Johnny Manziel says he's engaged

Published: Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 1:58 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 1:58 PM


            
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As former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel continues his quest to rejoin the league, he has also been working on aspects of his personal life.

This week, he made a major announcement: Manziel said he's engaged to girlfriend Bre Tiesi.

TMZ was the first to announce the news Friday, and ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed it. Manziel reportedly popped the question during a romantic Paris trip.

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Tiesi is a model and actress. She has been romantically involved with Manziel since 2016, and supports his goal of returning to the NFL. Manziel posted photos of the happy pair this week on Instagram, withe the caption, "When you know, you know."

When you know, you know @bre_tiesi

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Manziel has been working on resolving his legal issues, and according to the Bleacher Report, there is renewed interest in the former Browns quarterback from NFL scouts.

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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Atlanta Falcons flying into playoffs after win over Carolina Panthers

Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 8:35 PM

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons have stamped their ticket into the playoffs.

Atlanta got out to an early 7-0 lead and never relinquished it against the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s NFC South showdown. The Falcons came away with a 22-10 win in Sunday’s win-and-get-in game.

Here are Tyler Dragon’s five takeaways from the Week 17 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

1. The Carolina Panthers aerial attack got off to a pitiful start. Cam Newton started the game 0-for-9 passing. He didn’t complete a pass until the second quarter and that went for negative three yards. Most people will blame Newton for the lackluster start but Carolina’s pass catchers struggled to get open against Atlanta’s secondary throughout the entire contest.

Newton finished 13-of-34 passing for 180 yards for 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions, resulting in a 31.5 passer rating.

The game provided another illustration of the Panthers’ mediocre receiving corps. Carolina desperately needs to get a true No. 1 wide receiver when their season ends.

2. Give kicker Matt Bryant a game ball. Bryant was perfect kicking the football on Sunday. The 42-year old kicker went 5-for-5 kicking field goals in the second half, including a crucial 56-yard field goal that made it a two-possession game with a little under 7 minutes remaining.

Bryant’s five field goals in the second half were the most ever in his career.

“Part of being a good kicker is having mental toughness and [Matt Bryant] has got that in abundance,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn told the media following the contest.

Not bad for the 16-year veteran.

3. Atlanta’s incompetence in the takeaway department was not present in Week 17. The Falcons intercepted Cam Newton three times. Defensive backs Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen and Robert Alford picked off interceptions in the 22-10 win

“We played good that was one of our better games. We came together, we played as a team and we played as a whole group,” Allen said after the win.

4. The Falcons’ entire defense deserves a shoutout.

“We played really well and that starts in practice, taking advantage of each day. Once you get to the game it gets easy,” Neal said. “We just kept fight and kept playing and that was huge for us.”

Atlanta’s three interceptions are noteworthy. Additionally, the Falcons limited Carolina to one touchdown. Newton and the Panthers had just 248 total yards on offense. Week 17 might have been Atlanta’s best defensive performance and it’s fine time for the Falcons to get their stride on defense with the playoffs officially here.

5. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones aren’t as explosive as a year ago. Nevertheless, the two are still a force to be reckoned with. Jones made history on Sunday. The Falcons wideout became just the second receiver to have at least 1,400 receiving yards for four-consecutive seasons. Jones compiled