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Broadcaster goes viral for unintentional sexual reference

Bengals line up for a field goal

Things got a bit weird during the broadcast of Friday night’s preseason game between the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals.

After the Bengals had to settle for a field goal early in the second quarter, one of the announcers from Local 12 in Cincinnati was talking about how much he admires when a quarterback stands in the pocket and delivers a pass knowing a big hit is coming. The announcer had an interesting way of expressing that admiration.

Oh boy. That was about as tough of a choice of words as you will ever see during a televised football game.

New name of Bengals stadium revealed

Mike Brown at a press conference

Cincinnati Bengals team president Mike Brown answers questions during a press conference announcing Zac Taylor as the 10th head coach in Cincinnati Bengals team history, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Credit: Kareem Elgazzar

The Cincinnati Bengals will no longer be playing their home games at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals announced on Tuesday that they have officially reached a new naming rights agreement for their stadium. It is now known as Paycor Stadium.

Paycor is a human resources company that is headquartered in Cincinnati. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes, the company has been the official HR provider of the Bengals since 2018.

Prior to the new naming rights deal, the Bengals were one of only three NFL teams to play in a stadium that was not named after a corporate sponsor. The only two remaining are Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Soldier Field in Chicago.

Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000 and was named after Bengals founder Paul Brown. Bengals president Mike Brown, Paul’s son, believes his father would have been in favor of the naming rights deal.

The rebranding for the Bengals’ home venue comes not long after one of their division rivals did the same.

Joe Burrow had unique way of completing conditioning drill

Joe Burrow on the sideline

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has been taking it easy during training camp so far after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix. But the 2021 AP Comeback Player of the Year still managed to participate in a team conditioning drill on Thursday.

Burrow’s appendectomy that he received prior to the start of training camp is not expected to keep him out of practice for a lengthy amount of time.

On Thursday, the Bengals were captured sprinting across their practice field during a conditioning drill. Burrow also participated, but with a twist.

Lined up near the opposite endzone, Burrow drove a golf cart across the field alongside his teammates who were on foot. He then turned around and drove back to finish the drill.

Burrow was spotted driving his golf cart around with running back Joe Mixon earlier this week.

Luckily for Burrow and the Bengals, this injury will not be as tough to recover from as was the torn ACL he suffered during his rookie season.

Burrow threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns and led the Bengals to the Super Bowl while coming off of his ACL injury and subsequent surgery. Perhaps he and the Bengals will be able to finish the deal this time around.

Joe Mixon reveals his 1 big regret from Bengals’ Super Bowl run

Joe Mixon in his Bengals uniform

Nov 17, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) gestures on the sideline before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Despite having a 2021 season that was his best both individually and from a team standpoint, Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon wishes that one particular thing played out differently.

Mixon spoke with reporters on Sunday and revealed that he regrets not fighting harder to be out on the field for the final drive of Super Bowl LVI.

“It was just a caught up in the moment thing,” said the Pro Bowler Mixon, per Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I really should have taken initiative on myself and just been like, ‘Hey, I’m coming in [the game].’ But you know, it was the heat of the moment.

“It’s last year [though] and, you know, obviously we’re in 2022,” Mixon went on. “We’re trying to go ahead and do whatever we can to repeat and get back in that same situation and when we are in that situation, damn sure you know I’ll be in.”

Mixon, who was one of Cincinnati’s most dynamic offensive players all year, deferred to Bengals coach Zac Taylor’s decision to go with backup Samaje Perine over him during the final offensive drive of the Super Bowl. It was a two-minute drill-oriented decision, but the gutsy call backfired. Perine got stuffed on a critical 3rd-and-1 situation at midfield, forcing Cincinnati to burn a timeout. Then on fourth down the next play, QB Joe Burrow fired a desperation heave to Perine that fell incomplete for a turnover on downs, effectively ending the game.

Taylor took a lot of blame for the decision and was forced to explain himself at the time. But Mixon thinks that he himself deserves some of the heat too.

Joe Burrow has unexpected surgery

Joe Burrow signals thumbs up

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gives a thumbs up to the fans after the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Bengals collected their first win of the season, 33-25, from the Jaguars.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow underwent an unexpected surgery prior to the start of training camp.

Burrow had to have surgery on Tuesday to remove his appendix, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. He will miss practice time but his absence is not expected to be lengthy.

Burrow had an incredible 2021 season and has quickly become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns and led the Bengals to the Super Bowl. The arrow is still pointing up for the former LSU star.

Last offseason, Burrow had to work his way back from a torn ACL. His appendectomy will not be nearly as big of an obstacle as that.

