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Re: More Crazed Continuity: 2017 Offseason Edition

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April 12 2017, 5:46 PM 

Yes, I've gotten bored with all this, but here's a quote from the front office.

Greening of Green-Dalton Bengals
Geoff Hobson - Bengals.com - Posted Mar 31, 2017

While 20 of the 22 projected starters were on the roster last season, that includes their two leading receivers, two leading rushers, and two leading sackers. Only middle linebacker Kevin Minter and right guard Andre Smith have come from other clubs and Smith returns after a year hiatus interrupted his seven-year run as the Bengals starting right tackle.

“That is a pretty good barometer for maintaining continuity,” said Bengals vice president Troy Blackburn this week. “I don’t think the numbers support (massive change). The reality is you are going to see a lot of great players from last year on the roster starting and you are going to see almost every starter having been a guy on the team last year.”


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Greening-of-Green-Dalton-Bengals/e06295b2-ee52-4a8c-b640-41046749dff1

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Troy Pegging

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April 16 2017, 2:50 PM 

Couldn't you just see Mike and Carol Brady...

Errrrr excuse me. Troy and Kevin errrrr Katie Blackburn in bed like the Brady's used to do?

Troy: I think I'm going to say something great about your dad in the press tomorrow.

Kevin: That would be great...if you do that, I won't make you go sleep in the hole tonight.

Troy: Consider it done.


They are the premier Cincinnati Gay Couple, aren't they?


 
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Re: More Crazed Continuity: 2017 Offseason Edition

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May 15 2017, 5:27 PM 

Time to check back in after an absence. This one is a tour de force of twofers.

Bengals drop in NFL GM ranking
The Bengals still got some respect in this ranking thanks to how good they were during their five-straight winning seasons from 2011-2015.
Jason Marcum - Cincy Jungle - Apr 20, 2017, 7:00am EDT

The Bengals’ front office was among the NFL's best from 2010-15, which also happened to be one of the best stretches in franchise history.

The continuity and consistency of the front office helped propel Cincinnati into the playoffs for five straight years while keeping much of the roster intact. The Bengals also hit it big in the draft with guys like Geno Atkins, Clint Boling, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, George Iloka, Andy Dalton and Carlos Dunlap after Round 1. ...

Heading into the 2016 season, outside of having a new offensive coordinator in Ken Zampese, the Bengals were among the best franchises when it came to stability and continuity, two things this franchise has prided itself on under Marvin Lewis.


http://www.cincyjungle.com/2017/4/20/15360966/bengals-drop-in-nfl-gm-ranking

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Re: More Crazed Continuity: 2017 Offseason Edition

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May 15 2017, 5:32 PM 

Cincy Jungle never lets us down.

What the Bengals’ draft strategy says about the offensive line
The Bengals know their offensive line is a question mark this year, it was just a matter of how they wanted to mask its shortcomings.
John Sheeran - Cincy Jungle - May 4, 2017, 9:00am EDT

They brought back versatile (I say that word loosely) backups T.J. Johnson and Eric Winston to maintain their sense of continuity in the offensive line room. Then, they reached out to former first round pick Andre Smith and offered him starting money as Zeitler’s replacement at right guard. Smith is coming off a four game season in Minnesota, in which he was inconsistent at best when he started at right tackle for the Vikings, and then spent the remaining 12 weeks on Injured Reserve after injuring his triceps. While Smith brings familiarity to the offensive line having started there two years ago and the previous four years at right tackle, he shouldn’t exactly ease anyone’s worries when it comes to the questions about this year’s group up front. That’s especially true as he’s never played guard at the NFL level.


http://www.cincyjungle.com/2017/5/4/15535060/bengals-draft-says-about-offensive-line



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Re: More Crazed Continuity: 2017 Offseason Edition

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May 16 2017, 12:22 AM 

Continuity as in they won't win in the playoffs this year as they haven't the past quarter of a century.
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Re: More Crazed Continuity: 2017 Offseason Edition

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May 28 2017, 2:45 PM 

I'm just cherry picking this offseason. Probably missed 5 to 10 instances, at least.

Cincinnati Bengals: Analyzing the running back position
Kenn Korb - Stripe Hype - May 25, 2017

The Bengals have a ton of possible routes to go with this grouping they’ve assembled, many of which could work out positively for them.

They could mostly stand pat with what they’ve already had going. Assuming health for the pairing, Hill and Bernard have been at worst a decent one-two punch by multiple metrics, and keeping that continuity could be key with the losses on the offensive line likely to be an issue. Mixon could be brought in for spurts and planned for a bigger future role while keeping what has worked to a degree intact for now.


https://nflspinzone.com/2017/05/24/cincinnati-bengals-analyzing-the-running-back-position/


Continuity is the key that unlocks victory... yeah, right.

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Re: More Crazed Continuity: 2017 Offseason Edition

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June 5 2017, 6:37 PM 

I will always hate that overused word. Now it's applied to the defensive backfield again. A threefer.

