matter is almost everybody with a pick in the top-nine was wrong to pass on Mahomes. The only exception is the Carolina Panthers, who selected Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey has been simply phenomenal and the Panthers had Cam Newton at quarterback. The Bengals are still the most likely team to hold the first-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but regardless of where they fall in the draft’s order they will have a decision to make. If there is a franchise quarterback in this class, they need to get him. That is the absolute top priority. Maybe it’s Burrow. Maybe it’s Tagovailoa or Herbert. It may even be Jordan Love or Jacob Eason. It doesn’t matter. Identify him and go get him. If Mahomes or Watson is there, you take them. If you don’t have the first pick, you do what you have to do to get to them. If the best you can find is Trubisky, just take the stud pass rusher. The trick is identifying who is a stud and who is a dud, and unfortunately the NFL doesn’t have the greatest track record with that.
Bengals News (12/6): Bounce backby John Sheeran on December 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports Even after his dropped touchdown, C.J Uzomah still managed to put together a solid performance vs. the Jets. Carrying that momentum into the final four games of the season will be crucial for the Bengals’ offense. Quick Hits: C.J. Uzomah bounces back, Andy Dalton looks for 200th touchdown passC.J. Uzomah's resilience helped the Bengals win their first game of the season last week. Andy Dalton’s future is uncertain. But right now he has a chance to make it look a whole lot better – The AthleticBack as the Bengals' starter, Dalton has four games to prove he's worthy of being an NFL starter next year — in Cincinnati or elsewhere. 2020 NFL draft order: Strength of schedule will play big role lateThe last month of the season could end up helping the Bengals in draft order. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon wants another 1,000 yardsJoe Mixon has his eyes on a big goal. Around the League The Expectations Index: How the 32 NFL teams are exceeding (or missing) preseason forecasts – The AthleticThe 49ers are the No. 1 exceeder of expectations — 5.3 wins better than the oddsmakers anticipated. Colin Kaepernick's November workout produces its first NFL signing, but not for the quarterback - CBSSports.comOne player involved in Colin Kaepernick's November workout has signed an NFL deal. Radio analyst Tim Ryan apologizes to 49ers players for Lamar Jackson commentsRadio analyst Tim Ryan offered a mea culpa to players and members of the 49ers organization Thursday for saying Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson's dark skin helps him conceal a dark football when using fake handoffs in Baltimore's zone-read-heavy offense. Patriots' Tom Brady makes light of toe, elbow injuriesAlthough he was limited in practice Thursday due to toe and elbow injuries, Tom Brady made light of the injuries Thursday night in an interview with Westwood One. Brady said he's feeling really good ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Finalists announced for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award - NFL.comThe NFL announced the eight finalists for the 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
Winning is importantby Matt Minich on December 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images Zac Taylor’s first win will do a lot more than improve the team to 1-11 While the national media was not confident in the Bengals coming into the season, many fans had high hopes that a new voice on the sideline would make them more competitive. Unfortunately, the Zac Taylor era in Cincinnati got off to a slow start. A very slow start. It wasn’t long until people started using the “T” word. It’s funny how fans talk about tanking, but all the coaches and players talk about it winning. Zac Taylor on what he wants to see from Andy Dalton over the next five games: "Just win. We just want to win. We just want to win. Just get us some wins."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) November 25, 2019 Andy Dalton: “My whole goal is to win, and I want to win every single game we play.” #Bengals— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) November 27, 2019 Many people talked about the Dolphins tanking even before the season started. Their front office has made moves that have certainly made the team worse in the short term, but Brian Flores and his staff have no intention of rolling over and dying on Sundays. His Dolphins have now improved to 3-9 on the season after defeating the Eagles this weekend. While losing games to set a team up for a franchise quarterback or a stud pass rusher like Chase Young may seem like a good idea on the outside, football is not as simple as collecting the most talented players. All you have to do to see that is travel 4 hours north on 71. Yes, it would be great to have Joe Burrow, but it would be fruitless to bring him into a losing culture. Winning is contagious, but so is losing. Coach Taylor and his staff should be spending the majority of their time instilling winning habits in this team. This will lay the groundwork for future success. Although there will be many new faces in the coming years, this group will be the foundation of the team moving forward. And some of the players who may not be part of the team’s long-term success will still play a role by helping to teach new players how things are done in Cincinnati. They need to know how to compete. They need to know how to win. That is a coach's biggest job. It is not all about Xs and Os and being able to outsmart the other guy on Sunday. That plays a role, but the most important part is knowing how to fight and compete for a tough win. While they are long out of the playoff picture, the Bengals can still establish these winning habits. And a win like they earned this Sunday can go a long way. You can teach a player just about anything, but even the most coachable player in the world needs to be rewarded at some point. They may start off believing in a coach and what he is teaching them, but a steady stream of losses can kill that coach’s credibility. The next thing you know, the player reverts to doing their own thing, because they have had success with it in the past. At that point the coach’s lack of credibility snowballs and it is not long before they lose the player or the team. Beating the New York Jets gives Taylor a leg to stand on. Now Taylor and staff can reference all of the little things their team did during the week to make the win happen. The players’ actions during the week and on gameday have now been reinforced and the coaches have gained credibility. Winning is important.
Bengals vs. Browns injury report: Sam Hubbard misses second straight practice, Cethan Carter returnsby John Sheeran on December 5, 2019 at 9:38 pm
Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports Tight end and defensive end will be interesting positions to monitor for the Bengals this week. The Bengals saw five players who were limited in yesterday’s practice get a full day’s worth of practice today. Tyler Eifert (rest), Cethan Carter (concussion), Nick Vigil (ankle), Shawn Williams (ankle), and Brandon Wilson (hand) went full today after each were limited with their respective injury, aside from Eifert who had his usual rest day. This is good news specifically for Carter, who missed last Sunday’s game with his concussion. Carter’s assumed return to the field will help since Drew Sample (ankle) will not play and it’s possible that Mason Schreck may not either. Schreck popped up on the injury report today with an illness and did not practice. Along with Sample, Geno Atkins (rest), A.J. Green (ankle), and Sam Hubbard (knee) all did not practice for the second day in a row. Green was seen doing some work on the side, which bodes well for him playing in the near future, just not for this week. Green’s return might come next week, which may also coincide with Hubbard’s return. Hubbard has now missed two practices with his knee injury and unless he’s at least limited tomorrow, we can pencil him out of this game. Not much changed for the Browns’ injury report. Baker Mayfield (hand/ribs) went full today, which should confirm has status for Sunday’s game after being limited yesterday. Chris Hubbard (knee) went limited after not participating yesterday. Odell Beckham Jr. (groin) and Jarvis Landry (hip) both remained limited like they were yesterday. Bengals and Browns Injury Report