Bengals to have major uniform change in 2022

Joe Burrow signals thumbs up

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gives a thumbs up to the fans after the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Bengals collected their first win of the season, 33-25, from the Jaguars.

For at least one game in 2022, the reigning AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals will have a sweet new look.

It was revealed on Friday that the Bengals will don a unique new alternate helmet during the regular season, and it will be absent of their classic orange. Rather, for the first time in team history, Cincinnati will wear a white helmet with their traditional black bengal stripes.

A team spokesman told ESPN that an announcement will come next week detailing when, exactly, the Bengals intend to wear their new white helmets.

The uniform change marks the second consecutive year in which the Bengals have made a tweak. In 2021, they introduced brand new white jerseys that were worn in nine different games.

The Bengals join the New York Giants, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers as teams who have opted to take advantage of the NFL’s new two-helmet rule. However, more are expected to be announced prior to the July 31 deadline.

Bengals WR shares great tweet about Ja’Marr Chase

Ja'Marr Chase waves after a catch

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare/The Enquirer

Ja’Marr Chase established himself as one of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL during his rookie season last year, but the fifth overall pick may not have even been the best player on his team at the position. Just ask Trent Taylor.

Sure, Taylor caught just two passes in four games last season. But like Chase, the former Louisiana Tech star once led the NCAA in receiving yards. He did so with 1,803 yards back in 2016. Chase had 1,780 in 2019. Taylor sent a very sarcastic tweet on Wednesday implying that the college stat proves he is a better player than Chase.

The man makes a very strong case.

Chase made some eye-popping catches in the biggest moments last season, but did he have over 300 catches and over 4,000 yards receiving during his college career? No, he did not. Taylor will always have that on him.

Joe Burrow answers what he wants to improve on this offseason

Joe Burrow on the sideline

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10.
Pittsburgh Steelers At Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow had an incredible 2021 season. But like most great quarterbacks, there are plenty of aspects of his game that he’d like get better at.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday during the Cincinnati Bengals’ offseason team activities (OTAs), Burrow was asked about the main thing he wants to improve upon during the offseason.

For him, it’s all about the details.

“It’s really just my entire game at this point,” Burrow said. “Tweaking little things here and there. At this point, I’m not going to have a big overhaul of anything that I’m doing. I’m just looking to refine my entire game as a whole.”

After a season in which he led the Cincinnati Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1989, it makes sense that Burrow doesn’t feel it necessary to make drastic changes to his game.

The 25-year-old threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2021, and had a league-best 70.4 completion percentage. In the playoffs, he threw for five touchdown passes and 1,105 yards with a 68.3 completion percentage in four games.

Still, defenses adapt quickly in today’s game, and there is now an additional year of film on Burrow for them to dissect.

Burrow will need to constantly make adjustments over the course of his career in order continue playing at a high level, and to get the Bengals back to the Super Bowl.

Report: Key Bengals player prepared to skip training camp over franchise tag

Zac Taylor on the sidelines

Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor paces the sideline in the first quarter during a Week 17 NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals may have an issue with a key player as they prepare to defend their AFC title.

Safety Jessie Bates has no intentions of playing on the franchise tag and is expected to skip OTAs and training camp, according to Tyler Dragon of USA Today. Bates never signed his tag, and thus will not be subject to fines as a result of his absences.

Bates has interest in a long-term deal and would report to camp if one is reached. However, the two sides are reportedly at an impasse in talks.

The 25-year-old Bates has been a key figure for the Bengals for four seasons. He was named a second-team All-Pro in 2020 and collected 88 tackles in 15 regular season games in 2021.

Bengals get big news on indoor practice facility

Joe Burrow on the field

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer/USA TODAY NETWORK

The Cincinnati Bengals on Friday moved one step closer to securing their own indoor practice facility.

An ordinance for the temporary training facility was approved by Cincinnati’s Planning Commission. That approval cleared up some of the zoning issues that had previously held back the Bengals’ plans.

“Of course it’s unacceptable that Cincinnati is one of the few cities that doesn’t have an indoor facility for its football team, especially since we’re going back to the Super Bowl. We’ve got to get this done. It’s really really important,” Cincinnati’s Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Kearney said, via WLWT5.

The approval will permit the Bengals to operate the facility over the next five years. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s legal teams says they intend to move fast with the plans and hope to have the confines up and running prior to the 2022 regular season.

“I think it’s a wonderful time to be connected in some way to support the Bengals and going back to the Super Bowl,” commission chairman Byron Stallworth said, via ESPN. “Who dey!”

The Bengals were one of just two NFL teams above the 36th northern parallel without an indoor practice facility. The San Francisco 49ers now stand alone in that regard, though the weather in the Bay Area isn’t as limiting as in Cincinnati.