Boy writes to all NFL teams, only one responds

Published: Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 8:10 PM
Updated: Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 8:10 PM

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The Carolina Panthers have a new lifelong fan, thanks to a letter from team owner Jerry Richardson.

A 12-year-old from Oklahoma hand-wrote letters to executives of 32 NFL teams. He was shocked and delighted to have received a personal response from Richardson.

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Cade Pope was home sick from school the week before Christmas. He needed “something to occupy his time” so he asked his parents if he could write to every professional football team.

Cade wrote 32 letters -- one to the CEO, owner or president of each team.

On Dec. 26, Cade sent 16 letters to the NFC teams. On Jan. 5, he sent 16 letters to the AFC teams.

Cade’s letter read, "My family and I love football. We play fantasy football and watch NFL games every weekend. My parents are St. Louis Ram's fans. My brother is a Kansas City Chiefs fan. I don't have a team to cheer for yet. I am ready to pick an NFL team to cheer on for a lifetime!"

Cade's mom Heather Pope said he didn’t really have one team he wanted to hear from, he just wanted to see what kind of response he’d get.

Last Thursday, a delivery man arrived with a box from the Panthers.

Cade found an autographed Luke Keuchly helmet and a handwritten note from Richardson that read:

Cade-

We would be honored if our Carolina Panthers became your team. It would make you proud by the classy way we would represent you. You will love Luke Keuchly, Thomas Davis, Cameron Newton, Greg Olsen and all of our players.

Jerry Richardson
Founder and Owner

The letter now resides in Cade’s room. Pope said it’s the gesture that impressed her the most.

"It's not the merchandise, it's not the items they sent us," she told ABC News. "It's what they tell us. Why he should be their fan."

Mike Brown explains why Marvin Lewis is still Cincinnati Bengals coach

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

What had been suspected is now confirmed: That late-season winning streak saved Marvin Lewis’ job.

Owner Mike Brown, who rarely speaks publicly during the year, explained as much to the team website Friday afternoon:

“We made some changes to do that. I respect that,” Brown said of the two wins that put the final record at 7-9. “I thought he took a team that was failing and turned it around the last couple of games. We didn’t get back quite to where I would like to see us, but we got back to a high enough level where we could play two good  teams and beat them when they were on the spot to win.”

Lewis and the team were widely expected to part ways when they’re 15th season together ended in early January.

Instead, Lewis signed a new two-year contract.

Brown, who has been part of the organization since his father Paul founded it in the late 1960s, explained to team writer Geoff Hobson he saw a need for change after two losing seasons but thought Lewis the man to oversee a roster that needs supplemented rather than rebuilt.

To that end, the staff under Lewis was overhauled, including the hiring of new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Is it time for tempo adjustment in Cincinnati?

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

The indications the Cincinnati Bengals could try tempo as a way to rev up their offense in 2018 are mounting.

Bengals.com notes new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt has experience with hurry-up offenses both as a player in Buffalo and as a coach at multiple stops in the NFL: 

“It gives the defense less time to communicate, usually simplifying their calls. If the quarterback is comfortable with it, you can really simplify what you’re going to see against you,” Van Pelt said of the up-tempo. “We did it in Green Bay. If the quarterback can handle it and I think Andy would be great at it, you can definitely use it as a weapon.  There are benefits to it. It’s a whole different language at the line of scrimmage. It’s fun. I always liked it.”

The Bengals had some success with speeding up the tempo late in the season as new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor got more comfortable with his personnel.

Of course, the franchise has a history with the philosophy, too.

Sam Wyche installed a hurry-up attack when he was head coach in the 1980s, a strategy that helped the team win the AFC in 1988.

Who were the best Bengals this season?

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 5:59 AM

Marvin Lewis’ Cincinnati Bengals had a season to forget, but there were some great individual performances.

Fan favorites might be subjective. Pro Football Focus is not.

Here are the top five Bengals according to the site:

Any surprises there?

Not really — unless you were worried about how William Jackson would look coming back from an injury that kept him out for all of 2016.

Turns out he wasn’t just great this season when he was in the spotlight, eh?

And four of the top five coming from the defense? That feels about right, too.

NFL releases playoff schedule

Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 9:25 PM

The 2017 playoffs are officially upon us.

Shortly after Sunday’s Week 17 games the NFL released the postseason schedule.

The Tennessee Titans got a big win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Tennessee will travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Saturday, Jan. 6 in the first AFC Wild Card matchup.

Atlanta defeated the Carolina Panthers in a crucial NFC South showdown. As a result, the Falcons will fly west to play the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Sunday, Jan. 7 will feature the Buffalo Bills at the Jacksonville Jaguars. Buffalo needed help from the Cincinnati Bengals and they got it. Cincinnati defeated the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17. Baltimore’s loss moved Buffalo into the six and final playoff spot while the Ravens are forced to go home. The Jaguars, losers of two-straight games, are back pedaling into the playoffs.

The Panthers and New Orleans Saints will meet for the third time this season, albeit this time the postseason. Both clubs lost to a NFC South division rival in Week 17 (Panthers lost to Atlanta and the Saints lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).  The Saints host Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. 7.

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