Tag:Chinedum Ndukwe
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:29 am
 

Hot Routes 12.14.10 no snow problems here

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz


Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton certainly wasn’t great in the first start of his career Sunday, but he was good enough to earn another start from Ken Whisenhunt.


Colt McCoy is optimistic that his return from a high ankle sprain is near.


If the Vikings want to play next Monday’s game at the University of Minnesota, they need to let the school know by today. It’s because removing the snow from the field would take 5-6 days.


Buccaneers rookie DT Gerald McCoy tore his biceps muscle vs. the Redskins on Sunday. He’ll need surgery to repair the damage.


Redskins SS LaRon Landry, who actually had been having a pretty strong season, has been placed on the IR list.


Is it really that big a deal that Tashard Choice got Michael Vick’s autograph after the Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday?


They just won a Monday Night thriller on the road…now John Harbaugh wants his team to get a Monday Night game at home for a change.


Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer questions the constructiveness of Steve Smiths’ comment about Jimmy Clausen. (He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore.)


The Bengals placed underrated run-defending safety Chinedum Ndukwe on IR (knee).


If Flynn had gotten hurt last Sunday, the Packers would have turned to Jordy Nelson at quarterback.


Dolphins NT Paul Soliai has had a surprisingly good season. Now there’s pressure on the Fins to pay the man.


Tom Cable refutes the report that he and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson aren’t seeing eye to eye.


Mike Singletary intimated that Brian Westbrook’s time on the bench earlier this season was a blessing in disguise, as now the veteran RB is fresh. Westbrook doesn’t exactly agree with that, though he’s not raising a stink over it.


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Posted on: November 14, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: November 14, 2010 11:52 am
 

AFC Inactives, Week 10

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active: Titans QB Vince Young (though he won't start; Kerry Collins will) Browns QB Seneca Wallace, Browns LB Marcus Benard, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Colts TE Jacob Tamme.

Now, the players who are NOT active:

Chris Crocker, Bengals, FS: This isn’t a big surprise, because Crocker has been dealing with a calf injury. But Crocker is a solid centerfielder, and Chinedum Ndukwe, who isn’t quite as good, will take his place in the starting lineup.

Jake Delhomme, Browns, QB:
He still hasn’t completely recovered from his ankle injury, but it’s unclear whether the man who was the opening day starter would reclaim his role. Especially with the way Colt McCoy is playing. For the record, Seneca Wallace is active, but McCoy is starting.

Jason Allen, Texans, CB: There was talk that Allen, who was waived by the Dolphins earlier this week, could get some playing time this week for his new team in Houston. Apparently, that won’t happen.

Joseph Addai/Mike Hart, Colts, RBs: The top two Indianapolis backs are inactives. That means it's up to Donald Brown to jumpstart the Colts running attack.

Gary Brackett/Clint Session, Colts, LBs: Considering how many players Indianapolis will be missing, the Bengals might actually have a chance in this game.

Austin Collie, Colts, WR: I mean, seriously. How will the Bengals not win this game?

Owen Daniels, Texans, TE:
We knew this already, but now it's clear Joel Dreessen will take his place in the starting lineup.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: October 31, 2010 12:21 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 8

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active in the AFC: Bengals CB Leon Hall.

And here’s who is out:

Dexter McCluster, WR, Chiefs: He has a high ankle sprain, and it looks like he’ll be out the next couple of weeks. Not only do the Chiefs lose a receiving and running threat, but they lose a dynamic kickoff and punt returner. CB Javier Arenas is expected to take over McCluster's duties.

Chinedum Ndukwe, S, Bengals: CB Johnathan Joseph and SS Roy Williams also are out, and when you pair that news with the fact Ndukwe won’t play, that’s a bad, bad sign for the Cincinnati secondary. Tom Nelson – with limited experience and limited talent – should get plenty of playing time in Ndukwe’s place, though Reggie Nelson will start.

Jeremy Mincey, DE, Jaguars:
Earlier in the week, he was named starter ahead of first-round bust Derrick Harvey. But then he broke his hand. So, he’s out and Harvey is back in the starting lineup.

Aaron Maybin, LB, Bills: The freefall of Maybin continues.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 11:37 pm
 

Breaking down the David Jones-Reggie Nelson trade

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Tonight, the Bengals traded CB David Jones and a conditional draft pick to Jacksonville for S Reggie Nelson. The move, at least for the Bengals, makes sense.

