2 reasons Andy Dalton might be closer to winning it all than you think

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton carries the ball during their 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 20 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The website FootballPerspective.com has come to a conclusion about championship quarterbacks that should interest Cincinnati Bengals fans.

In a post titled, “Is Having a Great QB More Important Than Ever To Win It All?” the answer turns out to be no.

When analysts say that you need a great quarterback (or a great passing game) to win it all, that’s simply not true unless they are using the phrase in a big tent sort of way: if a mediocre quarterback who plays well for four games qualifies as a great quarterback, then yes, you probably do need a great quarterback to win (except for, you know, the 2015 Broncos). But in general, far too much deference is given to the phrase “you need a great quarterback to win.”

This conclusion was reached upon the realization four of the last 10 Super Bowl champions had quarterbacks that ranked 14th or lower in adjusted net yards per attempt. That number (four) matches the total from the previous 41 Super Bowl winners.

It just so happens Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is 14th among active passers in ANY/A, but that’s not all.

FP also examined the seasons for every Super Bowl-winning quarterback one year before he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and found 12 who weren’t coming off great years even if they had been great at some point in their career.

This descriptor would also fit Dalton, who was third in the league in ANY/A two years ago but has not finished in the top 10 in any other season.

Last year with many of his best weapons hurt or gone via free agency, Dalton’s ANY/A slipped from 8.17 in ’15 to 6.53. His quarterback rating went from 106.2 to 91.8 last season.

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Does this all mean Dalton and the Bengals are poised to break through?

Well.... that might be stretching it, but it is interesting to see numbers that make it seem less unlikely than the general narrative around Dalton’s career — and quarterbacking in general in the NFL — might.

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

            Dane Goodwin of Upper Arlington (with ball) is verbally committed to Ohio State University. He scored 34 points in a 62-34 defeat of Garfield Heights in Day 3 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena in Kettering on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports.

The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School.

He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season.

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Zach Fleer of Columbus-based 270Hoops.com broke the decommitment story and called UD a potential suprise player for the senior-to-be.

Goodwin told this news outlet in January he had not received a scholarship offer from then-UD coach Archie Miller, who left to become head coach at Indiana in March. He was replaced by Anthony Grant, a temmate of the elder Goodwin.

“Growing up we spent a lot of time (at UD),” he said. “Obviously, with my dad going there it’s a special school. We play (basketball) all the time. We post up and go one-on-one. He’s a good mentor to me and helps out a lot with my game. He’s my role model.”

Fleer also reports Ohio State will remain in the mix while Villanova and Notre Dame have begun pursuit of Goodwin, who is the fourth-rated prospect in a loaded 2018 class in Ohio.

The highly regarded three-man class Thad Matta assembled at Ohio State has now completely disintegrated.

Versailles guard Justin Ahrens decommitted earlier this month after Matta was fired. The Tigers star received a UD offer the same day.

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Darius Bazley, a wing player from Cincinnati Princeton, had previously decommitted as his recruiting profile began to rise.

The news of Goodwin’s defection comes two days after new Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann’s program got a huge boost with the signing of Kyle Young, a four-star forward from Massillon Jackson who originally signed with Holtmann at Butler but was released from his scholarship.

Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Tavion Thomas anchored Dunbar to the best finals qualifying time in the 4x100 relay (42.20) during the D-II state track and field meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus on Friday, June 2, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dunbar senior running back Tavion Thomas announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday, just two hours before Darran Powell, his high school coach, was not retained.

Thomas said on Twitter he selected the Sooners after narrowing his choices to seven programs earlier this month. He thanked his family, coaches, teammates, teachers and God. “It’s been a rocky road,” he tweeted, “but couldn’t have done it without y’all support and love.”

Later Tuesday night the Dayton Public Schools board of education voted not to retain Powell as Dunbar’s head coach. Needing a majority four yes votes, the board fell one yes vote short — 3-2 — with one member abstaining and another missing the meeting.

Neither Thomas nor Powell returned requests for comments.

Dunbar already had been rocked by the transfer of standout senior linebacker Antwuan Johnson last week to Wayne. He remains uncommitted after de-committing from Michigan.

Another Dunbar standout, senior receiver Joseph Scates, also has multiple offers. Thomas and Scates had offers from Alabama, but apparently none from Ohio State.

Johnson was an imposing sight last season. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds he was an offensive hammer with breakaway speed. He rushed for 1,606 yards on 137 carries (11.7 average) and scored 22 touchdowns.

He also rarely played in the fourth quarter of blowout wins. Dunbar was 9-1 on the field last season, losing only to Princeton. However, the Wolverines forfeited Weeks 9-10 games for using an academically ineligible player and missed qualifying for the Division IV playoffs by one spot with an adjusted 7-3 record.

As a junior Thomas was first team Division IV All-Ohio, first team D-IV All-Southwest District and the Southwestern Ohio Public League offensive player of the year.

He also anchored Dunbar’s 4x100-meter relay to its only event win in the D-II state track and field meet this month at Columbus. The Wolverines won their 10th boys outdoor state track championship and fourth in six years.

Scout.com ranks Thomas the No. 2 running back in the Midwest and No. 256 prospect overall nationally. He chose Oklahoma over Alabama, Cincinnati, Louisville, USC, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Lincoln Riley is the new Oklahoma coach, promoted after Bob Stoops’ surprising recent retirement. Riley, 34, is the youngest head coach among the BCS ranks.

