What we're quickly finding out with social distancing is that it's not feasible long-term at all regardless of how contained the virus is or isn't atm. Unemployment numbers are already spiking to Great Depression levels because of this. People are literally risking being evicted from their homes and being forced to fend for themselves on the streets because of this shit (my company has already started furloughing some of it's employees which needless to say no one is happy about). The government is under A LOT of pressure to get this resolved quickly and get the economy back up and running ASAP. Do I think it's feasible to say the virus will be contained in a month's time? Not likely but you can't keep people away from their jobs for 18 months either like some are suggesting. If 18 months from now the quarantine is STILL happening we're going to have a lot more threats to society on our hands than just COVID-19 (for example increased aggression due to frustration and quite possibly rioting, maybe even starvation in some extreme cases).
Apparently there was a bidding war for Bell that the Browns, Bengals, Saints, and Cowboys were involved in. The Bengals just came out on top.
Hurts's NFL ceiling is Kordell Stewart (and that's being generous). His floor frighteningly is Akili Smith. Any team that takes him will have to convert their offense to heavy read-option just to accommodate him. The Bengals don't run that kind of offense (nor do I think Taylor has any desire to do so). I'm not against taking Chase Young (though Young and Burrow are BOTH difference makers) but Hurts would be an absolutely awful pick (especially at 33 where the Bengals are picking in the second round, there's going to be far better players than Hurts available at that pick). If they take Chase at 1 QB shouldn't be addressed at all for the rest of the draft (unless somebody like Jordan Love takes a fall into the later rounds).
It will be interesting to see how things kind of shift in the West End once the new FC Cincinnati stadium going up there is built. Needless to say the West End is kind of a strange place to build a stadium.
I looked at this account. He's predicted Jason Peters to the Bengals as well.
One thing the Bengals have not done with Price yet is tried him at RG. That was the position he was at his best at in college so if they try him at that spot they just may be able to salvage him somewhat. His biggest issue since he's been in the league is that he just can't stay healthy. Last year he missed most of TC due to plantar fasciitis (and that clearly still bothered him during the season). The year before that he tore his bicep over-exerting himself on the bench press at the Combine and then sprained his ankle in week 2 of the season which led to him missing 7 weeks. And every single time he's come back from injury he's looked downright uncomfortable.
Hurts would be a terrible choice (especially if they trade up and give away draft capital for him). Good athlete but not franchise QB material and too limited as a passer. I'd rather stick with Dalton in the final year of his contract or tank with Finley than go that route. If they take Chase Young (which I'd say is VERY unlikely to happen) just don't address QB at all for the rest of the draft. Nobody else you could get in this class will make up for missing out on Burrow with the exception of Tua (assuming he's healthy).
If that's the case and his kids are making all of these decisions (with input from Taylor and Tobin I'm sure) that's definitely a good sign.
Hell, even the most ghetto parts of Cincinnati (Over-the-Rhine) have improved significantly over the years (considering that area used to be the epicenter for racial crime).
Where have you heard this? I've heard the Bengals are interested in Jason Peters and Cameron Wake but nothing about trading for Gabe Jackson or Trent Williams. Given what happened with Cordy Glenn last year I could see the Bengals looking at Trent's year-long standoff with WAS last year as a red flag in regards to his commitment to football. Plus he hasn't played in a over a year now so who knows what kind of shape he'll be in.
NO. Cam is damaged goods (there's a reason why the Panthers released him). Signing him would derail all the progress the team has made this off-season. Even if he is healthy he wouldn't be a long-term solution and would likely command a sizable contract (not to mention Fields and Lawrence would be a complete pipe dream with Cam in Cincinnati). It's Burrow or bust at this point at QB in Cincinnati (Burrow is who the fans want, anybody else under center next year wouldn't be received well at all).
