Where Do They Go From Here; Bengals

After our divisional season review podcasts, we are now looking to the future and asking where each franchise goes from here. We put ourselves in the chair of being GM or the owner and going over what moves we would make in order to win a Superbowl, make the playoffs or just regain some pride…

Today we take a look at the Cincinnati Bengals . Don’t forget to check out the AFC North podcast where we talk to a fan and get their thoughts on them!

How Did Last Season Go?

After 5 weeks, you were wondering if it had finally all come together for the Red Rifle and Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. But no, it wasn’t to be.

From those highs of a 5-3 record in the AFC North prior to their bye week, to the lows of hiring Hue Jackson, things quickly got out of hand *insert Ron Burgundy GIF* ending in a 6-10 end of season record.

Andy Dalton got injured week 12 vs Cleveland which saw his season end prematurely and the replacement Jeff Driskell was not asked to do anything spectacular. Coupled with that, a tough schedule after the bye week (Saints, Ravens, a good Browns x2, Chargers and Steelers in the schedule).

The season will probably be mainly remembered for the Cleveland trollings from Baker and Randall with Hue Jackson on the sidelines and also the end of Marvin Lewis’s tenure as the head coach after 16 seasons as head coach (and no playoff wins).

Bengals had some injuries to deal with on both sides of the ball to their main talents including Joe Mixon, AJ Green, Vontaze Burfict, Nick Vigil, Carl Lawson and Dre Kirkpatrick which didn’t help their cause but once Dalton went down, so did the curtains. Despite that, there were bright spots on offence for Mixon and also Tyler Boyd who both had 1000 yard seasons rushing and receiving respectively whilst John Ross somehow managed to get himself into the endzone 7 times also.

Housekeeping

Long term Head Coach Marvin Lewis has been relieved of his duties and Zac “Sean McVay disciple” Taylor has been brought in to invigorate the team.

The Bengals have the 9th most cap space and pick 11 in the first round of the draft. 2 more picks in the top 100 (42 & 72) means that they will have to hit on a lot of their selections.

With Zac Taylor coming in as the new HC, it will be interesting to see how much of that he is allowed to play with and how much trust he is given in compiling the squad he wants.

Outgoings

You shouldn’t see too many heading for the exit door in terms of players but one to keep an eye on is Andy Dalton; If Taylor decides to cut ties with the Red Rifle, he would cost absolutely nothing to toss to the gutter.

Incomings

Ryan Tannehill, Nick Foles, Tyrod Taylor or Teddy Bridgewater could plausibly be the week 1 starter for the Bengals should Andy Dalton be cut. Yikes. If you put a gun to my head (and let’s face it, talking about the Bengals QB situation can drive you to that) I would say Dalton stays. If he goes, I expect Tannehill to come in.

The Bengals will probably address the defence in the draft as well as the Free Agency considering the state of affairs. I would expect a number of players to come in via Free Agency but may be tough to attract the top end talent. But as Shane McMahon’s theme music would tell you, “money talks”.

Oh yeah and Zac Taylor is in at HC. A 35 year old who has never had experience as an OC in the NFL (did so at the College level for 1 year in 2016), let alone a Head Coaching position. It’s who you know that gets you a job, it’s what you know that keeps you there. I wonder how much Taylor knows.

The former Rams and prior to that, Miami Dolphins QB coach gets his shot at a head coaching gig and there are a wide range of outcomes for next year…

Outlook for Next Year

The aforementioned Zac Taylor needs to make a decision early at QB. It’s a no brainer in my eyes, but I wear glasses soooo….

If Dalton is cut by the Bengals, a transition year with a new QB could put the Bengals behind the 8 ball early. The good thing is that they are a run first team and I expect Mixon to carry the team on his back once again. They have the pieces on offence to make a challenge when all cylinders are on fire, especially with Dalton. Let’s not forget they were the pacemakers for the early part of last season. They have some pieces on defence too, but there is nothing screaming out at me about this team to say that they are going to be challenging for the division. I think the best outcome is the 6 seed with Dalton, without him, I don’t see them having a sniff. Don’t @ me. In terms of personnel, AJ Green will be 31 when the season starts and struggled with injury last season, so it’s not a reach to think he could fall off a cliff in terms of production, meaning Tyler Boyd, John Ross or any new offseason acquisitions will need to step up.

Prediction

I think the Bengals are not in the greatest of positions on any front. The only thing they do have going for them is age; going in to the season, they were the youngest team in the NFL with regards to average team age. In a division where a few teams are ascending, I’m not sure we can apply that statement to the Bengals.

Zac Taylor, despite Marvin Lewis’s long leash, may not be able to get too comfy and coming from the historically legendary coaching tree of Sean McVay (insert Ryan Reynolds The Proposal face palm plane GIF), the wonder if Mike Brown and the gang allow him time. I think it’s doomed personally.

