Bengals Getting Creative In Offseason Training

In the wake of the Cincinnati Bengals’ horrendous season last year that cranked up the volume on NFL gossip about whether coach Marvin Lewis is on the proverbial hot seat, the AFC North team is apparently willing to try anything in the quest for self-improvement.
At their mandatory minicamp, the Bengals engaged in a diverse Olympics style competition won by quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Chris Crocker’s team over middle linebacker Dhani Jones and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth’s squad, according to Geoff Hobson of
After going 4-11-1 last season, why not try something new?
“This is the best shape we’ve been in,” Whitworth said. “They did a good job adding a lot of intensity to the program. That’s the key to any strength program. And with that comes competition with all the guys trying to reach new levels.”
The Bengals conducted a bench press competition, and strongman center Kyle Cook won by pumping out 39 repetitions of 225 pounds. Plus, the Bengals held punt-catching and football accuracy contests and even a 3-point shooting competitiion.
Whether the mini-Olympics/Superstars competition will translate into more wins is debatable.
However, it’s hard to find fault with trying new methods for training/building team camaraderie when the old ways obviously didn’t work out so well.

12 responses to “Bengals Getting Creative In Offseason Training

  1. For a team that set records with injuries, they didn’t have much of a choice but to improve their conditioning. If healthy, they are a platoff team.

  2. As a Bengals fan, I love reading all the Bengal related news, but I’m sure most of the other teams fans are probably wondering why there are so many stories about a team that was 4-11-1 last season, relative to news stories about their teams.
    I love a good conspiracy theory so I’m going to throw one out there. Geoff Hobson the main/sole writer for the Bengals official website ( is providing Florio with tons of info on the team (published and unpublished) and vice versa. I’m basing this on how often Hobson uses PFT as a source for his own articles on Not sure how many other official NFL team sites are quoting PFT frequently for news stories on their own players.
    I don’t see anything inherently wrong with it, just figured I would point it out.

  3. They should have had long-drive and closest-to-the-pin contests since they’ll all be looking forward to offseason golf by, oh, late October…

  4. Chad Ochocinco took gold in the equestrian but was disqualified for not having a horse. He was upset about his gold being taken because he had promised it to someone in a local contest. So, he punched Marvin Lewis in the eye again. Roy Williams was disqualified when he fell off his horse, taking the horse down with him by the collar. Tank Johnson won shooting, Chris Henry was the Light-Welterweight winner in the Windshield Boxing. Cedric Benson won Sailing. Roy Williams won the Career High Dive event. JT O’Sullivan won Curling and Fumbling.

  5. “Kyle Cook won by pumping out 39 repetitions of 225 pounds.”
    To which Eric Ghiaciuc responded, “and they didn’t re-sign me? I could’ve done half that, easily!”

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