The General in stripes
Geoff Hobson - Bengals.com - Jun 2, 2017

“It’s the old cliché,” says safety coach Robert Livingston. “The safeties are the quarterback back there, but it’s true. George is a tremendous calming influence who gets everybody lined up and makes sure everyone is on the same page.” ...

What Iloka is: the Bengals’ sixth-year safety (the most experience of any AFC North starting safety with his current team) who symbolizes how the Bengals have become one of the NFL’s more consistent defenses over the past decade with stay-at-home continuity. If they weren’t ranked in the top ten in total defense in 2009 and from 2011-13, then they’ve been ranked in the top 11 in scoring from 2014-16, including the franchise scoring record in 2015. ...

Now that he’s in his second season with his core guys, Iloka, Livingston says, is beginning “to spread his wings.” This kind of continuity just doesn’t grow on trees. According to the AFC North depth charts supplied by Ourlads.com, Iloka has started the most games at safety with his team in the division. ...

Iloka is counting on the continuity carrying the opening part of the season.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/The-General-in-stripes/1911753d-59a4-4775-8dd4-70039ddcb43d

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Re: More Crazed Continuity: 2017 Offseason Edition

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June 24 2017, 3:51 PM 

Don't ask me how I missed this ten long days ago. It was right there the whole time with the title broadcasting the familiar theme. Here's the entire piece.

Continuity boosts Bengals on both sides of ball

Paul Dehner Jr. - Cincinnati Enquirer - Published 11:36 a.m. ET June 14, 2017 | Updated 11:40 a.m. ET June 14, 2017


In recent years, continuity became as synonymous with the Cincinnati Bengals as striped helmets and playoff appearances. A monotonous orbit of the same people doing the same things filled these annual offseason training sessions concluding this week with minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium.

Continuity stood as one of the primary ingredients in the franchise formula.

While continuity still predominantly carries the day throughout this coaching staff and nucleus of players, last year saw a diversion from the norm on both offense and defense. An injection of new receivers entered the offense after Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu moved on to Detroit and Atlanta, respectively. Also, the defensive coaching staff underwent a complete changeover at the positional spots under coordinator Paul Guenther.

The club spent the offseason acclimating the new pieces more than building off a foundation. The defense started the season slow and lost half a year before finding a spot in the top three in points allowed the second half of the season.

When A.J. Green wasn’t dusting Darrelle Revis for 180 yards or lighting up the Miami Dolphins for 173, the Bengals offense struggled with its new receivers unable to win enough battles. During the second half of the season, contributions were more consistent by those not named Green.

Many other factors contributed to both of these trends – injuries to Tyler Eifert and Green the most notable – but they were real obstacles in 2016. Now, as the 2017 offseason program wraps this week, they’ve transformed into strengths. More precisely, they’ve returned to the old form of continuity.

“The biggest jump we are going to make is some of these younger guys that were playing last year having that year of experience,” Andy Dalton said. “If you look just in the receiver position group somebody like Cody Core, Alex Erickson and Tyler Boyd, those guys aren’t thinking about what the play is and now they are knowing this is how I run this route on different coverages and things like that. That’s an area we have taken a big jump.”

When Green went out for the year against Buffalo, the trio saw more opportunity, particularly Core. He finished the season with 17 receptions for 200 yards. The sixth-round pick out of Ole Miss was far from perfect but produced flashes. A converted safety, Core offered a raw skill set of big, fast and tough that drew in receivers coach James Urban. Now Urban believes he’s seeing the raw gradually erode with every practice.

“Do all you want out there but until you go out and make plays in a real game it’s not the same,” Urban said. “He got a lot of good experience. He’s worked extremely hard. It’s evident. He’s a better route runner. He’s in better physical condition. I am happy with where he is at.”

Urban offered similar sentiments about the speed of play witnessed from Boyd and Erickson. Granted, first-round pick John Ross and fourth-rounder Josh Malone must work into the fold, but the group of receivers comes into the year far more prepared to contribute in the opener.

The same could be said for the defensive coaching staff. Knowing expectations is half the battle. Defensive line coach Jacob Burney, linebackers coach Jim Haslett and defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle all now know how Guenther operates entering their second seasons together.

“They always say, go through a football season with somebody and you find out a lot about them,” Guenther said. “So, just kind of understand the strengths and weaknesses of the players. The coaches have a better understanding of the players, I have a better idea about the coaches.”

Guenther used what he learned from the first year together to make adjustments in how they meet and install, more efficient due to the familiarity. Last year was the first time he’d been through an entire staff change and admits without question he feels in a better place right now compared to the same time last year.

Will that mean beginning the season more like the end-of-season defense? Nobody can say for sure as the Bengals employ their fair share of new personnel pieces. But continuity does produce a hopeful smile.

“We’ll see,” he said.


http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2017/06/14/continuity-boosts-bengals-both-sides-ball/395998001/


Yes, Dehner has returned to his old form, and it does make me smile. That's a sixfer.

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