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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals weak-side linebacker Vontaze Burfict flunked the equivalent of a high-profile job interview during a disastrous NFL scouting combine last year. Burfict ran the slowest 40-yard dash (5.09 seconds) of any linebacker prospect. He finished slower than several offensive linemen. He bench-pressed 225 pounds just 16 times, fewer than many defensive backs. In interviews, he showed a lack of accountability for poor self-discipline on the field, after racking up 16 personal fouls in his final 26 games at Arizona State.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The Cincinnati Bengals ran into a buzz saw named Tom Brady last Sunday night during an ugly loss to the New England Patriots. The 43-17 blowout raised questions about the Bengals' ability to defend elite offenses without injured Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the lineup. The Patriots piled up 505 yards of total offense against a Cincinnati defense that entered last week having allowed the fewest points in the NFL. In their first loss of the season, the Bengals (3-1) struggled mightily to contain Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright, who had a combined 11 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he's dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn't mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it. Kubiak was 8-2 in seven seasons as the Houston Texans' head coach against the Ravens' AFC North rivals, including five wins against the Bengals, against whom the Ravens open their season on Sunday. This deserves all the usual qualifiers, including how Kubiak's system stalled out last year in Houston and how much the Bengals defense has improved since he last played them.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | February 26, 2012
Former Arizona State inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict met with Ravens officials last night and said that he'd love the opportunity to play alongside his idol, Ray Lewis. "That would be awesome. He's my role model," Burfict just said while meeting with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "I really feel like I could take my game to the next level especially learning from him. It could mean a lot. He can help me in the film room, things that I'm not great in. Just running to the ball, full speed.
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By Matt Vensel | December 24, 2013
Bengals 42, Vikings 14 Strategy : In offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's take on the West Coast offense, the Bengals often ask quarterback Andy Dalton to make short drops and get the ball out of his hands in a hurry in a rhythm-based passing game, though Dalton will take shots downfield. The Bengals use a lot of single-back formations with either three wide receivers or two tight ends and try to remain balanced by running the ball with their two backs. Defensively, they continue to thrive with the scheme designed by head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The Cincinnati Bengals ran into a buzz saw named Tom Brady last Sunday night during an ugly loss to the New England Patriots. The 43-17 blowout raised questions about the Bengals' ability to defend elite offenses without injured Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the lineup. The Patriots piled up 505 yards of total offense against a Cincinnati defense that entered last week having allowed the fewest points in the NFL. In their first loss of the season, the Bengals (3-1) struggled mightily to contain Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright, who had a combined 11 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
The importance of what only a week ago was regarded as a routine game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings has grown exponentially for the Cincinnati Bengals. After a 30-20 loss Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals (9-5) are clinging to a one-game lead over the Ravens (8-6) in the AFC North. They could lose their grip on the division with a defeat to the Vikings combined with a Ravens win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Bengals could also clinch a playoff berth with a win Sunday combined with a loss or tie by either the Ravens or Miami Dolphins (8-6)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, while cornerback Lardarius Webb is listed as questionable with a back injury that kept him out of the entire preseason. Pierce, who will start in place of suspended running back Ray Rice, suffered a concussion during the team's third preseason game against the Washington Redskins on a hit from Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. He has been listed as a full participant all week.
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By Matt Vensel | February 16, 2012
The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 22. In advance of the annual meat market in Indianapolis, staff writer Matt Vensel will examine each position and give Ravens fans the 4-1-1. In this post he looks at inside linebackers . The top prospects: Boston College's Luke Kuechly is the consensus top inside linebacker in this class. He is projected to go in the middle of first round, way before the Ravens are on the clock at No. 29. Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict, who has been linked to the Ravens in mock drafts and who has been compared to Ray Lewis by some analysts, is a first-round pick who should wow scouts at the combine.
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By Matt Vensel | December 24, 2013
Bengals 42, Vikings 14 Strategy : In offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's take on the West Coast offense, the Bengals often ask quarterback Andy Dalton to make short drops and get the ball out of his hands in a hurry in a rhythm-based passing game, though Dalton will take shots downfield. The Bengals use a lot of single-back formations with either three wide receivers or two tight ends and try to remain balanced by running the ball with their two backs. Defensively, they continue to thrive with the scheme designed by head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
The importance of what only a week ago was regarded as a routine game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings has grown exponentially for the Cincinnati Bengals. After a 30-20 loss Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals (9-5) are clinging to a one-game lead over the Ravens (8-6) in the AFC North. They could lose their grip on the division with a defeat to the Vikings combined with a Ravens win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Bengals could also clinch a playoff berth with a win Sunday combined with a loss or tie by either the Ravens or Miami Dolphins (8-6)
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals weak-side linebacker Vontaze Burfict flunked the equivalent of a high-profile job interview during a disastrous NFL scouting combine last year. Burfict ran the slowest 40-yard dash (5.09 seconds) of any linebacker prospect. He finished slower than several offensive linemen. He bench-pressed 225 pounds just 16 times, fewer than many defensive backs. In interviews, he showed a lack of accountability for poor self-discipline on the field, after racking up 16 personal fouls in his final 26 games at Arizona State.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | February 26, 2012
Former Arizona State inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict met with Ravens officials last night and said that he'd love the opportunity to play alongside his idol, Ray Lewis. "That would be awesome. He's my role model," Burfict just said while meeting with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "I really feel like I could take my game to the next level especially learning from him. It could mean a lot. He can help me in the film room, things that I'm not great in. Just running to the ball, full speed.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | April 23, 2012
Every weekday until Wednesday, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will examine where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. Today, we'll examine the linebacker position: Current linebackers under contract : Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jameel McClain, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Sergio Kindle, Albert McClellan, Chavis Williams, Josh Bynes, Cody Glenn.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too. It may be a little early to be scoreboard watching, but when the Ravens rolled out of their beds this morning, they were already a half-game up on the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns in the AFC North.
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