4th place finish seems most likely. Main reason being the changes at HC and potentially at QB. You don’t see many teams making the playoffs where those 2 positions changed prior to the start of the season…

Again, don’t @ me.

Fantasy Football

Andy Dalton – QB2 – will go undrafted in 1QB leagues.

Joe Mixon – RB1 – Late 1st/early 2nd round pick

AJ Green – low WR 1 /high WR 2 – late 2nd/3rd round pick

Tyler Boyd – low WR 2/ high WR 3 – 5th / 6th round pick

John Ross – WR4/WR5 – may go undrafted in most leagues.

Tyler Eifert – Do I have to?

 

Podcast 51 – Week 7 Review + so much more!

Week 7 is done so Tim and Lee are here to recap all the highs and lows of all the games and some stinkers and stonkers.

Regular Tuesday segments include Jason Garrett corner, Full10Questions Quiz (with today’s guest, Tim Weston), Fantasy Waivers for week 8 (yes I know the waivers have already run :)!) and looking ahead to Thursday Night Football, which wont be a classic.

We also have big news regarding the podcast and our website so make sure you tune in!

You have 1 week left to get involved in our free NFL Jersey giveaway, head over to our twitter page and follow the instructions on our pinned tweet.

Podcast 28 – Britball Week Part 5 – Tamworth

In the penultimate stop on our tour of Britball, Coach Scott honours us with his presence and gives us the low down on the all conquering Prem North champions Tamworth Phoenix.

He breaks down what makes their team so dominant, paying homage to his coaching teams but also gives us insight into his adventures over the pond whilst also filling us in on the American Football University scene. He can be found on social media @fastboatcoach and @TamworthPhoenix.

Our final stop will be Tamworth’s opponents on Sunday, Sheffield with Coach Chesters.

Podcast 27 – Britball Week Part 4 – Manchester Titans

Ben Nuttall (@bnuttall11) joins us to talk about what it’s like being a player for a Britball team.


Everything from Flag to coaching, Ben tells us all about the main differences in this country between Flag football and full contact.

In the news, Jalen Ramsey had some kind words to say about the QBs in the league and we let you know about what’s coming up on the Full10Yards over the next couple of weeks.

Tomorrow sees our final stops on the Britball tour of the UK, hope you can join us!

Podcast 25 – Britball Week Part 2 – East Kilbride Pirates

The next stop on our tour of Britball sees Coach Davies of the U19 East Kilbride Pirates Team joining us to talk about Britball north of the border.

Very passionate about the youth game and about increasing participation at a youth level, Coach Davies discusses what’s like being in the middle of the chain.

How does the U19 team integrate with the adult setup and how do they get people involved? He also talks us through the weekly preparations ahead of their huge game a few days ago vs Manchester Titans U19s in the playoffs.

Next stop, we go behind the scenes with Roger Goodgroves!

Podcast 24 – Britball Week Part 1 – Bristol Aztecs

BRITBALL WEEK is HERE!

The first stop on our tour of the UK is Bristol. Coach Powles from the Bristol Aztecs joins us to talk about the pains of the Prem South and the dominance of the London Teams in Britball.

We discuss their season and what can be done to get more players involved in the game and how they encourage participation.

We have set up a JustGiving page to help support some of the groups in this country such as Double Coverage who help provide such information about the teams, the fixtures and announcements. head over to our fundraising page to help support the game here in the UK and all donations will mean you can enter some of the competitions listed on there!

Hope you enjoy it, next stop, East Kilbride. Mind the Gap!

Podcast 18 – MTMT10 – Cowboys

Globe trotter Gary Lowe (@intrepidgaz) joins us to talk about America’s team!

Live from a hostel laundry cupboard in Argentina, Gary is known as a bit of an NFL nerd so we put his knowledge to the test with Dak Prescott’s stats. We talk about the target share that walked out the door from 2017 and who is in line to pick up the slack.

Whilst it wasn’t quite a 1 hour rant by myself, we put the world to right with the Dallas Cowboys, including a great Texas impression by yours truly!

We cover the latest news at the top of the show and close out with my experience at a recent Britball game between the Aberdeen Roughnecks and the hosting Clyde Valley Blackhawks (check out our social media for some of the touchdowns!)

Enjoy!

Podcast 15 – Let’s get divisional

Good friend Lee Wakefield (@wakefield90) joins us as we take an early look at how the divisions could play out this year. We also run the rule over some end of season awards and decide whether or not Saquon Barkley is a shoo in for Offensive Rookie of the Year but also, why are the Quarterbacks so low in price?

(PS- Apologies for the sound difficulties you may hear in this podcast).