NFL coaches not talking about Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron at the combine

McCarron, who won his grievance against the Bengals to become an unrestricted free agent is still a Bengal until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. on March 14. So until then, mum’s the word.

Any public comments about a player currently on another team could be considered tampering.

“Yeah, I don’t want to comment on that at this point,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said.

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But both Jackson and Joseph – former Cincinnati Bengals Jersey Bengals assistants who saw McCarron up close during his starts in 2015 – did discuss what they would look for in a free agent quarterback that only has a handful of starts on film.

“You look at the system, you look where they come from, who do they play for,” said Jackson, who was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator for McCarron’s first two seasons in Cincinnati. “I think there’s a lot of different, other variables that you can look at, and then obviously it’s projecting. Can a guy come in and play for you and do the things that you need him to do to help you win? I think you have to go through all of those different scenarios and play them all out to see what fits for you.”

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Joseph submitted a similar thought.

“It’s about fit,” he said. “You have to find a guy that fits your football profile. It’s not about the numbers or the names. It’s about the perfect fit. The best teams win. You have to have a guy that fits your football mindset. In Denver, we want to play great defense all the time and run the football. Who fits that formula for us? I’m not sure yet. It’s all about fit.”

The one person allowed to speak freely about McCarron was Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin.

All Tobin would allow on the independent arbitrator’s decision on McCarron’s free agent status was that it was a disappointment to the club, but said he believes the 27-year-old can be a starter in the league.

“I do,” he said. “Being around him, his mental makeup is what you want, his competitiveness is what you want. Only time will tell. With quarterbacks, it’s situation, opportunity, what’s around him, what you ask him to do. So I think any quarterback needs all of that to align to be ultimately successful. But we’ve got a lot of belief in AJ McCarron. That’s what I’ve said for the years he’s been with us. And we still believe that.”

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther checks his playcard during the third quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. At halftime the Bengals led 17-10. (Photo: Sam Greene)

Jon Gruden drew one of the bigger Cheap Jerseys media contingents during his turn at the podium Wednesday, the first time he’s had to attend the event in a coaching capacity in a decade.

The new Oakland Raiders head coach was asked about adding Paul Guenther to his staff as defensive coordinator this season.

Guenther had served in that capacity for the Bengals from 2014-17.

“It goes back from my days visiting Jay (Gruden) in Cincinnati, getting to know that coaching staff. (Mike) Zimmer was the defensive coordinator, Guenther was the linebacker coach,” Jon Gruden said. “I thought that was an excellent staff that Marvin Lewis had and every time I had the Bengals on Monday Night Football, I was always impressed with the way he coached, on the field, taking advantage of the time in pre-practice, post-practice, and what he got done with Vontaze Burfict, Vinny Rey, very impressive. We’re excited to have him.”

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Cheap Jerseys Andy Dalton eyes his own franchise record in season finale
Andy Dalton has been steady. The sixth-year quarterback has quietly put together a very solid 2016 season with a relatively new cast.

Coming into 2016, no one knew what to expect from Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton. The last time he was on the field, an injured thumb cost him a shot at playoff redemption.

In the offseason, the most interesting thing to happen Cheap nfl Jerseys with Dalton was a frantic search for his lost luggage four days after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50. One month later, he watched two of his receivers, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, leave Cincinnati for bigger contracts in Detroit and Atlanta, respectively.

So when the 2016 regular season rolled around, who was he to throw to? A.J. Green was the only familiar name in the lineup with Tyler Eifert starting the season on the IR. Customized Jerseys Despite being sacked a career-high seven times against the Jets in week one, the Red Rifle completed all four of his passes for 33 yards on the Bengals’ final drive, setting up a game-winning field goal that lifted Cincinnati to a 23-22 win.
Andy Dalton’s 17th career game-winning drive came against the Jets in week one. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Fast forward 16 weeks from that opening-day win. The Bengals are 5-9-1 and were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Dec. 18th. Cincinnati hosts Baltimore on New Year’s Day in a game that will end disappointing campaigns for both teams.

What’s at stake

Dalton has been quietly good in such a down season. His Cincinnati Bengals Jersey 17 passing touchdowns might throw you away from that hypothesis, but heading into Sunday he needs 314 passing yards against Baltimore to break his own franchise record for most passing yards in a single season.

Dalton set his current record of 4,293 passing yards in 2013, the same year he won the first of his two AFC North championships. That season, he also set a franchise record with 33 touchdowns through the air.

But 2016 has been more impressive. In 2013, he threw 20 interceptions, that has dropped by 12 this year. If he doesn’t throw two picks on Sunday, he will be the only quarterback in Bengals’ history to throw less than 10 interceptions in a season while starting every game.

Also, one has to consider the cast he was working with. Through 15 games, he’s completed passes to four Bengals (Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd, Cody Core, and Alex Erickson) he had never thrown to before and four more with limited experience with him heading into this season. Tight ends Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah each had one reception from Dalton in 2015, James Wright had five catches in ’14, and H-back Ryan Hewitt sprinkled in 16 receptions in two seasons.

Despite the new targets, Dalton has turned LaFell into a quality No. 2 receiver, Boyd is 4th among rookies in receptions (52) and yards (564), and Core has turned some heads with his ability to stretch the field in recent weeks.

The opponent

With nothing to play for but pride, Dalton can put a positive on what has been a negative season. In 10 career games against the Ravens, he’s eclipsed the 300-yard mark three times, including a career-high 383 yards in a 28-24 win at M&T Bank Stadium last season.
If the Red Rifle could get his 314 passing yards on Sunday, he would join some elite company to hit 300 yards against Baltimore this season. Only Eli Manning (401), Dak Prescott (301), and Tom Brady (406) have done it.

On average, Baltimore’s 11th-ranked pass defense is giving up 86.2 more yards per game on the road compared to at home (294-207.8).

Working without Green and Giovani Bernard in the two team’s first meeting, Dalton completed passes to eight different receivers. He finished with 283 passing yards and one touchdown in a 19-14 loss in Baltimore.

With just 20 yards, Dalton will tally his second 4,000-yard season. Carson Palmer also did it twice in 2006 & 2007.

Early next season, Dalton will get the 707 yards he needs to pass Palmer for third on the Bengals’ all-time passing list.

He has nine touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 90.2 passer rating over his current 4-1 stretch against Baltimore.

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