Former Dunbar teammate Terrance Landers is a sophomore receiver at Purdue and 2012 Dunbar grad R.J. Williamson, a defensive back, finished his career at Michigan State in 2015.

Dunbar opens the upcoming season Aug. 25 against Belmont at Welcome Stadium.

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Tyler Bentley, DL, Lakota West / Kentucky

John Dirksen, OL, Marion Local / Notre Dame

Jack McCrory, RB, Spg. Shawnee / Ohio

Alex Reigelsperger, DE, Wayne / Kentucky

Jadon Rucker-Furlow, DB, Belmont / Miami

Tavion Thomas, RB, Dunbar / Oklahoma

Malik Vann, DL, Fairfield / Cincinnati

Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 9:31 PM

Luke Kennard sits with Air Kev team players during a celebration for the players and parents Friday, June 5, 2015, at Kingdom Sports Center in Franklin. Kennard, basketball trainer Kevin “Air Kev” Duncan, rapper and motivational speaker L.G. Wise and the Kingdom crew spoke to the young basketball players and their families promoting good decisions and work ethics. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

There’s no telling when Luke Kennard, Franklin’s favorite son, will go in the NBA draft Thursday night. The only sure thing is the impact it’ll have on his family.

“It’s unreal,” said Mark Kennard, Luke’s father, from New York earlier this week. “I’m sure if I hear his name called it’ll be emotional.”

The draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (7, ESPN). There will be 30 picks each of two rounds. The top 14 are lottery picks, assigned to the 14 teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA playoffs this season. Teams maneuver and trade to land those coveted spots.

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NBA executives seem to be genuinely intrigued by Kennard. Franklin High School coach Brian Bales, whose family also will attend the draft, said at least 20 teams have contacted him, wanting to know all kinds of Kennard insights. Bales said the consensus is Kennard will be chosen between picks 8-14 and for certain in the first round.

If that happens, he’ll join Dunbar graduates Norris Cole (No. 28 from Cleveland State University, Bulls in 2011) and Daequan Cook (No. 21 from Ohio State, 76ers in 2007) as the most recent area first-rounders.

“To get drafted anywhere is a blessing,” said Bales, who coached Kennard all four seasons at Franklin (2011-15) and himself was coached by Mark Kennard at Franklin. “My goodness, it’s going to change his whole life.”

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An ambidextrous 6-foot-6 guard mostly known for his 3-point shooting, Kennard’s overall game evolved in his breakout second and last season at Duke in 2016-17.

After a series of injuries to teammates thrust Kennard into the starting lineup, he responded by becoming Duke’s most consistent player, leading the Blue Devils in scoring (19.5), field-goal percentage (.489), 3-point percentage (.438) and free-throw percentage (.856).

Just as impressive, he was the only unanimous first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick and a finalist for the Wooden Award, college’s basketball’s player of the year honor.

“I always knew he was special and had the ‘it’ factor,” Bales said. “A lot of people doubted him, said he can’t play at Duke, can’t play in the ACC. Well, yeah, he can play at Duke. Well, he can’t go play in the NBA. Well, yeah, he can. As a matter of fact, he’s going to be a first-round draft pick.”

Mark Kennard said he first spoke with Luke about the possibility of turning pro midway through Duke’s season, when they decided it would be best to wait until afterward to decide. Mark said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was certain Luke was ready for the next level and if he wanted to return to Duke the offense would revolve around him next season.

Duke coaches also shared evaluations of about half the NBA teams concerning Luke, who had nine individual workouts for as many teams. All were impressed he was more than a spot-up shooter. A lack of speed and a defensive liability were recurring concerns.

“People want to put him in a box,” Bales said. “He’s 6-6 and a white guy who they think is a shooter. The thing people don’t give him credit for and now you’re seeing it in NBA reports is they’re very impressed with his vision and his ability to play with others. They see he’s so much more than just a shooter.”

Kennard is one of 20 players who will attend the draft. He’s spent this week in New York filming pre-draft personality bits for ESPN and huddling with family and friends. Former Franklin teammates, neighbors and much of the community that embraced him during his Wildcats years will attend draft-watch parties.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Mark said. “We’re excited and nervous.”
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When: 7 p.m. Thursday


What: Two rounds, 30 picks each.


Personal: 6-6, Franklin grad.

Duke last season: 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Luke Kennard Day: Franklin Vice Mayor Carl Bray made the proclamation for Thursday at a City Council meeting.

The Dibbles have a day

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Rob Dibble, the once-upon-a-time flamethrower who comprised one third of the team's

Rob Dibble and his family appear to have had a momentous day, or at least it looks that way when checking up on the former Reds reliever on Twitter. 

Judging from his posts, and those of his wife, one of their children just wrapped up kindergarten. As you can in her Twitter post, Mom sort of wrestled with the occasion:

The dutiful dad, whom the Reds drafted in the first round out of Bridgeport, Conn., in 1983, is now in radio, helming “The Rob Dibble Show,” on stations in Hartford and New Haven, Conn. He chimed in, again on Twitter:

In his days throwing gas for the Reds, Brewers and White Sox from 1988-’95, Dibble made a headline or two for, well, plunking the occasional batter or baserunner with the ball and, um scrapping with former Reds manager Lou Piniella.

There are no signs that his competitive fire has worn off on his better half:

 Dibble, who has dabbled in media mostly via radio (his late father, Walt, entered the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame after a decades-long career in radio news ), appears to have softened as well: