Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Wake-up: Bengals want image makeover
By Jamison Hensley
In case you missed it, I posted a couple of blogs late Tuesday afternoon from Baltimore Ravens training camp. I plan to stop over there once again for some interviews later in the day. Since there are three other teams in the division, let's address them in the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Quarterback Joe Flacco insists he will stay grounded despite signing a then-record contract this offseason. If he doesn't, it won't last long. "The money thing isn't going to change him," Flacco's father, Steve, told USA Today. "He better not (change). I'll go kick his butt."
BENGALS: Owner Mike Brown decided to sign on for another "Hard Knocks" training-camp series with HBO because he wanted to change his franchise's image of having a team full of troubled players. "We have a different team now than we had a few years ago," Brown said, via The Associated Press. "We want the public to see them. We think they're good people. We think the public will be taken by them, will like them. It gives us a boost."
BROWNS: Inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson told The Plain Dealer that the Browns support Josh Gordon, but the wide receiver is running out of chances to change. Gordon has been suspended for two games after violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. “No matter how many bodies you put in front of him or people who speak to him, Josh has to be willing to make a change for himself,” Jackson said. “I could talk to him all day if I wanted to. (Coach Rob Chudzinski) could talk to him all day if he wanted to, but it’s not going to do any good unless he takes that next step. He doesn’t have that many lives left . ... He’s got one more time to really straighten things up before he’s got to leave. I think he is starting to realize that.”
STEELERS: Steve McLendon is looking to fill Casey Hampton's long-time role as starting nose tackle. Just don't expect McLendon to have the same playing style as Hampton. "The only thing that is similar is power and strength," McLendon told the Steelers' official website. "What makes us different is he is heavier than I am. He can hold double-teams better than I can. But I feel like I am quicker, but his reaction is better. The height is different and he is smarter at the game than I am. But I am trying to accomplish everything he did."