The Browns already signed two starting caliber safeties in Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo so they weren't likely to sign Bell. The Bengals were rumored to be interested in adding safety depth after Clayton Fejedelem went to the Dolphins since they run a lot of three safety looks to cover their lack of depth and talent at LB. Bell gives them even more flexibility to do that. Great signing. I was expecting them to land Reshad Jones (that's who I heard they were interested in) but Bell is younger than Jones so I definitely take it.
This is an incredible depth signing. He can cover TEs which is something the Bengals have been sorely missing for years. They're doing work this off-season transforming that defense.
May this virus be banished to the depths from whence it came ASAP. Also the NCAA at the very least needs to push back the start of the season depending on how long the social distancing mandate lasts.
Now that Cam has been cut and is no longer saddled with that awful contract he's going to be more enticing to teams. That being said he's highly injury-prone whereas Dalton has been durable for most of his career so Andy does have Cam beat in that regard. Both of them are under the stigma that their best days may be behind them at this point. Jameis, I think the view around the league is that he turns the ball over way too much to be viewed as a trustworthy starter right now. If he gets signed it's going to be as a backup. Otherwise he wouldn't still be available.
Ideally they'd get him to restructure his contract if it comes to this but Dalton would be an excellent mentor for Burrow if he does end up sticking around.
Go back and watch the film. Delpit is an elite cover guy but as an open field tackler he's downright embarrassing at times. That's not the type of skillset you want at the SS position. Delpit is a center field guy much more suited for the FS position (and Bates currently already occupies that spot). Delpit is the better safety no question but Fuller would be a quality pick in the later rounds AND would be far more suited for the SS spot than Delpit.
In regards to the mock I'm not a huge fan of the Delpit pick. I'd much rather have Patrick Queen in the second if he's there. LB is the biggest need on the team and Delpit plays the same position as Bates (good coverage guy, awful tackler, basic FS skillset) so he likely wouldn't start, at least not right away because he doesn't have the right skillset to replace Shawn Williams (who is a box safety). So I would go with either Queen or Kenneth Murray in the second if they happen to be there and make a move to take Jordan Fuller later in the draft (Fuller IMO is one of the most complete safeties in this draft and can interchange between both spots whereas Delpit is only a fit for the FS position).
In regards to TE don't rule out a Tyler Eifert return. The longer he goes without much of a market in FA the more likely he is to return on a team friendly deal since he has a good relationship with the team and likes it in Cincinnati (and his presence significantly improves the TE room).
I know Carton left because he was struggling with his mental health but what's the deal with Gaffney? Was he threatened by the arrival of Towns or something (considering he announced he was leaving OSU right after Towns made his decision)?
A 9-month quarantine is too risky (hell, Ohio's stay at home order only goes until April 6th because I'm sure DeWine understands that the longer he keeps people away from their jobs the more likely he's going to have an increasingly agitated situation on his hands). People are being forced to file for unemployment because of this. If they drag this out for that long with no resolution in sight agitation levels are going to rise and people will start rioting. Not being able to work means no income and the longer people have no income coming in the less likely they'll be able to pay off their mortgages which means they could be evicted from their homes. The government is asking for trouble if they force people into a long-term quarantine. By that point society could be facing a lot more threats than just COVID-19.
This would be a huge win for Holtmann and Co. if he picks OSU. Recruiting against the likes of Coach K is a daunting task for any college hoops coach.
Quinn is also a horrible game manager and has only gotten worse in that regard since the 28-3 meltdown in the SB. That being said part of the problem with him last year was him trying to call the defense himself at the beginning of the year. Once he handed the keys over to Raheem Morris the defense got a lot better.
Musberger was gold throughout the 2002 season. Basically equivalent to what Gus Johnson is now. Didn't care much for Gary Danielson as the color guy with Brent though (though he was much better back then than he is now). 2002 was a good year for OSU football commentary considering they had Musberger for the majority of their regular season games and topped it off with the legendary Keith Jackson in the NC.
He and his wife apparently are fine and are recovering from their symptoms with no setbacks thus far so that's one piece of good news.