With the reemergence of Adam Jones and with rookie Brandon Ghee playing well enough in the preseason to inspire confidence, there was no room for Jones in the Bengals secondary. But he also had some value – he’s young and very athletic – and Cincinnati was in desperate need of help with its safety depth.

According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, the Bengals liked Nelson when he came out of Florida in 2007. Instead, they took Leon Hall with the No. 18 pick (Nelson went at No. 21), and he’ll help add to a position which features only Chris Crocker, Roy Williams and Chinedum Ndukwe (Crocker and Williams have been slowed recently by injuries, and Gibril Wilson, signed in the offseason, was placed on IR earlier this month).

Yet, it’s unclear where Jones fits in with Jacksonville, writes the Florida Times Union. The Jaguars still need help at safety, and Jones is basically a third CB at best.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 12:27 pm
 

Bengals safety Gibril Wilson out for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com is reporting that safety Gibril Wilson suffered what appears to be a season-ending knee injury in Friday night’s game against the Eagles.

Soon after Wilson left the locker room on crutches, his agent Alvin Keels tweeted, “ACL/MCL for Gibril Wilson what a bummer. I felt he would really contribute this year. He will bounce back.”

This is a major setback for Wilson, as the former Giant is trying to reclaim his reputation after failing as a pricey free agent in Oakland and Miami.

Losing Wilson hurts depth, but, frankly, the Bengals still have plenty of resources at safety. Roy Williams, if healthy, is the starting strong safety. Chris Crocker is the free safety. Superb run-defender Chinedum Ndukwe is the top backup off the bench. Rico Murray, a cover specialist, and special teams captain Kyries Hebert now figure to fight for the fourth safety job.

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Woodson tries his hand at coaching

CINCINNATI – Rod Woodson is one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history. He’s an 11-time Pro Bowler – at three different positions, mind you – and he was All-Pro as a CB and a FS. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year on the strength of 71 career interceptions – including eight for Oakland when he was 37 years old.

But as great as he was, he found himself this week starting on the bottom rung of the coaching ladder. He was fitted with unfamiliar clothes, and though he received instant respect from anybody that walked within 15 feet of him, he’s a coaching intern and he knows he’s the lowest of the low.

“It doesn’t bother me,” he told CBSSports.com this week. “You have to start somewhere. I came in the league as a rookie, and you were frowned upon as a rookie. I had to work my way up. Hard work for me isn’t a problem. I know a lot of football, but it’s a process of learning how to coach. The players are going to take what they want to take from you. They won’t take everything. As a coach, you have to realize that.”

Woodson spoke with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in January, and despite working as an analyst for the NFL Network and the Big Ten Network, he said he was ready to give coaching a try. The internship, which began this week for mini-camp and will continue through training camp in July and August, was a way for him to test the waters.

“I’ve got five kids, and I know the commitment coaches have to make,” said Woodson, whose oldest is a sophomore in college and whose youngest is 10. “That’s a deterrent at times. But for me to impact the young players’ lives outside of football is huge. You don’t have to be an ex-player to be a good coach, but I like to see a lot of ex-players come back that can give something to the players outside of football.”

Already, the former Pittsburgh Steelers great is making an impact on the players he’s now coaching.

“You immediately give that guy respect no matter what, just because of his production,” said SS Chinedum Ndukwe. “You can tell in the meeting rooms – he’ll break stuff down for us. He understands the game, and he still knows it. I think he still has the itch. I think if he could still play, he would do it.”

Secondary coach Kevin Coyle introduced his players to Woodson by showing them his stats during a DBs meeting. Immediately, Woodson, though he admitted it was strange to wear Bengals gear, immersed himself into the team.

“Can he be a coach of guys who don’t take it as seriously as he did? Because he took it very seriously,” Lewis said. “That’s the fun part of it. It didn’t take long for him to start coaching out there. He has so much to offer. His notes were like an encyclopedia. He’ll teach people how to learn.”

Woodson’s philosophy is to be a conduit between the players and the coaches.

“Trying to slow the game down and put it in layman’s terms when the coaches are speaking,” Woodson said. “When the coaches say one thing, players think another. Sometimes you have to try to find an even keel. Hopefully, I can try to bridge that gap. I think I’ve been out of the game long enough to know what the coaches really want. I’m trying to tell them what it took for me to get to the next level. That doesn’t really change over the years.”

First, though, Woodson will have to decide if coaching is a vocation he really wants to pursue.

“The only way to do it is to do it,” Lewis said. “He’s going to commit himself to do it. Only thing he can experience is training camp and this. He’ll know. He’ll have a great idea of it.”


--Josh Katzowitz

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