Monday, June 30, 2014
Bengal Quick Takes: Playing catch up
By Coley Harvey
Good Monday morning, everyone.
It's been a couple weeks since we've had a morning Quick Takes post here on the Cincinnati Bengals page, so I figured now was as good a time as any to bring back the post even if only temporarily.
While I was off for a few days last week -- I've got another break coming up in a few days that will be my last before training camp begins -- there was a little Bengals news I wanted to get to. We'll call this the playing catch up blog:
1. Bubble watchers. Quickly, let's begin by pointing out the series we had running on the blog during my absence last week. In case you haven't seen them yet, we have a group of "bubble watch" blogs that are analyzing the players who seem to be the most susceptible to being on the dreaded late-camp bubble. As you well know there are 53 spots up for grabs by the end of August, and as of Monday morning, 89 players are slated to compete for them. For that reason, there are going to be more than a few who will be cut that some fans will think don't deserve to be. We'll have another "bubble watch" later Monday morning, but for now take a look at the latest to be broken down: Dontay Moch.
2. Bengals tickets Part 1. Let's begin these next two items by first pointing out that most single-game tickets went on sale Saturday morning at Bengals.com and through the team's ticket office. Only the Dec. 7 and Dec. 22 games against Pittsburgh and Denver aren't yet open for purchase through the team yet. Tickets to those games will be available on a single-game basis at a later date.
3. Bengals tickets Part 2. Now, having said all of that, one day before the Bengals opened single-game sales, Forbes wrote that Bengals tickets on the open market had hit their most expensive point in the last four years. The magazine cited TiqIQ as having said Cincinnati's average secondary market ticket will cost $166.02 this season. While that remains one of the least expensive home averages for an NFL team this year, this will mark the first season since TiqIQ has tracked Bengals ticket data that the team has a season average above $120. Last year, average home tickets cost $118.74, according to TiqIQ. It bears noting that the home games against Pittsburgh and Denver currently are the most expensive on the secondary market this year.
4. Mr. Caskey goes to Washington. We write often about the downtime the players get now that minicamp has concluded and training camp is still about a month away, but what about the coaches? Some have taken off on quiet vacation retreats with family. Others have competed in golf tournaments or are just simply working privately on their handicaps. But neither has been the case for running backs coach Kyle Caskey. The young assistant spent last week in Washington serving a political fellowship in the office of Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. caught up with Caskey, who said he spent the week learning the similarities between football leadership and the leadership that goes into attempting to run a country. Perhaps the tactics he learned from his week in Washington will help Caskey as he begins his first season as a position coach.
5. Montgomery arrested. You may have seen last week that Bengals linebacker Sam Montgomery was arrested for speeding near his hometown of Greenwood, S.C. He was reportedly driving 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. A spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety said the arrest was lawful, but the circumstances of the arrest were investigated nonetheless. Friday afternoon, the officer who pulled over Montgomery and arrested him was suspended without pay. As is the case with all legal matters involving their personnel, the Bengals won't speak until the legal process has run its course. For a player who -- as you'll see later this week -- is on the Bengals' bubble, will this arrest have any impact? That's very, very doubtful.