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    Re: Bengals Deal for Sam Adams 'imminent'

    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed
    Not good. I smell a Warren Sapp.
    Where did you get that article? because its not on the Bengals website.

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    Re: Bengals Deal for Sam Adams 'imminent'

    Hobson's the byline, but I can't find it on the website either. You aren't getting an early start on April Fool's are you, WVRed?
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    Re: Bengals Deal for Sam Adams 'imminent'

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    Incorrect Steel. Adams was benched because he had a "questionable" injury that wasn't released to the public. Instead of risking tweaking it in practice, he preferred to sit out certain drills, which caught the ire of Mularkey. Adams was not benched due to performance. He was not invisible while on the field, he was just double teamed. However because of the rash of injuries to the rest of Buffalo's D (See Takeo Spikes) the remaining players were unable to take advantage of the freed up blocking that Adams presence allowed. With guys like Thurman, Simmons, Pollack, et al, I think this year will be different.
    "Caught the ire"? Adams was benched because Mularkey didn't think he could help the team that week with his injury and Adams freaked out. Leaving the stadium just because you don't get to dress isn't a great way to gain the favor of your head coach. His character and performance issues are the reason why he's lasted this long in free agency.

    Adams is a big load, but got his 2004 Pro Bowl selection by playing on the same field as Pat Williams (a real difference maker). By himself, Adams is a big fat guy who can be handled rather easily by one interior blocker with a few ounces of skill.

    There's nothing particularly wrong with signing Sam Adams, but the current version of him is nothing more than a support piece that may or may not allow a team to improve its run defense against teams that can't figure out that Sam Adams is older, fatter, and slower.

    And yes, he was invisible in 2005. A guy who garners two blockers per running play doesn't end up on a team that allows 4.6 YPC and 22 Rushing Touchdowns. A guy with the kind of presence you attribute to Sam Adams simply won't allow that to happen.
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    Re: Bengals Deal for Sam Adams 'imminent'

    Quote Originally Posted by Yachtzee
    Hobson's the byline, but I can't find it on the website either. You aren't getting an early start on April Fool's are you, WVRed?
    I found it on scout.com's Bengals message board. It must have been a hoax, because it looks like it was deleted.
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    Re: Bengals Deal for Sam Adams 'imminent'

    Adams to be a Bengal
    Agent says DT will sign on Sunday, boosting league's No. 28 defense
    BY MARK CURNUTTE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

    The addition of defensive tackle Sam Adams will turn a lackluster free agency period into a successful one for the Bengals.

    Adams will fly to Cincinnati Sunday and sign a three-year contract with Cincinnati, agent Angelo Wright said Friday night.

    Adams is expected to participate in the team's offseason strength and conditioning program, which will begin Monday.
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    "He'll be there Monday through Thursday and go back home," Wright said.

    Adams lives in Seattle and is owner-operator of an Arena Football League team, the af2 Everett (Wash.) Hawks.

    Wright declined to reveal terms but said the deal is filled with incentives, including playing time. ESPN.com reported the first-year value could be $4 million if Adams reaches all incentives.

    Adams' reunion with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis - Lewis was Baltimore's defensive coordinator when Adams was a vital piece of the Ravens' record-setting defense - gives Lewis the elusive big tackle that has been missing from his Cincinnati defenses.

    Even after 12 NFL seasons, Adams should have enough left to take up space and occupy offensive linemen on first and second down. But don't look for him to play much on third down or obvious passing downs; sitting out those situations should help to conserve his energy.

    The additions of Adams and sure-tackling safety Dexter Jackson, the return of star-in-the-making free safety Madieu Williams and a full training camp for second-year linebacker David Pollack should help the Bengals improve their overall defensive ranking from 28th last season. Pollack missed training camp in a contract dispute and had his best performance in the playoff loss to the Steelers.

    Season-ending injuries to Williams and Kim Herring - whose contract was terminated Friday - left the Bengals' defense thin at safety. Ifeanyi Ohalete was signed at the end of the preseason, and his poor tackling at the point of attack contributed to big plays by opponents.

    "Strong safety, free safety - when they don't tackle, you've got a problem," Lewis said this week at the NFL's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

    Adding Adams to the rotation at tackle should help prevent John Thornton and Bryan Robinson - both of whom weigh less than 300 pounds - from wearing down.

    Robinson missed seven starts and six games with a foot injury last season, and 320-pound Shaun Smith earned valuable experience in five starts. Smith ended up with 38 tackles and held his ground in the middle of the line.

    When smaller, faster linebackers Odell Thurman, Landon Johnson and Caleb Miller are on the field for the Bengals, Adams' presence should help keep offensive linemen from engaging the linebackers and should leave them free to run to the ball carrier.

    Still, Adams is not a true nose tackle needed to switch to a four-linebacker set.

    Some fans are wondering why the Bengals don't switch to the 3-4, but Lewis is intentionally vague.

    "I don't know about that," he said when asked about the 3-4 in Orlando. "I'll keep that to myself."

    To Lewis, more girth does not necessarily make for a better defensive tackle.

    "Kansas City gave up how many yards rushing a game last year?" Lewis said of the Chiefs (98.1 average yards a game, seventh in the league).

    "Oakland gave up how many yards rushing last year (128.1, 25th in the league) and had the biggest tackle known to football (365-pound Ted Washington, now with the Browns). How many yards did (the Raiders) give up? It's got nothing to do with size.

    "It has to do with playing and staying on your feet."

    Asked what the Bengals need to become a top-five defense, Lewis said: "Make plays, tackle, you run. You tackle.

    "You can't give up explosive plays. You can't give up explosive plays and expect to win. We gave up explosive plays in the playoff game against the Steelers. You give up those plays against the Bills. If you don't give them up, you win. If it's all 11 guys or a breakdown of one guy, either way it's an explosive play."

    E-mail mcurnutte@enquirer.com

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    Re: Bengals Deal for Sam Adams 'imminent'

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelSD
    "Caught the ire"? Adams was benched because Mularkey didn't think he could help the team that week with his injury and Adams freaked out. Leaving the stadium just because you don't get to dress isn't a great way to gain the favor of your head coach. His character and performance issues are the reason why he's lasted this long in free agency.

    Adams is a big load, but got his 2004 Pro Bowl selection by playing on the same field as Pat Williams (a real difference maker). By himself, Adams is a big fat guy who can be handled rather easily by one interior blocker with a few ounces of skill.

    There's nothing particularly wrong with signing Sam Adams, but the current version of him is nothing more than a support piece that may or may not allow a team to improve its run defense against teams that can't figure out that Sam Adams is older, fatter, and slower.

    And yes, he was invisible in 2005. A guy who garners two blockers per running play doesn't end up on a team that allows 4.6 YPC and 22 Rushing Touchdowns. A guy with the kind of presence you attribute to Sam Adams simply won't allow that to happen.
    My understanding of the Bills D performance is injuries, injuries, injuries. Since when does one player on a D, esp. a DT, take all the weight of a poor defense against the run?

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    Re: Bengals Deal for Sam Adams 'imminent'

    Quote Originally Posted by Yachtzee
    Hobson's the byline, but I can't find it on the website either. You aren't getting an early start on April Fool's are you, WVRed?
    Way to sniff that one out, Yachtz.

    If it is an April fool's joke...it's not bad. Pretty well written. "A" for effort.

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