Dave Boling of The News Tribune gives us the rundown on the Cincinnati Bengals, who at 4-2 are playing pretty good football right now.
The Bengals are led by rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, a player the Seahawks strongly considered taking with the team’s No 25 overall pick in this year’s draft, and receiver A.J. Green, who leads all rookies with 29 catches and four touchdowns.
Boling: Credit coach Marvin Lewis for changing the stripes on these Bengals. Lewis is a rare coach who has stayed employed by the same club for nine years despite having only two seasons above .500.
At the end of last year’s 4-12 campaign, Lewis’ return was in doubt, with uncertainty reported on both sides. But Lewis came out of his meetings with president Mike Brown, and after his own assessment of all the things that went wrong, announced: “I will fix us.”
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Apparently he has, but the fix required widespread change.
“I told the football team before I ended the season last year that if I were standing before them to start the new year, there would be a new look to this football team,” Lewis said via conference call Wednesday. “We’ve made those changes and we’ve moved forward and we feel good about it.”
Houston running back Arian Foster reveals in NFL Network Rich Eisen’s podcast that the Seattle Seahawks actually contacted him in the 2009 draft and considered selecting him with one of their two, seventh-round picks. However, Foster was disappointed that he had not been taken earlier and had a poor attitude over the phone, so Seattle selected defensive end Nick Reed and tight end Cameron Morrah with their two picks instead.
Foster then signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent, and of course turned things around and won the rushing title last year. The Texans run the zone blocking scheme and Foster would have been a perfect fit in Seattle’s offense. Go figure.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Richard Sherman gets the nod at cornerback with Walter Thurmond done for the year.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that two of the top rookie receivers in the league, Seattle’s Doug Baldwin and Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, have taken two, complete different paths to stardom.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle breaks down Seattle’s failed scoring chance on second and goal from the 2-yard line against Cleveland.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at blitz statistics for NFC West teams.
Adam Schein of Fox Sports believes Pete Carroll has done a terrible job of rebuilding the Seahawks.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Inquirer writes that with Cedric Benson serving a one-game suspension because he violated the league’s personal conduct policy, Bernard Scott will get his first start of the season.
Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats gives Seattle a 48 percent win probability against the Bengals.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post takes a closer look at the possibilities of the use of the “Moneyball” personnel approach being used in baseball and how it applies to the NFL.