Sked talk; Mathis signs

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on April 20, 2010 – 1:42 pm


With the schedule released Tuesday night, Bengals running back Cedric Benson doesn’t buy the notion that the NFL needs to put division games at the tail end of the season to secure a more competitive December.

He thinks coaches of teams that have already clinched a postseason berth should be allowed to sit players. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was vindicated for benching Benson in last year’s regular-season finale when Benson came back six days later and set a Bengals playoff record with 169 yards in the Wild Card loss to the Jets.

“If it’s not broke don’t fix it,” Benson said. “Coaches do it so they can have the best in the playoffs. It’s a strategy.  You saw what happened. Coaches have to compete against each other, too.” …

What are the first things players look at when they get the schedule?

If you’re wide receiver Antonio Bryant, it is Monday night games.

“You definitely want to get a chance to have the spotlight,” he said. “There are only two teams playing in most of the prime-time games. It’s just an opportunity to light it up for your family and friends. Everybody puts that on their calendar.”

If you’re safety Chris Crocker, it is who and where with an eye on the AFC North games.

“Kind of break the season up into quarters,” he said. “You kind of want to get (the division games) early. The second half of the season you want to get them early also because those games are more important than the rest of the games. You kind of want to get those guys first, especially early in the season when you’re healthy and have everybody ready to go.” …

Left guard Evan Mathis, a restricted free agent, signed his one-year tender. Mathis, heading into his sixth season, started seven games last year in a rotation with Nate Livings when both suffered injuries during the season.

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5 Responses to “Sked talk; Mathis signs”

  1. By pacomomogoose on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    Glad to have Mathis back. Tough schedule this year… can’t wait!

  2. By 78bestever on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    I agree-We need all of the depth in O line we can get and Evan did a great job last year. he and Livings are the future unless we draft a guard this year (which I think we will).

  3. By phlockar on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    schedule is brutal this year. opening in NE is tough.(they haven’t lost an opener since it was named gillette, 2002) and closing out the season with the last 6 games we have is playoff deal breaker. I’m looking at an 8-8 record…at best

  4. By phlockar on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    reports surfacing that the steelers are looking to get a top 10 pick for Roethlisberger. I would love to see him out of the AFC North

  5. By carson9 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Schedule is brutal, however if we mainain our Defense in the top 5, while opening up a top 15 passing attack, I feel we can go 11 – 5. As for Big Ben, I think he will go to the Bills for their 9th pick. It makes sense, because they have no qualified Qbs at all, and he should atleast make them finish 8-8. Pitts could use the pick for Clausen, and then get guard Iupati at #18.

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